Professional Healthcare Management with Informatics

Delivered at Accrington and Rossendale College University Centre
Start Date September 2022 / January 2023 start dates available
Mode Full-time or Part-time
Duration 41 Weeks
Cost £8250 Full-time or £4125 Part-time

* The fees charged on your course will not rise by more than inflation during your studies but the College reserves the right to increase fees annually by not more than RPIX (Retail Prices Index excluding Mortgage Interest).

If your studies are to be funded by your employer or as part of an Apprenticeship then different rates may apply, please enquire for details.

Course overview

This is a programme leading to foundation degrees (university second year equivalent qualifications) awarded by Liverpool John Moores University with the following titles.

FdA Professional Healthcare Management
FdA Professional Healthcare Management with Informatics

Both pathways provide a broad-based grounding in professional healthcare management. The management pathway has a focus on management and HR skills whereas the Informatics pathway emphasises IT, data analysis and data-informed healthcare.

All awards are available through full- or part-time study and timetables are designed to minimise the number of times that a student would need to travel to College.

Students without a relevant qualification at level 4 will first complete a CertHE Professional Healthcare Management and then progress to complete the FdA. Students with the CertHE Professional Healthcare Management would complete the level 5 modules only.

It is not necessary to select your pathway at the time of application, this can be selected later in discussions with the programme team.

The full-time fee for this programme is £7725 per year. Part-time fees are charged in proportion to the volume of study undertaken, if this programme is taken over four years the fee would be £4120 per year.

What will I learn

The modules for the FdA Professional Healthcare Management with Informatics are:

Level 4:

Healthcare Management
Security and Communication in Healthcare
Introduction to Healthcare Budgeting
Illness and Co-morbidities – Health inequalities in the UK
Developing Academic and Professional Practice
Research methods

Level 5:

Mandatory modules
Geography of Health
Healthcare and the Law
Finance and Accounting in Healthcare
Research Project
Data Analysis and Informatics

In addition to the mandatory modules, students take one level 5 option from the following two:

Psychology for Health Management
IT for Managers

Candidates should note that the College reserves the right to update the programme periodically and that the offer of option modules is dependent on staff availability and students numbers.

How will the courses be assessed?

Most assessment is by a mixture of written assignments, practical work, presentations and online tests. There are no formal examinations at level 4 but two modules at level 5 contain 90 minute written examinations.

Entry requirements

Entry at level 4:

Candidates are selected on the basis of their ability to cope with and benefit from the programme. Their suitability can be demonstrated either through previous educational achievement or through experience and aptitude.

Admission by prior qualification will normally require a minimum 48 UCAS Tariff points with the majority of the points gained in relevant subjects. Typically, points can be derived from:

- One GCE A level or Vocational A level pass or equivalent
- Two AS level passes
- BTEC National Diploma/Certificate
- Other qualifications such as Scottish Highers, Welsh Baccalaureate,
Irish Leaving Certificates, International Baccalaureate, with the required UCAS points
- A pass in a recognised Access course
- Equivalent Scottish or Irish qualifications

Admission by experience and aptitude will be based on the length and type of the candidate’s employment experience and his/her ability to demonstrate an aptitude and enthusiasm for the subject. As part of this process, candidates may be required to undertake aptitude tests and/or to provide personal and/or employment references.

Candidates whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate English language competence equivalent to IELTS 5.5 or higher.

Entry at level 5:
Candidates should hold the CertHE Professional Healthcare Management.

Those holding other level 4 awards, in related subjects will be considered for entry to level 5 on the basis of the subject content of their previous studies.


Students who successfully complete the FdA will have the opportunity to top-up to an honours degree.

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