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Level 5


Minimum duration to gateway:

18 months (this does not include EPA period)


Upon successful completion of this apprenticeship, the apprentice will be awarded the following:

• Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care

• Leader in Adult Care Standards

• Functional Skills in Maths and English Level 2 (if applicable)

Details of standard:

This new qualification contains Skills for Care’s minimum requirements for developing and confirming the competence of those who are working within adult care services in England as managers. This qualification will support the new Leader in Adult Care Apprenticeship standard. 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.

A Leader in Adult Care has responsibility for managing community or residential based services. This role has a large element of leadership, whether with other care workers and networks or in leading the service itself. A successful apprentice will have met all the requirements. They have a responsibility to ensure the service is safe, effective, caring, responsive to people’s needs and well-led. They may be a registered manager of a service, unit, deputy or assistant manager. They will be responsible for ensuring regulatory compliance of the care given and the values and training of staff with established standards and regulations.

Leaders in Adult Care may work in residential or nursing homes, domiciliary care, community day centres, a person’s own home or some clinical healthcare settings. The role of Leader in Adult Care in this standard also covers Personal Assistants who operate in a management role but they may only work directly for one individual who needs support and/or care services.

What is covered in the course?

The apprentice will be expected to complete the 20 mandatory diploma units below:

• Principles of Leadership and Management in Adult Care.

• Team Leadership in Adult Care.

• Principles of Governance in Adult Care.

• Principles of Regulatory Processes for Adult Care.

• Communication and Information Management in Adult Care.

• Partnership working in Adult Care.

• Outcomes based person centred practice in Adult Care.

• Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Adult Care.

• Continuous Improvement in Adult Care.

• Principles of Professional Development in Adult Care.

• Supervision and Performance Management in Adult Care.

• Principles of Resource Management in Adult Care.

• Safeguarding and Protection in Adult Care.

• Health and Safety in Adult Care.

• Risk taking and risk management in Adult Care.

• Managing Concerns and Complaints in Adult Care.

• Self-management for leadership in Adult Care.

• Decision making in Adult Care.

• Entrepreneurial skills in Adult Care.

• Principles of innovation and change in adult care.

Job titles might include:

Registered, assistant, deputy, unit or service manager.

Entry requirements:

The apprentice must be aged 16 years or over, living in England and not in a full-time education.  The apprentice will be required to undertake a DBS check, must be employed and working more than 16 hours per week.

Off-The-Job Training:

It is compulsory for the apprentice to spent 20% of their normal working hours on training. The training can happen every week, every month or in a separate block of time. The training can take place at the workplace, training provider or online.

Government guidance: How employers and training providers should meet the 20% off-the-job training requirement for apprentices, with some best practice examples. Click HERE.


Employers who do not pay levy:  For apprenticeships that start from 1 April 2021, the rate of co-investment is 5% of the total price of the apprentice’s training, with the government covering the remaining 95% of the cost, up to the funding band maximum.

Employers with fewer than 50 people working for them are able to train, at no cost, apprentices aged 16-18 or aged 19-24 who have previously been in care or who have a Local Authority Education, Health and Care plan. These employers are not required to contribute the 5% co-investment; instead, the government will pay 100% of the training costs for these individuals up to the
funding band maximum.

Employers who pay levy: All funds that appear in the apprenticeship service accounts of employers who pay the levy expire 24 months after they appear in the account, if not already spent. Please contact us to discuss your apprenticeship strategies.

Policy paper for Apprenticeship funding can be found here.

Learner Loan: Qualifications higher than Level 2 can also be funded via the Government Advanced Learner Loan.

How to apply?

You can apply for this apprenticeship at any time of the year provided you meet the entry requirements.

Employers can claim money towards the cost of care staff apprenticeship programme through the Workforce Development Fund. Need advice on apprenticeship? Are you an employer looking to launch your own apprenticeship training programme? Take advantage of the government incentive up to £4,000 and recruit an apprentice today.