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Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care (Adults’ Advanced Practice)

England Ref 3978/56, Wales and Northern Ireland 3978/66


This qualification, which replaces the Level 4 NVQ in Leadership and Management for Care Services and the Level 4 NVQ in Health and Social care, is for people who work in the health and social care sector either as managers of the provision or as senior practitioners including assistants and deputy managers.

This qualification allows you to develop your managerial and care skills and is therefore ideal for those looking to become managers of adult residential and domiciliary services or to be an advanced practitioner.

  • Residential homes and services for older people, the elderly, people with disabilities including learning disabilities
  • Nursing homes
  • Domiciliary care services
  • Day services
  • Respite care and services
  • Community care services

If you work in one of the following job roles this qualification would be suitable for you:-

  • Registered Manager
  • Manager
  • Assistant or Deputy Manager
  • Senior Care worker or supervisor
  • Nursing staff
  • Support worker or supervisor
  • Team Leader
  • Co-ordinator


Diploma Course Structure

This qualification provides you with guidance and assesses your knowledge, understanding and skills in leadership and management within the health and social care sector. It meets the required regulatory requirements for this sector and can demonstrate continuing professional development.

To gain this qualification you will have a range of mandatory and some optional units to choose from to complete this award


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 policies and procedures of the work place as stated by current government legislation.

During the course of the qualification the candidate must work with at least two service users.

A range of assessment methods will be used by the assessor including examining work products and expert witness testimonies and direct observation.

Knowledge based units will be assessed using a range of methods including reflective accounts, projects, assignments, assessor questions and professional discussions.

Candidates will have full access to assessor support via telephone, email, Skype and web links.


This qualification is usually completed within 12 months.


England, Wales and Northern Ireland and you can enrol at anytime.

Entry requirements

There is no set entry requirement for this qualification. However, the qualification is only available to candidates 19 years and older.

What is QCF?

The Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) is the way of recognising achievement through the awarding of credits for qualifications and individual units and applies to England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
It aims to provide a more flexible route to gaining qualifications and enables progression to be achieved in smaller steps through the accumulation of credit.

CQC Requirements

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.

Memberships (Upon application)

  • Institute of Leadership and Management
  • Chartered Management Institute
  • Social Care Association
  • Royal College of Nursing


Mandatory units

Unit 501: Use and develop systems that promote communication

Unit 502: Promote professional development

Unit 503: Champion equality, diversity and inclusion

Unit 504: Develop health and safety and risk management policies procedures and practices in health and social care or children and young people's settings

Unit 505: Working in partnership in health and social care or children and young people's settings

Unit 513: Manage health and social care practice to ensure positive outcomes for individuals

Unit 514: Safeguarding and protection of vulnerable adults

Unit 516: Understand safeguarding of children and young people (for those working in the adult sector)

Unit 517: Lead person-centred practice

Unit 518: Assess the individual in a health and social care setting


For a list of Optional Units please contact one of our keen and professional Course Advisors on or on 01472 240112


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