This course will give you the opportunity to develop and demonstrate competence in a leadership role in a social care services setting. The course can lead to managerial/senior positions relating to:
• Residential services
• Day services
• Domiciliary services
• Community-based services
You’ll choose from one of three pathways according to the area you want to focus on. These are:
• Adults’ residential management pathway
• Adults’ management pathway
• Adults’ advanced practice pathway

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What will I learn?

There are 6 mandatory units:

  • Use and develop systems that promote communication
  • Promote professional development
  • Champion equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Develop health and safety and risk management policies, procedures and practices in health and social care
  • Work in partnership in health and social care
  • Undertake a research project within services for health and social care

You’ll also select optional modules, which vary depending on the adult care pathway you choose.

The modules may include:

  • Manage health and social care practice to ensure positive outcomes for individuals
  • Safeguarding and protection of vulnerable adults
  • Lead and manage group living for adults
  • Lead person-centred practice
  • Recruitment and selection within health and social care settings
  • Facilitate change in health and social care setting
  • Develop and evaluate operational plans for own area of responsibility
  • Facilitate coaching and mentoring of practitioners in health and social care settings
  • Manage finance within own area of responsibility in health and social care setting
  • Understand the process and experience of dementia
  • Understand sensory loss
  • Assess the needs of carers and families


You’ll be assessed by:

  • A portfolio of course work/evidence reviewed by an assessor and qualified by an IQA
  • Observations made by an assessor

N.B. 20% of the training must be off the job training – details of the elements included in the 20% off the job training are available on request.

Entry requirements

A minimum of maths and English GCSE grade 4/C or equivalent or the ability to achieve a Level 2 functional skill.

You must achieve Level 2 English and maths prior to taking the final assessment.

A Disclosing and Barring Service (DBS) check is also required so you can attend a work placement; this must be applied for before starting the course or during enrolment.

  • Learners with an EHCP will be reviewed on an individual basis

Career and progression

Once you’ve completed this apprenticeship, you can go on to further training, including higher education courses in health and social care leadership or those relating to working with children and young people at undergraduate or postgraduate level.

The course can lead to junior level positions across a variety of career areas, including care homes, nursing, occupational therapy, chiropody or social and community work.

Almost all learners go on to higher-level courses in education or move into sustained employment. Learners for whom the provider receives high-needs funding go onto higher-level study programmes or places at university. Most apprentices are employed following the completion of their apprenticeship and go on to study for higher-level qualifications.

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