020 8968 4873 info@skillsepa.co.uk

Lead Adult Care Worker


1.What the role entails

Lead Adult Care Workers make a positive difference to someone’s life when they are faced with physical, practical, social, emotional or intellectual challenges, by exercising judgement and taking appropriate action to support individuals to maintain their independence, dignity and control. Lead Adult Care Workers have responsibility for providing supervision, frontline leadership, guidance and direction for others, or working autonomously, exercising judgement and accountability.

Entry: apprentices must undertake the Disclosure and Barring Service process
and provide the result.

4.End-Point Assessment

The EPA for Adult Care Worker contains 2 methods of assessment as outlined below:
The Situational Judgement Test (50% weighting)
Apprentices will be presented with a range of real-life scenarios and will have to
answer 60 multiple choice questions. The assessment will be undertaken online,
under controlled conditions with a time limit applied. Questions will draw from the
stated knowledge and skills elements of the standard and focus on the higher order

Pass 40 correct answers                          Merit 50+ correct answers

Distinction 55+ correct answers

Professional Discussion (50% weighting)
Apprentices will undertake a 45 minute discussion lead by an Independent End-Point
Assessor (IEPA). Apprentices can only apply to undertake the discussion component
once the multiple choice assessment has been achieved. The discussion will draw
questions and amplifications from prior learning and experience including, where
applicable, the apprentice’s self-assessment and supporting evidence including
testimony from service users.

5.Grade aggregation table

The Professional Discussion will carry the grade determining

Judgment Test
Professional Discussion*
Pass Pass Merit Distinction
Merit Pass Merit Merit
Distinction Pass Merit Distinction
Merit Merit Distinction

2.On-programme assessment

It is recommended that apprentices are supported through
their on-programme learning by their employer and or
Independent Training Provider (ITP) in the
following elements:
• The 15 standards as set out in the Care Certificate
• Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care
• Ongoing assessment by the employer and provider
• Completion of the Self-Assessment exercise
• Achieve Level 2 English and maths

3.Gateway requirements

The decision to take an apprentice through Gateway
is made between the employer, ITP and apprentice.
The apprentice must have achieved all the required
on-programme elements before they enter Gateway,
including the following:
• In the last 3 months of the apprenticeship following
the completion of the Diploma, collate testimonies
from service users to support the Professional

6.Completion and certification

Once the IEPA verifies the apprentice has successfully completed all
EPAs, SAL will activate certification. Working with the
apprenticeship certificate issuing authority, we’ll
ensure the apprentice receives their certificate.

7.What next?

Once the Level 3 Lead Adult Care Worker Apprenticeship is complete, the learning doesn’t stop.
A suggested pathway is illustrated here: 

Level 5 Operations/Departmental
Level 3 Lead Adult Care Worker
Level 3 Lead Adult Care Worker

What choose EPA Pro?

We are an approved End-Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO)
specializing in EPA delivery across Health, Education & Care and
Business apprenticeship standards. EPA Pro offers a flexible and
reliable EPA solutions supported by sector expertise, guidance
documents and proactive service and support.