Level 4 CertHE Health and Care Management

Level 4 CertHE Health and Care Management

Part time
1 year+
Faculty of Business

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We're also proud to offer non-standard entry, meaning your work experience and previous qualifications are taken into account when assessing your application.
Strong focus on employability
You will gain in-depth subject knowledge and transferable skills that employers from a huge range of industries will value. Many of our courses at Arden are also accredited by leading professional bodies in the UK.

Course Overview

Our online Level 4 CertHE Health and Care Management course has been developed in consultation with senior leaders from the NHS, Skills for Care, and Skills for Health to ensure you gain the professional expertise needed to get your career started in the sector.

Taking a modern and digital-first approach, our course content is regularly updated to meet the needs of the sector. That means you’ll gain the leadership skills required to face today’s most pressing health and care challenges. During your studies, you’ll have access to valuable learning and networking resources from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and the Institute for Health and Social Care Management (IHSCM).

This CertHE is the ideal choice if you’re currently unsure about committing to a full degree course, for newcomers wanting to enter the field, and for current professionals looking to gain a qualification to progress their careers. After you graduate, you’ll also have the chance to progress onto our DipHE and gain your diploma or complete a full undergraduate degree if you wish to do so.

Arden is one of the only universities in the UK offering CertHE leadership courses contextualised for health and care. By undertaking this course, you’ll have better opportunities to apply for workplace funding than on a standard undergraduate degree.

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This course is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute, supporting your career and connecting you with likeminded professionals. 

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Course details and modules

An innovative approach to health and care management is the only answer to the extensive changes the sector has experienced in the last years. This course has been developed in line with the ever-growing needs of the health and social care sector, highlighting the emerging skills required of today’s professionals and managers.
Cynthia Blow

I chose online learning because I do not currently have the capacity to attend classes as my days are full with running my household, my elderly parents’ household and tending to the needs of my 3-year-old. Online studying has been extremely helpful because it provides the flexibility I need in order to study at random times during the day or night.

Cynthia Blow
BSc (Hons) Psychology


The course has been developed in line with the ever-growing needs of the health and social care sector, highlighting the emerging digital and leadership competencies required of today’s professionals and managers. By covering the most relevant topics in the field, your modules ensure you’ll graduate with the skills you need to succeed.

  • Essential Skills for Health & Care Management
  • Meeting the Needs of Service Users
  • Communication & Interprofessional Collaboration
  • Health Promotion
  • Inclusive Rights Based Safeguarding in Health and Care
  • Independent Regulation of Health and Care in the UK


How will you learn?

Extra support

You will receive the same excellent support provided to all Arden students including success coaches, academic skills tutors and workshops, our careers team, and much more. You will also receive an additional four hours of online academic knowledge and study skills sessions as part of your course.


Unlike on more traditional programmes, you won't be sitting any exams on the CertHE Health and Care Management. Your assessments will instead link your course material to health, care, and management practice, providing you with key transferable workplace skills for your future role. This will include things like essays, presentations, academic posters, reports, case studies, and podcasts.

Study options

Cemene Wellington

I chose to study with Arden University because the staff members were really supportive and nice. The course also fitted around my job. With Arden, I’ve finally learned to cope and understand my learning pattern, and my dyslexia. I’m on a Blended Learning degree, which involves a couple of days a week in the classroom with other students and tutors at Arden’s University centre in Ealing, West London plus fully supported online study.

Cemene Wellington
BA (Hons) Healthcare

Part-time online learning

How does it work? 

Studying this course online gives you the ultimate in convenience. You can enrol with Arden from anywhere in the world and study your degree from the comfort of home, without the requirement to attend classes in a physical location. 

Our online students study their degree through ilearn, Arden’s university campus in the cloud. ilearn provides everything you need to study at university. It offers an integrated virtual learning experience, including your virtual classroom, lecture theatre, and access to our Library Portal. The portal includes an extensive digital library including thousands of journal titles, eBooks, and academic and industry databases which you can use to research your assignments and projects. All of these materials are provided to you free of charge and contain all the research information you’ll need to complete your degree with us.

ilearn is also integrated with Zoom, making it easier to chat with your course tutor during your scheduled seminar sessions. You can even integrate our study materials into your Kindle, making it possible to study wherever you have your Kindle handy. 

Studying online doesn’t mean studying alone. As well as receiving regular feedback and guidance from your course tutor, you’ll be studying with like-minded students who you can meet with through our Unitu community, and you’ll have access to community message boards to discuss your course and the topics being raised within it. We’ve even set up community boards embedded into each of the course modules so you can have discussions with your tutor and classmates on the topics you’re currently learning.

Online learning students resident in the UK can apply for a Maintenance Loan if they cannot attend their course in person because of a disability. Please find more information on our fees and funding page. If you're a student from Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland you can find information on Living Cost Loans from your student finance body.

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Introducing your Digital Backpack

Once you’ve enrolled on your CertHE course with Arden you’ll get access to your Digital Backpack, a toolkit of digital resources we’ve put together to help you succeed during your time studying with us.

Here are some of the digital resources you’ll have available from day one of your course:

Office 365 subscription

  • We set you up with a subscription to Microsoft Office 365 during your studies, completely free of charge, helping you create and manage your coursework and assignments in one handy cloud location.

Zoom video conferencing

  • Zoom is integrated into our online learning platform, ilearn. This makes it seamless to attend lectures​​ from any location and on any device.

Career services through Arden Futures 

  • Careers support available through Arden Futures, your careers platform, to help you throughout your career journey whether you are a Career Starter, Changer or Developer. 

Library Portal

  • Free online access to our Library Portal, which includes thousands of eBooks and journals, as well as industry databases which we’ve carefully hand-picked to support your studies – all yours for free while you study with us.

Togetherall mental health support

  • All Arden University students have access to mental health support from Togetherall, which includes free online welfare services, as well as advice for students and well-being support.

To discover more about the resources available in our Digital Backpack, click here.

Entry requirements

At Arden University we consider applications on a case by case basis. If you have significant work experience, have qualifications you have gained elsewhere, or a degree or qualification that isn't a clear pathway to this degree - we are more than happy to discuss your application.


Level 4 CertHE Heath and Care Management

  • Passes in two subjects at GCE A Level or equivalent, plus passes at grade C or above in three subjects at GCSE level or equivalent​.
  • If you can’t fulfil these requirements, we will also consider applications that demonstrate significant skills and responsibility in a health and/or care role.

English proficiency

  • For students whose English is not their first language, IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element); or TOEFL iBT 80; or equivalent.

We’ll give you all the support you need to succeed. Then, when you graduate from the CertHE course, you'll be able to progress on to the rest of the degree course if you decide it’s right for you.

To find out more about the CertHE, click here.

Before you start studying

Whilst you can read your study materials on your smart phone or tablet, to make the most of your learning experience, you will need access to a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good stable internet connection.

Course fees and funding

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Meet the faculty

Saikou Sanyang

A Level 4 CertHE from Arden University is your first step towards a rewarding position in the healthcare field. Our health and social care academic staff members have years of experience working in, studying, and researching their fields. We bring our own first-hand knowledge and professional expertise to the course, which adds even more value to your learning experience. I look forward to welcoming you to the Arden University family.

Saikou Sanyang
Principal Lecturer Healthcare Programmes

Career prospects

The Level 4 CertHE Health and Care Management provides you with a solid foundation in health and social care and sets the stage for joining the profession or continuing your studies.

You’ll also have the chance to progress to our DipHE Health and Care Management

What can I do after Arden University?

With a Level 4 CertHE Health and Care Management under your belt, you could work in the National Health Service (NHS), the vast social care sector, with a private healthcare provider, or for a voluntary or not-for-profit organization. We have a dedicated careers and employability team that will support you during your studies to achieve your career ambitions.

Just some of the roles you might want to consider include:

  • Health service management ​
  • Social care management ​
  • Registered Manager roles ​
  • Health promotion and education ​
  • Public health initiatives

Industry skills

Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) promotes excellence in UK management and leadership. The institute aims to boost career development across the management sector and connect you with likeminded professionals across diverse sectors.

As the CMI possesses a Royal Charter, they are the only organisation in the UK that can award Chartered Manager status to its members – the gold standard in management. They are also active in business policymaking across the globe, and ensure that their more than 140,000 members are represented in policy decision-making. 

As an Arden student, you’ll have free CMI Membership throughout your studies, giving you access to a range of additional resources including a mentoring service and invitations to networking events both online and offline.

Institute of Health & Social Care Management (IHSCM)

This course is endorsed by the Institute of Health & Social Care Management, whose aim is to create a supportive professional body that is relevant in its activities and modern in its approach and that holds sector leaders in the NHS, social care, third sector and private healthcare amongst its members. The IHSCM works with Arden University to contribute to curriculum development and delivery. As an Arden student, you’ll become a student member of the Institute, giving you access to a diverse range of events, conferences, workshops and networks as well as opportunities for mentoring and coaching. You are also encouraged to apply for full membership of the Institute once you graduate from the course.

Skills for Health

Skills for Health is the UK's leading authority on skills and workforce development for the health sector. NHS and healthcare employers across the UK collaborate with Skills for Help to develop skills, roles, competencies, and strategies that provide better patient outcomes. They champion the entire workforce.

The Quality Mark is the UK’s benchmark for exceptional healthcare training and development. Being endorsed by the Quality Mark ensures that an organisation's training is world-class and has passed a rigorous review process of its delivery, strategy, and quality assurance practices.

LinkedIn Learning

All Arden students will have free access to LinkedIn Learning through the Library Portal. LinkedIn Learning is a video-based online learning platform offering over 16,500 expert-led courses across a wide range of subjects including business, technology, and creative skills.

With LinkedIn Learning, you can:

  • Pursue curated learning pathways aligned with our curriculum and your career goals.
  • Add value to your LinkedIn profile by showcasing your newly acquired skills.
  • Personalise content based on skills relevant to your chosen career path, interests and prior learning.