ATHE Level 5 Extended Diploma in Management for Health and Social Care

The ATHE Level 5 Extended Diploma in Management for Health and Social Care is a 120-credit Ofqual regulated qualification and is the equivalent level to the second year of a bachelor’s degree. This qualification has been designed for learners who are seeking to progress to a higher education institution to take the third year of a bachelor’s degree course in an area of management within the healthcare sector.

At a glance:

  • Progression to the third year of a degree at a range of universities –
  • 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 4 mandatory units and select 3 or 4 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 “Facilitating Change in Health and Social Care” plus either “Managing Communication” or “People Management”. To see the contents of each unit you can view the Qualification Specification.

Mandatory Units (Extended Diploma 120-credit)

  • Facilitating Change in Health and Social Care
  • Managing Communication
  • People Management
  • Research Project

Mandatory Units (Diploma 60-credit)

  • Facilitating Change in Health and Social Care
  • Managing Communication
  • People Management


Optional Units

  • Leading Practice in Health and Social Care
  • Working with Multidisciplinary teams
  • Management of Safeguarding for Health and Social Care
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Resource Management
  • Management of Activity Provision
  • Finance for Managers
  • Planning a New Business Venture
  • Managing Stakeholder Engagement
  • Leading Organisational Equality and diversity
  • Managing Finance in the Public sector
  • Manage Sustainability in an Organisation
  • Managing Quality in Health and Social Care
  • Employability Skills
  • Personal and Professional

Learners who complete this qualification can progress to the ATHE Level 6 Diploma in Healthcare Management, into employment or to the third and final year of a bachelor’s degree, please see

ATHE (Awards for Training and Higher Education)​

Age: 19 + Entry profile:

  • A GCE Advanced level profile with achievement in 2 or more subjects supported by 5 or more GCSEs at grades C and above
  • other related level 3 subjects
  • an Access to Higher Education Certificate delivered by an approved further education institute and validated by an Access Validating Agency
  • 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.

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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

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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.