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Highfield Level 4 Certificate in Principles of Leadership and Management for Adult Care (RQF)

Qualification overview and objective

The objective of the qualification, Highfield Level 4 Certificate in Principles of Leadership and Management for Adult Care (RQF), is to introduce adult care leadership and management and to prepare learners to progress into a new management role within the care setting.  

The qualification covers the essential knowledge required in adult care and support, as well as management.  

Those learners who enter the sector from graduate entry programmes must also achieve the same level of preparedness to work as a social care manager.  

Those learners who have no direct experience of care and support will require placements or voluntary work alongside the qualification. 

The qualification aligns with the Management Induction Standards and provides the learner with the knowledge and understanding to be able to move into a management role. 

Highfield Level 4 Certificate in Principles of Leadership and Management for Adult Care (RQF)  

E-Learning and Assessment option includes basic support with online learning materials and assessment, with the learner fully in charge of their own timetable. 

The learner has access to learning resources on within their learning account, and also has access to their assessment account on the e-Portfolio for their assessments and assignments.  

Who is this qualification for? 

This qualification is suitable for those learners who are either:  

  • Working at a level 3 and aspire to progress into management.  
  • Working as Managers (new in post), who wish to use this qualification to support with the Manager Induction Standards  
  • Team Leaders, Care Coordinators, and Supervisors who want to progress to deputy manager or manager roles

Career progression is a key element in retaining and growing a high-quality workforce for the adult social care sector in England.  

Progression into management roles is particularly important and workers with excellent care and support skills at level 3 may be unprepared for the very different knowledge and skills required as a manager. Therefore, this qualification has been developed as a direct route from the level 3 into level 5 management qualifications.  

Entry requirements  

To register for this qualification, learners are required to meet the following entry requirements:  

  • Be 19 years of age or above  
  • Have significant experience within the care and support sector and/or currently working at Level 3 within Adult Care; 
  • Graduates from different disciplines and other learners with no direct experience of care and support are likely to need placements, voluntary work or internships alongside the qualification to achieve a firm grounding in service delivery for the sector. 

How long will the qualification take to complete? 

Learners choose their own duration when they make their payment. 

The total qualification time for this qualification is 339 hours and of this 150 hours are is recommended as guided learning hours.  

Depending on the effort put in by the learner, the qualification can be completed in 6 months, but learners can take up to 24 months. 

Topics covered  

To complete the Level 4 Certificate in Principles of Leadership and Management for Adult Care (RQF) learners must complete the all 20 units contained within the mandatory group.  

These units are:   

1 - Leadership and Management in Adult Care  

2 - Team Leadership in Adult Care  

3 - Governance in Adult Care  

4 - Regulatory Processes for Adult Care  

5 - Communication and Information Management In Adult Care  

6 - Partnership Working in Adult Care  

7 - Outcomes Based Person Centred Practice in Adult Care  

8 - Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Adult Care  

9 - Continuous Improvement in Adult Care  

10 - Professional Development in Adult Care  

11 - Supervision and Performance Management in Adult Care  

12 - Resource Management in Adult Care  

13 - Safeguarding and Protection in Adult Care  

14 - Health and Safety in Adult Care  

15 - Risk-Taking and Risk Management in Adult Care  

16 - Managing Concerns and Complaints in Adult Care  

17 - Manage Self for Leadership in Adult Care  

18 - Decision Making in Adult Care  

19 - Entrepreneurial Skills in Adult Care  

20 - Innovation and Change in Adult Care   

 Assessment method 

This qualification is assessed by a portfolio of evidence, supported by a tutor and assessor.  

Successful learners must demonstrate knowledge at the appropriate level, across the breadth of the qualification syllabus.  

Progression opportunities 
On successful completion of this qualification, learners can work in management roles in care settings. 

Learners may wish to continue their development by undertaking one of the following qualifications:
• Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care - for specialist roles in care settings,
• Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care - for senior manager roles in care settings 

Not yet ready to study the full qualification? 

The course, Level 4 Principles of Leadership and Management for Adult Care provides synopsis of the full qualification and initial training on all the concepts covered.

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