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Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Residential Childcare (RQF)

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  • Qual No: 603/5474/4
  • TQUK Accredited
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About this Course

Are you currently employed in a children's home or boarding school and aspire to ascend the ranks into managerial positions? Perhaps you have your sights set on establishing your very own residential childcare home. If so, the TQUK Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Residential Childcare course is your key to unlocking these career aspirations.

Course Overview: Tailored for individuals already immersed in the world of Residential Childcare or those seeking to transition into this field, our Level 5 Residential Childcare course provides you with the knowledge and skills necessary to excel. Delivered conveniently online through our dedicated portal, this comprehensive course spans a duration of 12 to 18 months, allowing you to study at your own pace.

Assessment Methods: Throughout your educational journey, you will be guided and assessed by an experienced designated tutor. Assessment methods encompass a holistic approach, ensuring your competence in various facets of residential childcare management. These methods include written assignments, work product evidence, professional discussions, witness testimonies, and observations.

Ofsted-Approved and Accredited: Our course bears the esteemed seal of approval from Ofsted and holds accreditation, cementing its status as a respected Residential Childcare qualification. As you navigate through the coursework and assignments, you will gain invaluable insights into leadership and management within a residential childcare setting.

Course Highlights: This course will develop your leadership and management skills, give you a deep understanding of the unique dynamics of residential childcare for children with complex disabilities or conditions, and teach you how to implement policies and procedures to ensure compliance and quality care delivery.

Career Advancement: Upon successful completion of this course, you will earn the prestigious Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Residential Childcare (RQF). Armed with this qualification, you will be well-prepared to take on managerial roles in existing residential settings or embark on the exciting journey of establishing your own residential childcare facility.

Your Future Awaits: Elevate your career and fulfill your ambitions in residential childcare by enrolling in the TQUK Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Residential Childcare today. This qualification will empower you to lead, manage, and shape the future of childcare provision while achieving your professional aspirations.



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Why take this course?


Upon completing this Level 5 Residential Childcare Course, candidates will be able to work in a leadership or management position in a residential childcare setting. You may be able to work in supported living accommodations, semi-independent living, children's residential homes and boarding schools.


This Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Residential Childcare (RQF) is regulated by Ofqual, Accredited by Traning Qualifications UK and Accepted by major regulatory bodies such as Ofsted.


There are no formal entry requirements for this course; however, candidates should have a job secured in management or leadership in a childcare setting and should be at least 19 years of age to begin this Level 5 Residential Childcare Course.

Work as a Manager in Residential Childcare

Working in a residential children's home or in a social care setting for children carries many great benefits. You will make a difference in the children’s lives and set the foundation for their future by helping them reach their potential under your care and support.  

As a manager in a residential childcare setting, you will first need to complete this Residential Childcare course. You will then be able to become the registered manager for the children's home and then be able to oversee all support workers looking after children in social care ages 5 - 25*.

Key Information

Course Duration

This Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Residential Childcare course can be completed in just 12 - 18 months; however, candidates will have a total of 18 months should they wish to pace themselves.

Course Location

The course is completed as a distance learning course based on our online learning portal. You can complete your online childcare course whenever and wherever you like, as long as you have an internet connection.

Course Support

Throughout your journey, your assessor will be available to support you on your course over the phone, by email and by our messing system. All our assessors have years of experience in social work and have a full understanding of social care for children's services.


How it works

Step 1: Course Enrolment - you will need to complete a short enrolment and telephone induction to start  

Step 2: Starting the course - your assessor will introduce themselves and issue you with your first assessment plan 

Step 3: Submitting Work - when you have completed an assignment, you can upload it to your course portal for your assessor to mark your work and give you feedback. Feedback  will be displayed on your portal and emailed to you for ease of reference

Step 4: Getting Help - when you need help, you can contact your assessor with questions any time as well as being able to get in touch with our customer support team between 9 am and 6 pm Mon - Fri.  

Step 5: Completion - once you and your assessor are confident that you have met the criteria in each unit,  your portfolio goes into the IQA stage which takes approximately 9-12 weeks. After this stage, we will be able to claim your certificate.

How do I log into my course?

Approximately 15 minutes after purchase, you will receive your login details (Please check Spam folder) by email, including a link and instructions to log into your course. You can also find your learning portal by clicking on the ‘student login’ button on our website or by clicking here; lms.thelearningstation.co.uk. 

Where can I find course units?

Mandatory Units

Learners must achieve 64 credits from all mandatory units and a minimum of 26 credits from the optional units.

Unit 1: Undertake, promote and support continuing Professional Development
Unit 2: Develop and support Health and Safety practice and lead risk management
Unit 3: Understand, lead and support effective information sharing, positive relationships and communication systems
Unit 4: Develop, engage with and support effective partnerships
Unit 5: Lead practice and support equality, diversity and inclusion promoting the rights of children and individuals
Unit 6: Understand children and young person’s development
Unit 7: Lead practice that supports positive outcomes for child and young person
Unit 8: Lead and develop the safeguarding practices and protection of children and young people
Unit 9: Lead, manage and develop an effective team
Unit 10: Lead and develop professional supervision practice
Unit 11: Manage resources and finance within own area of responsibility
Unit 12: Manage and support change

If you'd like a copy of the course qualification handbook, please give us a call now on 0208 342 7210.

When will I have my induction?

You will get a call to arrange your induction within days of completing the enrolment process. the induction will go through your chosen course, advise on suitability, Help you choose your optional units, and pathways, explain what is expected from your work, provide training on the use of our system and answer any questions that you have. The Induction will take place over the phone.

When will my work get marked?

You can expect any work submitted to be marked within just 14 days unless agreed otherwise with your assessor. Your work may not be marked within 14 days if you submitted more than 3 assignments in a month.

Are there any classes or learning materials?

As our qualifications are vocational and work-based courses, you are expected to conduct research and gain skills, knowledge and understanding from your working environment. Your assessor will provide you with assessment plans, which may include guidance and materials, as well as providing constructive feedback on the work that you complete.

When will I hear from my tutor/assessor?

Your assessor will provide you with assessment plans with work to complete, as well as their contact information. They will not reach out to you if you are not doing your work, you need to get in touch if you are having trouble with your assignments.

Your assessor should respond to any messages from you within just 3-working days, but it is usually sooner. If you have sent your assessor a message and you haven’t heard back from them, please let us know by emailing [email protected].

How will I be Assessed

This qualification requires an assessment of both competence and knowledge. Throughout your Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Residential Child Care course, you will be assessed through a variety of methods:


  • Written assignments and coursework
  • Having a manager or colleague complete a witness testimony of tasks completed in a workplace
  • Direct observations of you carrying out work-related tasks
  • Professional discussions over the phone
  • Supplying us with work product evidence.



When will I get my certificate?

On completion of your course, there are steps that we must take to quality assure your qualification to then send to the awarding organisation.

  1. The Assessor must review your work in full before submitting it to our IQA, this usually takes around 2 weeks.
  2. The IQA will review any requests within 1-months, but this is usually sooner. If there are actions on your portfolio it will be sent to the assessor for them to complete, and then these steps will be repeated.
  3. Once the IQA has quality checked and approved your portfolio for external sampling by the awarding body, the office will submit the claim for your certificate within 5 working days.
  4. The awarding body will usually issue a certificate within 2-weeks from this point; however, they may request sampling of your work, in which case it can be up to one month.
  5. The usual duration is 1-2 months from completion.

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