Postgraduate Diploma Health and Care System Leadership

Course fact file

Course type

Postgraduate, taught


PGDip 2 years part time

Fees and funding

The Executive Apprenticeship will be paid for through your employer, there will be no costs incurred by you.

Start date

January 2022

Study options

Postgraduate part time



Contact Details

For all enquiries relating to this  Apprenticeship programme please contact our Degree Apprenticeships Manager:



Our aim at the University of Birmingham is to support you with the practical knowledge and understanding required for leading across a range of health and care systems.

The Health Services Management Centre (HSMC) is one of the UK’s leading centres for research, teaching, professional development and consultancy to health and social care agencies. HSMC has pioneered innovative approaches to personal and professional education, delivering multi award winning national leadership programmes that have made a real difference to the working lives of staff and have improved patient care and experience across all health and care settings.

Drawing on theory, research, and comparative analysis of international health systems our Health and Care System Leadership Level 7 Apprenticeship programme provides a basis for understanding and achieving the ‘building blocks’ of high quality care: well-trained and motivated staff, efficient use of resources, a culture of improvement, and an ability to integrate care. Teaching is delivered in collaboration with the Department of Social Work and Social Care at the University, providing a unique and integrated perspective on systems leadership.

The programme will take you through development processes intended to equip you with the theoretical knowledge and personal skills to understand the health and care environment, improve integrated working on the frontline, and assesses ways to achieve more efficient and person-centred services.

Why study this course?

  • Flexible mode of delivery to suit both learner and employer needs through a blend of online and on-campus delivery
  • Modular delivery limits the impact of study on work commitments, with each module containing face-to-face learning and supported online learning
  • Enrolment on the programme enables learners to build new networks and connections, develop as system leaders, and work with new ideas and approaches to solve organisational challenges
  • In addition to their Apprenticeship, the University provides apprentices with membership of the Chartered Management Institute for the duration of the programme and one year afterwards as either Chartered Managers or Chartered Fellows
  • Fully levy-funding compliant with advice and guidance from our Apprenticeships team
  • As a Russell Group University our levy-funded Apprenticeship programmes are developed with research- informed teaching at their heart

Modules and teaching

Different modules examine the strategic, political and policy context of systems leadership in health and care. A range of areas are covered that include assessing need and demand for services; improving quality and safety; innovation and change; leading and developing people; and integrating care. Learners will be introduced to key national and international research including lessons from other areas of public service.


  • Strategic planning (20 credits)
  • Quality and safety (20 credits)
  • Participation, Involvement and Engagement (20 credits)
  • Leadership and Change (20 credits)
  • Innovation and Improvement (20 credits)
  • Health Service Management (20 credits)

On successful completion of the PgDip, you will have the opportunity to gain a MSc. Please contact us for further details. 

Fees and funding

The Executive Apprenticeship will be paid for through your employer, there will be no costs incurred by you.

All employers who have a payroll over £3 million pay an Apprenticeship Levy. They can use this levy to fund your enrolment on the programme.

Entry requirements

The normal admission requirement for our taught postgraduate programmes is a good first degree or an equivalent professional qualification. Subject to interview (and sometimes to a special test) candidates without a first degree may be admitted onto this programme. It will also be at the discretion of your employer whether you meet their requirements for the course.

How to apply

You will need to apply for the Apprenticeship through your employer, who will have their own selection criteria.

For all enquiries relating to this Degree Apprenticeship programme please contact our Degree Apprenticeships Manager:

Tel: +44 (0)121 414 4271
Mob: +44 (0)7976230204