Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care (England)


No time off work

No exams

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£2695 + vat

Pay in 2, 3 or 6 instalments

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This is the NEW Highfield Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care (RQF) (England) which has been developed for those who manage care and support services within the adult care sector (England).

The qualification aims to develop learners’ knowledge and skills in leading and managing adult social care provision and teams, responsibilities of leaders and managers, improvement and innovation, communication, values and behaviours, health and safety and professional behaviours of leaders and managers.

What is included and what should I expect?

You can start this course anytime and it will take up to 18 months to complete.

Classroom attendance is not required, as the qualification is delivered within the workplace. You will be assigned a tutor/assessor at the beginning of the course, who will work with you throughout the programme.

During this course, you will cover the following mandatory units:

  • The Principles of Leadership and Management in Adult Social Care
  • Team Leadership for Leaders of Adult Social Care Services
  • The Principles of Governance and Regulatory Processes for Adult Social Care
  • Decision Making for Leaders of Adult Social Care Services
  • The Principles of Business and Resource Management for Leaders of Adult Social Care
  • Leading Team Learning and Development in Adult Social Care
  • Professional Supervision of Others in Adult Social Care
  • Leading the Implementation of Safeguarding in Adult Social Care
  • The Principles of Mental Capacity, Consent and Restrictive Practices for Leaders of Adult Social Care Services
  • Professional Relationships and Partnership Working for Leaders of Adult Social Care Services
  • Managing Comments and Complaints in Adult Social Care
  • Leading the Vision and Future Direction of Adult Social Care Services
  • Leading Continuous Improvement and Innovation in Adult Social Care
  • Effective Communication for Leaders of Adult Social Care Services
  • Information Management for Leaders of Adult Social Care Services
  • Leading Person-Centred, Outcomes-Based Practice in Adult Social Care
  • Promoting Individuals’ Health and Wellbeing for Leaders of Adult Social Care Services
  • Leading the Promotion of Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Human Rights in Adult Social Care
  • Leading Health and Safety in Adult Social Care
  • Continuous Development for Leaders of Adult Social Care
  • Promoting Personal Wellbeing

In addition to this, you will also choose additional optional units.

Entry Requirements

To enrol onto this course you must:

  • Be aged over 19 years old.
  • Have access to the appropriate workplace and role to be able to
    successfully meet the knowledge and skills requirements of this qualification.
  • it is advised that learners have a minimum of Level 2 in literacy or numeracy or equivalent and be able to demonstrate prior achievement of
    qualifications at either level 3 or 4.
Why choose Compass?

No jargon – we explain what you need to provide in plain English

No time away from work – you can complete it in your own time and in work.

One to one support – your Assessor will give you as much support as you need by email and phone.

Customer service – our team is available to support our candidates and assessors while you concentrate on what’s important to you – getting your qualification.

Our Assessors are from a care background.  They know the pressures you’re under and will help you complete the course in a way that suits you best.

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Is there any prior knowledge or training I need before I do this qualification?

No. There are no mandatory entry requirements although you do need to be in a relevant role so you can be assessed.  it is also advisable to have a L3 or L4 qualification in care.

How does the process work?

When you enrol, you are provided with a logon to our online platform. This guides you through:

  • Your induction and introduction to your qualification
  • Some reading material followed by questions you need to answer
  • What documents you need to upload
  • Your workplace visit requirements
  • Your Assessor gets in touch within 7-10 days of your enrolment and will then give you feedback on how you’re doing each step of the way, until your completion.
How to I submit my work?

Your portfolio is managed on our online Learning Platform.  We have a dedicated Customer Service team in case you run into any difficulties who can talk you through how it works. There are also some helpful videos along the way to give you some hints and tips.

What if English is not my first language?

The qualification is completed and assessed in English although we will make every effort to accommodate any special requirements you have.

Are there any additional costs?

All registration fees, travel expenses and vat is included in the price.  You have access to the online portfolio system for 24 months.  If you have not completed by this time you may need to pay additional fees.

I have dyslexia, is there any support available?

Yes – your Assessor will support you to enable you to complete this qualification.

How long will it take to complete?

This depends on each individual.  The average completion for a Level 5 is 18-24 months.  You are supported by your Assessor for 2 years after which you will be dormant on our system. 

Can I get help with the cost of the course?

Various payment plans are available on to spread the cost.

Or your employer may consider an Apprenticeship route to pay for the course through the Levy system.

Who issues my certificate?

This qualification is certificated by Highfield who will issue your certificate when you complete.

How long will I need to wait for my certificate?

The certificates are sent from Highfield and can take up to 10 working days. We will email you an electronic copy of the certificate as soon as we receive it and send the hard copy in the post.