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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. You are usually expected to complete this course between 6 to 12 months depending on your enrolment. The course has a 562 guided learning hours requirement.

  • Entry Requirements
  • Course Structure
  • Course Delivery
  • Assessment
  • Duration
  • Support
  • Certification
  • What can l do after completion?
  • Enrolment (Pricing and Bookings)

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements for Registered Manager Course

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’?

Course Structure

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

Course Delivery

The Level 3 Award in Education and Training (AET) course is delivered by either distance, blended learning or as classroom based. You are expected to meet course requirements regardless of the method of delivery. Fast track is also available to candidates with evidence of prior learning and those who have the time, learning opportunities and can work at a faster pace.

Distance Learning (Online)

This mode of study will stretch you as you need to self-motivate and work against the pressures of studying alone. You will need to fully participate in our online activities and provide evidence of videos and recordings whenever appropriate or required.

Blended Learning

This mode of learning is ideal for candidates who want to complete the course by distance learning and also require some face to face contact. It is also the mode of learning for all work based qualifications where observations are required. Candidates are also free to attend any of our face to face workshops.


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.


How long is the course duration?

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 1 to 8 weeks.



With pride with our support services which are designed to maximise opportunities and facilitate your learning. We aim to response to any correspondence within 72 working hours. We usually respond within minutes or hours during less busy times. All communications are tracked are audited reguarly by our team.

All candidates are allocated in assessor who also be there dedicated tutor. You can request tutorials at any time. Your assessor will also naturally schedule tutorials as part of the assessment, review and planning process.

All candidates will be given access to our portal where they can access resources (including videos, exemplars and downloads) and course work. The portal also contain features which facilitate communication between our staff and yourself. You will be able to submit your work and book appointments on the platform

We host regular teaching and support sessions by web conference. These are designed to take the place of face to face contact. Candidates will also have access to online forums where they can gain support from our team of assessors and tutors. These forums act like a classroom where peer support and learning can also take place.

Candidates will also have the opportunity of attending any of our open face to face monthly workshops at our Centre. these sessions normally take place on a Friday and Saturday. The workshops can also be scheduled in other areas such as Birmingham and London subject to demand.

We also provide an online chat which operates from 9am to 9pm (Monday to Saturday). An adhoc service runs on Sundays and during bank holidays. Our online chat can sometimes be open for longer during times when assessors and our support team is active.

Support with coursework

Candidates can complete an assessment planner prior to completing any coursework. Your assessor will then provide feedback and guidance which will help you with your write up.



Vocational Learning delivers regulated qualifications. All certificates come from an Ofqual regulated awarding body. Quality assurance activities have to take place as part of the certification process.

We will strive to get you certified as soon as you have met all course requirements and submitted your portfolio of evidence. Your work will need to be moderated internally. This will involve auditing your assessment process, quality of evidence and learning journey. We generally carry out internal moderation on a monthly basis for longer courses and within 72 hours for all short and classroom based courses.Dates are published under events.

Where we have direct claim status, your certificate is claimed as soon as our internal moderator has signed you off. Certficates claimed this way normally arrive within 10 working days.

Other portfolio of evidence will need to be either emailed or posted to the awarding body for external moderation. You will normally get your certificate within 14 working days.

What can l do after completion?

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.



You are only enrolled when you book online and make payment. Payment is normally expected within 5 days after making a booking. We are however flexible with corporate bookings where we might be expected to be signed up as a supplier and an order number is required. Please let us know as soon as possible if this is the case.

Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care Course

You will need to fully participate in online activities and provide multimedia evidence whenever possible.You will be expected to complete the course between 6 to 12 months. Candidates who are committed and work hard can study the course fast track and complete within a few weeks.

The full cost of the course is £980. You can also pay using a payment plan by making a deposit of £265 and three monthly instalments. Each instalment will be £265.