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Leadership for Health and Social Care - Higher Apprenticeship - Level 5


Obtaining this qualification will show that you have the skills needed to keep a care-provision organisation running smoothly.

This two year qualification gives you the opportunity to build both your managerial and care skills, allowing you to help more people. It also fulfils the regulatory requirement for those looking to become managers of adult residential and domiciliary services.

This qualification is aimed at those already working in health and social care as an assistant or deputy manager or a manager who has not yet achieved a recognised vocational qualification at this level.

This qualification will guide and assess development of knowledge, understanding and skills in management practice, within health and social care and services. This is the required qualification for registration and regulatory requirements for the sector in England. 

Entry requirements

You will be required to be working at Level 2 ability in both literacy and numeracy.

This qualification is for those already working in health and social care in a management role or with management responsibilities.

Ideally you will have at least six months' management experience in your current role or a combination of current and past experience to enable you to produce the evidence required.

How long is the course?

Two years


How will I be assessed?

Assessment is conducted in the workplace through observation of your duties and a range of other methods which include: witness statements, reflective accounts, professional discussions and work products.

The evidence produced will be collated in an online e-portfolio to show you have met the required standards.

What does the course lead to?

This course will provide you with knowledge, understanding and professional skills that you can take with you as you move within the different care services.

The qualification will also support you if you pursue a career in nursing or any other specialist care areas.

What will I study?

There are three pathways to choose from to gain this qualification:

  • Adults Residential Management
  • Adults Management
  • Adults Advanced Practice

Study programmes

It is an entry requirement for some courses to have gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths (see entry requirements). If the entry requirements to a course do not require A*-C in these subjects, and you haven’t already gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths before joining us, you will continue to study English and maths as part of your programme and take appropriate qualifications in these subjects with the aim of achieving A* to C grade. In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, every student aged under 19 and studying a full-time course at college will take part in our study programmes alongside their main subject qualification. Find out more.

How do I apply?

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