• Level: 4

Focus Awards Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care (RQF)

(QRN – 603/3963/9)



Qualification Overview

The Focus Awards Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care (RQF) is aimed at learners working in a variety of senior adult care roles within, but not limited to, residential care, domiciliary care, or day centres.

Those working towards achieving a Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care will have, and 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.



Qualification Structure

In order to successfully achieve the Focus Awards Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care (RQF), learners must complete at least 70 credits made up of 36 mandatory units and 34 credits from the optional units.



Learner Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this qualification.

Focus Awards does not set any other entry requirements but training providers or colleges may have their own guidelines.



Progression Routes

Learners wishing to progress from this qualification can undertake the following qualifications:

  • Focus Awards Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership (RQF)
  • Focus Awards Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services (England) (RQF)
  • Focus Awards Level 4 Diploma in Advance Care Practitioner (RQF)



Age Ranges

This qualification is accredited for learners who are a minimum of 16 years old.



Geographical Coverage

This qualification is available in England.



Qualification Specification

To view the Qualification Specification please click here.

Mandatory Units
Unit Title Unit Number Level GLH Credits
Lead communication in adult care settings K/617/3721 4 27 4
Develop, maintain and use records and reports K/507/9179 4 23 3
Personal development in adult care settings M/617/3722 4 26 4
Lead inclusive practice in adult care settings T/617/3723 4 21 3
Lead health and safety in adult care settings F/617/3725 4 21 3
Facilitate person-centred assessment to support well-being L/617/3727 4 14 2
Facilitate support planning to ensure positive outcomes for individuals and to support well- being R/617/3728 4 14 2
Professional practice in adult care settings Y/617/3729 4 20 3
Work in partnership in health and social care or children and young people’s settings M/507/8955 4 26 4
Understand personalisation in care and support services L/617/3730 4 36 4
Understand safeguarding and protection in adult care settings M/617/3736 4 18 2
Safeguard children and young people who are present in the adult care sector F/617/3739 4 14 2
Unit Title Unit umber Level GLH Credits
Providing Independent Advocacy to Adults L/507/9143 4 35 5
Support the development of community partnerships M/601/9494 4 33 5
Lead practice to support individuals to access and engage in education, training or employment (ETE) J/617/3743 4 31 4
Support the use of assistive technology H/507/9133 5 31 4
Lead practice in providing information, advice and guidance L/617/3744 4 26 4
Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy A/507/9140 4 35 5
Promote nutrition and hydration in health and social care settings T/503/2575   3 32 4
Develop, implement and review reablement plans R/617/3745 4 30 4
Support individuals to access and use services and facilities F/601/7927     3     25     4
Support individuals to access and manage direct payments H/601/7905   4 40 6
Support individuals to access housing and accommodation services K/601/7906 3 24 4
Support the spiritual well-being of individuals K/507/9165 3 26 3
Support carers to meet the care needs of individuals Y/617/3746 3 30 4
Specialist areas of care D/617/3747 4 40 5
Undertake research in adult care H/617/3748 4 55 8
Promote innovation and change in adult care K/617/3749 4 25 3
Manage induction in adult care D/617/3750 4 25 3
Lead learning and development in adult care H/617/3751 4 26 4
Mentoring in adult social care K/617/3752 4 30 4
Understand partnership working D/507/9003 4 7 1
Manage personal and professional behaviour in adult care M/617/3753 4 20 3
Lead practice to promote quality assurance in adult care T/617/3754 4 36 4
Contribute to recruitment and selection in adult care A/617/3755 4 25 3
Manage physical resources Y/507/9002 4 25 3
Service improvement and development in adult care F/617/3756 4 25 3
Professional supervision in adult care J/617/3757 4 22 3
Lead an effective team in adult care L/617/3758 4 20 3

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