Adult Placement/Shared Lives

Level 4

This qualification aims to develop the knowledge, understanding, behaviours and skills of workers who are responsible for supporting shared lives placements/arrangements and Adult Placement/Shared Lives Carers.

This qualification has been developed in close collaboration with key sector stakeholders, including Social Care Wales and Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW).

This qualification is practice-based and assesses learners’ knowledge and practice. It is designed for learners in work-based learning, further education and higher education. 

What does the qualification cover?

This qualification will allow learners to develop the knowledge and skills required to undertake a role that supports shared lives placements/arrangements and Adult Placement/Shared Lives Carers.

Qualification structure

To achieve the Level 4 Adult Placement/ Shared Lives qualification, learners must achieve:

  • A minimum of 27 credits from the Mandatory group.
  • A minimum of 18 credits from the Optional group.
Mandatory Group
Unit Number Unit Title GLH Credit
434 Provide support for Adult Placement/ Shared Lives carers 115 27

Optional Group
Unit Number Unit Title GLH Credit
435 Develop understanding of dementia 55 18
436 Develop understanding of learning disability and autism 54 18
437 Develop understanding of mental ill-health 55 18


Candidates must successfully complete:

  • a portfolio of evidence
  • a reflective log
  • direct observation of practice
  • a professional discussion

The assessments have been designed for candidates to show their knowledge, understanding and skills of both the mandatory units and their chosen pathway content. The assessments cover written elements to reflect knowledge and understanding, as well as practice elements that include the direct observation of learner practice to confirm their competence in the practical skills required for their chosen pathway content.

What could the qualification lead to?

The qualification allows learners to progress within employment or further study at a higher level. 


For more information on requirements to work within the Health and Social Care sector, including specific job roles, refer to the ‘Qualification framework for social care and regulated childcare in Wales’ which can be accessed on the Social Care Wales’ website.

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