This programme is designed for anyone who would like to learn more about management and leadership in health, social care and education. It will help to develop the necessary knowledge and analytical skills, as well as provide an overview of the organisational, legal and policy contexts within which leaders and managers operate with a focus on the challenges and opportunities faced in these sectors. This programme is developed to support the career progression of managers who are currently in managerial posts based in a range of sectors from health, social care and education. The programme design is suited to those in full time employment. The distance-learning mode of delivery supports those in full time employment but allows flexibility of access to materials. This mode of delivery suits managers who have not got the opportunity to access a local provider or who have other commitments which prevent their attendance at an institution
1 year full time, 2 years part time
This programme is validated by:
Level 6 Modules:
- Organisational Leadership
- Leading and Managing Organisational Change
- Developing a Resilient Workforce
- Integrated Services
- Extended Leadership and Management Project
The programme will require approximately 12 hours a week of private study to access materials and engage in wider reading and research.
Occasional changes to modules and course content may take place. Students will be notified when applicable.
Students will study full time or part time through online flexible learning via our virtual learning environment (VLE), CANVAS.
Students will be supported through:
Seminars will allow for focussed discussion in small groups which encourages participation, fosters active debate, and allows participants to learn from the different opinions and the experiences of others. Seminars develop transferrable skills in active listening, negotiation and conflict resolution, self-expression and general oral communication.
Online discussion forums are an important feature of many seminars and workshops. This meets the requirements of working in the sector; employers stress collaborative and team-working abilities as desired graduate attributes. Collaboration also provides a valuable opportunity to engage in shared learning. Initially supported and guided study will be the approach adopted but students will be required to develop independence and self-direct their study as they progress through the programme.
Workshops take place in small groups or discussion forums online but are more practically focussed than seminars. Workshops will also be arranged to support students’ developing research and IT skills.
Virtual Learning Environment
Extensive use will be made of the institutional VLE. Beyond being a repository of material, the CANVAS provides a student lead experience which supports all learning and teaching activities mentioned. Students are encouraged to construct their own community of practice with the support of the teaching staff. The VLE allows for connectively and flexible study opportunities for student engagement.
Students will be offered group and individual tutorials to provide one to one student support either face to face or via the VLE. This is a useful way for students to access support for their studies and assessments and allows students to discuss the application of their knowledge to practice. The tutorials are available at flexible times of the week to support with work and other commitments.
A range of assessment methods underpin the development of student transferable skills and make a positive contribution to the students’ learning experience. Assessment is both formative and summative. The diverse assessment strategies meet the varied needs of students and include:
Reports linked to practice
5 years experience within the sector
Level 5 study (HND/FdA or equivalent 240 credit points) in FdA or L5 in Health and social care, early years or social and community work.
Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)
Applicants will come from a variety of different professional backgrounds which may include childminders; early years practitioners; support assistants working in either a mainstream or special school and teaching assistants working in the early years sector. This might be in a full time or voluntary capacity.
Importantly applicants will have at least 5 years’ experience working in the sector prior to starting the course and be in a managerial role.
Grade 4/C in GCSE English and mathematics is desirable but not essential. If you do not have these qualifications, you will still be accepted onto the programme.
We are committed to creating educational opportunities for people from a variety of backgrounds and situations. If you have been out of formal education for some time, and/or you do not have the qualifications stated, we might still be able to consider your application and offer you a range of support. We are here to help. Please get in touch to find out more.
Career progression is varied and may include:
- Regional Manager • Social Services Manager, services manager and service development manager • Family Support Lead Practitioner • Centre Manager • Family Hub Manager • Lead Practitioner • Business Manager
Upon completion of the Degree, Leadership and Management in Integrated Services, there is also the opportunity to progress to study at Masters level.
UK students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course and a maintenance loan to cover living costs.
We also have a range of other financial support available.
Your Tuition fees cover most costs associated with your course (including registration, tuition and assessment.)
There may be some extra costs that you might need to make, or choose to pay, for example:
- Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the HE library, but you may want to buy your own copies)
- Printing and photocopying