Health, Science and Social Care Professions

Leader in Adult Care Level 5 Apprenticeship

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

You can start an Apprenticeship at any time. You will study typically for 18 to 24 months depending on prior learning and experience.

Entry requirements

• Learners should be at least 19 years old. It is also recommended that they will hold a Level 3 qualification or above in a related area.
• Learners will need to be working in the role of Deputy or Manager in an appropriate setting.
• Undertake the Disclosure and Barring Service process and provide the result.
• You will need to find an employer to employ you as an apprentice. Please click here to see our Apprenticeship vacancies.

You will achieve

• Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care.
• Apprentices without Level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to completion of their Apprenticeship.
• Leader in Adult Care Apprenticeship Level 5 Standard

Course overview

The 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, psychological 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.

This qualification provides the skills and knowledge needed to manage practice and lead others in adult Health and Social Care provision or in Children and Young People’s Services

If you would like to find out more information about this apprenticeship you can visit the Apprenticeship Standards website.

Course content

This qualification provides learners with the skills and knowledge needed to manage practice and lead others in adult Health and Social Care provision or in Children and Young People’s services. It has five pathways and covers a wide range of topics including:

  • Safeguarding and protection
  • Managing care services
  • Change programmes and recruitment
  • Supporting development and partnership working quality systems and improvement
  • Developing and carrying out policy
  • Promoting and developing best practice
  • Care management

You will be assessed through practical observations and coursework.
At the end of the course you will be expected to complete a series of end point assessments which include:

  • Observation of Leadership
  • Professional discussion

You will require access to a computer and internet.

You will study within the workplace and you will be expected to attend classes at Barnsley College once a month day release.

On completion learners can progress to a wide range of job roles depending on the pathway taken. The following list is not all-inclusive, but gives a taster of the opportunities available in either adult or children and young people’s settings:
• Manager
• Deputy manager
• Assistant manager
• Care broker

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.

Extra information

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



Barnsley College has a range of sports opportunities for all students to take part in, gain professional training and compete nationally and internationally. We also have a state-of-the-art fitness village, Honeywell Sports Village where students can make use of our fitness suite, spinning studio and classes for competitive rates. You don’t have to be studying sport to get involved in the Sports Academy.

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

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.

If you need any further information, please contact our friendly Information Team.

Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Leader in Adult Care Level 5 Apprenticeship

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