CD5 – VTCT (Skillsfirst) Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care (RQF)

This qualification is now closed for Registrations

Certification end date: 31/05/2025 

View the replacement qualification – VTCT (Skillsfirst) Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care (RQF)

View our Adult Care – Replacement Qualifications update 01.02.2022

Qualification summary

Managers in adult social care hold a pivotal position in ensuring that services can respond fully to the needs and aspirations of those use their provision. Managers must ensure that their service can rise to the challenge of delivering person centred support in the context of increasing demand, through strong leadership, a robust values base, commitment to partnership working, willingness to innovate and shrewd business acumen.

This qualification sets out the minimum requirements for those who manage care and support services for adults in England. It also confirms the required competence for those undertaking the Leader in Adult Care Apprenticeship Standard.

The Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care (RQF) recognises the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to manage governance and regulatory processes, person-centred practice for positive outcomes, resources, safeguarding, protection and risk. It also recognises communication skills, relationships and partnership working, professional development, supervision and performance management, self-management, decision-making and entrepreneurial skills and innovation.

This qualification is suitable for those learners already within a management role in adult care who manage teams and/or projects, and achieve operational or departmental goals and objectives, as part of the delivery of the organisations strategy. It could also be suitable for those having the ability and the opportunity to demonstrate recognisable management and leadership skills who are accountable to a senior manager or business owner. 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. It could also be used as CPD for experienced and specialist managers in adult care seeking a qualification to recognise their competence.

It is supported nationwide by employers. For a list of the training providers and colleges who deliver this qualification in your area please contact our customer services team.

VTCT (Skillsfirst) Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care (RQF) Handbook

Qualification structure

Learners need to complete a minimum of 80 credits to achieve this qualification.

All units must be achieved from Group M and a minimum of 26 credits from Group O.

Guided Learning Hours (GLH) are 474

Total Qualification Time (TQT) is 800

Qualification numberQualification reference
CD5 603/3534/8 

Group M – mandatory units

unit no.
unit no.
Unit titleLevelCredit value
Y/617/1785CA29Leadership and management in adult care53
D/617/1786CA30Team leadership in adult care53
H/617/1787CA31Governance of adult care52
K/617/1788CA32Regulatory process for adult care53
M/617/1789CA33Communication and information managment in adult care53
H/617/1790CA34Partnership working in adult care53
K/617/1791CA35Outcomes-based person-centred53
M/617/1792CA36Equality, diversity and inclusion in adult care52
T/617/1793CA37Continuous improvement in adult care52
A/617/1794CA38Professional development in adult care52
F/617/1795CA39Supervision and performance management in adult care53
J/6171796CA40Resource management in adult care53
L/617/1797CA41Safeguarding and protection in adult care53
R/617/1798CA42Health and safety in adult care52
Y/617/1799CA43Risk-taking and risk management in adult care53
F/617/1800CA44Managing concerns and complaints in adult care53
J/617/1801CA45Manage self for leadership in adult care53
L/617/1802CA46Decision making in adult care53
R/617/1803CA47Entrepreneurial skills in adult care52
Y/617/1804CA48Innovation and change in adult care53

Group O – optional units

unit no.
unit no.
Unit titleLevelCredit value
M/601/0648ASM1Recognise indications of substance misuse and refer individuals to specialists34
K/600/9711BA490Manage physical resources43
M/601/9494HSC3007Support the development of community partnerships45
K/601/7906HSC3027Support individuals to access housing and accommodation services34
A/601/9174HSC3055Identify the physical health needs of individuals with mental health needs and plan appropriate actions34
D/504/2212HSC3070Lead and manage practice in dementia care56
M/503/8133HSC3071Support the spiritual wellbeing of individuals33
T/503/8134HSC3073Lead and manage end of life care services57
Y/504/2208HSC3081Lead and manage infection prevention and control within the work setting56
A/504/2198HSC3083Develop, maintain and use records and reports43
A/504/2217HSC3085Lead practice in assessing and planning for the needs of families and carers53
M/504/2232HSC3089Manage disciplinary processes in health and social care or children and young people’s settings56
T/615/4492HSC4006Assessment, implementation and review of assistive technology in social care44
J/601/8657LD308Support individuals with a learning disability to access healthcare33
A/601/6274LDOP307Principles iof supporting individuals with a learning disability regarding sexuality and sexual health33
J/602/2336LHS12Develop procedures and practice to respond to concerns and complaints56
R/602/2338LHS13Recruitment and selection within health and social care or children and young people’s settings43
L/602/2547LHS15Facilitate coaching and mentoring of practitioners in health and social care or children and young people’s settings55
T/602/2574LHS16Manage induction in health and social care or children and young people’s settings43
F/602/2612LHS17Facilitate change in health and social care or children and young people’s settings55
L/602/2743LHS18Manage an inter-professional team in health and social care or children and young people’s settings67
L/602/2337LHS24Manage domiciliary services56
F/602/2853LHS25Lead the management of transitions54
K/602/2572LHS26Lead positive behavioural support710
J/602/3499LHS29Undertake a research project within services for health and social care or children and young people’s settings510
A/601/5318LHS33Promote good practice in the support of individuals with autistic spectrum conditions57
M/601/5249LHS34Promote awareness of sensory loss53
T/601/5253LHS38Support individuals with multiple conditions and/or disabilities55
F/502/3295LHS39Independent mental capacity advocacy412
L/502/3297LHS41Providing independent advocacy management411
T/602/3174LHS51Lead and manage group living for adults55
A/602/3175LHS101Lead and manage group living for children56
Y/6009588MB1Develop and evaluate operational plans for own area of responsibility56
A/506/1933ML22Support remote or virtual teams34
T/506/1994ML37Conduct quality audits43
K/601/6190PDOP32Work with other professionals and agencies to support individuals with physical disability33
Y/601/6167PDOP33Understand the impact of acquired brain injury on individuals33

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