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Level: 5

Location: Workplace

Years: 2

Weeks: 104


Start: Roll On Roll Off - Contact Us

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Tuition (£): 0.00*

24+ Loan Amount: 3000.00****

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This programme is ideal if you are responsible for running a facility that provides services for vulnerable children, adults or both. You might be an assistant or deputy manager, or a manager who has not yet achieved a recognised vocational qualification at this level.

You will cover areas such as:

  • the assessment of individual needs
  • the planning and review of care programmes
  • procurement and tendering
  • risk management
  • effective governance
  • domiciliary care management.

Entry requirements

The City & Guilds Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care Services is not approved for learners under 19 years of age.

You should:

  • be working in a health and social care setting in a supervisory or management position
  • have a good standard of English
  • ideally have completed an NVQ 3 qualification in care.


Course Content

You will choose one of the following six pathways:

  • Children and Young People's Residential Management (England or Wales)
  • Children and Young People's Management (England or Wales)
  • Children and Young People's Advanced Practice (England or Wales and Northern Ireland)
  • Adults' Residential Management (England or Wales and Northern Ireland)
  • Adults' Management (England or Wales and Northern Ireland)
  • Adults' Advanced Practice (England or Wales and Northern Ireland).

All the pathways share five core 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 or children and young people's settings
  • Working in partnership in health and social care, and children and young people's settings.

Depending on the pathway you choose, you will complete a certain number of additional core units, as well as a range of optional units.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed at work. For each unit, your assessor watches and asks questions as you perform a task, or they may look at a portfolio of work that you have built as formal evidence of your learning. This will help confirm you've got the skills to do the job well.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

Costs can be negotiable and a student loan can be obtained. The maximum cost is £3,000.

What can I do after this course?

You need to have this qualification to be a manager of adult residential and domiciliary services or children's homes.

The qualification can also help you work in roles such as:

  • Adult nurse
  • Care home manager
  • Care worker
  • Children's nurse
  • Health promotion/education specialist
  • Health service manager
  • Learning disability nurse
  • Mental health nurse
  • Nurse
  • Residential warden
  • Social worker
  • Supervisor/team leader
  • Volunteer manager
  • Youth and community worker
  • Care home manager.

If you'd like to advance further in your career, you may want to take a qualification that can help you work in a specialised area, such as the:

  • Level 4 NVQ in Advice and Guidance
  • Level 4 NVQ in Residential Childcare Managers
  • Level 4 Higher Professional Diploma in Inspecting Learning Disability Services
  • Level 4 Higher Professional Diploma in Health and Well Being
  • Level 4 Certificate in Working with Substance Misuse.




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* Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are not entitled to any concessions.
*** Co-Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are entitled to any partial concessions.
**** Advanced Learner Loan: if you are aged 19 or over and want to study at Level 3, 4, 5 or 6, you could apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the costs of your study. This is the fee that would need to be financed by a successful application for a loan. Alternatively, you or your employer could pay the fees directly.

Lauren Hudson

Lauren Hudson

Derby College Student of the Year prepares to start nursing degree

Taking a Level 3 course in Health and Social Care has left Derby College Student of the Year Lauren Hudson well prepared for a degree in nursing.
High-achieving Lauren, who has just left college with a distinction star, was thinking of studying for A-levels at sixth form but opted instead for the more hands-on course at the Roundhouse. As part of her course the Matlock teenager also gained valuable practical experience with Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust through the college's Employer Academy initiative.
One of her placements included working as a health care assistant at the Specialist Assessment & Rehabilitation Centre (SpARC) on London Road, where Lauren helped to assess older people who have had a fall. Lauren really enjoyed her time at Derby College.
She said she found the lecturers to be supportive, but at the same they gave students the freedom to learn independently. She added: "I'm looking forward to going university and I'd definitely recommend the Level 3 in Health and Social Care to anyone thinking of taking a nursing degree."

I'm pleased I took the Health and Social Care course as I think it is more suited to what I'm going to be doing on my nursing degree course at the University of Birmingham. Thanks to Derby College I feel well prepared for starting my degree this September.

For example, my college course included units which are directly related to nursing, such as public health and how to go about finding statistics.

These units are covered in my degree, obviously in much more depth than at college, but the knowledge I already have of them from my level 3 course will be useful.

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