Leadership in Health and Social Care (Level 6)

Leadership in ward setting

This course is designed to enable you
to lead, innovate and develop Health and Social Care services that meet the changing needs of vulnerable people.

The programme covers all aspects of leadership in Health and Social Care. You will start by reflecting on the skills and attributes that you have as a leader within the sector. Students will explore the concept of professionalism and develop their own understanding of themselves as potential employees and leaders of the future.

Semester 1

Within the first semester you will explore concepts of emotional intelligence, empathy and resilience. Students will be encouraged to adopt a reflective approach in order to understand themselves and others. The role of supervision and its importance in safeguarding oneself and individuals who access services will be critically examined.

Semester 2

In the second semester the focus will shift to improving service delivery. You will develop the skills and knowledge to evaluate service delivery and explore areas of innovation and service improvement at both a national and international level.


Throughout your year of study you will undertake 240 hours within a practice placement. We will work with you to identify an appropriate work place setting that will give you the right experience to integrate theory into practice. See industry links below.

As you progress in your studies you will have the opportunity to explore in depth an area of concern within Health and Social Care practice and develop a plan to implement and report on service improvement.

Supported with on line materials, the learning techniques used will actively encourage you to challenge and critically reflect upon your own practice and consider the role of leader within the subject area.

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Study style

The programme can be completed on either a full or part time basis. Its aim is to create independent and critically reflective practitioners. You will complete 6 modules delivered over two days. Alongside the taught modules you will undertake 240 hours within practice. You will be taught using a mixture of blended learning experiences. Direct teaching, seminars lectures and simulations will be supported with on line materials. The learning techniques used will actively encourage you to challenge and be critical of the evidence base. The integration of theory into practice is a key area and throughout your studies you will be encouraged to critically reflect upon your own practice and consider the role of leader within the subject area.

Entry requirements

  • Foundation Degree/HND in relevant subject area e.g. HND Healthcare Practice for England, HND Social and Community Work.
  • 120 credits at L4 + 120 credits L5
  • English GCSE or equivalent
  • IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any other band
  • Enhanced DBS


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  • Care Manager
  • Community Development Worker
  • Health/Social Services Manager
  • Policy Advisor
  • Educator/Trainer
  • Youth Worker
  • Service Co-ordinators

Industry links

As part of the programme you will complete 240 hours within practice. The programme is linked with numerous organisations within the Health and Social Care Sector offering diverse placements. These include working with families, young people in the community or with older individuals.

Making notes

Theory and knowledge

Theory and knowledge will inform your practice and your practice experience will add to your understanding of the sector.

Written assessment

No exams

There are no exams. Your knowledge will be tested through written assignments and presentations. The use of simulations will help you test out your knowledge in a safe environment.

group lecture

Supportive environment

You will learn in a supportive environment taught by lecturers that will bring their experiences of practice to the classroom.

School of Health and Social Care

Our School of Health and Social Care offers you access to the latest equipment, facilities and placements to bring learning to life and make you a confident practising professional. We will support you to care for yourself so you'll be more resilient and efficient when caring for others.

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