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Level 5 Diploma in Health and Social Care (240 credits)

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Level 5 Diploma in Health & Social Care
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The qualification has been created to develop and reward the health and social care workers of today and the future, and to continue to bring recognition and professionalism to the health and social care sector.

The programmes provide the opportunity for individuals to forge a career in health and social care by seeking a greater knowledge and understanding industry, and to support the individual’s development into senior positions. The course aims for the following five themes of an academic plan:

1: Pursuing Excellence - Apply self-reflective, analytical, evaluative, intellectual, and transferable skills in private and public sectors.

2: Practice-led, knowledge-applied - Enable learners to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills required of a flexible creative practitioner.

3: Interdisciplinary - Develop a learner who is responsive to the changing interdisciplinary landscape, able to adapt to changing needs, paraprofessional roles and inter-professional working.

4: Employability-driven - To provide individuals with the knowledges, skills and behaviours necessary to forge a career within the health and social care sector, through the acquisition of in depth knowledge and understanding.

5: Internationalisation - Develop an understanding of the impact of diverse and cultural issues within health and social care.

Learners studying for the Certificate and Diploma in Health and Social Care will be expected to develop the following skills during the programme of study:

1. Analysing, synthesising and summarising information critically

2. The ability to read and use appropriate literature with a full and critical understanding the ability to think independently and solve problems

3. Apply subject knowledge and understanding to address familiar and unfamiliar problems

4. Recognise the moral and ethical issues of health and social care practice and research; appreciating the need for ethical standards and professional codes of conduct

5. An appreciation of the interdisciplinary nature of health and social care service provision

6. Capacity to give a clear and accurate account of a subject, assemble arguments in a mature way and engage in debate and dialogue both with specialists and non-specialists

7. Transferable skills and knowledge which will enable individuals to meet changing needs

8. Circumstances, whether within their own area of employment, or through promotion to a supervisory or management position, or to adapt to changes in the health/social care environment

9. To motivate individuals to progress to further professional development through future study or as part of their chosen career.

These are the overall learning outcomes in line with foundation degree equivalences.

Start Month: January 2021 or February 2021 or March 2021


Level 5 Diploma in Health & Social Care

Awarded by Qualifi Ltd
Regulated by Ofqual


Level 5 Diploma in Health and Social Care is an internationally recognised qualification, accredited to UK Regulated Qualification Framework and European Qualification Framework. It is also equivalent to University year 1 and year 2.

240 credits Level 5 Diploma in Health and Social Care includes 11 units. First six units are at Level 4 and the remaining five units are at level 5.

Level 4 Units (120 credits)

  1. Academic Study Skills
  2. Communicating in Health and Social Care
  3. An Introduction to Healthcare Policy
  4. Reflective Practice
  5. Managing People in Health and Social Care
  6. Sociology Concepts in Health and Ill Health

Level 5 Units (120 credits)

  1. Principles Underpinning Health and Social Care
  2. The Management of Quality in Health and Social Care
  3. Research Project
  4. Partnership working in Health and Social Care
  5. Working with Service users with Complex Needs

How will you study?

Our learning portal will be available to you study 24/7. You can use your Desktop Computer, Laptop, Mobile or Tablet anytime in a flexible way to study entirely online.

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods include only assignments. There is no exam in this course. You will be required to submit an assignment of each unit of minimum 2000-2500 words in length to pass the unit and to achieve unit credits.

Results and Certificate

Learners must complete 11 units successfully and achieve 240 credits before the qualification certificate and final transcript will be issued by the awarding body Qualifi.

Further Education Progression

Learners will get progression to Management and Leadership in Health and Social Care (Top-Up) BSc (Hons), delivery & awarded by Anglia Ruskin University. We will make students' admission to the University.

Note - Assessment Fees

Assessment cost of the qualification is £1000, payable at the beginning of the course with 20% discount or in £100/month for 10 months.

Who is this course for?

Anyone with interest in health and social care can join this qualification which will serve as a foundation degree to them. The course is suitable for personal and professional development, for career progressions, job progressions or get managerial job status in health or social care sector.


Level 3 or an equivalent qualification is sufficient to take admission or alternatively students should have at least 2 years experience in the sector.

Career path

After this course, learners will be able to work as manager in the health or social care organisation. You will also have an opportunity to covert your diploma to BA/BSC Hons Final year at the University degree in Health or Social Care.

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Michelle Jeantou asked:

Could you please be more specific. Is it or is it not recognised by CQC.


We confirmed from the awarding body, it is recognised and can be used towards CQC application.

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Yazhlini asked:

When you say the exam fee and certificate are separate payments ; how much do we expect in total?


Learners will pay £1300 Assessment fees either full or in 10 monthly instalments of £130/month, No resit/re-submission cost.

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Naz asked:

Would this course lead on to a qualification and if so can I do a top up for a degree. Thank you


Dear Naz, it is a formally recognised qualification accredited by Ofqual - A regulator in England & Awarded by Qualifi Ltd & widely accepted by UK Universities for the Final Year degree

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Naz asked:

Does this course have a final exam or is it just assignments


There are units in the description of the qualification. You will only have to submit assignments to achieve credits. There are no examinations, it is only based on assignments.

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Chris asked:

Exam(s) / assessment(s) not included in price & must be purchased separately how much will they be please


Hi, Assessment fees for 240 credits (11 units) are £1300. It is written in the course description, once you will purchase the course from Reed, we will email you instructions to pay.

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Kesiena asked:

can international student apply for the course?


Hi, this course is offered online at the moment. However, 120 credits Level 5 Diploma in Health and Social Care is offered to International (EU & Non-EU) students to study in Cambridge campus.

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Michelle Jeantou asked:

Could you please let me know who the awarding body is and is it recognised by CQC and local authorities as a management qualification in care


Michelle, this qualification is developed with support from all relevant stakeholders including subject sector councils and then it is accredited by Ofqual - England Qualifications and Examination Regulators. It should be recognised by CQC due to its accreditation/recognition status.

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Roqeya asked:

When is the next enrollment?


Our online courses are available to enrol anytime.

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Dan asked:

Am I able to register as a manager of a residential care home service through CQC when completing this course?


You can use this qualification to support your application. The qualification purpose is to support leadership and managerial role in the care organisation.

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Tina C. asked:

Is this recognised in the Republic of Ireland?


Dear Tina, this course is recognised in the Republic of Ireland and anywhere in Europe due to its accreditation to EQF & RQF Qualifications Framework in England at Level 5.

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Karen maclennan asked:

Is this recognised in Scotland


This qualification is recognised everywhere including Scotland as it is accredited & regulated by Ofqual - Office of the Qualifications and Examination Regulator in England.

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Jane asked:

What will happen if you fail the exam? Will you be given a second chance to sit the exam? And also how long is the certificate valid for ?


We do not charge for re-sit, you can re-submit assignment. Certificates are valid forever. There is no expiry date.

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Janice asked:

Does this qualify for the advanced learning loan?


Dear Janice, we do not offer funded courses at the moment.

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