HSC5 – VTCT (Skillsfirst) Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services (England) (RQF)

Registration end date: 31/07/2022

Certification end date: 31/07/2025

Qualification summary

VTCT (Skillsfirst) Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services (England) (RQF) contains six pathways and consists of units which are nationally recognised and are based on the Health and Social Care National Occupational Standards (NOS). The NOS, assessment principles and qualification structure(s) are owned by Skills for Care and Development who are one of the Sector Skills Councils for this Sector. The six pathways, three relating to children and young people’s management and advanced practice and three relating to adult management and advanced practice, are as follows:

  • 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

Each pathway within this qualification aims to guide and assess development of knowledge, understanding and skills in management and advanced practice within health and social care and children and young people’s services. This qualification confirms competence in these areas and serves as the required qualifications for registration and regulatory requirements in the sector in England. Potential job roles for those learners working towards this qualification might include:

  • Managers of residential services
  • Assistant managers of residential services
  • Assistant managers
  • Senior care workers
  • Day service managers
  • Day service assistant managers
  • Managers of domiciliary services
  • Assistant mangers of domiciliary services
  • Managers of community based services

Learners achieving this qualification could progress into higher level employment within the sector or undertake degree courses in their specialist area

Guided Learning Hours (GLH) are 505

Total Qualification Time (TQT) is 900

Qualification numberQualification reference
HSC5 601/4340/X 


Pathway code
(to be included on the registration file)
Pathway title
(download Pathway handbooks below)
P1  Children & Young People’s
  Residential Management
P2  Children & Young People’s
P3  Children & Young People’s
  Advanced Practice
P4  Adult’s Residential Management
P5  Adult’s Management
P6  Adult’s Advanced Practice

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