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Healthcare Management Apprenticeship BSc (Hons)

The BSc (Hons) Healthcare Management Apprenticeship aims to develop within the individual, a global mind-set with application of theoretical approaches to professional management issues for effective health care, particularly in relation to the apprentice’s own context.


Course overview

This degree apprenticeship demonstrates the initial learning activity to meet the Chartered Manager Degree Apprentice (CMDA) and includes the modules studied on this degree; learning and development within individual assessment plan; portfolio and work-based project. It will prepare the apprentice to meet the gateway for the end point assessment for the CMDA.

The internationalisation agenda and developing a global mind-set is a core thread, and the apprentice will be required to consider the international context in which health care and their professional practice sits. Learning and teaching methods encourage the apprentice to critically evaluate globally relevant evidence, alternative approaches and strategies, to develop knowledge and understanding of international issues which may impact upon leadership and management practice.

Research and inquiry are an essential part of the apprentice’s professional life and is central to the Teesside University Research Strategy. Teaching the apprentice to be research-based and enquiring is recognised as key to equipping them with the skills to ensure their practice is fully evidence-based and that they are able to access, utilise and evaluate research to inform innovative practice or to address challenges in the workplace.

Research skills will be taught as a core thread throughout and the apprentice will develop their research, leadership and management knowledge and skills.

The structure of the apprenticeship increases the opportunity to work alongside other students from diverse backgrounds and circumstances.

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Course details

Course structure

Core modules

Contemporary Issues in Healthcare Management

You analyse and evaluate issues, complexities, and opportunities associated with contemporary healthcare management. Emphasis is on the healthcare worker as a key member of the multidisciplinary team as they consider, debate and apply the theory relating to the management of high-quality patient care within a constantly changing healthcare setting. You study issues such as risk, patient safety, and change. Theory from international, national, and local literature is utilised to support you to appreciate a diversity of approaches for managing healthcare delivery.

Dissertation: Work Based Project

This module will run across two semesters of the apprenticeship and is an apprentice, employer and module leader negotiated module. The apprentice will identify a work based issue within their organisation, identify a plan and develop and present terms of reference for this for approval from the employer and module leader. The apprentice will complete the work based project which is a substantive piece of work requiring research, design and implementation and undertaken on the organisation's premises supported in practice by a member of staff within the organisation and within the university by a dissertation supervisor and module leader. Successful completion of the module will enable the apprentice to demonstrate and consolidate the skills, knowledge and behaviours required from the CMDA standard, complete the degree requirement of the apprenticeship and be part of the Gateway to the End Point Assessment (EPA).

Health Economics and Policy

You learn knowledge and understanding of basic economic principles, which are applied to health and healthcare settings. You explore how resources can be allocated most efficiently to maximise benefits to society from the resources available, and look at health economics from both a macro and micro perspective.

You consider the impact of contemporary health and social care policy and management issues, the structure, funding and organisation of health and social care and issues relating to legal, social, ethical and professional perspective. The module is suitable for clinical and non-clinical staff working within health and social care settings.

Informatics and Technology in Healthcare Management

You develop your awareness of a range of health informatics data and research, to enable you to appraise the effectiveness of technology in improving patient experiences/outcomes.

You consider contemporary health and social care policy with a specific emphasis on the data and research that is available to inform professional practice and enhance the patient journey. The structure, funding and organisation of health and social care is explored along with the economic, social and environmental implications of emerging health informatics systems and technologies. You consider the ethical, legal and professional issues that exist or may exist in the future.

Management and Leadership Skills for Healthcare Managers

The module aims to develop the apprentice’s self-awareness and self-knowledge in relation to their management and leadership style, considering the human dimensions of change and the importance of working with others. It explores the theories of personal effectiveness and emotional and social intelligence to enable them to develop the skills and behaviours required to establish partnership or collaborative working practices that recognise the strengths, capabilities and development potential of the workforce. Appropriate self-assessment strategies and tools are utilised to support the evaluation of the apprenticeship’s management and leadership style.

The apprentice is encouraged to engage critically with the content and to develop their reflective skills to support critical analysis and development of management and leadership action plans.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

Throughout the course there is consideration of application of the theoretical concepts as they apply to real life work place changes. The use of keynote teaching sessions followed later by an apprentice-led seminar in which they apply their knowledge to their own area of practice will be key to support integration of the wider context in healthcare into their local service delivery.

Shared learning with other students where possible within the School will enhance learning and enable wider understanding of the healthcare agenda.

The modules utilise a variety of traditional and innovative learning and teaching methods underpinned by an adult-centred approach that complement the course’s aims and outcomes. Key concepts will be presented and apprentice-led seminars are used to further explore key themes and theoretical frameworks using a hybrid method of delivery, where both on campus and online learning is possible. Other learning and teaching methods include workshops, discussion groups, case studies, electronic learning, personal and group tutorials, and independent study. Key active international and national researchers within the School will share their experiences with the students.

The apprentice will develop their ability to study independently in the course and therefore will be expected to undertake self-directed reading and to apply research and critical perspectives to their professional situations, both practical and theoretical, and to use a range of techniques and research methods applicable to their roles as professional healthcare workers.

A range of learning environments such as the computer laboratories and campus library facilities will add to the learning and teaching experience as apprentices self-manage literature and apply it to a range of outcomes.

Portfolio: You will be introduced to the portfolio during your induction day. The portfolio will be developed throughout your degree demonstrating your development and learning
activities and their application to your workplace. These will be related to the CMDA
knowledge, skills and behaviours.

As well as a personal tutor you will also have a work-based assessor signed to you to provide ongoing support and guidance throughout the duration of your apprenticeship.

How you are assessed

Our Disability Services team provide an inclusive and empowering learning environment and have specialist staff to support disabled students access any additional tailored resources needed. If you have a specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism, sensory impairment, chronic health condition or any other disability please contact a Disability Services as early as possible.
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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their apprenticeships. Apprentices will:
> be currently employed in either a clinical or non- clinical management role in healthcare or aspiring to this role
> have English and maths at grade C or above, or functional skills equivalent
> a foundation degree or equivalent level 5 qualification with a healthcare focus or healthcare management as this is a direct entry route to the degree

Other relevant or prior experience may also be considered as an alternative.

You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Career opportunities

On successful completion of this degree, the apprentice will be awarded BSc (Hons) Healthcare Management; an industry-designed apprenticeship and a 5C30 CMI Level 5 Certificate in Management and Leadership.

Upon registering for the apprenticeship, the apprentice will gain automatic membership to the CMI and access to management direct, a repository offered by the CMI that has further resources.



  • Not available full-time


2022/23 entry

Fee for UK applicants

  • Length: 18 months
  • Start date: September

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