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Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People's Services (Children Services Route)

This course is for those who already work in health and social care, assistant or deputy managers or managers who have not yet achieved a vocational qualification at this level.

It's designed to give you the opportunity to build both managerial and care skills. It fulfils the regulatory requirement for those looking to become managers of children's homes, children's services or adults residential and domiciliary services.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

This course has start dates in September, January and April taking two years to complete.

What will I study?

You will study a number of mandatory units and optional units chosen specifically to meet your job role and settings needs. Typical units covered include:

  • The assessment of individual needs
  • Implementation of Equality and Diversity, Safeguarding and Health and Safety procedures
  • Facilitating change within your chosen setting
  • Induction and appraisal process
  • Planning and review of care programmes
  • Procurement and tendering
  • Risk management
  • Effective governance
  • Domiciliary care management

How is it assessed?

The majority of assessment will be work-based, using real experiences, written assessments and observations by a qualified assessor.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

This qualification is required for managers of adult residential and domiciliary services or children's homes.

The Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People's Services can also help you work in roles such as:

  • Adult nurse
  • Children's services manager
  • Nursery manager
  • Care home manager
  • Care worker
  • Children's nurse
  • Health promotion / education specialist
  • Health service manager
  • Learning disability nurse
  • Mental health nurse
  • Residential warden
  • Social worker
  • Supervisor / team leader
  • Volunteer manager
  • Youth and community worker.

What are the course fees?

If you are aged 19+ you could also choose to apply for a 19+ Advanced Learner Loan to cover your course fees enabling you to study now, pay later. Loan eligibility isn't dependent on income or employment status and there is no credit check. Loan repayments don't start until you have finished your course and earn over £25,000 per year.

For more information on the Advanced Learner Loan, please click here. For more information on the financial support that may be available, please click here.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

This qualification will be the accepted qualification for registration and regulation where appropriate and can demonstrate continuing professional development.

I'm interested in this course, what do I do next?

If you would like any further information in relation to this course, please contact our enquiries team directly on 0800 99 66 99 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or drop into our next Enrolment and Information Event. Alternatively, submit an application form to secure a place.

Ref: Marie Sephton