Qualification Options

We currently offer the following City & Guilds Adult Care qualification:

  • Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care (England)

** Please note that there is a NEW Level 5 Diploma 3096-31 which replaces this qualification**

The level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care  (England) is a competence based qualification which has been developed with employers who provide adult care, and is designed to be assessed in your place of work, as part of your normal work role. The mandatory content is based on the Skills for Care qualification specifications which were produced following consultation with the sector.

This qualification is required for individuals working in management and leadership roles, such as Registered Managers, Supported Living Managers, etc. It also provides a natural next step for those who have completed a Level 4 Diploma, and it can also support and develop Assistant Managers and Deputy Managers where there is opportunity to demonstrate knowledge and skills at Level 5 within their role.

This qualification enables learners to demonstrate and develop the skills and knowledge required within a role which has autonomy, responsibility for supervision of others, decision making, safeguarding, leading and managing services, service improvement, managing end of life care, governance and regulatory requirements.

This qualification consists of mandatory units, covering core knowledge and skills competencies plus a number of optional specialism units, which can be combined in flexible ways to reflect the real working context of each learner and their work setting.

Age Group – 19 or older

The level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care is a competence-based qualification for individuals who work in Adult Care and is designed to be assessed in your place of work, as part of your normal work role.

The qualification is aimed at leaders and managers in adult care in a range of adult care settings, such as:

  • Residential services for older people and people with disabilities
  • Domiciliary care services
  • Day services
  • Respite services
  • Community based services

The qualification may also be used to support Assistant Managers and Deputy Managers providing they are able to demonstrate knowledge and skills at level 5 and that their job role allows them to be able to demonstrate the required skills in real work activities.

The qualification is structured in a way which means that all learners will have to complete a group of 11 mandatory units, the content of which is appropriate across many leadership roles in adult care .

In addition there is a range of optional units to support areas of specialism, including:

  • Learning disability services
  • End of life Care
  • Clinical Skills
  • Residential Care
  • Domiciliary Care
  • End of life care support
  • Management skills
  • Study Skills

Learners must achieve 7 out of the 16 optional units to complete the qualification.

Full qualification guidance (England) – Level 5 Diploma in Leadership & Management for Adult Care (3080-50) V3.1 Feb 2022

90 credits / 800 TQT

All learners vary on the timescale to complete their qualification.
When you register, you will be given a specified target date in which to achieve your qualification, you can complete your qualification sooner than the target date if you are able to submit work regularly and at a good pace. Specific target dates can be discussed and agreed with your Assessor.

Total Qualification Time (TQT) is set at 800 hrs, this is based on the average amount of time taken to achieve these qualifications, over an average completion period of 24 months.

Complete qualification (including Registration, Learner Pack, Assessment and Certification) prices start from:

• Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care – £3,614.

These prices are reduced significantly for learners and organisations with their own in-house assessor support.
Registration only:

• Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care – £898.

*ARC members benefit from reduced costs

*WDF funding is currently under review for this qualification, please contact us for more information*

WDF information

To register for any of these qualifications, you need to complete the necessary registration forms. This will prompt support for you to consider all the aspects involved in undertaking the qualification and ensure the right one is selected for you. You will also need to seek permission from your organisation to collect evidence in the workplace.

To find out more about registering please click here ‘How to Register.

All ARC learner documentation is included in our learner portfolios, these can also be accessed via our ‘’Documentation, Guidance & Policies’ section in word and .pdf format.

Awarding Organisation guidance is available via the same page.