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Leadership and Management for Adult Care Apprenticeship (Level 5)

Key course information

Health, Care and Early Years


1 year


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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. A Leader in Adult Care has responsibility for managing community or residential based services. This role has a large element of leadership, whether with other care workers and networks or in leading the service itself.This qualification provides learners with the knowledge and skills needed to manage, practise and lead others in adult care provision. Learners will acquire and use skills of leadership, mentoring, coaching and reflection through work-based learning opportunities. This qualification is most suitable for those working in a managerial role in adult care settings who are looking to progress their career. It is also appropriate for managers who have not yet achieved a vocational qualification at Level 5.

What will I learn?

The Diploma that is to be completed alongside this apprenticeship requires you to achieve 75 credits from the 20 mandatory units, and a further 15 credits from a selection of optional units that can be chosen with your assessor upon application to the course.

You will learn topics such as team leadership in adult care, communication and information management in adult care, and safeguarding and protection in adult care, to name a few. These are all knowledge and skills-based units that your assessor will set you work from in order to complete the diploma. You will also learn about statutory frameworks, standards, and codes of practice in relation to safeguarding, health and well-being, dignity and human rights, and theories regarding leadership, also.

The optional units available will be discussed with your assessor, and the idea with these is to shape them to you and your place of work, so they are relevant to your job role and course of study.

Entry Requirements

- You will need to achieve Maths and English at a Level 2 to be able to complete this course; these need to be achieved before you complete the End Point Assessment. If you hold these already, you won’t need to complete them again.

- Upon application, an initial assessment will need to be completed to determine if this level of study is appropriate to you.

- You will need to be working in a managerial role in an appropriate setting to be able to study for the Level 5 Leadership and Management for Adult Care.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

- As part of this course, you will be expected to complete 20% off the job training; this will be discussed with you further upon enrolment to the course.

- To complete this apprenticeship, an End Point Assessment (EPA) will need to be completed. The EPA must be completed over a maximum total assessment time of two days, within a three-month period, after you have met the EPA gateway requirements. The End Point Assessment consists of two distinct assessment methods:
• Observation of Leadership
• Professional discussion

It is a requirement for you to be able to demonstrate in both end point assessment methods, that throughout the course of the Apprenticeship, you have achieved the required knowledge but have also been able to put this into practice through the evidence of the skills and behaviours. You should demonstrate this through giving authentic examples of how you have applied these skills. Performance in the EPA will determine the apprenticeship grade of fail, pass or distinction.

- As part of this apprenticeship, you will be completing the NCFE CACHE Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care, and this will need to be completed before undertaking the End Point Assessment.

Additional Costs and Information

- Duration of the course is typically 24 months. All work is assessed by a designated assessor using a range of methods, such as direct observations in the workplace, a portfolio of evidence and written assignments.

What Could I Do Next?

On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses

Health, Care and Early Years

Career Opportunities

  • Teaching Assistant
  • Youth Worker
  • Social Worker

  • Psychologist
  • Teacher
  • Children's Nurse

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