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Children's Care, Learning and Development (Leadership and Management Pathway) - Level 5 Diploma

Start Date: 12th September 2022
Code: YHPY1928A1

  • Higher Education
  • Part-Time
  • Ballymoney
  • Course Information
  • We are currently not accepting applications for this course. Applications for 2023/24 will open in January 2023.


Duration: 2 Years Part-time
Start date: 12th September 2022
End date: 12th June 2024
Day: Mon
Time: 13:00-21:00
Information Event: Yes

Fee for 2022/2023 Academic Year:


Course Content

The course content, delivery and assessment will be tailored to meet the needs of both the busy student and the children’s care, learning and development employer.  The College will provide blended learning (a mix of face to face and online) designed to provide a thorough understanding of the key requirements of the role and qualification.  

An occupationally competent assessor will also provide support and feedback crafted to match the development needs of the student.  

The course is designed to recognise the current knowledge, skills and experience of the student and to support development needs.  

Students will be required to attend a mandatory pre-course information session 

Course Aims

The Level 5 Diploma is designed for busy senior practitioners in a leadership or management role within childcare settings or for those practitioners who may have the opportunity or ambition to be appointed into a senior role. 

Assessment Methods

The Level 5 Diploma in Leadership is a work-based qualification.  Consequently, students will be assessed by direct observation in the workplace and by the creation of an online portfolio of evidence. 

Course Update

Please note that due to ongoing major campus construction projects courses at Ballymena, Coleraine and Ballymoney may be relocated to alternative suitable locations as required.

Candidates must be:

  • 18 years old or over and working as a Leader, Deputy Leader, Assistant Manager or Deputy Manager in a children’s care, learning and development setting (minimum contract 10 hours) or be in a position to carry out management activities in a setting with the support of management (if not currently in a management role) 
  • Hold a Level 3 qualification in Childcare & Learning Development or equivalent
  • Satisfy an ACCESS NI Assessment and health checks.

Where mature students wish to have prior education and/or experience taken into account, in lieu of meeting the full course entry requirements, they should contact the relevant Course Director or Admissions by 12th August, as an application deadline will apply. It is at the College's discretion to consider APEL enquiries after the dates stated.

In the event of oversubscription, the College reserves the right to increase the entry criteria for this programme to GCSE Maths and English at Grade C or above in preference to Essential Skills or lower graded GCSEs. Applicants will still be reviewed in date order and by order of preference.

Students who have completed the Level 5 Diploma can progress onto a Foundation Degree (offered with Stranmillis College, Queen's University Belfast) or to the top up Early childhood degree with the University of Doncaster. 

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