Health and Social Care

ATHE Level 4 Extended Diploma in Management for Health and Social Care

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 –
  • Advanced learner loans available in the UK –
  • See the Qualifications catalogue
  • 1,200 learning hours, usually studied over an academic year
  • Graded ‘Achieved’ or ‘Not achieved’
  • Designed with support from universities
  • Can be delivered in the classroom, or by distance or blended learning.


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

  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Resource Management
  • Management of Activity Provision
  • Administrative Services
  • Planning a Work Based Team Project
  • Safeguarding Children and Young People
  • Finance For Managers
  • Safeguarding Adults
  • Manage Sustainability in an Organisation
  • Working with Multi-disciplinary Teams
  • Planning a New Business Venture
  • Empowering Users of Health and Social Care Services
  • Health and Safety in the Health and Social Care Workplace
  • Employability Skills
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Contemporary Issues in Health and Social Care
  • Study Skills
  • Management of Health and Social Care Provision
  • Equality and Diversity in Health and Social Care

Progression Routes

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

Entry Criteria

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 or Grade 4 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

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