Health and Social Care

Health and social care is a fast-paced, rapidly evolving sector that offers a diverse range of job roles for people with a passion for making a difference.

At ARU we specialise in supporting front line public services and are the largest provider in England for nursing, midwifery, and health and social care. We offer an extensive range of flexible online healthcare degrees to help you get started as a healthcare professional or to enhance your existing career.

Our courses cover a wide range of specialisms, from leadership and management to audiology — and since they’re online, they fit comfortably around your other commitments.


Making a difference — online degrees in Health and Social Care

Flexible online study

We know that studying while juggling a demanding health and social care job with irregular hours and family commitments is challenging – that’s why our online management degrees have in-built flexibility.

You’ll study through Canvas, our world-class online Learning Management System (LMS), which can be accessed from your phone, tablet or computer, at home or on the move.

Canvas provides instant access to study materials, forums, and support from tutors and classmates. It’s also where you’ll submit your assignments and receive feedback.

Reach your potential

See how a flexible and supportive online learning experience has enabled Keaton, Paul and Emily to fit study into their busy lives to achieve their ambitions.

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How distance learning with ARU worked for us.

Our Healthcare degrees

Depending on your aspirations, experience and prior learning, we have online degrees available to study at Foundation, Honours and Master’s degree level.

Whether you’re looking to enhance your career as a health or social care leader, develop your knowledge and understanding of mental health or convert your existing audiology or hearing sciences qualification into a full BSc degree, we’ve got you covered.

Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care (FdSc)

Our Chartered Management Institute (CMI) accredited foundation degree is ideal if you work in a health or social care setting as a supervisor or team leader, in first-line management or are new to a leadership role. It will develop your higher-level skills and enable you to improve performance, lead teams and apply for more senior roles.

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

Our online (top-up) is a great way to gain a full honours degree if you’ve already completed our foundation course or an equivalent. The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) accredited top-up expands on your prior learning, enhances personal and professional development and provides the tools you need to achieve your career potential.

Healthcare Management – MSc

This Master’s course is a good fit if you’re a leader or manager in a health or social care setting and want to polish the relevant skills for progression. You’ll explore the key factors which influence managing and leading individuals and organisations.

Mental Health – MSc

Our online Mental Health MSc is ideal if you’re passionate about mental health and are looking to either, build upon your existing knowledge, to advance your career, or to start a career specialising in mental health.

Child and Adolescent Mental Wellbeing – MSc

Our online Child and Adolescent Mental Wellbeing MSc is ideal if you’re looking to either, build upon your existing knowledge, to advance your career, or to start a career as a child and adolescent mental health expert.

Hearing Sciences (top-up) – BSc (Hons)

Our course is ideal if you’re a practising Audiologist looking to convert a Foundation Degree (or equivalent) to a full BSc degree. The course is delivered in a blend of online learning and block residentials to provide a flexible, practical and career-enhancing learning experience.

Audiology (top-up) BSc (Hons)

This RCCP accredited top-up course allows you to convert a Foundation Degree qualification (or equivalent) to a full BSc (Hons) degree in Audiology. Ideal if you’re a practicing or aspiring Audiologist in the private or independent sectors, or the NHS.  You'll study online and attend block residentials.

Hearing Care Assistant Univ Cert

This course will build your confidence and skills in clinical practice and client care in under 12 months.  It will provide a grounding in basic hearing care and customer services and the potential to start your path to professional registration. You'll study online with campus-based assessments.

Working with Children, Young People and Families Cert HE

Develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to make a real difference to the lives of vulnerable young people and their families. Our online Cert HE can be a platform for further study and career development in a wide range of roles.

Get in touch

If you’d like to talk to our experienced team about our healthcare degrees, ARU or any aspect of studying via distance learning then please do not hesitate to contact us.