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Managing with Plans & Budgets

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  • Delivery:
    Part-time
  • Credits:
    20

Health and social care managers need to understand and be able to participate in, or lead, service planning and budget management. Addressing service planning and budgeting in the same unit reflects the growing understanding in the public sector that plans and budgets should be linked if not fully integrated. This is an approach that should improve planning, controlling, performance assessment and decision-making.

This unit is available at Level 6.  

Key information

Next start date:

September 2017

Location:

Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus - or at a location negotiated with your employer

Duration:

4 months

Entry requirements:

Health and social care managers who need to understand and be able to participate in, or lead, service planning and budget management.

Course details

This unit will enable you to better understand the potential contribution that appropriate, effective and integrated planning and budget processes make to service management. It will better equip you to contribute to or lead the preparation of service plans that incorporate budgets and be able to interpret budget statements, integrating such information in service management.

During the unit, you will cover the following course content:

  • Effective planning processes
  • Plan formats
  • Planning techniques to assist in service analysis, direction setting and implementation
  • Preparing and evaluating service plans
  • Financial roles, responsibilities and rights
  • Budget preparation
  • Budgetary monitoring and control
  • Multi-agency planning and budget management
    Performance indicators.

During this unit, learning and teaching methods will include formal input, directed reading, practical exercises based on your orgnisation, and facilitated discussion of the workplace experience of students.

The aim of the first four days will be to develop a good level of understanding of the whole unit. Following preparatory assignment work the group will re-convene for the final two days to discuss their experience and any planning and budgeting issues that arise in their organisations.

Additional material will be introduced during these two days according to the identified needs of students with the aim of practising skills, developing deeper theoretical understanding and developing the transfer of learning into new and often novel situations.

Download the unit specification.

Assessment

You'll be assessed through a 5000-word assignment that will require you to apply learning from across the unit to your own organisation.

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) or equivalent.

Normally students may enter Level 6 study if they have been awarded:

  • An Advanced Diploma, HND, Dip HE or Foundation Degree (awarded by a UK HEI or Edexcel or SQA)
  • An equivalent qualification (the learning outcome of which are demonstrably appropriate in terms of knowledge, understanding and skills) equivalent to 120 credits at Level 5.

If you do not meet this criteria you are still able to apply for this unit but we may ask you to complete a study skills handbook to familiarise yourself with academic writing at Master's degree level. The study skills handbook will be sent to you when we have received your application form.

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 a minimum of 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.

Fees and funding

Fees for 2017/18 are £825

For indivudals

You will need to pay or indicate employer support of payment for unit or course fees to the university.

Applicants working within the NHS or other healthcare providers may be eligible for support with funding from their employer through the Learning Beyond Registration contract with the NHS South of England.

Applicants should contact their employing organisation for further details.

Information if you are self-funding

If you are funding the course or unit yourself or your employer is sponsoring you outside a contractual agreement, you will need to apply directly to the university.

Once you have been accepted onto a unit or course, you will be sent a payment form which must be completed and returned on or before enrolment. The form requires that payment be made in one of three ways:

  • By cheque for the full amount made payable to ‘Bournemouth University’
  • By giving details of a credit or debit card
  • By invoice to your employer or other sponsoring organisation.

Full details of the invoicing address and the name, signature and position of an authorised person must be provided. Please note that invoices cannot be raised for you if you are paying the fees.

It is possible for you to pay your fees in installments and fees must be paid either by credit or debit card.

For employers

Pre-purchased places

The Faculty of Health & Social Sciences has contractual arrangements with NHS organisations for pre-paid places on specified modules including NHS South of England. If you work within Dorset, Somerset, Hampshire or the Isle of Wight you may be able to access the pre-paid places. These arrangements allow NHS Trusts to nominate the staff they wish to send on each unit or course.

The pre-arranged agreements allow individuals, such as yourself, a route to access appropriate professional development opportunities that are seen as strategically important to your organisation (in consultation with your Line Manager/Education Co-ordinator). Applications for these places are dealt with through your Line Manager/Education Co-ordinator and they will arrange for you to complete the relevant paperwork and application form. All application forms for pre-paid places must be signed by your organisation’s Education Lead.

Discounts

Our CPD unit fees have already been discounted based on our Employers’ Scholarship Scheme, as such these units are not eligible for the Early payment discount and BU graduate discount.   

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: pqsw@bournemouth.ac.uk

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.

Career development

We have a range of individual units at Levels 5, 6 and 7 available which you can choose from to develop your skills in a specific area of practice. If you take further units of study you can begin to build your own qualification and gain an academic award for your work, depending on your level of study this may be:

  • BSc/ BSc (Hons) Professional Practice (level 5/6)- if you have a Diploma or Advanced Diploma you can take this course to top-up to a full degree
  • Graduate Certificate/ Graduate Diploma Professional Practice (level 5/6)- If you have an honours degree and wish to expand your sphere of professional practice without moving to Master's level study you can choose study 40 credits to gain a Graduate Certificate or 80 credits to gain a Graduate Diploma
  • MA Advanced Practice (level 7)- If you have an honours degree and are aspiring to be an advanced practitioner, this route enables you to work towards a Master's degree award. Depending on how many level 7 units you complete, you can exit with a Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Practice; see the course diagram for more information. 

These options provide a flexible route to gaining a Bachelors or Master's degree by studying in more manageable ‘bite-sized’ chunks.

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