Feb 18

Great news for adult social care apprenticeships

Posted on Thursday 8th February 2018

On the 5 February 2018, the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) published the revised standards and assessment plans for Adult Care Worker (Level 2) and Lead Adult Care Worker (Level 3).

The changes to the standards were made at the request of the IfA and include the following:

  • A new title for the diploma. This is due to the introduction of the new Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) following the closure of the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) at the end of 2017.
  • The description of the Care Certificate has been amended at the request of the IfA’s predecessor.
  • An expanded description of the occupation.
  • New wording from the IfA around the maths and English requirements.
  • The completion time for the level 3 standard has been amended from “12-24 months” to “typically 18 months”.


The IfA have also agreed to some minor changes to the assessment plans to reflect the changes made to the standards.

The trailblazer group’s attentions will now be focused on finalising the standards for Lead Practitioner (Level 4) and Leader in Adult Care (Level 5).

We know it’s been a confusing time for learning providers and awarding organisations, who have been trying to find a way around the delayed sign-off by IfA, but now the revised standards and assessment plans are here for level 2 and 3 we’re hopeful that the market will begin to settle down and embrace the revised apprenticeships.

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