CD4 – VTCT (Skillsfirst) Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care (RQF)

Qualification summary

The Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care (RQF) sets out the minimum requirements for a qualification that develops and confirms the competence of those who work in health and adult care services in England.

The titling of each unit within the qualification mirrors the Skills for Care performance requirements listed in the agreed specification whilst the skills and knowledge requirements listed are all included within the unit content.

The qualification is suitable for learners who have, and wish to develop further, specialist skills and knowledge in their area of responsibility which enables them to lead in areas such as assessment or enablement. Learners will have responsibility for assessing performance and quality of care delivery. Their team members will look to them for inspiration, and they will provide coaching and mentoring to their colleagues.

Learners could work in a variety of settings in adult social care, including but not limited to residential care, domiciliary care or day centres. The qualification would also be suitable for Lead Personal Assistants who work as part of a Personal Assistant team at a senior level.

It would also be suitable for learners who are already working within a variety of senior practice and lead practitioner roles in adult social care, such as a community care officer, physiotherapy assistant, reablement support worker, social care assistant or telecare assistant. It could also be suitable for those seeking employment who having the ability and the opportunity to demonstrate recognisable competences.

This qualification recognises the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to demonstrate effective communication, person development, values and behaviours, health and wellbeing, responsibilities of self and others and safeguarding

It is anticipated that learners will progress to Level 5 qualifications for management or senior practitioner roles in Health and Social Care, or to specialist qualifications reflecting the context in which they work

Whilst this qualification is integrated into the Lead Practitioner in Adult Care Apprenticeship Standard, the qualification may also be undertaken outside the Apprenticeship. This could be for learners who do not meet the age or qualification requirements for a full Apprenticeship, or who wish to use the qualification for CPD, to re-skill, or other development activities.

This qualification does not require you to have any prior qualifications or levels of previous learning.

It is supported nationwide by employers. For a list of the training providers and colleges who deliver this qualification in your area please contact our customer services team.

VTCT (Skillsfirst) Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care (RQF) Handbook

Qualification structure

Learners need to complete a minimum of 70 credits to achieve this qualification.

All units must be achieved from Group M and a minimum of 33 credits from Group O.

Guided Learning Hours (GLH) are 479

Total Qualification Time (TQT) is 700

Qualification numberQualification reference
CD4 603/2809/5 

Group M – mandatory units

unit no.
unit no.
Unit titleLevelCredit value
K/616/7868CA17Lead communications in adult care settings44
M/616/7869CA18Develop, maintain and use records and reports43
H/616/7870CA19Persoanl development in adult care settings44
K/616/7871CA20Lead inclusive practice in adult care settings43
M/616/78172CA21Lead health and safety in adult care settings43
T/616/7873CA22Facilitate person-centred assessment to support well-being42
A/616/7874CA23Facilitate support planning to ensure positive outcomes for individualsand to support well-being43
F/616/7875CA24Professional practice in adult care settings43
J/616/7876CA25Working in partnership with others44
L/616/7877CA26Understand personalisation in care and support services54
R/616/7878CA27Understand safeguarding and protection in adult care settings32
Y/616/7879CA28Safeguard children and young people who are present in the adult care sector42

Group O – optional units

unit no.
unit no.
Unit titleLevelCredit value
M/601/0648ASM1Recognise indications of substance misuse and refer individuals to specialists34
D/501/0585ASM4Identify and act upon immediate risk of danger to substance misusers34
T/602/4521CH67Manage the availability of physical resources to meet service delivery needs in a health setting35
D/503/1839DB01Diabetes awareness36
M/601/9494HSC3007Support the development of community partnerships45
Y/6014693DEM312Understand and enable interaction and communication with individuals who have dementia34
H/601/7905HSC3024Support individuals to access and manage direct payments46
K/601/7906HSC3027Support individuals to access housing and accommodation services34
K/601/9493HSC3046Introduction to personalisation in social care33
T/601/9495HSC3048Support individuals at the end of life37
A/601/9174HSC3055Identify the physical health needs of individuals with mental health needs and plan appropriate actions45
T/601/9738HSC3065Implement the positive behaviouralsupport model48
D/504/2212HSC3070Lead and manage practice in dementia care56
R/615/4483HSC3075PUnderstand Parkinson’s for health and social care staff32
T/504/2216HSC3077Assess the needs of carers and families34
T/506/6368HSC4002Provide information advice and guidance44
T/506/6354HSC4003Develop and implement reablement plans44
J/506/6052HSC4004Mentoring in social care42
R/506/8161HSC4008Provide assistive technology in social care44
T/601/5317LD310Understand how to support individuals with autistic spectrum conditions33
T/602/3188LHS21Understand partnership learning41
J/601/5645LHS32Promote access to healthcare for individuals with learning disabilities56
T/601/5253LHS38Support individuals with multiple conditions and/or disabilities55
F/502/3295LHS39Independent mental capacity advocacy412
R/602/2856LHS46Safeguarding and protection of vunerable adults55
L/506/1953ML26Provide leadership and management45
M/506/1962ML28Encourage learning and development43
T/506/1994ML37Conduct quality audits43
H/506/2056ML50Manage strategic change57
Y/506/2068ML53Manage product and/or service development55
Y/601/6167PDOP33Understand the impact of acquired brain injury on individuals33
H/615/4486SCM301Undersatnd stroke care management34
M/601/3467SSMU31Understand sensory loss33
H/601/3546SSOP37Support individuals to access education training or employment44

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