Higher Apprenticeship in Care Leadership and Management (Adult Social Care Specialist Pathway)
Higher Diploma: Professional Practice in Leading and Managing Care Services
This programme provides leaders and managers in the Social Care sector with the advanced skills and knowledge to carry out specialist roles, as well as the opportunity to progress onto University graduate qualifications at Level 6 and beyond.
To achieve the Higher Diploma/Higher Apprenticeship you will need to complete:
1. The Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care (80 credits) with a College or a training provider
2. two work based specialist modules (40 credits) with Middlesex University (which can be undertaken via distance learning).
The specialist pathways available through Middlesex University are:
Business, Quality and Service Improvement
Person Centred Practice/Mental Health
If you work in the Adult Social Care sector and have the support of your workplace, you can undertake this programme as a Higher Apprenticeship. Middlesex University is one of the first Universities to have been approved by Skills for Care to offer the Specialist Adult Social Care Pathway of the Higher Apprenticeship in Care Leadership and Management.
Please note: If you work in Children's and Young Peoples services, you can still complete the Higher Diploma but are not able to undertake this as a Higher Apprenticeship.
Successful learners will also be awarded a Middlesex University Higher Diploma in Professional Practice in Leading and Managing Care Services at Level 5, which can fulfil the entry requirements for higher level qualifications.
The Middlesex University specialist modules are available by distance learning. Your study will be supported through live (online) workshops with your tutor, guided self-study learning materials and peer support through hour online discussion groups.
The whole programme (including the Level 5 Diploma stage undertaken at a partner college or provider) will usually take between 18 months to two years part time.
What are the entry requirements for the Higher Diploma/Higher Apprenticeship in Care Leadership and Management?
There are no formal entry conditions for the Higher Diploma or Higher Apprenticeship - however you must work in an appropriate job role; be able to gather the evidence necessary for the qualifications and have a standard of literacy and numeracy in keeping with the demands of the job.
It is a clear progression route for staff working in a leadership or supervisory role and those progressing from Advanced Apprenticeships in social care with an increase in their job responsibilities.
Any learner who has already achieved the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care Services will be able to progress directly to the Middlesex University Specialists modules with 80 Level 5 credits recognised.
If you still need to undertake the Level 5 Diploma, we can provide you with a list of our partner colleges and training providers.
UK/EU and International students are eligible to apply for this course.
Academic credit for previous study or experience
If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another university, you may be able to enter a Middlesex University course in year two or three. For further information please visit our Transfer students page.
If you have relevant work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University qualification. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
International entry requirements
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
Visas and immigration
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
English language requirements for international students
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in all four components). Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted English tests and qualifications. If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
Interviews, entrance tests, portfolios and auditions
Entry onto this course does not require an interview, entrance test, portfolio or audition.
For experienced workers, the Higher Diploma/Specialist Adult Social Care Pathway of the Higher Apprenticeship, offers the chance to enhance the skills and knowledge you need to progress in your careers, as managers and/or specialists, and count credit from your learning at work towards Higher Education qualifications.
For everyone in the sector working towards the Level 5 Diploma, the Specialist Adult Social Care Pathway offers the possibility of going on to achieve a range of other HE qualifications in the future.
With Middlesex University successful learners could progress onto Graduate Awards such as:
Graduate Certificate in Dementia Care and practice
Graduate Certificate Leading and Developing Public and Community Services
Graduate Certificate in Dual Diagnosis
BA (Hons) Professional Practice Leadership and Management for Care Services (Specialist title)
BSc (Hons) Mental Health
Other Professional Practice Post graduate programmes
Note: to achieve a full degree award (BA/BSc) you may need to submit an Accreditation of Prior Learning portfolio (APL) as well as your Higher Diploma to gain sufficient credits.
The Higher Diploma/Higher Apprenticeship is aimed at assistant managers, deputy managers, unit or service managers in adult residential settings and in adult day service or domiciliary care. It is also aimed at advanced practitioner roles that require a high level of knowledge of care provision, or a specific specialism.
The Adult Social Care specialist pathway is particularly suitable for those with the responsibility for quality and service improvement; business development or for those leading and developing provision in a specialist area such as dementia care; end of life care or mental health
Managers of residential settings with Friends of the Elderly who have completed the Level 5 Diploma part of the programme with one of our training partners (OPPs Training) have said:
‘I’m now leading my team not just managing them.’
‘I am now reflecting on my practice and action planning.’
‘The Level 5 Diploma has helped me recognise my potential.’
‘It has given me confidence to consider further university study.’
*Manager comments taken from interviews undertaken by Finbar Lillis for Skills for Care discussing the higher apprenticeships agenda. These are available from http://vimeo.com/channels/skills4care/