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Level 5



The total qualification time for this qualification is 235 and of this 65 is recommended as guided learning hours, which is approximately a 9-12 months programme. There are 10 online sessions lasting 3.5 hours per session.


Highfield Level 5 Certificate in Principles of Commissioning for Wellbeing (RQF)

Details of course:

This qualification is designed to support people for whom commissioning forms part of their role in the workplace. It is aimed at those who commission adult care and support services, but the content can also be contextualised to support commissioners in health, housing and children’s care. It introduces the principles of commissioning for wellbeing to new commissioners and enables more experienced commissioners to review and update their knowledge.

A commissioner for wellbeing is responsible for ensuring that there is a range of high quality, sustainable provision available to meet the need for care and support in their local area. For commissioners, the focus on achieving good outcomes for people in a climate of financial pressure is growing ever stronger and building partnerships and working to co-produce solutions with local people are also increasingly important.

As well as those that work in commissioning roles, this qualification is also suitable for those who provide care and support services, in terms of how they commission (subcontract) parts of their own service. It will also be useful for people who are considering a move into commissioning.


Download Qualification Specification.

What is covered in the course?

Unit 1: The role of the commissioner for wellbeing

This unit aims to develop the learner’s knowledge and understanding of the purpose, roles, responsibilities and accountabilities of those involved in commissioning for wellbeing, from all agencies. Learners will develop their understanding of the values that inform commissioning and the complex contextual factors that influence the commissioning environment, including policy and legislation that affects commissioning for wellbeing.

Unit 2: Commissioning Together for Outcomes

This unit aims to develop the learners understanding and knowledge of commissioning for wellbeing as an outcome-focused process. Learners will also develop understanding and knowledge of commissioning for wellbeing as a process that has relationships and partnerships at its heart, with people and with other commissioners.

Unit 3: The Commissioning Cycle

This unit aims to develop understanding and knowledge of the steps and processes involved in the commissioning cycle (analyse, plan, do, review). Learners will also develop their understanding of the need to establish a balanced, diverse, sustainable market, as well as the range of actions that can help to achieve this.

Unit 4: Professional Development for Effective Commissioning

This unit aims to develop analytical self-assessment and reflection to determine professional development requirements and own professional development plans to improve and maintain knowledge and skills required as a commissioner for wellbeing.

Assessment Method:

This qualification is assessed by a portfolio of evidence.

Delivery Options:

Option 1: Your Bespoke Commissioning Cohort

At Bespoke Consultancy and Education Ltd, we believe that every organisation is unique. Hence, we work in partnership with you by integrating your organisation’s culture into the course whilst still meeting the qualification requirements and standards. For the quality of learning purposes, each cohort is set to a minimum of 8 learners and a maximum of 14 learners. This programme can be delivered virtually and/or classroom-based. For classroom-based option, we can deliver at your training room or at ours. We have centres in Clevedon and Plymouth.

Option 2: Monthly Commissioning Programme

We understand how busy your schedule can be and you may not have everyone who can undertake the course at the same time. Our monthly commissioning programme will give you the freedom to enrol and start at any month without any hassle. You will learn alongside other learners from around the UK and build amazing networks. This programme will be delivered virtually giving you the choice to learn from the comfort of your home or workplace.

To discuss training options, please call us 01275 876733 or email info@bcelearn.co.uk

Entry requirement:

To register for this qualification, learners are required to meet the following entry requirements:

  • 18 years of age or above
  • Demonstrate that they can manage higher level independent study and therefore should be qualified to at least a level 3 qualification.
  • Have significant experience within the care and support sector, in either a local authority or NHS setting, or related areas such as housing or the voluntary and community sectors


If you are a care provider or a care providing local authority you may be entitled to £1300 funding per person towards this qualification.

How to apply?

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

Meet Bev Cole, Commissioning Tutor.

“My absolute passion and drive are making a difference to people. I am delighted to make a difference through supporting learners to focus on commissioning for wellbeing, to look at the barriers that exist in the system, and the opportunities that exist to make a change.

I have extensive experience working in various direct support and management roles in the Health and Social Care sector. My previous experience has come from working for both provider and commissioning services this has resulted in a deeper understanding of the wider picture.

I thrive on learner’s journeys, their development, and their ongoing success after achieving their qualification. The commissioning for wellbeing course enlightens and inspires learners to make positive change for themselves and the sector.” – Bev Cole.