Level 4 CertHE Health and Care Management

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.

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.

Course fee

International FeeFee
fee per level:£5500
UK FeeFee
fee per level:£6,935

Please note: Fees quoted relate to the intake that you enrol on (i.e. when you start your course), NOT your application date.

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.

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 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.

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.

If English is not your first language, we’ll also give you one and a half hours of weekly academic English support


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.

Level 4 core modules (20 credits each)

  • 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

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.

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

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. If you’re a student from Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland you can find information on Living Cost Loans from your student finance body.

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. 

BibliU online library access

  • BibliU’s online library was founded to help you avoid having to pay hefty fees for your study texts, so you’ll find it a user-friendly and intuitive resource. After selecting a book or article from BibliU, it’ll become yours to keep and refer back to.

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.