Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care FdSc

Distance learning undergraduate (2-4 years)

Distance learning

September 2017

Intermediate award: CertHE

Overview

Develop your skills 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, over the course of three to four years. On graduation, you could do one further year to top-up to a full BSc (Hons) degree.

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Full description

Careers

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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 leads to a full BSc (Hons) degree in Management and Leadership in Health & Social Care. After that, you could go on to do postgraduate study, such as a Master’s degree.

Modules & assessment

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.
  • 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.

Assessment

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.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Medical Science, opened in 2014, is founded on the strong international reputation of our flagship Postgraduate Medical Institute. Based on our riverside campus in Chelmsford and Young Street campus in Cambridge, we deliver innovative and clinically relevant teaching and research across two departments:

  • Department of Allied and Public Health
  • Department of Medicine and Healthcare Science.

Thanks to our close relationships with the major clinical-care providers in the east of England, there are significant opportunities for collaboration and student placements across a variety of clinical sites.

We offer exciting opportunities for research and education in the allied health professions. We also translate science and epidemiology into health education and primary care, and deliver taught Master’s programmes to qualified medics. We have a flourishing community of PhD and MD(Res) students across all of our research fields.

Our advanced learning facilities include state-of-the-art clinical skills laboratories and simulation suites, which mirror real-life clinical situations. We also have a fantastic, modern library and a wide range of science labs and ICT suites.

Where can I study?

Distance learning
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Study at a time that suits you, using our Virtual Learning Environment.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year part time)

£4,500

UK & EU students, Distance Learning, 2017/18 (per year)

£4,700

How do I pay my fees?

Tuition fee loan

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Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.

How to apply for a tuition fee loan

Paying upfront

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If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.

How to pay your fees directly

International students

You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter for undergraduate courses. Details will be in your offer letter.

Paying your fees
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Funding for UK & EU students

We offer most new undergraduate students funding to support their studies and university life. There’s also finance available for specific groups of students.

Grants and scholarships are available for:

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Funding for international students

We've a number of scholarships, as well as some fee discounts for early payment.

Entry requirements

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Applicants for advanced entry with accreditation of prior learning from previous qualifications will be considered for entry to the February cohort. We are unable to offer February entry for applicants who do not have suitable accreditation of prior learning. If you apply to start the course in February and advanced entry is not possible, we will defer your application to the next September cohort.

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Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email answers@anglia.ac.uk for further information.

We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.

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International students

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

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English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for undergraduate courses.

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Improving your English language skills

If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.

We also provide our own English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) in the UK and overseas. To find out if we are planning to hold an ELPT in your country, contact our country managers.

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