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Higher Apprenticeship in Care Leadership and Management

Advances in modern medicine have resulted in us living longer - but with greater life expectancy comes an aging population and increasingly complex care needs.

It has never been more important for adult social care leaders to have the skills they need to develop their staff and services to meet current challenges and ever-changing needs.

Our higher apprenticeship in care leadership and management is structured around a small number of learning modules related to the care of vulnerable adults, and the leadership and management of those working in the sector.

Through a mixture of university-based teaching days and practice-based projects, learners will reflect upon their role in ensuring how care services and the staff working within them can be better managed and coordinated.
Learning is centred on your firsthand experiences and real-world working practices.  Through the application of your learning you will have opportunities to demonstrate transferable skills in managing staff, co-ordinating services, team-working, negotiation and decision-making.

This apprenticeship has been developed as an integral part of the Skills for Care (SfC) higher apprenticeship award in care leadership and management – level 5 (Lead Practitioner) (England).

Study style and course content

This apprenticeship lasts 12 months and consists of the equivalent of one day per week at university, combined with 30 hours or more of employment.  In order to provide flexible learning options, programmes are developed to suit the individual needs of learners and employers, so we will develop a bespoke programme just for you.

Teaching is primarily delivered though group and individual tutorials, lectures and action learning sets.  Assessment is by assignments, which will be centred upon your workplace and informed by your role and the activities that you undertake.  In particular, they are designed to enable you to develop and reflect upon your management and leadership skills, and reflect how the theory you have learnt may be applied in real-life settings.

Who is the Apprenticeship for?

  • Senior workers
  • Shift leaders
  • Care co-ordinators
  • Managers

Why study at the University of Gloucestershire?

This course is taught by academic staff, who are health and social care professionals. As well as having been involved in the hands-on delivery of care and in the management of services in the public, private and charitable sectors, they are also actively involved in consultancy, research and publications.  As such, they are at the forefront of industry best practice.

Entry requirements

All applicants must:

  • Be employed in relevant social care practice
  • Have an enhanced DBS check submitted to the University of Gloucestershire
  • Be supported in their practice by their employer and have a suitable qualified mentor - a confirmation letter/statement will need to be provided by the employer
  • Be able to use IT to search the internet and prepare written work / presentations
  • Be able to provide evidence of achievement at NVQ level 3 or equivalent, and have a pass at least Grade C in Maths and English at GCSE or its equivalent. (e.g. numeracy adult level 2); or, for a candidate taking the programme within the Higher Apprenticeship Framework, demonstrate they are undertaking this requirement with the support of their employer.
  • Have confirmation from their employer that  they can be released to attend all study days during the course (1 day per week), and have the support for practice development (1 day per week equivalence)
  • Be supervised by a suitable mentor provided by their workplace

    Built around your workplace

    The higher apprenticeship in care leadership is a work-based qualification, tailored to your needs and those of your employer.


    Learning with a peer group

    Learn with a group of others facing similar challenges to you. In addition to the help from our expert tutors, learning with peers provides extra support through the apprenticeship.


    Obtain a recognised qualification and professional status

    This programme is taught by high calibre staff and designed for the very best professionals the sector has to offer. Gain professional recognition and stand out from the crowd.