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Care Leadership & Management Higher Apprenticeship Level 5

This qualification is for those working as adults’ residential managers, adults’ managers and adults’ advanced practitioners in adult social care, or as a manager of specialist adult social care services. The framework has been developed by Skills for Care based on the input of employers in the adult social care sector. It will help you to develop your existing skills and knowledge in your managerial role in areas including professional development, equality and diversity, and policies, procedures and practices. You will also choose from a range of optional units to suit your job role.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry conditions; however you must be in a suitable job role that will allow you to gather the evidence necessary for the qualifications and components which form a part of the framework.

Course content

During this apprenticeship you will study a range of topics, including:

  • Using and developing systems that promote communication
  • Promoting professional development
  • Championing equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Developing health and safety and risk management policies, procedures and practices in health and social care or children and young people’s settings
  • Working in partnership in health and social care or children and young people’s settings

Assessment methods

You will be assessed through building your own portfolio of evidence which will include observations, reflective accounts, professional discussion, Q&A, Recognition of Prior Learning (recognising with your employer what skills you have learnt in the workplace), a research project and other methods, all of which will be completed online using the College’s Virtual Learning Environment.


You will gain the following qualification:

Care Leadership and Management Skills First Higher Level Apprenticeship

Further study and career options

Further study: You may want to progress on to further qualifications specific to your work; there is a wide range of qualifications relevant to the social care sector. Or you could seek recognition of your prior learning to achieve entry, credit transfer or advanced standing for a higher education qualification at university.

Future careers: You could move to other parts of the sector, for example from adults’ advanced practice to adults’ residential management, or to the children and young people’s workforce sector or the health sector by completing additional sector and job-relevant units available on the diploma.

Additional information

If you are over 19, your attendance in College will be subject to a functional skills assessment.

Course Information & How to Apply

To start this Apprenticeship you will need to be employed in a relevant job role – visit the Apprenticeships section of our website, where you can view our Apprenticeship vacancies. For further information or queries you can email us or call 01234 291747.

LengthStart DateDay(s)Fees per yearLocationCourse Code
Up to 2 years Flexible Dependent on existing skills Apprentices do not have to pay a fee to study, however the employer may be required to pay depending on their Levy entitlement/age of the candidate. For further information call 01234 291747. Cauldwell Street W427


Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.

Next steps

To be eligible for an apprenticeship you must either be employed on a full-time contract by an employer willing to support your training or have an offer of employment as an apprentice. Bedford College can help you find a job role with an employer if you don’t already have one.

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Bedford College actively seeks to promote equality of access to education and training and to provide support where appropriate. Employers are made aware that apprentices have the same rights to protection against discrimination, harassment and victimisation under the Equality Act 2010 as employees. 

Apprentices who have disclosed a disability covered by Equality legislation have the right to request reasonable adjustments in the workplace. We will work with employers to ensure that appropriate adjustments are agreed and established to facilitate this.

At the College we provide additional support for students and apprentices who have a specific learning difficulty or disability.

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