Study our one-year course and achieve a full honours degree that’s relevant to your current job. Our distance learning Chartered Management Institute (CMI) accredited course lets you study while you work, and gives you the skills to manage and lead teams.
CMI accreditation provides you with a number of benefits, including professional accreditation and receiving an industry-recognised CMI professional qualification.
This course will develop you personally and professionally, and provide the tools you need to achieve your career potential. You’ll build your ability to work as an effective team leader in settings involving people from different disciplines and agencies.
You’ll advance your understanding of the latest policy developments in health & social care. You’ll develop your research awareness and analytical skills. You’ll learn to use higher level strategies for solving practical problems, and you’ll understand how better to implement, influence and adapt to change in your workplace. You’ll also explore the needs of service users so that their views – and those of their carers – are fully represented.
This course is delivered entirely by distance learning, so you can learn from anywhere, at any time, without needing to come to ARU. This means you’ll need access to a computer and the internet, plus basic IT skills. You’ll use our virtual learning environment as well as our digital library, which provides access to electronic journals, e-books, databases and much more.
You’ll also do work-based learning in your current setting. Your study will be directly relevant to your job even though you’ll be investigating wider leadership and management themes.
You’ll prepare for the course online, in advance, with the support of a helpful tutor. You’ll also take part in an online induction which encourages socialising with fellow students and, through a variety of activities, provides a strong foundation for online learning. Induction takes place two weeks before the start of the course and you’ll need to be registered to take part. You are therefore strongly encouraged to apply a minimum of three weeks before the start of the course to ensure the application process is complete.
Students on this course work in the NHS, the voluntary and private sectors and the military, leading to interesting discussions.
Reflective practice is a huge aspect of the degree and I have been continually encouraged to reflect upon my practices and challenge myself
On graduating from this course, you’ll be able to apply for leadership roles within your own career pathway or move into higher management positions elsewhere.
Although the course relates to health and social care, it delivers wider management and leadership skills which are attractive to employers in other sectors.
Throughout the course, we’ll use a range of assessment methods to help you and your tutors measure your progress on each module. These include reflective practice, essays and a major project, as well as the sharing of ideas and critical thoughts in an online setting.
Please note that you will need to complete all of the above core modules. This course does not have any optional modules. Modules are subject to change.
Module structure for distance learning students
Due to the structure of this course, there will be times when you'll study two modules simultaneously during a trimester. Our tutors will help you to manage your workload and assessment deadlines. Please contact us to discuss the pacing of this course and the options available to you. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01245 686707.
The Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care is the largest in ARU, with over 7,000 students. Our Faculty is teeming with expertise and primed to meet the demand for creating health professionals, teachers, doctors, scientists and educators for the three districts we serve: Chelmsford, Cambridge and Peterborough.
We have been training undergraduates for professional roles for over 25 years, with a reputation for quality, dedication and ambition balanced with student satisfaction.
We know that to give our students the very best experiential learning, prior to getting into the workplace, simulation is second to none, for safe, realistic, learning environments. We have invested heavily in purpose built simulated wards, science labs and skills space, to support our students through their learning.
You can pay your fees in the following ways.
UK students can take out a tuition fee loan, which you won’t need to start repaying until after your graduate. Or there's the option to pay your fees upfront.
We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Some of these cover all or part of your tuition fees.
Most new UK undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This also applies to EU, EEA and Swiss nationals who have citizens' rights following Brexit.
Government funding includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.
We also offer a range of ARU scholarships, which can provide extra financial support while you’re at university.
Whether you're studying entirely online or through a blend of on-campus and online learning from September 2020, you'll need a computer and reliable internet access to successfully engage with your course. A small number of our courses require additional technical specifications or specialist materials. Before starting the course, we recommend that you check our technical requirements for online learning. Our website also has general information for new students about starting university in 2020-21.
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email email@example.com for further information.
We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.
Distance learning, part-time undergraduate (4 years)
May, September, January
Distance learning, part-time undergraduate (30 months)
January, May, September
Degree apprenticeship, work-based, part-time undergraduate (4 years)
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