« Go Back

Higher Diploma in Leadership and Management for Residential Childcare - Level 5Apply Now »

Course Image
Level: 5

Location: Other

Years: 2

Weeks: 114


Start: Roll On Roll Off - Contact Us

Days / Times: Contact Us

Tuition (£): 0.00*

24+ Loan Amount: 2880.00****

Interview: Y

Course Summary

The Pearson BTEC Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Residential Childcare (England) has been developed to give learners the opportunity to:

  • demonstrate competence as a residential childcare manager
  • develop knowledge, understanding and skills related to the leadership and management of practitioners in residential childcare 
  • have their existing skills recognised
  • engage in learning that is relevant to them and which will provide them with opportunities to develop a range of skills, techniques and personal attributes essential for successful performance in working life 
  • achieve a nationally recognised Level 5 vocationally-related qualification
  • progress in employment in residential childcare 
  • progress to related general and/or vocational qualifications.

Entry requirements

This qualification is for you if you work in a management role in a residential care setting with children and young people. If you are a new manager, you will need to complete the qualification within three years of employment.

The Diploma is the accepted qualification for registration and regulation where appropriate and can demonstrate continuing professional development.

You need to demonstrate a high standard of English.

Course Content

  • Understand children and young people’s development in residential childcare
  • Understand support for children and young people who are vulnerable and disadvantaged
  • Lead and manage a team within a residential childcare setting
  • Lead practice to support the safeguarding and protection of children and young people in residential childcare
  • Lead practice for communication and information management in residential childcare settings
  • Manage risk in residential childcare
  • Lead and manage group living in residential childcare
  • Lead a service that can support children or young people who have experienced harm or abuse
  • Lead practice to achieve positive outcomes for children and young people in residential childcare
  • Implement a Positive Relationship Policy in residential childcare
  • Lead practice to support the wellbeing and resilience of children and young people in residential childcare
  • Lead practice in safe use of digital, internet and mobile technology with children and young people
  • Undertake professional development in residential childcare settings
  • Lead practice to promote the rights, diversity and equality of children and young people in residential childcare
  • Lead networks and multi-agency work to benefit children and young people in residential childcare

Optional units

  • Lead a residential childcare service that can engage with the youth justice system
  • Lead practice to support young people leaving care
  • Understand the context of residential childcare for children and young people with complex disabilities or conditions
  • Principles for leading the transition of young people with complex disabilities or conditions to adult services
  • Support others to understand models of disability and their effects on working practice with children and young people
  • Undertake a research project within services for health and social care or children and young people

How will I be assessed?

To achieve the Level 5 Diploma, you will be assessed on the following:

  • Evidence of your knowledge and understanding as well as  your practical competence in the real working environment
  • Knowledge through assignments, work products, professional discussion and group work
  • Your performance through observations and witness testimonies
  • High standard of English

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

£1,500 which includes all resources, registration and certification.

What can I do after this course?


You could progress to a higher level management course.

Did you find the course information on this page useful?


* 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.

Lewis Morrell

Lewis Morrell

Lewis follows dad and granddad into healthcare

Teenager Lewis Morrell is aiming to become the third generation of his family to go into nursing.

But disappointing school GCSE exam results meant he had to have a rethink and plot a new route on the road to his career.

Looking for suitable courses, Lewis attended a College open event and was impressed with both what was on offer and the friendliness of the staff.

Eighteen-year-old Lewis described Derby College as "a lifeline" which has helped to give him confidence and a mind-set that he can achieve his goals.

A hospital work placement, run through the college's Employer Academy programme, has directly helped him land a health care assistant apprenticeship at the Royal Derby Hospital.

And Lewis has also completed Health and Social Care and English Functional Skills at Level 2, with a double pass and a merit. He is waiting for his GCSE English and CGSE Science results.

Lewis's dad is a children's nurse and his grandad worked in nursing and midwifery. He now manages a doctors' practice in Australia.

Knowing Lewis's skillset and temperament, they said that getting into health care would be "the best thing he ever did". He was inspired by them

I was a bit down about my English and Science results from school, because I needed those for nursing. Once I've got them I'll be able to get on further, so college was a lifeline.

It supported me through the first year and they pushed me. It's given me confidence. Rather than thinking 'maybe I can't do this', it helped me think 'yes, I can actually do this.'

It was very supportive through all of my time and I'm proud to have been accepted for the apprenticeship.

I'd say to anybody who didn't quite get the exams they want: go to
College, go to every lesson, stick with it and eventually it'll all click.

It's a four year apprenticeship. I want to go on to university and get my nursing degree and then get into children's nursing eventually.

Go to top