The Lead Adult Care Worker standard (Level 3) is the next step up from the Adult Care Worker apprenticeship (Level 2). This apprenticeship is for those with “responsibility for providing supervision, front line leadership, guidance and direction for others, or working autonomously, exercising judgement and accountability.” Job titles may include Care Officer, Care Supervisor, Senior Care Worker, Supervising Care Worker and Senior Support Worker,
Prepare to Achieve is approved to deliver End-Point Assessment for the Adult Care Worker Standard
What is the Lead Adult Care Worker standard and who is it for?
Duration: 12 – 24 months (with the EPA being delivered once the on-programme training has been completed)
Delivery: The EPA consists of face-to-face and remote assessments.
Standard number: ST0006 (118)
How does the EPA process for this apprenticeship standard work?
The same two methods of End-Point Assessment are used for this standard: the Situational Judgement Test (SJT) and the Professional Discussion (PD), but with the content elevated to match the level of the apprenticeship and the requirements of the job role. Apprentices will be tested through both assessments to see whether they have the expected knowledge, skills and behaviours. Apprentices will be graded as either pass, merit, distinction or fail.
The Situational Judgement Test (SJT)
During the SJT, apprentices are presented with 60 multiple-choice questions based on real life scenarios. The questions used will draw on the stated knowledge and skills elements of the standard and focus on the higher order competencies, allowing candidates to demonstrate the full breadth of their judgement and understanding. Candidates who achieve more than 40 correct marks will pass the assessment, with those achieving 50-54 achieving a Merit and those achieving 55 or more a Distinction. Candidates must complete the SJT before moving on to the Professional Discussion.
The Professional Discussion (PD)
The PD is the final method of assessment to achieve End-Point Assessment with this standard. As with the SJT, candidates will be assessed against the knowledge, skills and behaviours set out in the apprenticeship standard, but this time with a structured interview. From a bank of pre-set questions, apprentices will be probed in such a way that enables them to demonstrate the content of the standard. PDs will cover approximately 15 standardised stimulus questions over the course of 45 minutes. Candidates will be rated as either having either unsatisfactory achievement, or achievement sufficient for a Pass, Merit or Distinction.