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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.

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.

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