The ATHE Level 4 Extended Diploma in Management for Health and Social Care is a 120-credit Ofqual regulated qualification and is the equivalent level to the first year of a bachelor’s degree. 
This qualification has been designed for learners who are seeking to progress to university to join the second year of a bachelor’s degree course in an area of management within the healthcare sector. As well as the Extended Diploma option (120 credit) there is a Diploma option (60 credit) and a Certificate option (30 credit).

At a glance:

  • Progression to the second year of a degree at a range of universities – www.athe.co.uk/progression
  • Advanced learner loans available in the UK – See the Qualifications catalogue 2017-2018
  • 1,200 learning hours, usually studied over an academic year
  • Graded ‘Achieved’ or ‘Not achieved’
  • Designed with support from universities

There are three different sized qualifications. If you study the 120-credit extended diploma then you must study all 3 mandatory units and select 5 to 7 optional units. If you study the 60-credit diploma then you must study all 3 mandatory units and 1 optional unit. The certificate requires you to study the unit “Health and Social Care in Context” plus one of the other two mandatory units. To see the contents of each unit you can view the Qualification Specification.

Mandatory Units

  • Health and Social Care in Context
  • Communication Skills for Health and Social Care Management
  • People in Organisations

Optional Units

  • Managing Stakeholder Engagement
  • Risk Management
  • Leading Organisational
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Manage Sustainability in an Organisation
  • Resource Management
  • Administrative Services
  • Planning a Work Based Team Project
  • Marketing Principles and Practice
  • Planning a New Business Venture
  • Customer Relationship Management
  • Employability Skills
  • Business Ethics
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Business Law

Learners who complete this qualification can progress to the ATHE Level 5 Extended Diploma in Management for Health and Social Care which provides entry to the third year of a variety of bachelor’s degrees at higher education institutions. For more information, please see www.athe.co.uk/progression

ATHE (Awards for Training and Higher Education)​

Age: 16 +
Entry profile:

  • 5 or more GCSEs at grades C and above
  • other related level 2 subjects
  • other equivalent international qualifications

Campus Based

Students can take out an Advanced Learner Loan to pay for the course which is payable when they have completed the course and are earning at least £25,000 per annum.

More information: https://www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan

Eligibility criteria:

  • Aged 19 or over
  • Undertaking a Level 3, 4, 5, 6 qualification
  • Resident in the UK/EU for the last 3 years or more
  • Must be living in England

More information: https://www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan/eligibility

Lecturers are highly experienced in their sector and hold recognized and relevant teaching and assessment qualifications.

Individual focus:

Rather than herd all our students into a large lecture theatre and treat them as one mass group we teach in smaller groups (maximum of 30).  This enables the tutors to get to know students individually and quickly ascertain their development so that they can provide extra help where and when necessary.

  • Completed admission application form, available here or visit our campus to obtain one.
  • Passport
  • Visa (if applicable)
  • Previous education certificates and documents copies
  • Statement of purpose (explaining why you wish to study this programme and how this course will help you in the future)
  • Course fee (if self funding)
  • Interview with the course leader and admission team to discuss your intention to study this programme.