Level 5 NVQ Health and Social Care

Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services

The Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services replaces and combines the level 4 NVQ Leadership and Management in Care Services and Level 4 NVQ Health and Social Care qualifications to offer a hybrid qualification. 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. Candidates who manage in children homes are required to enrol for the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Residential Childcare (England) instead.

This course will be superceeded by the Level 5 Diploma and Management for Adult Care from 1 September 2018.

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 7 to 15 months depending on your enrolment. The course has a 280-420 guided learning hours requirement.

Entry Requirements

This 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.

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 the second year of  an undergraduate degree. There is an expectation that you will have 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 research, reflect an awareness of different perspectives or approaches and use references.

Course Structure

You have the option of five pathways highlighted below. Candidates will be expected to choose their desired pathway and follow the rules of combination highlighted.To achieve a Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services you will need a minimum 90 Credits gained by demonstrating your skills, knowledge, understanding, care values and attitudes across mandatory and optional units.

Children and Young People Management
• 68 credits are from mandatory units and 22 from optional units
Children and Young People’e Advanced Practice
• 56 credits are from mandatory units and 34 from optional units
Adults Residential Management
• 62 credits are from mandatory units and 28 from optional units
Adults Management
• 63 credits are from mandatory units and 27 from optional units
Adults Advanced Practice
• 51 credits are from mandatory units and 39 from optional units

Regardless of the pathway you choose you will be expected to first complete the following six mandatory units:

Unit 1: Use and Develop Systems that Promote Communication
Unit 2: Promote Professional Development
Unit 3: Champion Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
Unit 4: Develop Health and Safety and Risk Management Policies, Procedures and Practices in Health and Social Care or Children and Young People’s Settings
Unit 5: Work in Partnership in Health and Social Care or Children and Young People’s Settings
Unit 6: Undertake a Research Project within Services for Health and Social Care or Children and Young People

Course Delivery and Support

The 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.

Distance learning will stretch you as you need to self-motivate and work against the pressures of studying alone.

Candidates studying by either distance or blended learning will need to fully participate in online activities and provide multimedia evidence whenever possible.

On enrolment every candidate will be allocated an assessor who will also be their tutor and the first port of call for all assessments and learning needs. You will have access to resources, coursework, tutorials, events, forums, web conferences, and face-to-face sessions. We regularly host support sessions during the day, night and weekends.

You will be expected to participate in an induction session to fully understand how to use our learning management system (Access), locate resources and your coursework. This induction can either be face-to-face or online. You will need to have a discussion with your assessor to negotiate and agree your learning and assessment plan. You are expected here to discuss about any needs, targets, practical requirements (if applicable) and declare any prior learning you wish to be considered. Your assessor will draft your “Holistic Assessment Plan” which will reflect your needs. The plan will also contain information about assessments, ground rules and expected course end date.


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

Your Partnership Responsibilities

Upon enrolment, you will be referred to as a “Learning Partner.” We commit to support you and strive to work in partnership as much as we can.

As a partner, you need to appreciate that we all have to adhere to regulations and quality assurance procedures. Our Learning and Development team have to prove they have delivered the training, given you access to learning opportunities and support. You will, in turn, be expected to demonstrate how you have utilised these learning opportunities, shown development over a period of time and meet all course requirements. Unfortunately, there are no shortcuts. You are enrolling to earn your qualification. All your assessed evidence has to meet both internal and external quality assurance. We expect you to fulfil your partnership duties, which also includes being professional, committed, inclusive, hard working, respecting boundaries and intellectual property.

All learning partners who meet course requirements, learning outcomes and the assessment criteria will be signed off and achieve this qualification. You will get your certificate within 14 days after you have been signed off by our moderators.

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, time, assessment opportunities and the ability to study at a higher level. It will also help if you have evidence of prior learning and have access to resources that will enable you to actively participate in course activities. Learning partners 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.

Course Fees

We have strived to make our fees as low as possible without compromising the quality of the course. Payment by instalments is more expensive than payment in full. The difference in price reflects the costs of managing credit accounts.

Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services
Distance/Blended Learning
7 to 12 Months
Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services
Distance/Blended Learning
7 to 12 Months
£261 (deposit) plus three monthly instalments (Each instalment is £261)

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