About the course:

This course is for those currently working in an early year’s setting as a manager practitioner, senior practitioner or deputy manager. This qualification allows the development of both managerial and practitioner skills which are beneficial skills. It is a competence-based qualification assessed in the workplace.

Course Structure:

To achieve the Level 5 Diploma students must obtain a minimum of 80 QCF credits

Course Content: 

  1. The mandatory units include the following titles: 
  2. Professional Practice in Children’s Care, 
  3. Learning and Development Support Children’s Care, 
  4. Learning and Development in the Early Years, 
  5. Use and develop systems that promote communication, 
  6. Promote professional development, 
  7. Champion equality, diversity and inclusion, 
  8. Develop health and safety, and risk management, 
  9. policies procedures and practices, 
  10. Working in partnership, 
  11. Understand child and young person development, 
  12. Lead practice that supports positive outcomes for children’s development, 
  13. Develop and implement policies and procedures to support safeguarding.


What are the entry requirements?

In order to complete the qualification, students must have a Level 3 Childcare qualification and be an experienced practitioner. Additionally, students must currently be working in a child care setting in a supervisory role for at least 16 hours per week. This qualification is not approved for those below the age of 19.

Assessment Method: Candidates will partake in monthly tutorials which will deliver fundamental knowledge and support in skills development. Candidates will be taught in a variety of methods which include: lectures, seminars and interactive workshop sessions. You will be given appropriate tutorial support which centres on study skills. The assessor will come in regular intervals to observe as well as assist in portfolio building

Qualification: Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for the Children and Young People’s Workforce (England)

Course Duration: The course lasts for approximately 12 – 14 months. This varies due to the level of support required for each learner and previous experience.

Course Mode: Part time

Start Date: Flexible

Progression route?

Students may use this qualification to further progress onto Foundation degree and BA 

What are the training costs?

The Current legislation regarding apprenticeships states that those undergoing an apprenticeship programme must be employed. Hence, apprentices must be paid the minimum statutory pay for apprentices and contractually employed on a full-time basis. The employers are responsible for these fees. 

If you would like more information regarding the Apprenticeship Levy, 

Please read the following information:

  1. Apprenticeship Levy
  2. Apprenticeships Reforms
  3. Key Points


The new Apprenticeship Reforms actualise from April 2017 with an innovative funding system beginning on 01 May 2017.
The following information establishes the key points that we currently know:

  1. Pay bill over £3m p.a. = Employer Levy @ 0.5% of total pay bill for UK-based staff
  2. Pay bill less than £3m p.a. = Employer Co-Investor @ 10% (Government pays 90%)
  3. Pay bill less than £3m p.a. and less than 50 employees = Employer Waiver @ 100% Government funded for 16-18 year old apprentices and employer 10% co investment for 19 plus
  4. A supplementary £1000 incentive for all employers and providers for taking on a 16-18 year old Apprentice and / or 19-24 year old previously in care or with an Education and Health Care plan



Are there any additional costs?

There may be additional fees to cover for the cost of textbooks needed for the course.