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Level: 5

Location: Workplace

Years: 1

Weeks: 52

Hours: 1.50

Start: Roll On Roll Off - Contact Us

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Tuition (£): 0.00*

Exams (£): 2000.00**

Adult Loan Amount: 2800.00****

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This is a Level 5 Diploma which consists of two main pathways:

  • Children and Young People's pathway
  • Adult pathway

Entry requirements

You should have a good level of English and should be working in a management position to be able to achieve this qualification.

You may be 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.

Course Content

The Level 5 Diploma consists of two main pathways:

Children and Young People's Pathway

  • Children's and young people's residential management
  • Children's and young people's management
  • Children's and young people's advanced practice

Adult Pathway

  • Adults residential management
  • Adults management
  • Adults advanced practice

You will also study:

  • Using and developing systems that promote communication
  • Promoting professional development
  • Championing equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Developing health and safety and risk management policies, procedures and practices in health and social care or children's and young people's settings
  • Working in partnership in health and social care, and children's and young people's settings.

How will I be assessed?

Learners will be assessed mainly through a portfolio of evidence, which must be gathered in the learner's workplace. For knowledge-only units, learners will be assessed either in or out of the workplace.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

There is a £2,000 cost for the course or you should have a student loan in place before enrolment.

What can I do after this course?

Career progression opportunities, including higher level studies, will be discussed with you.

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* Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are not entitled to any concessions.
** Exam - This fee is to cover the cost of registration with the relevant awarding body.
*** 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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