Study Type
Full Time
Study Level
Level 4
Start Date:
The length of your apprenticeship may depend on prior knowledge and skills. After clicking to register your interest, the college apprenticeship team will provide you with further information on how to access this route. Please note, this is not a guaranteed application and place on the course.

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Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements but each employer might state their own requirements.

Who the course is for

Overview of Role:

The Lead Practitioner in Adult Care will guide and inspire team members to make positive differences to someone’s life when they are faced with physical, practical, social, emotional, psychological or intellectual challenges. They will have achieved a level of self-development to be recognised as a lead practitioner within the care team, contributing to, promoting and sustaining a values-based culture at an operational level. ?A Lead Practitioner has a greater depth of knowledge and expertise of particular conditions being experienced by the user of services. They will have specialist skills and knowledge in their area of responsibilities which will allow them to lead in areas such as care needs assessment, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, rehabilitation and enablement, telecare and assistive technology. 

For more information on the skills, knowledge and behaviours required to fulfil this role, please see: 

Entry Requirements:  

Undertake the Disclosure and Barring Service process and provide the result 


Typically 18 months 

What the interview will involve

If you have an employer that is willing to take you on as an apprentice, please provide us with those details so we can contact them.

If you don’t have an employer, all of our current vacancies are available to see and apply for on The College website and on Isle of Wight Jobs. In the meantime, someone from the apprenticeship team will contact you with information on the next steps.

What you will learn


Train in aspects of the role such as...

  • Apply professional judgement, standards and codes of practice relevant to the role 
  • Develop and sustain professional relationships with others 
  • Identify and access specialist help required to carry out role 
  • Lead the specialist assessment of social, physical, emotional and spiritual needs of individuals with cognitive, sensory and physical impairments 
  • Mentor colleagues to encourage individuals to actively participate in the way their care and support is delivered 
  • Contribute to the implementation of processes to implement and review support plans 
  • Provide leadership and mentoring to others for whom they are responsible 
  • Apply risk management policies 
  • Contribute to the quality assurance of the service provided 
  • Dignity and human rights 
  • Collaborate with external partners to achieve best outcomes in health and wellbeing 


Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care. 

Apprentices without Level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to completion of their Apprenticeship. 

For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement the apprenticeships English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3 and British Sign Language qualification are an alternative to English qualifications for whom this is their primary language. 


Assessment method 1 - Observation of Practice 

Assessment method 2 – Professional Discussion underpinned by a portfolio 


There may be a cost for purchasing equipment or uniform for this course. Find out about financial support available.

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