ATHE Level 6 Diploma In Healthcare Management

IntroductionEntry CriteriaQualification Content

The ATHE Level 6 Diploma in Healthcare Management is a 120-credit Ofqual-regulated qualification and is the equivalent level to the third year of a bachelor’s degree. This qualification has been designed for learners who are seeking to progress to higher education to take an MBA programme in an area of healthcare management. This qualification aims to develop learners understanding of management and to develop key management skills.

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

Graded with Pass.
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Delivery Mode
This qualification can be delivered either in the classroom, via distance learning or blended.

Qualification Specification
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Typical Age

This qualification is designed for learners who are typically aged 19 and above.


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

  • One or two years’ study of business, management or related qualifications at a Higher Education Institution
  • A level 5 qualification in business, management or related subjects for example an ATHE Level 5 Diploma in Management
  • 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 the six mandatory units totalling 70 credits. They must complete either
Managing Finance in the Public Sector or Financial Decision Making for Managers.
A further four or five units totalling a minimum of 50 credits from the list of optional (opt) units must be
completed to achieve a minimum of 120 credits for the Diploma. 7.

Unit NameUnit AimsCreditsMandatory
International Healthcare PolicyTo explore the international context for healthcare policy and organisation of healthcare. To understand contemporary issues and promotion of public health. Learners should understand the political, social and cultural issues that help to determine healthcare policy and be able to critically assess the policies and practice in one specific context.15Yes
Managing Quality and Service DeliveryThis unit aims to introduce the learner to the delivery of excellent customer service. The learner will also develop knowledge and understanding required for quality measurement and management of service delivery (for public service or healthcare management programmes the unit can be delivered in context).10Yes

Leadership and Management
The aim of this unit is to enable the learner to understand theories of leadership and management and how to use leadership and management skills to improve motivation and performance. The learner will also understand the development and effectiveness of teams.15Yes
Research ProjectThis unit aims to develop the skills required to produce a research
question and carry out independent research using appropriate research
techniques. The unit also aims to enable the learner to analyse research
findings, evaluate research methodology used and present findings.
Personal Leadership and Management DevelopmentThis unit aims to enable the learner to develop own personal leadership
and management skills to support the achievement of own and
organisational objectives.
Managing Finance in the Public SectorTo provide the skills and techniques to analyse and control finance in a public sector environment. To explain accountability for public sector finance.10Yes
Managing Stakeholder EngagementThe aim of the unit is to enable the learner to develop the knowledge and understanding required to engage with stakeholders and to learn how to manage stakeholders in projects and organisations.10Yes
Human Resource ManagementTo develop skills and knowledge in the field of human resource
management strategy. To look at contemporary issues which affect human
resource strategy within organisations.
Project ManagementTo understand the process of identifying appropriate and feasible
projects, and to be able to initiate and start a project. To be able to
manage, monitor and control a project, including assessing, managing
and controlling project risks and issues, project and team management
and change management. To be able to evaluate the success or failure of
a project.
Programme LeadershipTo develop the skills to be able to plan and lead a programme of related
projects and critically evaluate the programme.
Risk ManagementTo raise business risk awareness and develop knowledge and
understanding in the assessment, monitoring and control of business
risks. To enable the learner to develop an appreciation of the implications
of business risks
Manage Sustainability in an OrganisationTo develop the 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
Strategic PlanningTo develop the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to
develop an organisational strategic plan.
Managing Stakeholder EngagementThe aim of the unit is to enable the learner to develop the knowledge and
understanding required to engage with stakeholders and to learn how to
manage stakeholders in projects and organisations.
Leading Organisational Equality and DiversityThe aim of this unit is to enable the learner to develop an understanding of the importance of managing equality and diversity within the organisation and to understand how to lead the approach to equality and diversity within an organisation.10Opt