Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care

The Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care is designed for those who have substantial experience in leading or a senior role who are looking to develop and expand their careers in a coordinating, deputy or middle management role.

Course Overview

The Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care is designed for those who have substantial experience in leading or a senior role who are looking to develop and expand their careers in a coordinating, deputy or middle management role.

About this course

Learners will develop detailed knowledge, skills and behaviours that will guide and inspire their team to provide excellent values-based culture at an operational level.

Developing specialist knowledge and skills in their area of responsibility that will allow them to take a lead role in assessing performance and quality delivery.

Learners will develop detailed knowledge of relevant legislation, ethical frameworks, best practice, codes of conduct, data protection, principles of assessment, risk management, local and national solutions to safeguarding adults and children, models of monitoring, reporting and responding to health and wellbeing, person centered approaches, joint and integrated care and support, communication, detailed knowledge and application of the 6C’s alongside personal development to ensure high quality service provision at an operational level.

Learners will develop detailed knowledge, skills and behaviours to allow them to apply or sustain a productive career, supporting and developing colleagues and services delivery at an operational level in a variety of settings that could include, nursing, domiciliary, day care and clinical settings.

To achieve the full requirements of the Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care learners must achieve 70 credits of which 37 are mandatory the remaining 33 credits to be chosen from optional units based within workplace roles and opportunities.

OptionUnit title, maximum 6 knowledge type unitsCreditType*
MandatoryAdvanced Communication Skills in Adult Care4Competence
MandatoryPersonal and Professional Development in Care Settings4Competence
MandatoryEquality and Diversity in Care Settings3Competence
MandatoryUnderstand Safeguarding and Protection in Care Settings2Knowledge
MandatoryPerson-centred Assessment and Planning to Improve Individual Outcomes5Competence
MandatoryUnderstanding Personalisation in Care and Support Services4Knowledge
MandatoryHealth and Safety in Care Settings3Competence
MandatoryProfessional Practice in Adult Care3Competence
MandatoryDevelop, Maintain and Use Records and Reports3Competence
MandatoryPartnership Working in Care Settings4Competence
MandatorySafeguard Children and Young People Who Are Present in Care Settings2Competence
OptionalUnderstanding the Process and Experience of Dementia3Knowledge
OptionalThe Role of Communication and Interactions with Individuals Who Have Dementia3Knowledge
OptionalAwareness of Diabetes6Knowledge
OptionalUnderstand Parkinson’s for Care Staff2Knowledge
OptionalUnderstanding Public Funding for Individual Adult Care Needs4Knowledge
OptionalUnderstand Supporting Individuals with Autistic Spectrum Conditions3Knowledge
OptionalUnderstanding Sensory Loss3Knowledge
OptionalUnderstanding the Impact of Acquired Brain Injury on Individuals3Knowledge
OptionalUnderstanding Stroke Care Management4Knowledge
OptionalUnderstand the Mental Capacity Act 20054Knowledge
OptionalUnderstand Mental wellbeing and mental health promotion3Knowledge
OptionalUnderstand Mental Ill Health3Knowledge
OptionalUnderstanding Professional Supervision3Knowledge
OptionalPrinciples of Management and Leadership7Knowledge
OptionalUnderstanding How to Manage a Team5Knowledge
OptionalUnderstanding Professional Management and Leadership in Care Settings6Knowledge
OptionalSupporting Positive Risk-Taking for Individuals4Competence
OptionalCarry out a Research Project in a Care Setting10Competence
OptionalSharing Knowledge and Good Practice4Competence
OptionalProvide Support to Maintain and Develop Skills for Everyday Life4Competence
OptionalSupport Community Partnerships in Health and Social Care5Competence
OptionalSupporting Individuals to Access and Use Services and Facilities4Competence
OptionalSupporting Individuals to Access and Manage Direct Payments6Competence
OptionalWorking with Families, Carers and Individuals During Times of Crisis7Competence
OptionalPromoting Positive Behaviour6Competence
OptionalProviding Information, Advice and Guidance4Competence
OptionalDeveloping and Implementing Reablement Plans4Competence
OptionalMentoring in Adult Care3Competence
OptionalSupporting the Use of Assistive Technology4Competence
OptionalSupporting Individuals in the Use of Assistive Technology4Competence
OptionalAssessment, Implementation and Review of Assistive Technology in Care Settings4Competence
OptionalPromote Rights and Values in Assistive Technology in Care Settings2Competence
OptionalPromoting Assistive Technology in Care4Competence
OptionalPromoting Access to Healthcare for Individuals with Learning Disabilities7Competence
OptionalGood Practice in the Support of Individuals with Autistic Spectrum Conditions7Competence
OptionalAdministering Medication to Individuals5Competence
OptionalFacilitating the Development of Effective Group Practice in Care Settings7Competence
OptionalPromoting Awareness of Sensory Loss3Competence
OptionalSupporting Individuals to Access Education, Training or Employment4Competence
OptionalSupporting Individuals with Sensory Loss with Communication5Competence
OptionalManage Provision to Support Users of Services with Multiple Conditions/Disabilities4Competence
OptionalSupport Individuals with Issues of Substance misuse4Competence
OptionalSupporting Individuals who are Substance Users7Competence
OptionalCarry Out Comprehensive Substance Misuse Assessments5Competence
OptionalTesting for Substance Use5Competence
OptionalSupport End of Life Care in Adult Care7Competence
OptionalSupporting Individuals During Last Days of Life4Competence
OptionalFacilitate Change in Care Settings5Competence
OptionalManaging Finance in Own Area of Responsibility within Care Settings5Competence
OptionalManage Quality in Care Settings5Competence
OptionalPrepare for and Support Quality Audits in Care4Competence
OptionalAppraise Employee Performance6Competence
OptionalRecruitment and Selection in Care Settings6Competence

Competence – comprises of knowledge, skills and behaviours developed within the workplace and observed to ensure consistent application of knowledge, skills and behaviours. Knowledge – assessed on apprentice’s ability to demonstrate apprehension and understanding All assignment submissions from Lead Practitioners will be graded on a Pass, Merit, Distinction or Referral.

12 months.

Learners must be employed within a role, working towards, being developed or on a placement that allows for opportunities to develop knowledge, skills and behaviours in areas that include:

  • Applying professional judgement, standards and codes of practice relevant to the role
  • Developing and sustain professional relationships with others
  • Identifying and access specialist help required to carry out role
  • Leading the specialist assessment of social, physical, emotional and spiritual needs of individuals with cognitive, sensory and physical impairments
  • Mentoring colleagues to encourage individuals to actively participate in the way their care and support is delivered
  • Contributing to the implementation of processes to implement and review support plans
  • Applying risk management policies
  • Contributing to the quality assurance of the service provided
  • Providing leadership and mentoring to others for whom they are responsible
  • Implementing a culture that actively promotes dignity, respect, diversity and inclusion
  • Modelling effective communication whilst identifying and addressing barriers to communication
  • Supporting, contributing and responding to safeguarding concerns, investigations internally and with external organisations
  • Apply person centred approaches to promote and support health, safety and wellbeing
  • Lead robust, values based selection, recruitment and induction processes

Delivery will be based on a mix of blended learning for the practical elements which includes:

  • Tutor taught delivery
  • One to one tutorial
  • Virtual learning
  • eLearning
  • Distance Learning
  • Directed and self-directed study
  • Mentoring
  • Peer Support
  • Workplace experience
  • Formal Reviews
  • Supervisions
  • Reflective Practice
  • Team Meetings
  • Shadowing


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