Health, Science and Social Care Professions

Health and Social Care Leadership and Management Level 5 Apprenticeship

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

You can start an apprenticeship at any time. This programme will take a minimum of 18-24 months to complete.

Entry requirements
  • Learners will need to be at least 19 years of age
  • You must hold a Level 3 qualification in Health and Social Care and five GCSEs at grade A*-C, including  GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above
  • You need to be employed within a Health and Social Care setting or have an employer in this area willing to take you on as an apprentice
  • Please see our Apprenticeship vacancies:
  • As your programme may involve working with vulnerable adults, you will be required to undertake a satisfactory Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check
You will achieve

You will achieve a CACHE Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services.

Last updated: 4th April 2018

Course overview

A leader in adult care will guide and inspire teams to make positive differences to someone’s life when they are faced with physical, practical, social, emotional or intellectual challenges. They will be a leader of the care team and will develop and implement a values-based culture at a service or unit level. They may be responsible for business development, financial control, organisational resilience and continuity as well as for managing risk and leading on organisational change.

Course content

You must complete the 15 induction standards as set out in the ‘Care Certificate’ which forms part of your mandatory induction which is delivered in the workplace by your employer.

  • Legislation and policy initiatives on the promotion of diversity, equality and inclusion in services they lead
  • Legal and ethical frameworks in relation to confidentiality and sharing information
  • Range of tools and strategies to enhance communication including technology
  • Legislation, national and local solutions for the safeguarding of adults and children including reporting requirements
  • The elements needed to create a culture that supports whistleblowing in the organisation
  • Models of monitoring, reporting and responding to changes in health and wellbeing
  • Principles of professional development
  • Goals and aspirations that support own professional development and how to access available opportunities
  • Elements needed to create a culture that values learning, professional development, reflective practice and evidence based practice
  • Systems and processes necessary to ensure professional development opportunities are identified, planned, sourced, evaluated and recorded for workers
  • Theories of management and leadership and their application to adult care
  • Features of effective team performance
  • Develop and apply systems and processes needed to ensure compliance with regulations and organisational policies and procedures
  • Implement strategies to support others to manage the risks presented when balancing individual rights and professional duty of care
  • Develop and apply systems and processes that monitor and sustain quality of the service, including assessments, care plans and service delivery
  • Lead and support others to work in a person centred way and to ensure active participation which enhances the well-being and quality of life of individuals

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by your assessor using a portfolio of evidence, practical demonstrations and assignments. You will be assessed both in College and in your place of work. You will also complete an end point assessment.

What equipment will I need?

You will be required to provide paper, writing materials, A4 ring binder file, extra wide dividers and clear plastic wallets.

Where will I study?

You will study within the workplace and may have to attend classes at Barnsley College’s SciTech Campus, Falcon Street, Barnsley, S70 2EY.

What can I do next?

Upon completion you could progress onto a degree in Health and Social Care or apply for job roles including:

  • Adults’ Residential Manager – Management of day to day provision in a residential service as an Assistant Manager, Deputy Manager, Unit Manager or Service Manager. This may include responsibility as Registered Manager of the Service.
  • Adults’ Advanced Practitioner – Roles within adult social care services that need a high level of knowledge of care provision activities or a specific specialism. Not involved in direct management of staff but has some responsibility for assessment of individuals’ needs and ensures positive outcomes.

How much does the course cost?

There is no cost to being an apprentice. All costs associated with your apprenticeship, including the cost of training and your salary, will be paid by your employer.

Financial support

You may be eligible for assistance with expenses such as travel, books, equipment and childcare. For further information please contact the Student Services Team on +44 (0)1226 216 114.

Extra information

Contact the Apprenticeship Team

For further information please contact the team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email:



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English and Maths

Having good English and maths qualifications are important for most careers and we want to give you the help you need to succeed.

If you are aged 16 – 19 and don’t already have a grade C/4 or above in GCSE English and maths they will automatically be included in your study programme. If you want to work towards higher grades in English and maths  we can help you do that too.

Need a higher level maths qualification? We offer a Level 3 Mathematical Studies (Core Maths).

This can be added to your study programme

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Health and Social Care Leadership and Management Level 5 Apprenticeship