Management and Leadership in Health and Social Care (Top-Up) BSc (Hons)

Distance learning undergraduate (1 year)

Distance learning

January 2017, September 2017

Overview

Study from home, in your current job, and achieve a full honours degree relevant to your role. Our course will help you develop the skills you need to manage and lead teams. You’ll be well-equipped to face the challenges of complex, fast-moving health and social care organisations.

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Careers

On graduating from this course, you’ll be able to apply for leadership roles within your own career pathway or move into higher management positions elsewhere.

Although the course relates to health and social care, it delivers wider management and leadership skills which are attractive to employers in other sectors.

Modules & assessment

Year one, 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.
  • Research Methodology, Design and Process
    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.
  • Leadership Practice in Health and Social Care
    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
    Organising and delivering world class health and social care requires a set of strategic management skills which are predicated on sound management theories, techniques and competencies. Using this as the underpinning concept, this module will assist you in advancing your contribution by increasing your understanding of the process of strategy formulation and alongside this, the process of strategic implementation.
  • Major Project
    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.

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 include reflective practice, essays and a major project, as well as the sharing of ideas and critical thoughts in an online setting.

This is a one year programme

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

How do I pay my fees?

You can pay your fees in the following ways.

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.

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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

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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.

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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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