Management and Leadership in Health and Social Care (top-up) BSc (Hons)

Undergraduate Degree (1 - 2 years)


January & September

Intermediate awards: FdSc

This top-up course will provide you with the skills to manage and lead effectively in complex, dynamic and interprofessional/multidisciplinary organisations. It will develop you both personally and professionally ensuring you have the tools you need to support future development and empower you to achieve your potential for career progression.

Application Deadline:
Fri, Jun 1st, 2018


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As well as developing your analytical skills in research awareness, you will be expected to critically analyse your role in the provision of health and social care. Whilst it is envisaged that the majority of students will come from the NHS, the course is also suitable for voluntary, private sector as well as international students.

You will advance your knowledge of recent health and social care policy developments and consider the current and future health and social care needs of clients in order to ensure that the views of service users and carers are fully represented in the management of care processes.

Full Description

We offer an online FdSc Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care which will give you necessary credits to study this course.

Additional course information

During your studies you will also develop a critical awareness of the importance of multidisciplinary team work and learn to operate in a collaborative way as an effective leader of the team. The course will also allow you to acquire the ability to analyse and synthesise knowledge of the healthcare environment within which you are employed and apply managerial and leadership principles to solve practical problems and situations.

As a manager and leader it is important to maintain a flexible approach to change as a participant, this course will aim to advance your understanding of how to adapt to change and influence change within a health and social care setting. You will have the opportunity to explore, learn with and from other students, reflecting upon the challenges in a constructive way, deepening you.

Course Details

Core modules

Level Six (top-up)

  • Research Methodology; Design and Process (30 credits
    With the increased emphasis on research-based practice over the last decade, it's essential that established practitioners who wish to take further educational programmes are conversant with research methodology and the application of theory to practice in their field. . This module will revisit existing knowledge of the research process and assist the student in further developing skills of critical analysis.
  • Leadership in Health and Social Care (30 credits)
    Effective leadership is essential to providing high quality practice in health and social care settings. Staff morale and motivation, retention and recruitment, 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 empower you to develop the necessary leadership skills in order to become a facilitator and motivator of change in the workplace. The focus is upon contemporary theories of leadership such as transformational leadership, distributive and leaderful practice and the notions which underpin leadership such as personal dispositions, values and skills.
  • Strategic Management in Health and Social Care (30 credits)
    Strategic management has emerged as a powerful tool in today’s health and social care organizations because significant changes come from many directions. Managers and leaders in contemporary health and social care organizations are facing huge challenges to meet targets set by demands and expectations of service users and other stakeholders. This module encourages students to apply own critical faculties to evaluate the usefulness of these concepts to their organizations.
  • Undergraduate Major Project (30 credits
    The individual final project module allows you to engage in a substantial piece of individual research focused on a topic relevant to their studies. The project topic will have been assessed for suitability with discussions with an appropriate project supervisor to ensure sufficient academic challenge and research feasibility. The project may be in the form of primary research (e.g. laboratory, human or questionnaire-based data, clinical service evaluation, clinical placement, or other relevant acceptable sources), OR in the form of an extended literature review. The chosen topic will require you to identify/formulate problems and issues, conduct literature reviews, evaluate information, investigate using suitable methodologies, process and analyse data, critically analyse, appraise and present findings using suitable methods or media. Regular meetings/contact with the project supervisor will take place, so that the project is closely monitored and steered in the right direction. Formative assessment is an individual presentation of the research topic, methodology undertaken (and any data acquired) in week 6/7. This will assist in a ‘feed-forward’ manner in the development of the final Summative assessment would normally include a substantial written project report.

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.


The methods of teaching, learning and assessment are dependent upon the strategies within the individual modules. However, they include lecture, debate, discussion, and the sharing of ideas and critical thoughts in an online setting. Reflective practice is also encouraged to help integrate theory and practice. A wide range of assessment strategies are used including essay and major project; focusing on critical evaluation of management theory and leadership strategies.


There’s an online induction which encourages socialising with fellow students, and you’ll be encouraged to take part in online exercises and to use the discussion boards. The course is delivered entirely online, so you can learn from anywhere, at any time.. You’ll use our learning management system, and our digital library offers access to electronic journals, e-books, databases and much more.

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

You’ll study with, and learn from, other current and aspiring managers and leaders from a range of health and social care organisations, allowing you to benefit from their experiences and best practice. You’ll also build ongoing relationships that will support you in your future career.

Students on this course work in the NHS, the voluntary and private sectors and the military, leading to interesting discussions.

Special Features

Our course enables you to study for a Bachelors Degree whilst remaining in full employment. The course is delivered entirely via online distance learning via our Learning Management System (LMS) and there is no requirement to attend the university. Students must have access to a computer and the internet and have basic IT skills. Opportunities for collaborative activities are undertaken in the LMS to replicate the traditional 'classroom' and the diversity of the student group leads to a rich interprofessional learning experience.

Work Based Learning is a process of applying knowledge that focuses on people's day-to-day work responsibilities. This means that you will be learning about issues directly relevant to your job and investigating themes within the health or social care workplace in general.


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


Associated careers

The course is intended for people in all sectors of health, local government, voluntary organisations and the wider community who want to develop their skills and knowledge for effective Management and Leadership development.

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

Successful completion of our FdSc Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care or equivalent. 

OR 120 Level 4 & 120 Level 5 credits from a relevant subject such as a Dip HE Nursing.

You must also be working in a related field.

Additional Requirements: Preferred subject(s): GCE A-level English or Social Science related subject GCSE(s) Required: 5 GCSE's at grade C or above including English and Maths.

Other academic credit may also be considered on an individual basis.

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 top-up degree costs £4,700 in total. 

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

Instalment options may be available, subject to meeting the required criteria,

The course is eligible for funding by student loan.

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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