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:
Fri, Jun 1st, 2018


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Our course enables you to study for a Foundation Degree whilst remaining in full employment. It also gives you the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills which will enable you to expand you role as a leader/manager within your field of expertise. The course will enable you to continue to an undergraduate degree should you wish to in the future.

Full Description

Our current students work in diverse health and social care environments; including GP Practice Management, Military, residential care home management, health care assistants in the NHS or independent sectors, Nurses, and a range of administrative personnel in NHS Trusts.

Course Details

Core modules

This module is intended to be both preparatory and supportive in building a strong foundation for learning and later development.This module will develop 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.

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

The purpose of this module is to enable you to develop an informed and insightful understanding of the centrality of the individual in health and social care settings. This module will provide an important foundation from which students will reflect critically upon their own personal values and those of their colleagues.

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. Collaborative working is fundamental to service delivery in today’s health and social care environment. This may include collaboration between multi-professional and inter-professional teams within the organisation, as well as other external agencies, service users and carers. Students will also explore risk management, governance and the use of an evidence based approach in helping to improve and maintain the delivery of the service.

Research and Critical Thinking

This module is designed to develop your awareness of the need to underpin professional practice by the use of published research and up to date evidence.

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. Effective leadership is essential to providing high quality practice in health and social care settings. Staff morale and motivation, professional development, quality improvement, service efficiency and effectiveness all depend significantly upon the style and quality of leadership at the front line. This module will require students to consider their own leadership skills empowering them 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. It explores the constituent parts of the HR function and encourages the student to recognise the link between the quality of care delivery and HR management strategy and to apply relevant theories and concepts to their workplace.

Work Based Project

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.


You will be assessed on a module-by-module basis via a number of methods incuding reports, presentations, essays, portfolios and reflection. You will be able to contextualise your assignments to meet your specific professional and personal needs. This imapacts positively on your practice and facilitates personal development.


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 WinnardYvette 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.


Links with industry and professional recognition

We have links with NHS Trusts, Independent Sector health and social care providers and the Armed Forces.

Work placements

You must be employed within either a health or care sector environment and as such, students are recruited from a wide range in backgrounds; including patient/client facing as well as non-clinical environments.

Associated careers

This course provides a firm theoretical and practical foundation for progression to higher levels of management. Whilst the application of your understanding is in the health and social care setting, the underpinning theory offers highly transferable skills to non-care organisations. In addition, on successful completion of the FdSc you will be eligible to apply for the BSc (Hons) Management and Leadership in Health and Social Care.

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. 

Student loans are now available to cover the cost of studying this course. Subject to eligibility, terms and conditions. Also, ask us about payment by instalments.

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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