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Healthcare Management Apprenticeship BSc (Hons)

The apprentice develops a global mind-set with the application of theoretical approaches to professional management issues for effective health care, particularly in relation to the apprentice’s own context.


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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 prepares 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 is 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 are taught as a core thread throughout and the apprentice develops their research, leadership and management knowledge and skills.

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

Please note, we can only respond to enquiries from employers, or individuals with agreement from their employer to undertake an apprenticeship.

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Course details

Course structure

Core modules

Contemporary Issues in Healthcare Management

The apprentice analyses and evaluates 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. They study issues such as risk, patient safety, and change. Theory from international, national, and local literature is utilised to support them to appreciate a diversity of approaches for managing healthcare delivery.

Dissertation: Work Based Project

This module runs across two semesters of the apprenticeship and is an apprentice, employer and module leader negotiated module. The apprentice identifies a work based issue within the organisation, identify a plan and develop and present terms of reference for approval from you, as the employer and module leader. The apprentice completes 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 from your organisation and within the university by a dissertation supervisor and module leader. Successful completion of the module enables 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

The learner gains knowledge and understanding of basic economic principles, which are applied to health and healthcare settings. They 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.

The apprentice considers 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

The apprentice develops awareness of a range of health informatics data and research, to enable them to appraise the effectiveness of technology in improving patient experiences and outcomes.

They 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. They explore the structure, funding and organisation of health and social care, along with the economic, social and environmental implications of emerging health informatics systems and technologies. They consider the ethical, legal and professional issues that exist or may exist in the future.

Management and Leadership Skills for Healthcare Managers

The apprentice develop their 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. They explores the theories of personal effectiveness and emotional and social intelligence to enable them to develop the skills and behaviours 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 by an apprentice-led seminar to apply their knowledge to their own area of practice is 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 are presented and apprentice-led seminars are used to further explore key themes and theoretical frameworks using a hybrid method of delivery, with on campus and online learning. 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 share their experiences with the learners.

The apprentice develops their ability to study independently and is expected to undertake self-directed reading and 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 labs and Library facilities add to the learning and teaching experience as apprentices self-manage literature and apply it to a range of outcomes.

Apprentices are introduced to the portfolio on their induction day. The portfolio is developed throughout the degree demonstrating their development and learning
activities and application to their workplace. These are related to the CMDA knowledge, skills and behaviours.

As well as a personal tutor you also have a work-based assessor assigned to you to provide ongoing support and guidance throughout the duration of your apprenticeship. Your employer also identifies a workplace mentor for you to support your development and progression throughout the CMDA.

How you are assessed

Your assessments enable you to develop transferable skills around forms of written and verbal communication required from leaders and managers, such as reports, oral presentations, defence of posters and ideas, action plans and personal reflection. The final project enables you to develop and demonstrate key skills, knowledge and behaviours associated with the CMDA standard by the design, delivery and evaluation of a negotiated work-based project.

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

To be accepted on to a degree apprenticeship course you must have support from your employer and meet the course entry requirements.

Individual employers 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
> hold Level 2 qualifications in English and maths before starting their Teesside University apprenticeship. Find out more.
> 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 the degree, the apprentice is awarded BSc (Hons) Healthcare Management; an industry-designed apprenticeship and a 5C30 CMI Level 5 Certificate in Management and Leadership.

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


Professional apprenticeship

An apprenticeship combines vocational work-based learning with study for a university degree. Designed in partnership with employers, apprenticeships offer it all - a higher education qualification, a salary, and invaluable practical experience and employment skills.

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  • Not available full-time


2024/25 entry

Fee for UK applicants

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  • Length: 18 months plus 6 months end-point assessment
  • Attendance: Blended delivery
  • Start date: September

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