Leadership for Health and Social Care or Children and Young People's Services NVQ Level 5

Cost Duration
£2 200 approximately 24 months

Course Summary

The Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services is aimed at individuals who lead social care provision in an adult or a children and young people’s setting, either as managers or as senior practitioners.

This qualification replaces the current Level 4 NVQ in Leadership and Management for Care Services and the Level 4 NVQ in Health and Social Care. It has six pathways of which three relate to Health and Social Care settings.


  • The management pathway is suitable for assistant managers and deputy managers working in day or domiciliary services who are looking to progress their career. They are also appropriate for managers who have not yet achieved a vocational qualification at this level.

Residential Services:

  • The residential services pathway is aimed at those in similar job roles as those taking the management pathway but offer a focus on management and care in residential settings.

Advanced Practice:

  • The Advanced Practice pathway is suitable for senior practitioners who would like to develop their career but wish to remain active practitioners within the management framework.


  • Learners who achieve the Level 5 Diploma can progress to higher education courses in health and social care leadership at undergraduate or postgraduate level.

Entry requirements

  • Be either a manager or senior practitioner
  • Have agreement from your employer to allow an assessor to visit you in the workplace
  • Have a minimum of 3 months’ prior experience in your job role
  • Be working a minimum of 15 hours per week

Course content

There are five mandatory learning outcomes covering the three pathways:

  • Using and developing systems that promote communication
  • Promoting professional development
  • Championing equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Developing health and safety and risk management policies procedures and practices in health and social care settings
  • Work in partnership in health and social care settings
  • Undertake a Research Project within Services for Health and Social Care or Children and Young People

There are a number of optional units and relate to the pathway chosen.  They can include:

  • Leadership and Management
  • Promotion of well-being
  • Development of procedures and good practice
  • Understanding professional supervision and lead
  • Practicing support for positive outcomes
  • Understanding the development of service users
  • Development of safeguarding policies and procedures
  • Manage induction
  • Support individuals to access housing and accommodation services

Timings and Assessments

  • Approximately 24 months.
  • Once the appropriate units are agreed, assessment can start. An assessor will visit you in your workplace. They will plan their visits in advance and will accommodate your work pattern and activities. Assessment visits usually take place every 3-4 weeks and last approximately 1-1.5 hours each. You will be set tasks to complete between visits.
  • Your assessor will work with you to cover the knowledge and skills covered in the qualification. As well as being able to complete tasks competently, you should know why you do them a certain way. Together you will gather evidence to demonstrate you meet the qualification standards. A variety of assessment methods will be used. These will usually contain a mixture of:
    • Observation
    • Work products
    • Professional discussions
    • Oral and/or written question & answers
    • Reflective accounts
    • Witness testimonies
  • Our Assessors will visit you once a month in the workplace
  • Start anytime

Costs and Resources

  • From £2,200 dependent on location


  • For further information about this course please contact a member of the Fast Forward Team on 01793 732892 or email: FastForward@newcollege.ac.uk
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