Level 5 Diploma in Health and Social Care

Level 5 Diploma in Health and Social Care 2021-10-28T12:03:44+00:00

Course Details


Level 5 Qualification

ECTS Credits

60 ECTS (120 UK Credits)

Duration of Study Programme

1 Academic Year – Part-Time

Awarding Body

Qualifi – RQF 601/5442/1



Malta/EU Price


Operational End Date


Mode of Delivery


Pass Rate


Course description


This qualification has been created to develop and reward the business health and social care workers of today and the future, and to continue to bring recognition and professionalism to the health and social care sector. The rationale of this programme is to provide a career path for learners who wish to develop their management and care capabilities within the health and social care sector.

The overall learning outcomes of this Diploma are:

  • Analysing, synthesising and summarising information critically
  • The ability to read and use appropriate literature with a full and critical understanding the ability to think independently and solve problems
  • Applying subject knowledge and understanding to address familiar and unfamiliar problems
  • Recognising the moral and ethical issues of health and social care practice and research; appreciating the need for ethical standards and professional codes of conduct.
  • An appreciation of the interdisciplinary nature of health and social care service provision
  • Capacity to give a clear and accurate account of a subject, assemble arguments in a mature way and engage in debate and dialogue both with specialists and non-specialists.
  • To develop transferable skills and knowledge.
  • Circumstances, whether within their own area of employment, or through promotion to a supervisory or management position, or to adapt to changes in the health/social care environment
  • To motivate individuals to progress to further professional development through future study or as part of their chosen career.

Target Group:

The qualifications have been created to develop and reward the health and social care workers of today and the future, and to continue to bring recognition and professionalism to the health and social care sector.

What you will study

You will study modules such as:

  • Academic Study Skills – 10 ECTS (20 UK CREDITS) – 100 LEARNING HOURS

The aim of this unit is to enable you to develop the necessary skills and understanding to study effectively within higher education. This will enable learners to acquire the necessary reflective and critical thinking skills required to achieve individual learning potential.

  • Communication for Health and Social Care – 10 ECTS (20 UK CREDITS) – 100 LEARNING HOURS

The aim of this unit is to develop the learner’s awareness of different forms of communication used in health and social care settings and its importance for effective service delivery.

  • An Introduction to Healthcare Policy – 10 ECTS (20 UK CREDITS) – 100 LEARNING HOURS

The aim of this unit is to develop your awareness of different influences on healthcare and their effect on the development of policy. Evaluation of healthcare policy will allow learners to examine what are the key contemporary issues for those making policy, providers and those receiving support.

  • Reflective Practice – 10 ECTS (20 UK CREDITS) – 100 LEARNING HOURS

This unit is designed to introduce the learner to reflective practice in all its forms. Reflections on practice and in practice are important concepts in health and social care and feed into the idea of self -development linking theory to practice.

  • Managing People in Health and Social Care – 10 ECTS (20 UK CREDITS) – 100 LEARNING HOURS

The aim of this unit is to enable learners to understand the processes involved in the recruitment, management and development of people in the health and social care workplace.

In this unit learners will investigate the processes involved in the management of individuals in the health and social care workplace and how to facilitate change in the organisation.

  • Sociology: Concepts in Health and Ill Health – 10 ECTS (20 UK CREDITS) – 100 LEARNING HOURS

The aim of this unit is for learners to gain an understanding of sociological concepts of health and ill health and their application to care practice in health and social care. It will enable learners to gain an understanding of the nature of contemporary society and its influences on the perception
of health and ill health.

Learners will explore how society is structured in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, social class, family and households and its impact on health and wellbeing.

How you will learn

Extensive course material is provided and you shall also be given access to our fully-fledged online library.  For each module completed, an online self-assessment test is automatically available to you so that you gauge your preparedness to start the assignment for that particular module.  The assignment is sent to you by Domain Academy’s Academic Office.  Once you complete the assignment you submit it online to Domain Academy’s Academic Office.  Once corrected, the result shall be sent to you. At the end of each module and after completing the self-assessment test, you shall be automatically provided with a certificate of completion for that particular module.  However, this certificate does not count for ECTS credits. It is the assignment which is considered as the official mode of assessment for that particular module and therefore counts towards ECTS credits.  Once the whole programme is completed, you shall be awarded an official certificate by Qualifi (UK) certifying that you completed this accredited and recognised qualification.

Where you will learn:

This course is delivered fully online during which you can study at any time, from anywhere and at your own pace.  All you need is a computer, laptop, smart phone or tablet device connected to internet.


Teaching, Learning and Assessment Procedures:

These qualifications are vocational as they can support a learner’s career progression. To meet QUALIFI’s aim to provide an appropriate assessment method each unit will be assessed through tasks that will be written in a way to make them realistic ‘work-related’ tasks wherever possible. Learners will need to demonstrate knowledge, understanding and. Original thought, problem solving and recommendations on actions will also be asked for from learners where appropriate for the unit. Intellectual rigour will be expected appropriate to the level of the qualifications.

Assignments will contain a question strand for each of the given unit’s learning outcomes. The assignment tasks will address the LO (learning outcome) and AC (assessment criteria) requirements.

Within assignments there will always be requirements for learners to engage with important and relevant theory that underpins the subject area. The assignment questions will require learners to draw on real organisations to illustrate their
answers. To support this activity during the programme of learning, centres are required to make sure that they include case studies of relevant organisations and, wherever possible, facilitate in company opportunities for learners to undertake research and investigation projects and/or support the organisation with various tasks. Mature and part-time learners will ideally be able to draw on their personal work experience too.
Sample assessments and marking scheme are available on request as part of the Qualification Specification supplied to centres.

Course Language:


Structure of Programme:

All units are mandatory. All units cover a number of topics relating to learning outcomes. Learners are required to complete all units at Level 4 to achieve the 120 credits required to gain the Level 4 Diploma in Health and Social Care. Learners will be expected to complete all units at Level 4 and Level 5 to gain the Level 5 Diploma in Health and Social Care. Learners will be expected to attend lectures and workshops that will introduce the subject matter. Formative assessments (weighted at 0%) may be used in lectures or tutorials to check knowledge and understanding of specific topics and subject areas. Units require reflective exam sets and/or summative assessments for marking.

The QUALIFI Diploma in Health and Social Care is a Level 5 Qualification made up of 120 credits.
Learners who register for the Level 5 and fail to complete may be awarded a Level 4 if they have competed sufficient credit. All units are 20 credits in value with the exception of the Research Unit which equates to 40 credits. These units have been designed from a learning time perspective and are expressed in terms of Total Qualification Time (TQT). TQT is an estimate of the total amount of time that could reasonably be
expected to be required for a learner to achieve and demonstrate the achievement of the level of attainment necessary for the award of a Qualification. TQT includes undertaking each of the activities of Guided Learning, Directed Learning and Invigilated Assessment. Each 20-credit unit approximates to a TQT of 200 hours incorporating 100 hours of GLH.

Examples of activities which can contribute to Total Qualification Time include:

  • guided learning
  • independent and unsupervised research/learning
  • unsupervised compilation of a portfolio of workexperience
  • unsupervised e-learning
  • unsupervised e-assessment
  • unsupervised coursework
  • watching a pre-recorded podcast orwebinar
  • unsupervised work-based learning

Guided Learning Hours (GLH) are defined as the time when a tutor is present to give specific guidance towards the learning aim being studied on a programme. This definition includes lectures, tutorials QUALIFI Level 4 and Level 5 Diploma in Health and Social Care Specification November 2020 10 and supervised study in, for example, open learning centres and learning workshops. Guided Learning includes any supervised assessment activity; this includes invigilated examination and observed assessment and observed work-based practice.

Some examples of activities which can contribute to Guided Learning include:

  • classroom-based learning supervised by a tutor
  • work-based learning supervised by a tutor
  • live webinar or telephone tutorial with a tutor inreal-time
  • e-learning supervised by a tutor in real-time
  • all forms of assessment which take place under the immediate guidance or supervision of a tutor or other appropriate provider of education or training, including where the assessment is competence-based and may be turned into a learning opportunity.

Grading System:

Where a candidate has achieved an overall average mark of at least 70% from all the units, QUALIFI may award a Distinction, although offering such a grade to individual candidates is at the discretion of QUALIFI and is not normally given after any successful referral attempts. Decisions about the overall classification of awards are made by QUALIFI through the application of the academic and relevant course regulations. It is based on the Average Percentage Mark (APM) or, at the discretion of QUALIFI, on the basis of your overall profile and performance subject to the
minimum requirements

Entry Requirements

The qualification has been designed to be accessible without artificial barriers that restrict access and progression. Learners will be expected to hold the following:

  • some ability and possess qualifications at Level 4, for example ‘A’ Levels or vocational awards;
  • some time in an organisational role and shown they have capability and drive to develop;
  • learners seeking further professional development and gain work-related skills and know how.

In the case of applicants whose first language is not English, then IELTS 6 (or equivalent) is required.

Fees & funding

Get 70% back on the full course fee upon successful completion.

Current Fees

Malta/EU €2,500


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