• Application Deadline
  • 8 months
The Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care programme offered by The Open University UK is designed for anyone who would like to learn more about management and leadership in health and social care, as well as for existing and aspiring managers. 
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The Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care programme offered by The Open University UK  will help you develop the necessary knowledge and analytical skills, as well as providing an overview of the organisational, legal and policy contexts within which managers operate, focusing on the challenges and opportunities faced in this sector. Throughout the module you apply learning to real-life examples, developing evidence-based strategies for good outcomes for service users.

Following an online learning guide, you will work with a combination of print, online resources and audio-visual materials designed to get you thinking and to build your understanding and skills. You will be encouraged and supported to bring together core themes and ideas in a way that is relevant to you and your specific interests. You will be taught quickly and simply how to use ICT to access, analyse and communicate current issues, as well as going online to communicate with other students.

Vocational relevance

This module has been designed for people in health and social care working in frontline, administrative and leadership positions. However, you do not have to work in health and social care to take this module as it recognises the interests of those who are not in paid positions hoping to enter the sector or are working in voluntary roles, providing care to friends and families or using services.

Building your career in health and social care is addressed by content that draws from current policy imperatives and reflects employer expectations around skills, knowledge and understanding.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 8 months
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

The module is structured four main blocks of study:

  • Block 1 Approaching leadership and management
  • Block 2 Managing relationships
  • Block 3 Creating the caring environment
  • Block 4 Leading for ethical and quality care

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • You are not required to have done any study in this area before, but bear in mind that this is an OU level 3 module. OU level 3 modules build on study skills and subject knowledge acquired from studies at OU levels 1 and 2. They are intended only for students who have recent experience of higher education in a related subject, preferably with the OU.
  • Our OU level 1 module An introduction to health and social care (K101) and OU level 2 module Critical issues in health and wellbeing  (K219) would be ideal preparation. The ICT skills developed in these modules would be an asset, however this OU level 3 module does provide the opportunity to quickly develop the necessary skills if you do not already have them.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    3096 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3096 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 8 months.
  • EU/EEA

    3096 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3096 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 8 months.
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