OTHM Level 5 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care Management Qualification Number: 610/0333/5

Overview

The objective of the OTHM Level 5 Extended 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.

Learners will study level 4 and 5 units, worth 120 credits per academic year with a total credit value of 240 credits (equivalent to the first 2 years of an honours degree).

The Level 4 units lay the foundations of learning by providing an introduction to contemporary Health and Social Care topics.

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

The Level 5 units give learners the opportunity to progress in specific subject occupational areas. Learners will develop and enhance knowledge and skills in the areas of effective partnership working, managing the care of vulnerable individuals, safeguarding, health education, team management, professional supervision practices and how to complete a research project.

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

These qualifications are designed for learners who are typically aged 18 and 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: If a learner is not from a majority English-speaking country, they must provide evidence of English language competency. For more information visit the English Language Expectations page.

Equivalences

OTHM Level 5 Extended Diploma qualifications represent practical knowledge, skills, capabilities and competences that are assessed in academic terms as being equivalent to Higher National Diplomas (HND) and Year 2 of a three-year UK Bachelor's degree programme.

Qualification structure

The OTHM Level 5 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care Management qualification consists of 12 mandatory units, 240 credits, 2400 hours Total Qualification Time (TQT) and the recommended Guided Learning Hours (GLH) for this qualification is a minimum of 1200 hours.

To achieve the OTHM Level 5 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care Management, learners must achieve 240 credits in total, of which 120 credits are at Level 4 (6 units) and 120 credits are at Level 5 (6 units).

Level 4: 6 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)

Level 5: 6 Mandatory units:

  • Working in Partnership in Health and Social Care (20 credits)
  • Managing the Safeguarding and Protection of Vulnerable Individuals (20 credits)
  • Health Education and Promoting Wellbeing (20 credits)
  • Team Management in Health and Social Care (20 credits)
  • Professional Supervision Practice in Health and Social Care (20 credits)
  • Research Methods 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.

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.

Progression

Successful completion of the OTHM Level 5 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care Management, provides learners the opportunity for a wide range of academic progressions including the OTHM Level 6 Diploma in Health and Social Care Management.

As this qualification is approved and regulated by Ofqual (Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulation), learners are also eligible to gain direct entry into Year 3 of a three-year UK Bachelor’s degree programme. For more information visit the University Progressions page.