Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care FdSc

Foundation Degree (2 - 4 Years)



This course will enable those working within health and social care environments to undertake managerial roles and lead teams of inter-professional staff.

Application Deadline:
Wed, Aug 1st, 2018


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Develop your higher level skills by distance learning while continuing to work in your current health and social care role. Our web-based learning environment means you can study from anywhere, at any time. You can choose to start this course in September and complete in 2 years, 3 years or 4 years. This course also has specific cohorts for those from the Army and Navy or RAF starting in either January or September. On graduation, you could do one/two further year(s) to top-up to a full BSc (Hons) degree.

Full Description

This course is ideal if you already work in health and social care and want to study while you work. It'll develop your higher level skills and enable you to perform better in your current role, or to lead teams of staff from different disciplines, or to apply for more senior roles.

This course is suitable if you:

  • work as a supervisor or team leader
  • work in first-line management
  • have just started working in a leadership role

Our students come from all sorts of workplaces. They might include managers of GP practices or residential care homes, healthcare assistants in the NHS or the independent sector, nurses, medics in the Army, Royal Air Force or Royal Navy, and administrative staff in the NHS. This diversity leads to interesting discussions.

You'll study entirely online, so you can learn from anywhere, at any time, without needing to come to Anglia Ruskin. This means you'll need access to a computer and the internet, plus basic IT skills. You'll use our virtual learning environment as well as our digital library, which provides access to electronic journals, e-books, databases and much more.

You'll also do work-based learning in your current setting. As a result, your study will be directly relevant to your job even though you'll be investigating wider leadership and management themes.

You'll prepare for the course online, in advance, with the support of a helpful tutor. You'll also take part in an online induction which encourages socialising with fellow students and, through a variety of activities, provides a strong foundation for online learning. Induction takes place two weeks before the start of the course and you'll need to be registered to take part. You are therefore strongly encouraged to apply a minimum of three weeks before the start of the course to ensure the application process is complete.

Course Leader: Yvette Winnard

Course Details

Core modules

Higher Education and the Work Environment

Students entering Higher Education will need specific study skills to enable them to maximise their learning potential and take advantage of opportunities available both in the academic setting and workplace. The module is intended to be both preparatory and supportive building a strong foundation for learning and later development. Academic development will be supported alongside the development of self. Develop your understanding of the work sector and the role that individuals take in influencing its performance within the context and environment that influence the operation of organisations. You'll explore the impact of political, social and economic factors on the sector and consider the legal and ethical frameworks informing the sector. You'll also reflect on your current or potential roles within the work sector. It'll develop an awareness of the values, knowledge and skills that allow you to operate within the work sector. You'll develop self-awareness and reflective ability appropriate to your position in the organisation. Our students originate from a range of settings, for example, health, social care and social housing and this module encourages you to reflect on how national policy influences your organisation whether state, private or third sector. You'll explore the influence of local and national policies and standards on your own role and develop an understanding of their impact on service users. Assessment for the module will be a patchwork text requiring you to undertake a series of short varied assessments which demand critical and personal engagement on a theme related to your working environment.

Planning and Managing Resources

This module is designed to provide you with a fundamental understanding of the importance of effective resource management in Health and Social Care.This module is designed to provide students with a fundamental understanding of the importance of effective resource management in Health and Social Care. The module aims to develop a basic knowledge of how quantitative information aids management in resource planning, controlling and decision making. These skills can be used in a variety of contexts within healthcare environments.

Valuing People and Fostering Dignity and Respect

Develop an informed and insightful understanding of the centrality of the individual in health and social care settings. Understanding of ethical principles is essential when caring for individuals and fostering dignity and respect. It'll provide an important foundation from which students will reflect critically upon their own personal values and those of their colleagues. Essential to this module is the understanding of respecting the uniqueness and strengths of individuals and groups who may be socially excluded. It'll develop students' understanding of rights, power, and responsibility within the practice of health and social care. The module will also equip you with a sound philosophical base to help you think about ethical dilemmas, conflicts, contradictions and tensions. It'll explore how interpersonal skills can be developed to be responsive to the diverse needs of clients. You'll be encouraged to explore how your own attitudes and beliefs can influence client care. The importance of situational factors such as stress and conflict will be explored to show how coping mechanisms utilised in these situations can enhance or undermine the dignity and respect shown to colleagues and clients. The module will be delivered by face to face teaching, blended learning and online delivery. The assessment consists of a presentation of a scenario from practice applying theories of ethics and principles of dignity and respect. Distance-learning students will be required to submit a visual presentation with a written commentary equivalent to 6,000 words.

Working Collaboratively

The purpose of this module is to enable you to become aware of the importance of multi-professional and inter-professional team working, operating in a collaborative way and being an effective member of the team.

Research and Critical Thinking

Designed to develop your awareness of the need to underpin professional practice by the use of published research and up to date evidence. This is a key requirement of two major registering bodies within health care, the HPC and NMC as evidenced by their Codes of Standards and Conduct. It's an important skill for both students and emergent practitioners within health and social care as they develop their knowledge and skills towards registration. The workbook 'Research and Critical Thinking' includes a number of activities for you to complete. Completion of the workbook leads to the access of published research studies relevant to your own area of practice. Extensive electronic resources are available through Anglia Ruskin University Digital Library, library's databases and e-journal collection. Completion of the workbook activities leads, in turn, to the assessment to support a claim for 15 credits at level 5. This assessment will be in the form of a critique of a research article pertinent to the student's area of practice. You are required to discuss your selected research article for the essay with the module tutor or leader to ascertain its appropriateness. It's expected that you'll be able to identify the major approaches to research using your selected studies as examples. Integral with this essay is recognition of the checks and balances (ethics) associated with research involving human subjects. It should be noted that there is an expectation that you'll undertake a total of approximately 150 learning hours to complete this module; this will include, depending on the delivery mode selected, Classroom based activities, tutorials, literature reviews, professional development activities and the development of the assignment.

Leadership Practice

This module will empower you to develop the necessary leadership skills in order to become a facilitator and motivator of change in the workplace.

Managing People and Processes

This module is designed to give you an insight into human resource management functions and issues.

Work-Based Project 2

This module is intended to provide a means by which you have an opportunity to broaden or deepen your understanding of a work-related topic in a manner that is supported and rigorous.


Throughout the course we'll use a range of assessment methods to help you and your tutors measure your progress on each module. These will include reports, presentations, essays, portfolios and reflection.

You'll adapt your assignments to your own role in the workplace, which will help you meet your own professional and personal needs.

Please note that you will need to complete all of the above core modules. This course does not have any optional modules. Modules are subject to change and availability.


You will have access to all online facilities. As a distance learning student there are a vast number of high quality resources available to you through our digital library; including access to electronic journals, e-books, databases and other resources through the internet. This means that resources are available whenever you choose to study, whatever the time of day.

Pre course preparation is provided via an interactive online site with tutor support. You will also participate in an online induction which includes a variety of activities to encourage socialising with fellow students and to introduce you to the university Learning Management System.

What our students say...

“The tutors were really friendly and helpful, pushing me enough in my studies but without making me want to give up. In fact, at times when I was feeling a bit bogged-down in work, a short telephone tutorial would re-inspire and motivate me to continue. I am certain that without the tutor' support, I would not have completed the foundation degree, let alone get a good grade.

"Studying and completing the course has given me a great deal more confidence in dealing with more senior members of staff. I have more input into projects, meetings, and am far more likely to challenge someone or something which I believe is wrong or flawed. Having the background knowledge as well as the foundation degree qualification itself has made me feel on a level pegging whereas without this, I felt far less so. Additionally, the knowledge base and critical thinking skills has enabled me to carry out my job to a higher standard.”

Jane Robinson
Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care Student

Meet your Tutors

Yvette Winnard

Yvette qualified as a therapeutic radiographer in 1983 and worked for 21 years in the NHS. She joined Anglia Ruskin University in 2004 and delivered the online distance learning radiotherapy course until 2010. Since 2010 Yvette have been course leader of the FdSc Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care.

Yvette is currently studying for an Educational Doctorate and her research interests broadly include the experiences of students studying by online distance learning; specifically how their experiences compare to students who attend campus.


To be accepted onto this course, you'll already be working in a health and social care setting. This means you'll use this course either to develop your skills so that you can apply for more senior roles, or extend your existing skills in your current leadership or management role.

What you learn will be applied to the health and social care setting, but you'll develop a wide range of transferable skills which will be attractive to employers in many other sectors.

This course has close links with NHS trusts, independent sector health and social-care providers, and the armed forces.

If you'd like to go on to further study when you graduate, you can apply for our top-up course, which lead to a full BSc (Hons) degree in Management and Leadership in Health and Social Care. After that, you could go on to do postgraduate study, such as a Master's degree.

Career Advice

Our Employability Service is here to help give you the best chance of landing the job you want. We’ll help you improve your skills and bulk up your CV to improve your career prospects.

As a distance learning student, you’ll still benefit from help and advice on CV writing, interview techniques, job hunting, and general careers advice.

To find out more please visit our careers advice page.

Entry Requirements

You are required to have:

  • FE Level 3 (A Level or equivalent) or NVQ Level 3
  • You are also required to have a minimum of GCSE Mathematics and English Grade 'C' or above, or equivalent (For example, Key Skills Level 2 in Adult Literacy & Numeracy or NVQ Level 2 in Health Care with Mathematics & English)

If you do not have formal qualifications, you may be considered using an admission portfolio. Evidence of numeracy and literacy skills will be required.

You will need to be based in a health and social care setting to allow them to achieve the learning outcomes associated with the pathway.

As a distance learner, you’ll also need a suitable computer with internet connection, together with sufficient IT competence to make effective use of word processing, internet and email.

If English is not your first language, you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.

Fees & Funding

This course costs £9,400 in total. 

Government-backed part time student loans are also available to cover the cost of studying this course. These are subject to eligibility and terms and conditions, check out our student loan information for more details.

We also offer payment by instalments, so you can spread the cost of studying with us. Please contact us to discuss your options.

For employers considering this course for a group of employees, please call our Degrees at Work team on 01245 686 707 or email degreesatwork@anglia.ac.uk to discuss your specific requirements.

For military students: You can use your ELCs towards this course. Anglia Ruskin University is a recognised ELCAS provider (number 1007). Please contact your Learning Centre for details of ELC, eligibility and how to apply.

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