Healthcare Management

BA (Hons) & Foundation Year

Study level
4-12 years
Study locations
London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds or Online
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BA (Hons) Healthcare Management with Foundation Year

Course Overview

Do you want to progress to a managerial role in healthcare, but not sure if you qualify for university study? If so, why not opt for our healthcare management degree with an integrated foundation year? Designed to equip you with the essential skills you need to progress to degree-level study, and then complete an undergraduate degree, this programme will help you to establish a professional career in healthcare management.

Focusing on the social, political and ethical issues in the healthcare industry, this degree will equip you with the essential skills needed to prepare you for a job in an industry you love. The foundation year is perfect if you need a little extra support to start your journey to higher education, offering study-skills modules and 1-2-1 guidance at every stage. Because at Arden, we believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to achieve a degree, regardless of background or qualifications. Ready to get started? 

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This course is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), so you’ll leave with a CMI qualification in leadership and management alongside your degree. The cost of CMI membership is included while you are actively studying with us, which gives you access to a range resources and events.

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On this healthcare management degree with foundation year, you’ll explore a diverse range of topics designed to provide you with an in-depth understanding of key issues within the healthcare industry – from business analysis and planning to the importance of communication and collaboration in the professional workplace.


You’ll have 4-12 years to complete your healthcare management foundation degree, meaning that you can take up to three years to complete each level. However, many of our students complete the course in 4-8 years.

Foundation Year Modules    

  • Using Numeracy, IT and Data
  • Research Skills and Using Information
  • Values, Ethics and Working Collaboratively
  • Developing Academic Skills
  • Structure of Business
  • Technology in Organisations 

Year 2    

  • Skills for Learning in Care
  • Social, Political and Environmental Issues in International Healthcare
  • Communication and Collaboration in Managing the Professional Environment
  • Meeting the Needs of Service Users
  • Planning and Managing Resources
  • Fostering Dignity and Respect

Year 3    

  • Financial Control and Budgeting
  • Performance Improvement and Management in Health and Social Care
  • Public Health
  • Health Promotion
  • Inter-Agency Working
  • Leading Teams in Health and Social Care

Year 4    

  • Quality Management in a Care Setting
  • Business Analysis and Planning
  • Global Health and Sustainability
  • Project Management and Risk
  • Research Methods and Final Project

How do we assess you?

The way we assess our students provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a variety of ways. That’s why we choose a range of different methods to keep track of your progress. These include:

  • A portfolio of tasks
  • Essays
  • Case studies
  • Reports
  • Projects

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.

What do you need to study with us?

Our aim is to make learning as accessible as possible by ensuring that you can join us, wherever you are.

That's why we keep our requirements simple. All you need is a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good stable internet connection.

With this one tool, you'll be able to access information, advice, support, learning materials and our online library, as well as create assignments, keep notes, and collaborate with other students effectively.


Candidates for our healthcare management course with foundation year are required to submit a personal statement (of between 350-550 words) or interview demonstrating an ability to study for the programme. This statement should include:

  • Your motivation for undertaking the programme
  • Relevant work experience
  • Prior qualifications
  • References

English Proficiency

  • IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element); or TOEFL iBT 80; or equivalent

We also offer an internal English test for applicants. More information on this can be found here.

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Use the dropdown above to find course fees and funding information for your country. If you can’t find information for your country in the dropdown, visit our International support page.

Before committing to a degree, it’s always nice to know who you’ll be learning from and spending time with. The BA (Hons) Healthcare Management with Foundation Year – from the School of Business and Management – is led by a group of experienced, qualified and enthusiastic lecturers who design the course modules alongside industry professionals. Heading up our foundation year programme is Towella Ngambi, who has a wealth of experience in up-skilling individuals to help accelerate their careers and personal growth. 

You may not have a clear career path in mind when you enrol with us – and that’s okay! Our healthcare foundation year equips you with a range of transferable and multi-functional skills Then, your undergraduate will allow you to understand healthcare systems at all levels, giving you everything you need to make a decision about where your interests lie.

What can a healthcare foundation degree do for me?

Health and social care is a vast sector with new government initiatives arising every day, meaning it has a higher profile than ever before. These developments have resulted in a growing demand for well-trained and multi-skilled healthcare professionals. Boosting your knowledge of health and social care management, a healthcare foundation degree can also equip you with a range of vocational skills that will support your future career development.

What can I do after Arden University?

With a healthcare foundation and undergraduate degree under your belt, you could apply for a variety of roles in the National Health Service (NHS), for a private healthcare provider, or for a voluntary or not-for-profit organisation in a range of settings, including:

  • Health Promotion Specialist
  • Health Service Manager
  • GP Practice Manager
  • Care Manager
  • Charity Officer
  • Community Developer

Your foundation year and undergraduate degree will help you to accelerate your academic skills and career progression. But there’s more! Beyond the core programme itself, Arden students will receive additional support and guidance, developing your employability and CV even further.

Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to student support advisors who are here for you. They’ll help you to enhance your academic skills, guide you through your orientation and offer tailored career support. This means you’ll have guidance at every stage of your degree from our extensive community of students and fellow alumni, who can offer 1-2-1 advice for your future beyond Arden University.

Outside of this, you’ll also have unlimited access to our online platform, iLearn – providing you with all the learning resources and tools needed to excel in your studies. 

Which study mode is right for you? You’ll have the choice to complete your degree via online learning or blended learning. Here’s a quick summary of both options, so you can choose the flexible learning model that works best for you. 


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
Cemene Wellington
BA (Hons) Healthcare
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Blended Learning

How does it work?

Blended learning involves face to face, on campus, teaching, including eight hours of time-tabled classes spread over two mornings, afternoons, or evenings, at one of our study centres. This study mode provides an element of structure to your day, where you’ll join your fellow classmates at specific times to learn. 
Students are then required to complete the rest of their studies online at a time and place that suits them.

With blended learning you can choose to study weekdays:


  • two mornings (9.00am to 1.00pm)


  • two afternoons (1.30pm to 5.30pm)

Find out more about Blended Learning.

Online Learning

How does it work?

With online learning, you decide when and where you work through your self-guided learning materials, without being held to a set lecture timetable. If you’re interrupted during a lesson, simply pause the materials and continue later. You can also communicate and collaborate with your tutor and classmates through live online forums and email. 

Find out more about how Online Learning works.