These Level 5 Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care qualifications replace the Level 4 NVQ in Leadership and Management for Care Services and the City & Guilds RQF Level 4 NVQ in Health and Social Care.
The Level 5 Health and Social Care distance learning course is for people who work within the Health and Social Care sector, either as managers or as senior practitioners, including assistants and deputy managers. If you're looking to gain a Diploma in Health and Social Care, then this Level 5 course is the one for you.
The qualification can be used towards your CQC application.
It is recognised by regulatory bodies such as the CQC as a requirement for anyone looking to take on a Registered Manager position, which otherwise requires a Registered Managers Award.
There are various pathways available for this qualification which acts as a Level 5 Diploma in Health and Social Care.
You need to be in a management position working in a health and social care setting.
You should also have a Level 3 Health and Social Care qualification and a good standard of maths and English.
This is a competency-based qualification and evidence is gathered by the candidate as they undertake their normal work role. This will form the basis for their portfolio. The evidence must reflect the policies and procedures of the workplace as stated by current government legislation.
During the course of the qualification, the candidate should ideally work with at least two service users.
A range of assessment methods will be used by the assessor, including examining work products, expert witness testimonies and direct observation.
An assessor will visit you in the workplace at some point and undertake observations of you at work. These will be planned in advance in order to cause minimum disruption to your work routine and to try to capture as much information as possible in one visit.
Knowledge-based units will be assessed using a range of methods including reflective accounts, projects, assignments, assessor questions and professional discussions.
You will have a range of mandatory units and will choose your optional units with the support of your assessor.
The Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care is recognised as a professional management qualification for the Health and Social care sector.
You need a laptop as you will be accessing a One File e-portfolio.
The costs for the course are £2,000. Student loans are available if you are eligible and the College will support you with your application.
You could progress to higher management roles within the care sector or take your qualifications to the next level at university.
Health care assistant Michael Smith has recently completed his apprenticeship and is already “a really valuable” team member on ward 206 at the Royal Derby Hospital.
Michael, 21, took levels two and three in Health and Social Care at the Roundhouse, where he also gained valuable work experience through the innovative Employer Academy run in partnership with the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust.
This voluntary work helped him secure clinical apprenticeship role with the Trust.
Michael trained on orthopaedic Ward 206 and was supported academically throughout his apprenticeship by DCG.
He is now a qualified Health Care Assistant on the ward – following in the footsteps of his mum and brother.
Michael said: “I’m happy as an HCA, but in future I may look at becoming a nurse practitioner or physiotherapist.”
Senior Ward Sister Lynsey Heald described Michael as “a really valuable member of the team” and said his college study programme and work experience through the Employer Academy helped prepare him for the ward.
She added: “He’s really hard working and he’s got a lovely way with the patients, and he gets on really well with the team.
“Doing the health and social care courses really helped because he knew what to expect. They become a bit more confident, as well. We’ve got a recent new apprentice and Michael’s really taken her under his wing.”
I like caring for people, I’m enjoying the job and I really like the team. I’d recommend it.