FdSc Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care

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Develop your skills while continuing to work in your current health and social care role. Our online Chartered Management Institute (CMI) accredited course means you can study from anywhere, at any time, over the course of two to four years. On graduation, you could do one or two further years to top-up to a full BSc (Hons) degree.

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Our distance learning foundation degree can be studied at your own pace and from the comfort of your home. People wishing to study on this course must be employed in a health and social care environment.

CMI accreditation provides you with a number of benefits, including professional accreditation and receiving an industry-recognised CMI professional qualification.

This course is ideal if you already work in health and social care and want to study while you work. It will develop your higher level skills and enable you to perform better in your current role, to lead teams of staff from different disciplines, or to apply for more senior roles.

This course is suitable if you:

  • work as a supervisor or team leader
  • work in first-line management
  • have just started working in a leadership role.

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Outstanding student support

Students on our Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care Foundation degree course can benefit from

  • varied, interactive and engaging course content and activities through Canvas, our Learning Management System (LMS)
  • a personal tutor to help you build your skills and confidence
  • careers advice, help and resources from our Employability Service
  • the flexibility to study around your other commitments, whenever and wherever you like.

Chartered Management Institute

You’ll be a member of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) while you’re studying at ARU, with the membership cost included in your course fees.


To be accepted onto this course, you’ll already be working in a health and social care setting. This means you’ll use this course either to develop your skills so that you can apply for more senior roles, or extend your existing skills in your current leadership or management role.

What you learn will be applied to the health and social care setting, but you’ll develop a wide range of transferable skills which will be attractive to employers in many other sectors.

This course has close links with NHS trusts, independent sector health and social-care providers, and the armed forces.

If you’d like to go on to further study when you graduate, you can apply for our top-up course which leads to a full BSc (Hons) degree in Management and Leadership in Health and Social Care. After that, you could go on to do postgraduate study, such as a Master’s degree.


"I found ARU a welcoming and diverse community. Module tutors were always approachable and the assistance I was given during my studies was fabulous. I'm very career orientated and was given the opportunity to get involved in research right from day one."


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