Health and Social Care Leadership Diploma Level 5

Part Time 19+ Learner Loan available

Course Summary

The Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services (England) is for those who work in the Adult Social Care sector in England. It gives you the opportunity to:

  • develop and demonstrate competence in leadership roles within either a Social Care or children and young people’s services setting, such as:

  • Managers of residential services

  • Assistant managers of residential services

  • Assistant managers

  • Senior Care workers

  • Day service managers

  • Day service assistant managers

  • Managers of domiciliary services

  • Assistant managers of domiciliary services o Managers of community based services.

  • develop technical skills and knowledge and understanding related to the specified job roles above in health and social care or children and young people’s services such as understanding safeguarding, managing health and safety risks and partnership working.

  • have existing skills recognised

  • achieve a nationally-recognised Level 5 qualification

  • develop own personal growth and engagement in learning


If you achieve the Level 5 Diploma you can progress to higher education courses in health and social care leadership or courses in working with children and young people at undergraduate or postgraduate level.

Entry Requirements

In order to be eligible for the qualification, you will need to:

  • be currently working in a management position within a health and social care role

  • have agreement from your employer to allow an assessor to visit you in the workplace

  • be working a minimum of 15 hours a week and employed or volunteering for a minimum of three months.

Course Content

There are six mandatory units:

  • Use and Develop Systems that Promote Communication

  • Promote Professional Development

  • Champion Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

  • Develop Health and Safety and Risk Management Policies, Procedures and Practices in Health and Social Care Setting

  • Work in Partnership

  • Undertake a Research Project within Services for Health and Social Care

There are also a number of optional units, some of which are shown below, which you select according to your responsibilities within the workplace. This means this qualification will be entirely bespoke to your own individual requirements.

  • Leadership and Management

  • Promotion of well-being

  • Development of procedures and good practice

  • Understanding professional supervision and lead

  • Practicing support for positive outcomes

  • Risk management

  • Equality and Diversity

  • Communication systems

  • Promotion of professional development

  • Understanding the development of service users

  • Development of safeguarding policies and procedure

Timings and Assessment

  • Approximately 2 years.

  • An assessor will visit you in your workplace. They will plan their visits in advance and will accommodate your work pattern and activities. Assessment visits usually take place every 3-4 weeks and last approximately 1-1.5 hours each. You will be set tasks to complete between visits.

  • Your assessor will work with you to cover the knowledge and skills covered in the qualification. As well as being able to complete tasks competently, you should know why you do them a certain way. Together you will gather evidence to demonstrate you meet the qualification standards. A variety of assessment methods will be used. These will usually contain a mixture of:

  • Engaging in discussion with your assessor about your practice to demonstrate your knowledge

  • Reflecting on your own personal practice and development

  • Start anytime

Costs and Resources

  • The price of this qualification starts at £2,300 and is dependent on location.

  • The qualification is eligible for the Advanced Learner Loan where the Government cover the course fees, only re-paid on completion of the qualification and when you are earning £26,575. More information can be found here:

  • For further career guidance, the National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. This service offers confidential and impartial advice and is supported by qualified careers advisers.

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