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NCFE CACHE Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care

Health, Public Services and Care, Health and Social Care
Registration and Certification Fee

Level 5
Minimum entry age
Credit Value

Important: This qualification will expire on 31 May 2022 and this is the last date we can accept learner registrations. The last date for certificate claims is 31 May 2025.

What does this qualification cover?

This qualification provides learners with the knowledge and skills needed to effectively manage practice and lead others in adult care services.

It covers a wide range of topics including:

• leadership and management
• governance and regulatory processes
• quality assurance
• safeguarding, protection and risk
• communication, relationships and partnership working
• person-centred practice for positive outcomes
• professional development, supervision and performance management
• decision-making skills
• entrepreneurial skills and innovation
• the management of specific services.

Developed with and supported by Skills for Care, this qualification has been designed to meet the requirements for the new Apprenticeship Standard for Leader in Adult Care.

Who is it suitable for?

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 are the entry requirements?

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification but learners will need to be at least 19 years of age. It is also recommended that they hold a Level 3 qualification or above in a related area.

How is this qualification structured?

Learners must achieve the 20 mandatory units (75 credits) and the remaining 15 credits from the optional units to achieve a minimum of 90 credits in total.

Total Qualification Time: 900 hours
Total Guided Learning: 720 hours
Total Credits: 90 credits

How is it assessed?

All units are internally assessed by the Centre. Methods used could include:

• interpretation of knowledge from direct observation of practice in the workplace
• witness evidence
• professional discussion
• reflection on own practice in real work situations
• written assignments
• learner’s own plans and written records
• learner log or reflective diary
• observation
• portfolio of evidence
• scenario or case study
• oral questioning.

Grading of all units will be Achieved or Not Yet Achieved.

Do you need to be working to take this qualification?

Learners will need to be working in the role of Deputy or Manager in an appropriate setting, or have the opportunity to carry out responsibilities associated with these roles.

What related qualifications can you progress to?

Learners can progress to a degree in a related discipline.

Funding for our qualifications

Find out more about funding for this and other qualifications on our funding page.

Which type of job roles can you apply for on completion?

On completion, learners can progress to a wide range of job roles. The following list is not all-inclusive, but gives an idea of the opportunities available in adult care settings:

• Manager
• Deputy Manager
• Assistant Manager
• Care Broker
• Case Manager.

Qualification Specification
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This document contains everything you need to know about this qualification in PDF format and should be used by everyone involved in its planning, delivery and assessment.

Qualification Factsheet
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This document outlines the key information of this qualification for the Centre, learner and employer.

Learner Overview
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This document contains all the information learners need to know if they’re considering taking an Advanced Learner Loan to complete this qualification.

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Qualification Specification (doc)
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This document contains everything you need to know about this qualification in MS Word format and should be used by everyone involved in its planning, delivery and assessment.

Internal assessments will go ahead in 2021/22, therefore moving away from results being based on Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs) used in 2020 to 2021, where this has been permitted. Students need to prepare a portfolio of evidence. We encourage centres to review our guidance on the types of evidence, and evidence capture, that we permit including e.g. the use of video, photos and other digital means of demonstrating knowledge and skills.

Students are still required to complete the work placement, but the focus should be on learning outcomes and evidencing competence.

The adaptation addendum document contains further information of how learning outcome / evidence of competence needs to be met either within the workplace or via alternative assessment methods.

Adaptations should also be applied in line with the ‘HSC, Early Years and Childcare - Joint AO Adaptation Guidance’ document which can be found below.

For further information please see the 2021/22 adaptation addendum document below.  

HSC, EY and CC - Joint AO Adaptation Guidance 2021_22 V1.0 Sept 2021
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2021-22 AT 60326189 V3.0
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