Diploma in Health and Social Care Level 5

The Diploma

The Diploma in Health and Social Care is designed to enable learners to develop a sound understanding of policy, theory and practice in health and social care. It provides learners with an opportunity to appreciate the challenges facing professionals, services users, individuals, care workers and policy makers in the UK and abroad today. 

Health and social care is a vast service sector undergoing rapid change, with new government initiatives giving it a higher profile than ever. Priorities on the healthcare agenda include being more responsive to patient needs, and preventing illness by promoting a healthy lifestyle. The focus in frontline health and social care is on giving service-users more independence, choice and control. These developments mean there’s greater demand for well-trained and multi-skilled people across a range of rewarding employment opportunities.

Providing help and care for those in need or who are vulnerable offers a unique sense of personal and career fulfilment. Learners develop essential skills within a worthwhile sector, the industry is complex and has far reaching effects.  Everyone who works within Health and Social care recieves personal rewards from those whom they come into contact with. One of the advantages of the Level 5 is that learners have the opporuntity to cascade individual skills to colleagues and employees through appropriate managment techniques.

Level 5 Diploma in Health and Social Care

Why choose a Level 5 Diploma in Health and Social Care?

This course is a level 5 professional Health and Social care qualificaiton, offered through Edexcel that allows learners to choose from appropriate specialsits routes through Specialist Pathways

The programme is designed to meet national standards for Health and Social care in the UK and is internationally recognised. It is underpinned by sector skills council for Health and Social care, Skills for Care and Skills for Health, who combined ensure the standards across both Health and Social care meets identified needs of the industry.

The course is suited to managers with a number of years of experience, who are seeking to consolidate their management and leadership skills and knowledge, or to establish a strong foundation for further career development. However, the course is available to everyone who is capable of reaching the required standards. Access to the course and progression are barrier free.

The programme prepares managers to perform confidently and effectively as a member of the management team. It has proved to be particularly effective in organisations undergoing significant cultural change, experiencing real growth, with a young and inexperienced management team, or where individuals are promoted from technical into management roles. It is also open to people returning to work after a career break.

The Structure of the Qualification

The level 5 diploma in health and social care (adults) for England (QCF) is made up of  credits or more from different groups that total up to 80 credits

Group A is made up of mandatory units with a credit value of 20
Group B Group C Group D
Group E Group F Group H
Group I – Knowledge based units
Groups B, C, D, E, F, G are made up of a range of both specialist pathways , H is generic units that learners are free to chose particular units from to make up the total required credit value of 80 per full Level 5 diploma.

What areas does the Level 5 Diploma in Health and Social Care cover?

The course consists of a series of learning units of which 7 are mandatory covering a variety of topics;

  • Manage health and social care practice to ensure positive outcomes for individuals

  • Safeguarding and protection of vulnerable adults

  • Lead and manage group living for adults

  • Understand safeguarding of children and young people (for those working in the adult sector)

  • Lead person centered practice

  • Manage a team within a health and social care or children and young people's setting

  • Develop professional supervision practice in health and social care or children and young people's work settings

Learners then chose optional units dependant on job role or vocaitonal specialised area through Specialist Pathways

How is the Level 5 Diploma in Health and Social Care course delivered?

The course is delivered by way of flexible learning consisting of

  • induction to the programme, explanation of the roles, responsiblities and expectations
  • Portfolio containing all relevent informaiton on which to store, house and compile evidence
  • Eportfolio
  • workshops, focusing on the core knowledge requirements
  • comprehensive packs of learning materials
  • tutor support via email, telephone, face-to-face, elearning – on line learning materials
  • one to one sessions with an allocated tutor
  • mentor support from employers
  • group and Peer support through networking with fellow learners to share experience and expertise within the learning community

Where do the workshops take place?

We have delivery venues throughout Merseyside. However we generally use employers premises, where available and suitable or conference centres can be utilised to accomodate large groups.  Employer premises have a dual effect, allows learners to benefit from experiencing contact with fellow colleagues builds team morale and develops effective team working.

How is the course assessed?

The course is assessed via completion of workbooks that include assignments, case studies, work products and application of skills, evidence of how you complete your work.  Also through observation by assessors supported by testimonies from colleagues and managers.

  • Participation during workshops
  • Workbooks
  • Work products
  • Case studies
  • Assignments 
  • Development plan, which shows how you have developed skills during the course
  • Reflective Practice
  • Assessment in Practice (observations by your allocated assessor)
  • Testimonies for colleagues, peers, and clients their family members, where applicable

What will I get?

  • Our Health and Social Care workbooks
  • A Programme Folder / Porfolio
  • A schedule of all of the workshops 
  • Tutor support throughout the course
  • Access to on line resouces – allowing completion to based upon individual pace
  • Registration with Edexcel or Cache 
  • An Edexcel or Cache certificate for your Diploma
  • Our Certificate to work within the Health and Social Care industry

What units do I choose?

Units are chosen based on the pathway being worked towards, each pathway is dependent upon employment environment being worked within. Pathways are broken down into the following pathways, click on each pathway to get the breakdown of units to be worked towards;

Specialist Pathways

Children and Young People’s residential management 

Children and Young people’s management

Children and Young people’s advanced practice 

Adults Residential Management 

Adults Management 

Adults Advanced Practice


How to enroll for a Health & Social Care Diploma Level 5

If you have any questions about QCF Diploma in Health and Social Care Level 5,  or are interested in enrolling, contact one of our training advisors on

0151 630 2716 or, fill in our online form.

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