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Leadership and Management Care Qualification

Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care

The Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care replaces the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services. The course supercedes the predecessor care qualifications ( Level 4 NVQ Leadership and Management in Care Services and Level 4 NVQ Health and Social Care).

This is the course that is recognised by Skills for Care, CQC and Ofsted for registered care managers. The course is designed for people who are involved in a wide range of leadership, supervisory and management roles within a care environment. Achieving the qualification should enable learners to innovate and respond to a changing environment and to meet challenges and opportunities within the sector.Candidates who manage in children homes are required to enrol for the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Residential Childcare (England) instead.

Vocational Learning encourages candidates to submit naturally occurring evidence from their work environment to demonstrate competency against the practical requirements of the course. The course has a 562 guided learning hours requirement. You are usually expected to complete this course between 6 to 12 months depending on your enrolment.

Course Structure of the NVQ Level 5 Health and Social Care

You have to achieve a minimum of 80 credits to achieve the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care (RQF). Candidates must achieve 60 credits from the 17 mandatory units highlighted below and the remaining 20 credits from the optional units

Unit 1: Principles of leadership and management in adult care
Unit 2: Lead and manage a team within adult care
Unit 3: Governance and regulatory processes in adult care
Unit 4: Communication and information management in adult care
Unit 5: Partnership working in adult care
Unit 6: Outcomes based person centred practice in adult care
Unit 7: Manage continuous improvement in adult care
Unit 8: Equality, diversity and inclusion in adult care
Unit 9: Supervision and performance management in adult care
Unit 10: Resource management in adult care
Unit 11: Safeguarding and protection in adult care
Unit 12: Risk-taking and risk management in adult care
Unit 13: Managing concerns and complaints in adult care
Unit 14: Manageselfforleadership in adultcare
Unit 15: Decision making in adult care
Unit 16: Entrepreneurial skills in adult care
Unit 17: Innovation and change in adult care

Course Delivery and Support

The course is delivered by either blended learning or as classroom based. You are expected to meet all course requirements regardless of the method of delivery. There should be evidence of learning and meeting all the assessment criteria.

Fast track is also available to candidates who can work at a faster pace and have access to learning opportunities. You will also be expected to have the capacity to meet all course requirements within a shorter time scale and ideally have evidence of prior learning.


This is the ideal course delivery as it allows all practical requirements to be demonstrated and observed in realtime. All course requirements will need to be completed within the classroom.

Blended Learning

This mode of learning is ideal for candidates who want to complete part of the course by distance learning. All practical requirements of the course will need to be demonstrated or carried out either during classroom attendance or observed in realtime by video.

Distance Learning

This mode of learning is ideal for candidates who want to complete the course entirely or mostly by distance learning. Evidence of practice will however need to be provided in the form of work products, expert witnesses, observations or any other appropriate and suitable method that demonstrates your competency.

All candidates will be allocated an assessor on enrolment. Your assessor will also have the dual role of being your tutor. You can request tutorials and support anytime.

All candidates will have access to coursework, resources and learning opportunities. You will also have access to course events, which includes forums, web conferences, and face-to-face sessions.

Entry Requirements

This Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care course is open to anyone working in a health and social care setting who has management and leadership responsibilities. You will need to be at least 16 years old and have basic numeracy, literacy and IT skills in line with national occupational skills for care workers.

There are no specific entry requirements however learners must be in a job role appropriate to the chosen units.

You are also expected to have access to the internet, multimedia computer, printer and a word processor that can open and produce Microsoft Word Documents ending with the extension ‘.doc’. Candidates without Microsoft office are advised to consider free software such as Open Office. You, however, need to ensure your documents are saved and submitted for assessment as word documents ending with the extension ‘.doc’?

What it means studying at Level 5?

You will be assessed at the same level as someone completing the second year of an undergraduate degree. Achievement at Level 5 reflects the ability to identify and use relevant understanding, methods and skills to complete tasks and address problems that, while well defined, have a measure of complexity. It includes taking responsibility for initiating and completing tasks and procedures as well as exercising autonomy and judgment. You will be expected to use references and reflect awareness of different perspectives or approaches within your area of study or work.

Assessment of this Level 5 NVQ Diploma in Care

This Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care is assessed by a portfolio of evidence which you have to compile and submit at the end of the course. You will be expected to complete some course work and participate in a number of assessment activities such as recorded discussions. Majority of your assessments will take in your workplace where a holistic approach will be taken to record your natural work activities and practice which will then be linked to the assessment criteria.

What can l do after completion?

This is a care management qualification and a professional diploma in its own right. You will also be able to progress to other qualifications in Management or health and social care sector.

How long is the course?

We are often asked how quick someone can complete this course? This depends on a number of factors which includes your own commitment, quality of evidence, time, assessment opportunities and the ability to study at a higher level. It will also help if you have evidence of recent prior learning (That fully address the assessment criteria) and have access to resources and opportunities that will enable your learning. that will enable you to actively participate in course activities.

Candidates joining the course with evidence of prior learning and credits will obviously be able to complete quicker than someone without. If you invest more time on the course such as 15 hours a week then you will most likely complete earlier compared to someone who commits only 2 hours for the same period. By the end of the course you will be expected to demonstrate how you have met the recommended guided learning hours and total qualification time. This will involve submitting evidence showing reasonable participation in activities hosted by Vocational Learning. We however expect you to complete the course within 6 to 12 months.


Your certificate will come from an Ofqual regulated awarding body. We currently use TQUK, ITC First and ICQ for certification. Once your portfolio of evidence has been successfully signed off by both the internal and external moderator your certificate will be requested from the awarding body. Certificates are normally processed within 14 working days. Once we receive your certificate it will be forwarded to you by first class recorded delivery.

Enrolment (Costs and Signing up)

Your course fee includes registration, support, learning opportunities, assessments, moderation and certification. There are no hidden fees. You are only enrolled when we receive your payment for the booking. Payment is normally expected within 5 days from your booking. We are however flexible with corporate bookings where this time could be extended. The full cost of the course is £985. We also accept a payment plan paid by a deposit of £265 and three monthly instalments. Each instalment will be £265.