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Level 4 Extended Diploma in Management for Health and Social Care

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

  • 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.


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

  • other related levels 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


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. 


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 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. 


Face to Face Learning: One year

Online Learning: 8 to 10 weeks


Face to Face Learning: £4000

Online Learning: £3500

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