ATHE Level 5 Diploma in Health and Social Care (2024)

IntroductionEntry CriteriaQualification Content

The Level 5 Diploma in Health and Social Care (60 credits) provides learners with the opportunity to develop their understanding of the key areas that underpin the requirements for leading and managing teams in health and social care. As an outcome, the Diploma is mapped to the IfATE Level 5 Leader in Adult Care standard and, hence, offers learners a relevant and practical initial insight into the subject.  

This is a core qualification available to existing and interested centres of ATHE.

Graded with Pass Merit or Distinction.
Advanced learner loans available in the UK – to check if funding is available see the latest Qualification Catalogue here.
For the progression routes visit our progression routes page.

Delivery Mode
This qualification can be delivered either in the classroom, via distance learning or blended, part-time or full-time.

Qualification Specification
To view the specification, please click here.

Typical Age

This qualification is designed for learners who are typically aged 18 and above.


For learners who have recently been in education or training the entry profile is likely to include one of the following:

  • prior study in health and social care or related subjects at level 4 or above  
  • a Level 4 qualification, for example, an ATHE Level 4 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care, Pearson HNC 
  • an apprenticeship achievement at Level 4 in a Health and Social Care or related technical area 
  • other equivalent international qualifications 


For those whom English is not their first language we recommend the following standards of proficiency in English language skills or an approved equivalent for this qualification:

  • IELTs 5.5
  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) B2
  • Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) 162 or above
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic 42-49

Learners must complete four mandatory units totalling 60 credits.

Unit NameUnit AimsCreditsMandatory
Leading and managing health and social careThis unit will develop knowledge of key concepts, theories and models of leadership and management and how they are applied in health and social
care. It will look at how leaders in care can create a positive organisational
culture. Learners will explore the regulatory and legislative requirements in
health and social care relevant to a specific area of care and national
Responsibilities, values and behaviours in health
and social care
This unit will develop the knowledge of responsibilities in health and social care and the values and behaviours that underpin practice. Learners will consider the manager’s viewpoint of communication, safeguarding, health and safety,
partnership working and person-centred practice from the viewpoint of leading
and managing these within organisations in health and social care. Learners
will need to choose a national context in which to explore relevant legislation
and may wish to consider a specific care context such as adult care.
Improvement and innovation in health and social
This unit will develop an understanding of the importance of improvement
and innovation in health and social care and the processes to achieve
these. The unit will cover the management of quality, continuous
improvement and change. Learners will find out about innovation and
entrepreneurial skills in health and social care. They will learn about
developing and implementing a vision within an organisation and creating
a culture that supports initiative and innovation.
Professional development and performance
management in health and social care
This unit will develop understanding of professional development for leaders
in health and social care and of the management of learning and
development for self and others. The unit will look at the leadership and
management of professional development in health and social care
organisations, the purpose and practice of professional supervision and the
management of performance.