ST Mary's College

Level 6 Diploma in Health and Social Care Management

The OTHM Level 6 Diploma in Health and Social Care Management is designed to enable learners to develop the knowledge and both generic and vocational employability skills relevant to these sectors. It has also been designed to help learners develop an understanding of the nature of health and social care work in order that they can make informed decisions about whether or not they wish to gain employment in these sectors or as part of their current professional development if already working in these sectors.

The Health and Social Care Management Diploma provides a thorough grounding in the key concepts and practical skills required in the health and social care sector and its wide recognition by employers allows progression directly into employment.

Entry Requirements

Learner must fulfil at least one of the following criteria to be allowed entry to the qualification:

Possession of a UK level 5 diploma in related subject or an equivalent overseas qualification
Mature learners (over 21) with relevant work experience (learners must check with the delivery centre regarding this experience prior to registering for the programme)
English requirements: If the learner is not from a majority English-speaking country, they must provide evidence of English language competency. For more information visit English language expectations page.

Qualification Structure

OTHM Level 6 Diploma in Health and Social Care Management (RQF) consists of the following 8 mandatory units that provide a total of 120 credits:

  • Personal and Professional Development in Health and Social Care (10 credits): introduce learners to the principles of reflective practice and professional development in the health and social care sector, and to support learners to apply these principles to develop their own career as health and social care managers.
  • Managing Quality in Health and Social Care (15 credits): help learners develop an understanding of different perspectives on health and social care service quality and how it is evaluated in order to empower and involve users of services.
  • Principles of Health and Social Care Management (15 credits): introduces the core principles, values and legislation that underpins health and social care provision to the learner.
  • Health and Safety in Health and Social Care Workplaces (15 credits): develop learners’ understanding about their responsibilities in ensuring the health and safety of the health and social care workplace and the people within it.
  • Financial Decision Making for Health Care Managers (15 credits): introduce key financial concepts and tools for managers in health and social care. The unit gives consideration to the knowledge and understanding necessary for making finance informed decisions in health and social care organisations.
  • Managing Human Resources in Health and Social Care (15 credits): enable the learner to understand the processes involved in the recruitment, management and development of people in the health and social care workplace.
  • Leadership and Management for Health and Social Care (15 credits): develop the knowledge, skills and qualities to be an effective health care leader; introduce creative approaches to the workplace, deal with complex leadership situations and provide effective patient and service outcomes.
  • Research Methods for Health and Social Care Managers (20 credits): provide understanding of research principles, a range of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies and appropriate analysis; develop the research skills and knowledge necessary to undertake an independent research project.

Duration and Delivery

The qualification is designed to be delivered over one academic year for full-time study but it is also flexible in its delivery in order to accommodate part-time and distance learning.

The qualification is delivered face-to-face, through lectures, tutorials, seminars, distance, online by approved centres only.

Assessment and Verification

All units within this qualification are internally assessed by the centre and verified by OTHM. The qualifications are criterion referenced, based on the achievement of all the specified learning outcomes.

To achieve a ‘pass’ for a unit, a learner must have successfully passed all the learning outcomes for that unit.

The Assessor should provide an audit trail showing how the judgement of the learner’s overall achievement has been arrived at.


Upon successful completion of OTHM Level 6 Diploma in Health and Social Care Management, learners may progress to:

  • An OTHM Level 7 Diploma within the relevant academic discipline
  • A postgraduate degree programme at UK universities
  • Employment in Health and Social Care Sector
  • Relevant postgraduate professional programmes