Higher Certificate in Healthcare Management

The purpose of the Higher Certificate in Healthcare Management is to provide students with a holistic and robust understanding of the field of healthcare management.

1 year
NQF Level 5
120 credits

Key Features

  • Accredited and Registered
  • Cutting-edge curriculum
  • Flexible structure
  • Online support 
  • Affordable and Accessible
  • Internationally benchmarked
  • Multicultural Faculty and support


The purpose of the Higher Certificate in Healthcare Management qualification is to help aspirant healthcare workers and current healthcare personnel to develop an awareness of healthcare management theories, practices and operations. Furthermore, the student will have an understanding of contemporary managerial practices and the styles of current practice given the nature of dynamic change within healthcare.
Equipping employees with a basic understanding of management skills and knowledge will be an advantage to organisations who need competent and knowledgeable employees to assist in the management, operational and administrative tasks.


Upon successful completion of the Higher Certificate in Healthcare Management programme, students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of healthcare management concepts in a healthcare environment and legal framework
  • Describe the concepts of healthcare economics with an understanding on cost reduction strategies and components of the Pharma economics evaluation methods
  • Develop an understanding of ethics in healthcare practices
  • Relate management and administrative principles and practices in the healthcare to diversity and inclusivity of all stakeholders in the healthcare sector
  • Demonstrate knowledge of principles and processes for optimal service delivery of quality healthcare service
  • Demonstrate knowledge of planning and policy in healthcare for an informed and optimal service delivery in healthcare service

Programme Structure

Duration: 1 year

Semester 1

  • Contemporary Issues in South African Healthcare
  • Ethical Responsibility in Healthcare Service
  • Management and Leadership Principles in Healthcare Services
  • Quality Management in Healthcare Services
  • Planning and Policy in Healthcare Institutions
  • Introduction to Health Economics

Admission Requirements

The minimum entry requirement is the National Senior Certificate or the National Certificate Vocational with appropriate subject combinations and levels of achievement as defined in the Minister’s policies: Minimum Admission Requirements for Higher Certificate, Diploma and Bachelor’s Degree Programmes Requiring a National Senior Certificate, Government Gazette, Vol 751, No 32131 of 11 July 2008 and Minimum Admission Requirements for Higher Certificate, Diploma and Bachelor’s Degree Programmes requiring a National Certificate (Vocational), published in the Government Gazette, Vol. 533, No. 32743, November 2009.

To be considered for admission to MANCOSA’s Higher Certificate Programmes, any one of the following qualifications apply:

  • A National Senior Certificate (NSC) or an NQF Level 4 National Certificate (Vocational)-(NCV) with an endorsement for entry into a Higher Certificate, Diploma or Bachelor’s study programme.
  • General Education Diploma (GED)
  • An equivalent accredited NQF level 4 (120 credits) qualification
  • A National Vocational Certificate level 4 qualification with a 50% pass in English;
  • International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) (Provided that the applicant is above the age of 23 with five subjects with pass marks between A-C)

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Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements as outlined above but have demonstrable equivalent knowledge and skills acquired through work or other life experiences, may apply for alternative access by proving competency through a formal RPL process in order to be admitted onto the programme.

No more than 10% of a cohort will be admitted into the programme on the basis of RPL.

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