Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care

Adult Care

This qualification is supported by Skills for Care, the sector skills council for the adult care sector in England. It is designed for those learners working as leaders in adult care and is a specialist qualification for adult care. It contains core competencies that are shared by workers in the adult care and health workforce which ensures integrated services are provided by employers and portability for workers across the health and care sectors. The qualification content is appropriate for roles such as lead adult care workers and lead personal assistants.

Course Content

This qualification provides you with the knowledge and skills needed to work in a lead practitioner role in the adult care sector.

It covers a wide range of topics including:

  • communication skills
  • personal development
  • inclusive practice
  • safeguarding and protection
  • personcentred assessment
  • support planning
  • personalisation in care and support services
  • health and safety
  • professional practice
  • working in partnership
  • specialist areas of care
  • clinical skills
  • leadership skills

The qualification contains both mandatory and optional units allowing you to tailor the qualification to meet your needs, interests, preferred progression paths and the context of your job role.

You must achieve 36 credits from the mandatory units and34credits from the optional units to achieve a minimum of 70credits.55 credits must be achieved at Level 4 or above.

Upon achievement of this qualification, you could progress to a variety of lead practitioner roles in adult care or further education.

Completion of this qualification could lead to progression to the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services (England).

An explanation of how the qualification supports the identified outcomes

Through this qualification, you will gain the knowledge, understanding and skills required when working in lead practitioner roles in adult care provision.

The qualification will enable you to progress into employment in settings such as residential or nursing homes, domiciliary care, day centres, an individual’s own home or some clinical healthcare settings.

You can progress into a number of lead practitioner job roles within the adult care sector, such as:

  • Community Care/Support Officer
  • Social Care Assessor
  • Care Assessment Officer
  • Social Services Officer
  • Brokerage Worker
  • Rehabilitation and Reablement Assistant
  • Independence Support Assistant
  • Reablement Support Worker/Officer
  • Telecare Assistant
  • Assistive Technology Coordinator/Officer

Course Specifications

Awarding Body NCFE CACHE
Guided Learning Hours 514 GLH
Credit Value 70
Assessment Method It is assessed by a portfolio of evidence designed so that learners can demonstrate their knowledge and skills.
Course Delivery Online, Paper-based (Monthly workplace visits)
Funding Full funding available.
Progression Opportunities Enable learners to progress into employment at a Care Home Manager.
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