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.
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.