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

IntroductionEntry CriteriaQualification Content

The ATHE Level 4 Extended Diploma in Management for Health and Social Care is a 120 credit Ofqual Regulated Qualification equivalent 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.

This is a core qualification available to existing and interested centres of ATHE.

Graded with Pass or Fail.
Advanced learner loans available in the UK – to check if funding is available see the latest Qualification Catalogue here.
For the progression routes visit our progression routes page.

Delivery Mode
This qualification can be delivered either in the classroom, via distance learning or blended, part-time or full-time.

Qualification Specification
To view the specification, please click here.

Typical Age

This qualification is designed for learners who are typically aged 16 and above.


For learners who have recently been in education or training the entry profile is likely to include one of the following:

  • a GCE Advanced level profile with achievement in 2 or more subjects supported by 5 or more GCSEs at grades C and above or grades 4-9
  • other related level 3subjects
  • an Access to Higher Education Certificate delivered by an approved further education institute and validated by an Access Validating Agency
  • other equivalent international qualifications


For those whom English is not their first language we recommend the following standards of proficiency in English language skills or an approved equivalent for this qualification:

  • IELTs 5.5
  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) B2
  • Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) 162 or above
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic 42-49

Learners must complete all 3 mandatory units and a minimum of 5 optional (opt) units.

Learners must complete 5 or more units from the optional list below to achieve a minimum of 120
credits for the Extended Diploma. The number of units selected will depend upon the size of the units.

Unit NameUnit AimsCreditsMandatory
Health and Social Care in ContextTo develop an understanding of a health and/or social care area in which students would like to work.15Yes

Communication Skills for Health & Social Care Management
The aim of this unit is to develop knowledge and understanding of communication both with colleagues in health and social care organisations and with service users. Learners will gain an understanding of why communication is sometimes ineffective, and the skills needed to overcome difficulties.15Yes
People in OrganisationsThis unit aims to develop knowledge and understanding of those aspects of organisations that concern and support people.15Yes
Management of Activity ProvisionThe unit develops student’s knowledge and understanding of activity provision in health or social care and how it is managed.15Opt
Corporate Social ResponsibilityTo develop an understanding of CSR issues and the impacts of CSR policy.15Opt
Resource ManagementThe aim of this unit is to provide an overview of the human and physical resources needed in a range of organisations, including those in the primary, service and manufacturing sectors, and provide an understanding of the impact of efficiency on the organisations.15Opt
Planning a Work Based Team ProjectLearners will be able to develop and utilise project management skills in the workplace.15Opt
Finance For ManagersTo introduce learners to practical accounting and financial techniques that are useful to managers in business organisations.15Opt
Planning a New Business VentureThe aim of the unit is to develop knowledge, understanding and the application of business planning skills. These skills can be applied to either a small micro enterprise or a new venture within an existing company.15Opt
Manage Sustainability in an OrganisationTo develop he knowledge, skills and techniques to be able to identify sustainability issues within an organisation and to put in place suitable management systems for legal compliance and corporate responsibility purposes.15Opt
Working with Multi-disciplinary TeamsThis unit will help students develop the skills and knowledge required to build and lead multi-disciplinary teams and to build effective working relationships with other professionals.15Opt
Administrative ServicesTo develop an understanding of the range of administrative services that might be offered to managers or departments within organisations and to develop administrative skills.15Opt
Empowering Users of Health and Social Care ServicesTo develop an understanding of how through the design and review of legislative and management systems, providers can empower service users in promoting their individual rights of participation and independence.15Opt
Health and Safety in the Health and Social Care WorkplaceTo develop knowledge and understanding of the risks and responsibilities of health and safety in the health and social care workplace.15Opt
Contemporary Issues in Health and Social CareTo develop the research skills on how contemporary issues of public concern relating to health and social care are identified and presented in the public domain.15Opt
Employability SkillsLearners will develop understanding of the skills needed for effectiveness in the workplace and their own employability skills15Opt
Personal and Professional DevelopmentThe aim of this unit it to develop confidence in the learner to successfully manage their personal and professional skills in order to achieve their career goals.15Opt
Study SkillsThis unit will develop learners understanding of the research process, good academic practice and the potential pitfalls.10Opt
Equality and Diversity in Health and Social CareTo develop knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice relating to equality and diversity in health and social care and the impact on individuals and organisations.10Opt