OTHM Level 6 Diploma in Health and Social Care ManagementQualification Number: 601/8176/X


The objective of the OTHM Level 6 Diploma in Health and Social Care Management qualification is to equip learners with the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills required for a career 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 activities, to meet national occupational standards. Learners will acquire care management skills in the Health and Social Care sector.

Entry requirements

For entry onto the OTHM Level 6 Diploma in Health and Social Care Management qualification, learners must possess:

  • Relevant NQF/QCF/RQF Level 5 diploma or equivalent overseas qualification as recognised by UK NARIC
  • Mature learners (over 21) with management experience (learners must check with the delivery centre regarding this experience prior to registering for the programme)
  • Learner must be 18 years or older at the beginning of the course
  • English requirements: If a learner is not from a majority English-speaking country must provide evidence of English language competency. For more information visit English Language Expectations page in this website.


OTHM qualifications at RQF Level 6 represent practical knowledge, skills, capabilities and competences that are assessed in academic terms as being equivalent to Bachelor’s Degrees with Honours, Bachelor’s Degrees, Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates.

Qualification structure

The OTHM Level 6 Diploma in Health and Social Care Management consists of 8 mandatory units for a combined total of 120 credits, 1200 hours Total Qualification Time (TQT) and 500 Guided Learning Hours (GLH) for the completed qualification.

  • Personal and Professional Development (10 credits): introduces learners to the principles of reflective practice and professional development and to enable 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): develops learners’ understanding of different perspectives on health and social care service quality and how it is evaluated in order to empower and involve service users.
  • Principles of Health and Social Care Management (15 credits): provides learners with a thorough grounding in the core principles, values and legislation that underpins health and social care provision.
  • Health and Safety in Health and Social Care Workplaces (15 credits): develops learners’ understanding of management responsibilities for ensuring the health and safety of the health and social care workplace and the people within it.
  • Financial Decision Making for Healthcare Managers (15 credits): develops learners’ understanding of the key financial concepts and tools for managers in health and social care organisations, including how to make informed financial decisions.
  • Human Resource Management in Health and Social Care (15 credits): develops learners’ understanding of 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): develops learners’ management and leadership skills as effective health care professionals. The unit introduces creative approaches to dealing with complex leadership situations and providing effective patient and service outcomes.
  • Research Methods for Healthcare Professionals (20 credits): develops learners’ research skills to include understanding different research approaches, formulation of research proposals, planning research activity, analysing and interpreting data, and the relationship between research and evidence based practice.

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 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.


Successful completion of Level 6 Diploma in Health and Social Care Management qualification provides learners the opportunity for a wide range of academic progressions including progression to relevant OTHM Level 7 Diplomas. The Level 6 Diploma in Health and Social Care Management has been developed with career progression and professional recognition in mind. As this qualification is approved and regulated by Ofqual (Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulation), learners are eligible to gain direct entry into relevant Master’s degree programmes. For more information visit University Progressions page in this website.