Adult Care New Pathway (October 2021 + starts only)

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Adult Care Worker Behaviours

Behaviours are the mindset, attitudes and approaches required to learn new knowledge and apply new skills. There should be many opportunities in the workplace for you to develop the anticipated behaviours that are required as an Adult Care Worker. Remember, you will be judged on your behaviours at end-point-assessment (EPA). Review the following behaviours and start to work on developing and showcasing these at every opportunity.

These are the personal attributes and behaviours expected of all Adult Care Workers carrying out their roles:

  • Care – is caring consistently and enough about individuals to make a positive difference to their lives
  • Compassion – is delivering care and support with kindness, consideration, dignity and respect
  • Courage – is doing the right thing for people and speaking up if the individual they support is at risk
  • Communication – good communication is central to successful caring relationships and effective team working
  • Competence – is applying knowledge and skills to provide high quality care and support
  • Commitment – to improving the experience of people who need care and support ensuring it is person centred

Person-centred and community based working (strengths based approaches)

In the guide below, you’ll find key information about person-centred and community based working across social care settings including that focuses on the many benefits this can bring to people supported to have valued connections, reduce social isolation and promote good physical and mental wellbeing.
The guide is relevant for:
■ adult social care providers
■ care and support workers in residential, supported living, domiciliary care and non-regulated services
■ individual employers and personal assistants

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Stretch and Challenge. Pass to Distinction…..

In order to gain a distinction grade, at end point assessment (EPA), you will need to achieve the following:


Situational judgement test
The situational judgement test will present the candidate with a range of real-life scenarios about which the learner will have to answer questions in a multiple choice format (60 questions). The assessment will normally 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 competencies. Material may be drawn from any part of the apprenticeship standard. The grading threshold will be:

Acceptable achievement (Pass) 40 correct answers
Good achievement (Merit) 50 or more correct answers
Outstanding achievement (Distinction) 55 or more correct answers

Professional discussion
A professional discussion will be undertaken with an independent assessor. The discussion will be of no more than 45 minutes duration. Candidates 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 candidate’s self-assessment and supporting evidence including testimony from users of services and a sample of standardised candidate questions asked of every apprentice candidate in the interview. The grading will be:


Acceptable achievement Pass
Good achievement Merit
Outstanding achievement Distinction

Learning Resources to Support Vistar Workbooks & EPA Preparation

End Point Assessment Practice Test

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