Level 5 Diploma in Health and Social Care

Level 5 Diploma in Health and Social Care

Level 5 Diploma in Health and Social Care

Level 5 Diploma in Health and Social Care provides the opportunity for individuals to forge a career in health and social care by seeking greater knowledge and understanding of the industry and to support the individual’s development into senior positions.

The course aims for the following 5 themes of an academic plan:

Pursuing Excellence - Apply self-reflective, analytical, evaluative, intellectual, and transferable skills in the private and public sectors.
Practice-led, knowledge-applied - Enable students to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills required of a flexible, creative practitioner.
Interdisciplinary - Develop a learner who is responsive to the changing interdisciplinary landscape and adapt to changing needs, paraprofessional roles and inter-professional working.
Employability-driven - To provide individuals with the knowledge, skills and behaviours necessary to forge a career within the health and social care sector by acquiring in-depth knowledge and understanding.
Internationalisation - Develop an understanding of the impact of diverse and cultural issues within health and social care.


Learning Objectives

Students studying for the Level 5 Diploma in Health and Social Care will be expected to develop the following skills during the programme of study:

  • Manage quality in health and social care organisation. 
  • Lead and manage operations of the health and social care organisation in the public or private sector
  • The ability to develop a critical understanding to think independently and solve problems in care settings.
  • Applying subject knowledge and understanding to address familiar and unfamiliar problems
  • Recognising the moral and ethical issues of health and social care practice and research; appreciating the need for ethical standards and professional codes of conduct
  • An appreciation of the interdisciplinary nature of health and social care service provision
  • Capacity to give a clear and accurate account of a subject, maturely assemble arguments and engage in debate and dialogue with specialists and non-specialists.
  • To develop transferable skills and knowledge which will enable individuals to meet changing.
  • 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
  • To motivate individuals to progress to further professional development through future study or as part of their chosen career.


Qualification Structure

There are five mandatory units in this qualification. 

  1. Principles Underpinning Health and Social Care (20 credits)
  2. The Management of Quality in Health and Social Care (20 credits)
  3. Partnership working in Health and Social Care (20 credits)
  4. Working with Service users with Complex Needs (20 credits)
  5. Research Project (40 credits)


Assessment Methods

The methods for assessing student performance are through each module's assignment to evaluate different aspects of learning outcomes.


How will you study?

You can use your Desktop Computer, Laptop, Mobile or Tablet anytime in a flexible way to study entirely online.



Learners will get study support from Cambridge Management and Leadership School.



This qualification is suitable for learners who would like to have careers in senior management and leadership careers in health and social care. For example, you can apply to become a Registered Care Manager or Social Worker, A managerial position of any health or social care organisation, Team leader, Case Manager Care administrator, Residential Care Manager, A nursing career with management responsibilities, Administrative or support worker. This qualification is also suitable for learners looking for a career change to health and social care or updating their personal and professional development or a job progression. It is also providing further education progression to Level 6 or Level 7 Diploma in Health and Social Care Management.



  1. Study Planner - L5HSC

  2. Unit 01 - Principles Underpinning Health and Social Care

    All Health and Social care professionals have professional codes of conduct. The aim of this unit is to develop an understanding of the values, theories and policies underpinning health and social care practice and the mechanisms that exist to promote good practice within the sector.
  3. Unit 02 - The Management of Quality in Health and Social Care

    Quality is an essential component of health and social care services and a concept with many different interpretations and perspectives. The aim of this unit is for learners to develop an understanding of different perspectives on health and social care service quality and how it is  evaluated in order to empower and involve users of services
  4. Unit 03 - Partnership Working in Health and Social Care

    The aim of this unit is to enable learners to develop an understanding of the importance of working positively in partnership with others in health and social care. Learners will explore the nature of partnership on three levels. First, they will examine partnerships with users of services that empower individuals to make informed decisions and encourage independence. Second, they will consider partnerships between different professionals within health and social care and explore inter-agency working. Finally, learners will investigate organisational partnerships and examine different ways of joint working.
  5. Unit 04 - Working with Service Users with Complex Needs

    The aim of this unit is to help learners to understand issues of health, disability and illness and how health care professionals can empower those with complex physical and mental health needs to determine their own care.
  6. Unit 05 - Research Project

    This unit aims to develop the learner’s skills of independent enquiry and critical analysis by undertaking a small pilot investigation of direct relevance to their higher education programme or professional development.

Comments ( 4 )

    • Yes you should study level 4 before to study Level 5. All of our courses are university equivalent levels e.g. 120 credits at level 4 (university year 1), 120 credits at level 5 (university year 2).

  • Tanja

    Is it correct that Level 4 and Level 5 of this course are equivalent to the LEVEL 5 DIPLOMA IN HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE (240 CREDITS) LEADING TO BSC (HONS) TOP UP you offer at your school? Is there any difference in accreditation or access to a BA (HONS) when buying the courses separately, noting that this would save a considerable sum of money.

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