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OTHM Level 4 Diploma in Health and Social Care Management

OTHM Level 4 Diploma in Health and Social Care Management


The objective of the OTHM Level 4 Diploma in Health and Social Care Management qualification is to equip learners with the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills required for a career or further study in the health and social care sector at a managerial level. The programme enables learners to demonstrate their skills by producing evidence from their work or training activities.

The units combine both theoretical and practical knowledge in the sector and will develop and enhance knowledge and skills in the areas of equality, diversity, professional development, patient assessment, resource management, communication and health and safety.

Successful completion of this qualification will equip learners with industry-specific and practical skills, enabling them to successfully apply their knowledge in the workplace, enhance their career prospects and allow progression to further study.

  • Entry requirements

    OTHM Level 4 qualifications: Learners aged 18 or above

    The entry profile for learners is likely to include at least one of the following:

    Relevant Level 3 Diploma qualification or equivalent qualification

    GCE Advanced level in 2 subjects or equivalent qualification

    Mature learners (over 21) with relevant management experience (learners must check with the delivery centre regarding this experience prior to registering for the programme)

    English requirements:  Visit  English Entry Requirements  page

  • Equivalences

    OTHM qualifications at Level 4 represent practical knowledge, skills, capabilities and competencies that are assessed in academic terms as being equivalent to Higher National Certificates (HNC) and Year 1 of a three-year UK Bachelor's degree programme.

  • Qualification structure

    The OTHM Level 4 Diploma in Health and Social Care Management qualification consists of 6 mandatory units, 120 credits, 1200 hours of Total Qualification Time (TQT) and the recommended Guided Learning Hours (GLH) for this qualification is a minimum of 600 hours.

  • Mandatory units:

    Promoting Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Health and Social Care (20 credits)
    Professional Development and Academic Writing Skills (20 credits)
    Communication in the Caring Professions (20 credits)
    Principles of Health and Safety for Health Professions (20 credits)
    Assessment Processes in Health and Social Care Settings (20 credits)
    Resource Management in Health and Social Care (20 credits)

  • Duration and delivery

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

  • Assessment and verification

    All units within this qualification are internally assessed by the centre and externally 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, learners must provide evidence to demonstrate that they have fulfilled all the learning outcomes and meet the standards specified by all assessment criteria. Judgement that the learners have successfully fulfilled the assessment criteria is made by the Assessor.

    The Assessor should provide an audit trail showing how the judgement of the learners' overall achievement has been arrived at.

  • Progression

    Successful completion of the Level 4 Diploma in Health and Social Care Management qualification provides learners with the opportunity for a wide range of academic progressions, including progression to relevant OTHM Level 5 Diplomas.

    As this qualification is approved and regulated by Ofqual (Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulation), learners are eligible to gain direct entry into Year 2 of a three-year UK Bachelor's degree programme.