The diploma has six pathways to choose from, including:
- Management of Adult Services
- Management of Adult Residential Services
- Practice in Adult Services
- Management of Children and Young People's Services
- Management of Children and Young People's Residential Services
- Practice in Children and Young People's Services
The two qualifications previously required for this role are no longer offered by training providers but are still valid and can be used to work as a care home manager. They are the Registered Manager's Award and the NVQ Level 4 in Leadership and Management for Care Services.
If you already have these two awards, you would not normally be expected to take the Level 5 Diploma as well, although some organisations may offer it as part of professional development training.
You would be expected to already have qualifications relevant to the care services your home provides, for example:
- NVQ Level 4 in Health and Social Care
- nursing, physiotherapy or occupational therapy qualification and registration
- social work qualification and registration
See the Skills for Care advice on meeting workforce regulations for more details.
You'll usually need:
- 1 or 2 A levels, a level 3 diploma or relevant experience for a level 4 or level 5 course