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BA (Hons)/Grad Dip Leadership & Management in Health & Social Care

This dynamic programme is mapped against the College of Social Work's Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) and reflects the NHS Leadership Qualities Framework. It's designed for first line managers and supervisors in health and social care who lead teams, manage resources and lead service improvement projects. It meets the requirements for the General Social Care Council (GSCC) Specialist Award in Leadership and Management and encourages interprofessional learning.

The course supports the social care sector with implementing the Skills for Care and Children's Workforce Development Council's leadership and management strategy and addresses the Department of Health's initiatives in leadership development.

This course is under review and not currently available, we will update this page in November 2017 to give you full information about what we will be offering once the review process has concluded.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2018


Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus


Normally completed within 4 years of registration

Entry requirements:

Applicants will normally hold a social work qualification recognised by the Health and Care Professions Council or a qualification in an allied profession. You must hold at least a Diploma level qualification, such as a Diploma in Higher Education (DipHE). If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component. For more information check out our full entry requirements

Course details

This course is split into five units, if you are studying the BA (Hons) route of this course you will undertake the Introduction to leadership and management unit below:   

  • Introduction to Leadership and Management: Reflect on your existing competences in basic leadership and management skills, developed from experience or any organisation-based training programmes you've been on. You'll identify your weaknesses and plan to meet these through the course or by making a Personal Development Plan. This unit is available as a standalone unit.

Choose four of the following option units:

  • Evidencing Professional Learning (and/or Management) 1 and 2: You can choose this unit twice. All professionals must continuously engage in professional development, identifying and meeting learning needs and applying this to practice. This unit offers a structure where you can acknowledge the learning and reflect on the impact it's had on yourself and your workplace. You can achieve the professional development through work-related courses and activities, attending conferences and master classes, sessions at BU or self-study. This should last for 12 hours. This unit is available as a standalone unit.

  • Supervision & Leadership: Health and social care delivery is rapidly changing. This means it needs leaders that can work inclusively and flexibly with multi-professional teams in flattened complex organisational structures. You'll explore social enterprise values and your role as a leader in public sector organisations. By exploring leadership and organisational theory, you'll reflect on your capability and develop a plan for personal leadership development. This unit is available as a standalone unit.

  • Managing with Plans and Budgets: Understand the potential contribution that effective and integrated planning and budget processes make to service management. At the end of this unit, you'll be able to contribute to or lead the preparation of service plans covering budgets and be able to interpret budget statements. This unit is available as a standalone unit.

  • Practice Observation: Meet required standards and practices as identified by the professional bodies, and in line with the Professional Capability Framework (PCF).

Please note that option units require minimum numbers in order to run and may change from year to year.

If you don't complete the Introduction to Leadership Management unit, you can qualify for a Graduate Diploma in Leadership and Management in Health & Social Care.

On this course you will usually be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff and qualified professional practitioners. 

Programme specification

Programme specifications provide definitive records of the University's taught degrees in line with Quality Assurance Agency requirements. Every taught course leading to a BU Award has a programme specification which describes its aims, structure, content and learning outcomes, plus the teaching, learning and assessment methods used.

Download the programme specification for BA (Hons) Leadership and Management in Health & Social Care.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the programme specification, the information is liable to change to take advantage of exciting new approaches to teaching and learning as well as developments in industry. If you have been unable to locate the programme specification for the course you are interested in, it will be available as soon as the latest version is ready. Alternatively please contact us for assistance.

Full entry requirements

All applicants must normally be professionally-qualified Social or Health Care Workers and they must be employed in a suitable area at the time of entering the programme.

Applicants with a professional qualification in one of the caring professions (Dip HE or equivalent) will be considered.

Students may enter this course with credit and advanced standing if they have been awarded an HND/Foundation Degree/Diploma in HE or equivalent work experience, for example:

  • Certificate in Social Service (CSS)
  • Certificate of Qualification in Social Work (CQSW)
  • Diploma in Social Work (DipSW)
  • Other DipHE awards as appropriate.

International entry requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:

  • IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component or equivalent.

View further information about our English language requirements.

A number of pre-sessional English and preparatory programmes are offered through our partner institution, Bournemouth University International College, and will get you ready for study at BU at the appropriate level.

You can also find further details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our international entry requirements page.

How to apply

We offer a single point of contact for all questions and enquiries regarding Post Qualifying Social Work courses.

Please contact our NCPQSW Administration Team (National Centre for Post Qualifying Social Work) for more information:

  • Tel: +44 (0)1202 964765
  • Email:

Please note: If your fees are to be paid by your employer you should submit your application via your Workforce Development Officer so that your employer can sign the sponsor section of the payment agreement. This must take place before you can be enrolled.

If you are paying your own fees you should submit your application directly to the NCPQSW Administration Team.


Further study

Once you have completed an undergraduate Honours degree, you can further develop your education by studying for a postgraduate degree. Please visit our Postgraduate section for further details about our range of Master's degrees.

No hidden extras

As a student at BU we will provide many things to support you and there will also be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying at BU. The information below will help you understand our provision and what you need to budget for.

What you can expect from us

All of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions & specialist teaching facilities.

  • One set of study-related consumables such as a hard copy/memory stick/ DVD
  • A range of student services – advisors, help desks, counsellors, placement support and careers service;
  • The Library – access to a wide range of electronic resources (databases, e-journals and e-books), print and multimedia collections, Faculty Librarians and study spaces
  • IT labs (some open 24/7), wireless network, AV equipment to borrow
  • Disability and additional learning support
  • The BU Language Centre to help you develop/ improve foreign or English language skills
  • 24 hours a day, 365 days a year security team.

Costs of living and other expenses you need to consider

  • Text books: remember that our award-winning library is stocked with a large range of text books for all courses, as well as online resources such as industry journals, free of charge
  • General stationery and other supplies such as print and presentation materials: the Students’ Union shops stock a wide range of stationery supplies on both campuses
  • Travel to, from and between BU campuses: our unilinx bus service operates in the local areas, offering a subsided travel rate. We also have a large number of bike storage facilities.
  • SportBU membership: check out our student membership packages, sports events, varsity teams, information about our new facilities and more on the SportBU webpages
  • Fieldwork travel, outdoor wear and footwear (where applicable)
  • Travel to placement is your responsibility; you may be able to reclaim costs from NHS Student Bursaries
  • Supplementary uniform supplies
  • Telephone and travel costs incurred when undertaking interviews for coursework/ securing placements
  • Professional Body membership/registration post qualification
  • Internet access at discretion of your accommodation provider
  • A fee will be payable towards the cost of an Educational Psychology Assessment if this is required in connection with additional learning support. BU pays for approximately two-thirds of the cost of this assessment for UK students. For more details and current pricing please visit the Student section of the website

Other possible costs to consider

  • Replacement Student ID card- £10.00 (per replacement)
  • Cost of resit examination- No charge if examined at Bournemouth University, if examined elsewhere costs may be incurred at the Exam Centre
  • Cost of additional transcript results- £10.00 (per year of study)
  • Replacement certificate (Postgraduate and Diploma level students only)- £30.00 (per replacement)

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