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NCFE CACHE Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care

This qualification is designed to support the development of registered managers of adult social care services. The qualification provides learners with the knowledge and skills needed to work in adult social care and to have responsibility for leading and managing a service. This will include managing and improving care and support for individuals accessing the service, supporting and developing the workforce, and driving the vision for their service or organisation.

It covers a wide range of topics including:

  • leadership and management
  • governance and regulatory processes
  • quality assurance
  • safeguarding, protection and risk
  • communication, relationships and partnership working
  • person-centred practice for positive outcomes
  • managing personal wellbeing
  • professional development, supervision and performance management
  • decision-making skills
  • entrepreneurial skills and innovation
  • the management of specific services

Developed with and supported by Skills for Care, this qualification has been designed to meet the requirements for the standard for Leader in Adult Care.

Overall Programme Outcomes

On completion of this programme, learners can progress to a degree in a related discipline. On completion learners can also progress to a wide range of job roles. The following list is not all-inclusive, but gives an idea of the opportunities available in adult care settings:

  • manager
  • deputy manager
  • assistant manager
  • care broker
  • case manager


This qualification must be assessed in line with Skills for Care and Development assessment principles. All units are internally assessed by the centre. Methods used could include:

  • interpretation of knowledge from direct observation of practice in the workplace
  • witness evidence
  • professional discussion
  • reflection on own practice in real work situations
  • written assignments
  • learner’s own plans and written records
  • learner log or reflective diary
  • observation
  • portfolio of evidence
  • scenario or case study
  • oral questioning

Entry Requirements

  • Learners will need to be working in a managerial role in an appropriate setting, or have the opportunity to carry out responsibilities associated with these roles.
  • There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification but learners will need to be at least 19 years of age. It is also recommended that they hold a level 3 qualification or above in a related area.

Mode of Delivery:

Fully Online Mode
Students are given a complete set of learning materials to facilitate independent study which can be downloaded from the designated Learning PortalLearners are encouraged to participate in online discussions with other learners and their tutors for at least 18 hours per module

Guide to Learning Hours / Student Learning Time

To be awarded this qualification, learners are required to successfully achieve a minimum of 95 credits: 80 credits from the mandatory units and a minimum of 15 credits from the optional units.

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