Leader in Adult Care

Level 5 Apprenticeship


This apprenticeship is aimed at registered managers and deputy/assistant managers who lead a care team at a service or unit level, either in a community or residential setting. The learner will motivate their team to make positive changes to an individual’s life when faced with physical, practical, social, emotional, psychological or intellectual challenges. The learner will become a leader of the care team and will develop and implement a values-based culture at a service or unit level. The learner may be responsible for business development, financial control, organisational resilience and continuity, as well as managing risk and leading on organisational change.

What is covered on the course?

The apprentice will be expected to complete the 19 mandatory diploma units below:

  • The principles of leadership and management in adult care
  • Leading and managing teams
  • Governance and regulatory processes
  • Decision making
  • Business and resource management
  • Safeguarding in adult care
  • Mental capacity in adult care
  • Partnerships in adult care
  • Complaints and comments
  • Continuous improvement
  • Leading the vision
  • Effective communication
  • Information management
  • Leading person-centred practice
  • Promoting health and well-being
  • Equality, diversity, inclusion and human rights
  • Health, safety and risk management
  • Management of own professional development
  • Manage personal well-being

The learner will also work towards Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths and English, if applicable.

Key info

Course duration

18 months plus up to 3 months for EPA.

Entry requirements

The individual must be at least 19 years old and will be required to undertake a DBS check. They must be employed, working more than 16 hours per week within the adult care sector. To ensure the learner has the right skills, knowledge and behaviours to meet the requirements of the qualification, the learner will complete an assessed written task and interview prior to signing up.

End Point Assessment (EPA)

  • Observation of leadership with post-observation questioning
  • 90-minute professional discussion


On 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 Certificate
  • Functional Skills in Maths and English level 2 (as appropriate)
Everything that Aspiration Training has supported me through has been great and I’m very grateful for such a positive experience with maximum support to get me the qualification. I want to be able to better myself and further my career in care work.
Ashleigh Smith Care Co-Ordinator
We are more than happy to continue our working relationship with Aspiration Training as we are confident in the knowledge that we will work together to ensure a positive outcome for our apprenticeships.
Maxine Mills Adult Care Training Co-Ordinator

What happens after my apprenticeship?

At Aspiration Training, we provide every learner with a career pathway. This is a plan with clear, practical steps our learners can take to achieve the career of their dreams.

Our career pathways show typical routes through the various stages of learning, the knowledge and skills that will be learnt along the way and the career options that may be available as a result.

Career Progression is available across a number of levels, meaning, with hard work and determination, the sky is the limit.

Explore the pathways below to find out more about the typical job titles associated with each career.

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