Why study an HFMA qualification?
As the professional body for finance staff working in healthcare, the HFMA promotes the highest professional standards and innovation in financial management and governance across the UK health economy. Our qualifications and online courses support both finance professionals and other managers and clinicians across primary and secondary care, to develop the right skills to effectively manage the healthcare business.
The HFMA qualifications programme brings together learners working across the system in both primary and secondary care. While developing leadership skills, learners gain a deeper understanding of the strategic context within which the NHS operates. The HFMA qualifications are delivered online and are offered across a choice of levels.
What can I gain by studying?
- Develop your own specialist knowledge.
- Gain skills and behaviours to really make an impact.
- Option to progress to an executive MBA.
- Online study that works around you.
- Enhance your employability prospects.
Discover our range of qualifications
From an intermediate level module route to an executive MBA, there are options for all NHS band levels.
Certificate and diploma qualifications for those working at a strategic level who want to develop their management and leadership skills, within the context of the healthcare business.
Our dedicated qualifications route for NHS staff working in bands 2 to 6 roles who want to improve their knowledge in healthcare business and finance.
Our range of online courses, which offer an alternative learning route to our qualifications
If you are considering studying an HFMA qualification, you may be eligible for bursary funding through one of the funding options we have available.
Starting your journey with an HFMA qualification
Our qualifications are all delivered via the HFMA Academy, our online study center which provides access to all the resources you will need to complete your studies.
When enrolling onto a qualification with the HFMA Academy, you will have access to expert tutor support, weekly online live seminars, a wide range of material within our e-books and resource library. You will also have 24/7 access to our online learning platform.
Yes, our qualifications are delivered purely online providing you with the flexibility to complete them at a time that suits you. All tutorials are held in the evening from 19.30 and are recorded in case you're unable to attend.
It will take 17 weeks to complete one advanced certificate or 10 weeks to complete on intermediate certificate. This time includes preparation, study breaks, tutorials, self study and assignment writing.
To complete an advanced diploma will take one year. This assumes you start one module in March and one module in October.
Total qualification time (TQT) is the minimum number of hours typically taken for a learner to complete a qualification. For a 30 credit certificate, the TQT is 300 hours. For a 20 credit certificate, the TQT is 200 hours.
Every module has a credit value. For example, one credit = 10 hours of learning. 30 credits = 300 hours of learning.
We have two intakes per year, March and October.
All our module have an assessment at the end the study weeks. They types of assessment differ across the modules but may include an essay, PowerPoint presentation, video talk. The assessment submissions go through a strict moderation process with our team of external assessors and chief moderator. Once they have been through this process, they are put forward to our quality assurance committee for ratification.
To complete an MBA, you will need to complete two of our advanced level diplomas comprising of four modules in total. If you are a qualified accountant with over two years experience within healthcare, you will be exempt from completing one diploma. Upon completion of the diplomas, you will have 120 credits to apply for the Executive MBA top up with the University of Northampton.