Level 7 Healthcare Management Diploma (ATHE)

Introduction

This qualification is designed for learners who are typically aged 19 and above and it is a 120 credit qualification. The course presents content related to generic management skills for those who are working in a healthcare management role. The course provides a flexible route for those who have already achieved management qualifications or who may have qualifications in other areas and/or prior experience the work place.

Course Structure

Each unit will be presented with full overviews of the learning outcomes, assessment criteria and what is required academically. Units will cover all indicative content related to the specification, and provide opportunities for you to engage in independent study and research through guided activities and a range of scenarios. This level of study requires a significant amount of independent research and evaluation of sourced material which is underpinned by critical analysis of your own workplace management processes and reflection on your won experience. Each unit has a summative assessment which you will need to pass before moving on to the next unit. To achieve a pass for a unit, you must have successfully achieved the learning outcomes at the standards set by the assessment criteria for that unit. There are no externally set written examinations attached to any unit but you will be required to complete a research project which might include assessment through:

  • A research activity resulting in the compilation of a report.
  • An academic paper or article for publication.
  • The compilation of a case study.
  • A critical review and evaluation of a chosen company’s policies, procedures and systems.
  • A set project completed for an employer (also known as an ‘employer-engagement’ activity).
  • The production of a portfolio of evidence relating to a particular unit.

It is assumed that you have access to a healthcare environment in order to fulfil the assessment criteria of the course units. Each unit will also provide you with referenced evidence and example further reading texts and web sites so that you can develop your knowledge and understanding further, independently of the course. There are no set text books for the course.

Level 7 Healthcare Management Diploma ATHE Entry Requirements

In order to enrol into our Level 7 Healthcare Management Diploma ATHE you must have:

  • A first degree in a healthcare related subject.
  • Or a level 6 qualification in a relevant or allied field.
  • Other equivalent international qualifications.

You must also have an appropriate standard of English to enable you to access relevant resources and complete the unit assignments. You may also have relevant work experience and access to a healthcare workplace environment. Mature learners may present a more varied profile of achievement that is likely to include relevant work experience (paid and/or unpaid) with levels of responsibility, participation and/or achievement of relevant professional qualifications. This may be used for recognition of prior learning (RPL). If you are unsure about any or the prerequisites please speak with a college advisor before registering.

Study Hours

Approximately 420 hours.

Level 7 Healthcare Management Diploma ATHE Course Duration

1 Year.

Enrolment

You can enrol on the course at any time.

Awarding Body

athe

Assessment Method

Coursework only.

Level 7 Healthcare Management Diploma ATHE Course Content

You must successfully complete all units and associated assessments to achieve the 120 points for the award. The optional units have already been chosen and incorporated into the study content below. The selection has been based on the most appropriate units for distance learners.

Level 7 Healthcare Management Diploma ATHE Unit 1: Organisational Behaviour

This is a level 7 unit with a credit value of 15 and a suggested guided learning hour content of 60. This unit provides an opportunity for you to explore the importance of different forms of organisational behaviours in organisational effectiveness and efficiency. It also aims to help you understand the importance of organisational structure, culture, motivation, creativity and leadership.

Level 7 Healthcare Management Diploma ATHE Unit 2: Managing Finance in the Public Sector

This is a level 6 unit with a credit value of 10 and a suggested guided learning hour content of 40 The aim of this unit is to help you develop the skills and techniques to analyse and control finance in a public sector environment. It will also explain accountability for public sector finance.

Level 7 Healthcare Management Diploma ATHE Unit 3: International Healthcare Policy

This is a level 6 unit with a credit value of 15 and a suggested guided learning hour content of 60. This unit provides you with an opportunity to explore the international context for healthcare policy and organisation of healthcare. There will also be discussion on contemporary issues and promotion of public health. The unit will help you understand the political, social and cultural issues that help to determine healthcare policy and provide you with an opportunity to critically assess the policies and practice contextually.

Level 7 Healthcare Management Diploma ATHE Unit 4: Manage Continuous Organisational Improvement

This is a level 7 unit with a credit value of 15 and a suggested guided learning hour content of 60. The aim of this unit is to help you develop the knowledge and skills required to create a culture of continuous improvement and to plan change for improvement within an organisation. The unit draws heavily on theories and models of management practice.

Level 7 Healthcare Management Diploma ATHE Unit 5: Developing Organisational Vision and Strategic Direction

This is a level 7 unit with a credit value of 15 and a suggested guided learning hour content of 40 The aim of this unit is to help you develop skills and knowledge to develop a vision and direction for an organisation or division within an organisation. The unit is particularly useful for leadership in public service organisations and links with the NHS leadership framework.

Level 7 Healthcare Management Diploma ATHE Unit 6: Strategic Resource Management

This is a level 7 unit with a credit value of 15 and a suggested guided learning hour content of 60. The aim of this unit is to provide you with an opportunity to explore the mechanisms for managing resources to achieve the business objectives of organisations. It also aims to help you understand the roles and strategies used in acquiring, managing, and developing human, physical and technological resources and to understand the importance of marketing in achieving business aims and objectives, and the roles, strategies and processes used to manage the marketing function.

Level 7 Healthcare Management Diploma ATHE Unit 7: Managing Quality and Service delivery

This is a level 6 unit with a credit value of 10 and a suggested guided learning hour content of 40. This unit aims to introduce you to the delivery of excellent customer service. You will also develop knowledge and understanding required for quality measurement and management of service delivery. The unit is contextual and will therefore require you to draw on your own experiences.

Level 7 Healthcare Management Diploma ATHE Unit 8: Research for Senior Managers

This is a level 7 unit with a credit value of 25 and a suggested guided learning hour content of 60 This unit aims to help you develop the skills required to produce a research question and carry out independent research using appropriate research techniques. The unit also aims to enable you to analyse research findings, evaluate research methodology used, analyse findings and justify/contextualise results, and present findings.

Progression

On successful completion of this Level 7 Healthcare Management Diploma ATHE qualification you may wish to progress to:

  • An MBA or similar programmes claiming exception for some units.
  • Doctoral study.

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