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BSc (Hons) Health & Social Care Leadership & Management

Develop the skills and knowledge to become a highly effective manager and leader in health and social care, gaining skills in contemporary change management, decision making, organisation and innovation.

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    UCAS Code: L513
    Course Length: 3 Years Full-Time, 5 Years Part-Time
    Start Dates: September 2021
    Subjects: Health and Social Care
    Location: Edge Hill University
    Example Offers: BCC-BBC (A Level) or DMM (BTEC)
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    Please note, this programme is closed to applications for September 2020 entry.

    With a national and international shortage of innovative leaders and managers in health and social care, this degree is ideal if you wish to pursue a career in leadership or management within health or social care services. The programme equips you with the expertise and knowledge to make a real difference to the quality and efficiency of integrated service delivery. You will enhance your employability through a work placement and develop a range of practical leadership and management competencies. These include decision-making, integrated partnership working, negotiation, time and resource management and research skills, as well as relevant ethical, moral, legal and professional considerations. The programme is mapped to the Institute of Leadership and Management’s Level 6 Leadership and Management qualities, offering you the opportunity to gain an additional internationally recognised qualification.

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    What will I study?

    Year 1 will introduce you to the theories and models of leadership and management and their schools of thought since 1900. You will gain skills in academic writing, referencing, communication and investigation while exploring the key themes, perspectives and substantive issues in health and social care. A historical context of health and social care policy and practice will be provided, alongside an introduction to health and social care culture and coalition building skills to support the integration of these diverse sectors.

    Health and social care systems, structures and processes will be explored in Year 2 and their strengths and weaknesses identified. You will unpack legal, ethical and political issues in health and social care while evaluating best practice in change management strategies for more seamless integrative working. You will also be provided with skills in research methodology and investigation and develop a research proposal for service improvement in an area of health and/or social care.

    In Year 3 you will critically explore the methods and models used for measuring and predicting resource management needs, while evaluating alternative strategies for improving utilisation of current resources. You will investigate the implications of risk when making decisions and analyse overall governance of health and social care practices. Personal career planning and the completion of Personal Development Portfolios will enable you to identify and critically reflect on your own skills and attributes, forming an action plan for your development needs for employment in health and/or social care leadership and management positions. A primary research or service review dissertation will also be undertaken.

    How will I study?

    The course will be delivered through a combination of lectures, student-led seminars, tutorials, practical work-related sessions and online teaching and learning resources.

    You will typically be expected to attend sessions on campus two to three days per week, as well as completing a practical work based placement on one day per week across all three years of the degree. This will give you experience in health and social care settings and provide opportunities to shadow management and leadership roles.

    How will I be assessed?

    A variety of assessment strategies will be used including essays, critical reports and reflections, literature reviews, individual and group presentations, review papers, search strategy tables, case study reviews, work-based service audits and research projects.

    There are no formal written examinations as part of the current assessment methods on this programme.

    Who will be teaching me?

    The programme will be delivered by experienced academics who have worked in leadership and management roles in health and social care, as well as experts in leadership and management in disciplines including health, education, sociology, social work, nursing and psychologists.

    Additional expertise is offered by staff from the University’s Evidence-based Practice Research Centre, Business School and Department of Social Sciences. Guest speakers will also contribute insightful, first hand learning experiences.

    A Great Study Environment

    A student attends a lecture in the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine.The Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine is one of the leading providers of education and training for health and social care professionals in the North West of England.

    Offering some of the best facilities for health, social care and medicine students in the country, the outstanding teaching and learning resources include leading edge clinical skills facilities, an 860-seat lecture theatre, and a variety of teaching rooms and social learning spaces.

    The faculty is home to a thriving research culture which includes a series of staff and student conference programmes, guest lectures and seminars, as well as active research groups.


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    Level 4 (Year 1 of Full-Time Programme)

    HUG1134Introduction to Leadership and Management Theories in Health and Social Care (30 credits)

    Introduction to Leadership and Management Theories in Health and Social Care provides you with the opportunity to discover the similarities and differences between leadership and management. Exploring leadership and management theory within health and social care environments, the main focus of the module is to identify leadership and management styles and practices most suited to cross-disciplinary working within health and social care environments. You will gain an understanding and appreciation of the benefits of integrated working and its role in promoting and managing health and social care issues across the lifespan.

    Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

    HUG1135Working Together, Historical Context of Integration in Health and Social Care (20 credits)

    Working Together, Historical Context of Integration in Health and Social Care examines the historical context and current forces influencing health care policy development and organisational behaviour both in the UK and around the world. The module provides a comprehensive overview of contemporary approaches to healthcare system design, structure, processes and delivery, exploring the role of patients, customers and clients’ experiences and citizenship in the design, delivery and management of contemporary integrated health and social care services. You will also be introduced to the thinking behind the integration of health and social care, as well as the benefits of collaboration across health care micro systems.

    Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

    HUG1136Introduction to Health and Social Care Culture (30 credits)

    Introduction to Health and Social Care Culture raises your awareness of the need for leaders and managers in multidisciplinary health and social care organisations. The aim is to nurture a more joined-up culture through your own compassionate and supportive leadership development. Moreover, the module seeks to develop your knowledge and understanding of alignment between cultural norms, organisational values and leadership behaviour, encouraging growth and innovation within integrated health and social care environments.

    Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

    HUG1137Introduction to Professional and Academic Skills (20 credits)

    Introduction to Professional and Academic Skills enables you to acquire key academic and professional skills on your journey to becoming an independent learner. Your academic skills will be enhanced to include note-taking, presentation skills, IT skills, the reading of academic articles and the development of a personal portfolio. You will also explore effective and ineffective communication strategies, self-awareness, resilience and transferable life skills such as time management, assertiveness, negotiation, active listening and problem solving.

    Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

    HUG1138Introduction to Research Skills (20 credits)

    Introduction to Research Skills provides an overview of research methods. The module equips you with a broad knowledge and understanding of the function and application of research relevant to those working in applied health and social care, including the effectiveness of different models, client issues and groupwork. You will be introduced to both the theoretical and practical aspects of research skills including research terminology, numeric and non-numeric data handling, statistical analysis and interpretation of qualitative and quantitative data.

    Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

    Level 5 (Year 2 of Full-Time Programme)

    HUG2213Understanding Research (30 credits)

    Understanding Research familiarises you with the nature and variety of research methods and data collection techniques, together with the need for an evidence-base to guide the decision-making process. You will evaluate qualitative and quantitative methods, examining the positive and negative aspects of both approaches in a comparative analysis. A key aspect of this module is the literature review. You will be shown how to develop a literature search strategy, learn how to find relevant literature using electronic databases and understand how to appraise the literature you find to identify key themes. Ethical considerations in relation to the development and undertaking of research will also be considered.

    Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

    HUG2329Legal, Political and Ethical Issues in Health and Social Care (20 credits)

    Legal, Political and Ethical Issues in Health and Social Care enables you to gain an understanding of contemporary law and policy relevant to management and leadership within the health and social care sector. The module introduces you to key ethical concepts and theories including ethical approaches to decision making, law and its application within health and social care. You will be encouraged to consider the role of stakeholders within organisational governance and assess the impact of reports and policies on organisational health and social care provision.

    Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

    HUG2330Managing Change in Health and Social Care (30 credits)

    Managing Change in Health and Social Care develops your knowledge and understanding of change management theories and models. You will explore the factors which influence change across health and social care from a political, economic, sociological, technological, environmental and legislative perspective. The module will enable you to select appropriate leadership styles and strategies to bring about effective change in health and social care integrative services. You will also be encouraged to assess the potential effects of change and integration of services in established health and social care organisations in order to appraise and negotiate any anticipated risks/resistance.

    Assessment: Coursework: 100%, Practical(s): Pass/Fail Element.

    HUG2337Health and Social Care Systems, Structures and Process (20 credits)

    Health and Social Care Systems, Structures and Process focuses on the study of the systems, structures and processes within contemporary health and social care organisations. It concentrates on the structure and culture of such organisations and examines the importance of partnership and collaboration. Recent changes in the health and social care sector have made it critical for leaders and managers to have a thorough understanding of organisational structures and their impacts on employees practice. Through an examination of current legislation, policy, research and practice, the module highlights the roles of ideology, culture, professional and personal values, judgements, organisational behaviour and decision making in contemporary health and social care organisation and management.

    Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

    You will select one of the following modules:

    HUG2328Entrepreneurship (20 credits)

    Entrepreneurship enables you to gain a basic knowledge of some of the key facets involved in working as a health and social care freelancer upon graduation and beyond. The module covers the basics of business strategy, planning, marketing and communication in relation to health and social care. You will also explore the current and future growth areas in entrepreneurial integrative care, for example, holistic health, corporate wellness and writing for different audiences. A creative approach will be adopted in encouraging and supporting you in practically applying your holistic health and wellbeing knowledge when working in corporate health and social care.

    Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Practical(s): 40%.

    HUG2331Human Resource Management Across Health and Social Care (20 credits)

    Human Resource Management Across Health and Social Care develops your knowledge and understanding of human resource management and its application to health and social care organisations. Analysing the full spectrum of HR processes from recruitment through to contractual termination, the module equips you with the knowledge and understanding required to lead and manage health and social care workforces using intellectual intelligence (psychometric testing) and team building processes to develop skilled and knowledgeable staff who can work across disciplines to provide best practice person centred care. You will be introduced to the legal and professional frameworks which influence human resource management policies, alongside developing and enhancing your ‘people skills’ to maximise your employability.

    Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

    HUG2332Global Leadership and Management (20 credits)

    Global Leadership and Management develops your knowledge and understanding of visionary leadership across health and social care sectors from multi-professional global perspectives, focusing on world leadership policies and processes. Through examining the World Health Organisation’s leadership priorities, you will be introduced to comparative health care systems, funding and resource restraints around the world.  The module will enable you to critically compare global and national healthcare systems and their leadership strategies with current practices in the UK. You will also be introduced to global health issues that can influence local and national care needs within the UK’s global society.

    Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Practical(s): 50%.

    HUG2333Asset Based Approaches in Leadership and Management (20 credits)

    Asset Based Approaches in Leadership and Management introduces you to the use of asset based or strength based questioning when working within health and social care. The module examines the shift in culture from a deficient way of working to a strength based approach. You will be given opportunities to analyse the theory, and practice some of the skills, that will be needed within the workplace to lead and manage change through adopting this approach.

    Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Practical(s): 40%.

    Level 6 (Year 3 of Full-Time Programme)

    HUG3101Personal Career Development (20 credits)

    Personal Career Development considers and critically reviews your workplace experience by evaluating the links between theory and practice, allowing you to identify and reflect on your own achievement and potential.

    Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

    HUG3160Predicting and Measuring Resource Management in Health and Social Care (30 credits)

    Predicting and Measuring Resource Management in Health and Social Care equips you with the necessary skills to manage resource allocation across the health and social care sector. Projecting and predicting population health and social care needs both present and future, you will explore how to reduce costs through collaboration, sharing and allocating existing cross-boundary resources and investing in calculated preventative healthcare to enable the sector to focus on sickness prevention and health promotion as a long term cost reduction strategy. The aim is to equip you with a secure understanding of legislative issues in terms of tenures and contractual obligations while broadening your knowledge and understanding of resource allocation, focusing on long-term solutions for sickness prevention, self-care for individuals with chronic conditions, health inequalities and care delivered in the community.

    Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

    HUG3161Decision Making, Governance and Risk (20 credits)

    Decision Making, Governance and Risk recognises that health care professionals have to make decisions in complex situations on a daily basis. They need to know what they are responsible for, who is supposed to make decisions in specific situations and what risks decisions carry. Poor decision making enhances the possibilities of low quality client care, while good decision making increases the effectiveness of health care services for customers. This module will introduce you to the theoretical and conceptual frameworks underpinning governance, risk and decision making and familiarise you with practical tools for improving health care decisions.

    Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

    You will select one of the following modules:

    HUG3100Dissertation (30 credits)

    Dissertation enables you to focus on an area of vocational interest, or concern, which is identified by yourself and agreed with your supervisor. You will engage in a structured review of the literature related to the specific area of study, apply critical analysis to the literature and make recommendations that could improve service provision.

    Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

    HUG3240Primary Research Dissertation (30 credits)

    Primary Research Dissertation focuses on the identification of an area of vocational interest or concern to be identified by yourself and agreed with your supervisor. You will engage in a structured review of existing literature and design and carry out a research project related to your specific area of study. You will apply critical analysis to the established literature as well as the findings from your proposed research and make recommendations that could improve service provision.

    Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

    You will select one of the following modules:

    BUS3027Strategic Financial Management (20 credits)

    Strategic Financial Management introduces some of the techniques used in financial decision making. An understanding of the financial implications of decisions is vital for managers. The module provides an insight into the complex issues involved in the financial appraisal of long term projects and allows you to gain a deeper understanding of the theory and practice of strategic financial management.

    Assessment: Coursework: 90%, Practical(s): 10%.

    HUG3162Creative Innovation and Improvement for Integrative Care (20 credits)

    Creative Innovation and Improvement for Integrative Care explores contemporary innovative and creative practices for improvements in health and social care while developing your ability to critically evaluate service improvements and interventions based on cost benefit analysis and evaluative tools, such as the innovation score card, across health and social care. The module will develop your ability to critically evaluate areas of practice where cost efficiencies can be made through the use of innovative models and creative approaches to innovative thinking, challenging current ways of working to develop more integrative sustainable approaches within health and social care. You will have the opportunity to design an innovative intervention/service improvement and produce an evaluative tool to check its efficacy.

    Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Practical(s): 40%.

    HUG3163Leadership and Management Coaching and Mentoring (20 credits)

    Leadership and Management Coaching and Mentoring enables you to understand the role and contribution of management coaching and mentoring to individuals and organisations, while critically evaluating effective coaching and mentoring practices and their suitability to health and social care services. Additionally, the module critically analyses the requirements for effective coaching and mentoring in relation to respecting individual beliefs, attitudes and values while overcoming some of the barriers such as challenging inappropriate language, attitudes and behaviours, and avoiding abuse of power in professional relationships.

    Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Practical(s): 50%.

    Optional modules provide an element of choice within the programme curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements.


    Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.


    Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

    Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

    Entry Criteria

    Entry Requirements

    Typical offer 104-112 UCAS Tariff points. No specific subjects are required.

    An interview forms part of the selection process.

    If you accept a formal offer from Edge Hill University you will be required to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure indicating that you meet the mandatory criteria of ‘Clearance to Work with Children and/or Vulnerable Adults’. Further information will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

    Example Offers

    Some examples of how you can achieve 104-112 UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.

    • A Level: BCC-BBC;
    • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications): Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM);
    • International Baccalaureate (IB): We are happy to accept IB qualifications which achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points;
    • Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 credits at Level 3, for example 9 credits at Distinction and 36 credits at Merit or 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

    Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

    As long as you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as the Welsh Baccalaureate and Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven’t been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

    For further information on how you can meet the entry requirements, including details of alternative qualifications, please visit

    EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at

    International students should visit for information on the entry criteria for overseas applicants.

    English Language Requirements

    International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

    If your current level of English is half a band lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

    Are there any alternative ways to meet the entry requirements?

    If you have the ability to study for a degree but lack the necessary qualifications or confidence, our Fastrack: Preparation for Higher Education course could be for you. This free, seven-week programme provides a great opportunity to enhance your study skills and subject knowledge and demonstrate that you are ready to study a particular subject with us, in lieu of achieving the UCAS Tariff points in the entry criteria.

    Upon successful completion of a Fastrack course, you will be well placed to progress onto a corresponding Edge Hill University degree, although additional entry requirements may apply and the availability of specific programmes cannot be guaranteed. For more information, visit

    Recognition of Prior Learning

    Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’). This may include credit or learning undertaken at another university.

    Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s academic regulations (sections C7 and F3.1) or contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

    Career Prospects

    What are my career prospects?

    Potential employment routes include working as a leader and/or manager across health and social care services, such as care homes, health services, community care services, leisure centres, health, retail and consultancy.

    Other possible roles include NHS clinical commissioning positions within local authorities, influential positions within health and wellbeing boards, individual patient case managers, area managers for public health promotion, HR managers, and leader and management positions within private and voluntary health and social care organisations.

    The programme will also equip you with the underpinning knowledge and experience appropriate for entry into postgraduate study, which could lead to a future career in areas including research, nursing, psychology, social work and teaching, subject to training requirements. Additionally this degree would provide an ideal foundation for the NHS Graduate Leadership Apprenticeship Scheme.

    How can I enhance my employability?

    It is useful to consider, even before you apply, how you will spend your time while studying and make the most of your university experience.

    Optional, additional activities may be available on this degree which could help to prepare you for a stimulating and rewarding career. These include:

    • Sandwich Years – you may have the opportunity to apply to complete a sandwich year placement, usually as the third year of a four year degree, and gain highly relevant work experience;
    • Learning a Language – you may be able to participate in Language Steps classes, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, as additional study.

    Please note, the availability of these additional activities cannot be guaranteed for all students. Depending on availability and the number of students wanting to participate, there may be a competitive application process for sandwich year placements or you may be required to secure a relevant placement yourself.


    Tuition Fees

    If you are a prospective UK student who will be joining this undergraduate degree on a full-time basis in academic year 2021/22, the tuition fee will be £9,250 per annum (subject to final Government approval). Tuition fees for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2021/22 are £12,500 per annum.

    If you are a prospective UK student who will be joining this undergraduate degree on a part-time basis in academic year 2021/22, the tuition fee will be £77 per credit, i.e. £1,540 per 20 credit module (subject to final Government approval). 360 credits are required to complete an undergraduate degree.

    Tuition fees for EU students enrolling on undergraduate degrees in academic year 2021/22 are still to be announced. If you are a prospective EU student, you are advised to check this page regularly and once the position has been confirmed we will update this information.

    The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

    Financial Support

    Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this undergraduate degree can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the programme may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

    For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students joining this programme in academic year 2021/22, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2021/22 guide for your intended mode of study.

    Financial support information for international students can be found at


    Ten scholarship winners sitting together in a lecture theatre at the Scholarship Awards Evening.Edge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective full-time undergraduate students.

    These scholarships aren’t linked to academic success and celebrate determination, talent and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance, sport or volunteering.

    An additional scholarship, which you may qualify to receive, rewards outstanding grades and is available to eligible UK and EU students.

    To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit


    How to Apply

    If you wish to study full-time, apply online through UCAS at Visit to find out more about the application process.

    If you wish to study part-time, apply directly to Edge Hill University at

    Further information for international students about how to apply is available at

    Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at

    Visit Us

    If you are considering applying to study at Edge Hill University, the best way to gain an insight into student life is to discover our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day. You can view dates and book your place at

    Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, you can find out more about our full range of events for prospective students, including campus tours and virtual activities, at

    Request a Prospectus

    If you would like to explore our full range of degrees before you apply, you can order an undergraduate prospectus at

    Get in Touch

    If you have any questions about this programme or what it’s like to study at Edge Hill University, please contact:

    International students should visit or email with any queries about overseas study.

    Course Changes

    Expand All This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented in the past two years.

    27th August 2019 - Sandwich Year Option Added

    The programme now includes the option of a sandwich year.

    23rd January 2019 - Change to Entry Requirements

    104-112 UCAS Tariff points are required to join this programme with effect from September 2020 entry.

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    Teaching and Learning at Edge Hill University in 2020

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    Campus Facilities at Edge Hill University in 2020

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