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Level 5 Leader in Adult Care (19+ Course Only)

Level 5 Leader in Adult Care


Central Campus


Course summary

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.  

Duration of the Level 5 Leader in Adult Care course:

18 months

Course requirements

The minimum entry requirements for this Level 5 Leader in Adult Care Apprenticeship are as follows;

  • At least one Grade 4/C and above in Maths and English GCSE or equivalent
  • Demonstrate a passion for the healthcare industry
  • You will have completed a relevant Level 3 qualification/apprenticeship in a healthcare-related subject and be working in a suitable healthcare environment
  • Be at least 16 years of age


You will have an initial assessment prior to enrolling and prior work experience assessed.

Learners gaining this Level 5 Leader in Adult Care qualification will undertake 20 mandatory units enabling them to demonstrate knowledge and skills in the following areas:

  • Principles of leadership and management
  • Team leadership
  • Principles governance
  • Regulatory processes
  • Communication and information management
  • Partnership working
  • Outcomes-based person-centred practice
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Continuous improvement
  • Principles of professional development
  • Supervision and performance management
  • Resource management
  • Safeguarding and protection
  • Health and safety
  • Risk-taking and risk management
  • Managing concerns and complaints
  • Self-management for leadership
  • Decision making
  • Entrepreneurial skills
  • Principles of innovation and change

This course will be delivered as a day release programme. You will be expected to attend one session per month – this will either be via Teams or face-to-face delivery at Sandwell College – Main Campus. The day-release element of the course will count toward the mandatory 20% off the job.

There are a variety of assessment methods you will be expected to complete for this Level 5 Leader in Adult Care course:

  • Observations of practice
  • Reflective accounts
  • Per-peer feedback
  • Written assignments/tasks
  • Evidence gathering
  • Presentations
  • Report writing
  • Portfolio of evidence

Individuals achieving this Level 5 Leader in Adult Care qualification can choose to progress onto specialist qualifications in adult care or healthcare.


Adult Care Career Routes

Leaders in adult care may work in:

  • Residential or nursing homes
  • Domiciliary care
  • Community day centres
  • A person’s own home
  • Clinical healthcare settings

To discuss your options direct with the course tutor email

[email protected]

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