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Leadership and Innovation in Health and Social Care BSc (Hons)*

Key Facts

  • Level:


  • Duration:

    2 years full-time

  • Fees UK:

    Full Time: £9,250

  • Fees International:

    Full Time: £13,000

  • Location:


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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries
+44 (0)1604 894503


*BSc (Hons) Leadership and Innovation in Health and Social Care is subject to approval. The programme was previously known as BSc (Hons) Applied Social Care and Health.

For more information about the programme, please email Christine Collymore, Senior Lecturer in Social Care:

This degree is targeted at people who have experience of working in the sector and have ambitions to undertake roles that will influence change for individuals and communities in an ever-changing social care and health world.

The social care and health sector is ever-changing and requires people who are knowledgeable, skilled, competent and flexible. This programme will prepare you for this exciting career and will cover some of the key areas that you will experience when you study with us.

Updated 20/09/2021


  • The programme content is contemporary, focusses on self-development and incorporates key areas that are crucial to managing resources, working with people and creating positive change.
  • By working across the summer between the two academic years, this accelerated programme offers a more affordable route into higher-level employment. Also, international students have access to a generous international scholarship of up to 30% of their tuition fees for both years of the course.
  • As a graduate from this course, you could expect to be employed as supervisors, team leaders, managers or even establish your own service.
  • For International students, there is a potential to work for 2 years in UK Social Care sector as a business development executive and project manager under the new Graduate Route.
  • HP laptop and software included with this course*. (*Terms and conditions apply).

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Course Content

  • The course comprises 11 modules which are delivered over 2 years (including summer) using a variety of teaching, learning approaches and assessments. The course is aimed at people who are currently working in social care and health and would like to progress on to different positions or to set up their own social care and health service.

    Each of the modules will prepare you to make a positive impact on community-based services in a variety of statutory, voluntary and independent organisations by examining the trends and critical issues in the social care and health sector.

    Level 4

    The four modules at level 4 – Service provision; Academic and Professional Skills; Collaborative working and Global perspective. These modules will enable you to understand the current context of the services and ways of working in the UK and abroad, as well as what is expected from you whilst studying at university and in employment.

    Level 5

    At level 5, the four modules – Sustainable Services, Leadership and Management Theory and Practice; and Bidding and Fundraising. These modules will require you to understand how your way of working will impact self and others, as well as gaining experience of exploring ‘real life’ situations.

    Level 6

    Level 6 modules there are three modules, which focus on research methods and project as well as business skills and entrepreneurship. These modules offer you the opportunity to research areas of interest, be innovative and prepare for your future career.


    Module information can be found on the Award Map.

  • You will normally need to have:

    • GCSEs including English and Maths at Grade C/4 or above AND
    • A-Levels at CCC or above


    • BTEC: graded DMM in a related subject OR
    • Alternative level 3 qualifications such as Access to Higher Education, International Baccalaureate will also be considered Or
    • Other educational qualifications may be considered.
    You also need:
    • Minimum of 1 years’ experience of working in a Social Care or Health setting whether in a paid or voluntary capacity.

    Your application will be considered and, if you fulfil the entry requirements, you will be invited to attend an interview.

    For more more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us, where English is not the first language,  must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    •  IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in all bands
      for study at undergraduate level

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

    If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

  • 2021/22 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 2021/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £9,250
    • International – Full Time: £13,000
    2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 2020/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK and EU Full Time: £9,250
    • International: £12,900
    Scholarships and Bursaries

    For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.

  • Our postgraduate courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Benefit from our 20% alumni discount on postgraduate fees.

    Successful completion of this course could lead on to one of our postgraduate programmes:

  • At the University of Northampton, everything we do, from funded trips to paid internships, is to give you everything you need to make a difference when you leave.

    If you join this full time degree at Northampton you will receive a laptop when your course begins. The laptops are built to a bespoke custom specification ideal for use in the seminar room, collaborative group work or studying at home.

    To check out the full list of perks visit our Student Perks page.

  • Who to contact for more information?

    For further information about the course please contact Christine Collymore, the Senior Lecturer and the Programme Leader in Health & Social Care, by email: 

    How will I learn?

    The course provides students with the opportunity to learn from experienced practitioners and service users and to network with social care and health providers. You will have the opportunity to examine global issues and how they impact upon individuals, communities and the social care and health sector. The course will be delivered using Active Blended Learning.

    The Active Blended Learning approach will enable you to learn in a variety of ways which will include being interactive in groups, and undertaking self-study to develop skills of understanding, analysis, evaluation and reflection.

    The assessments will vary for each module, and examples include, case studies, presentations, debates, funding proposal and written assignments.

    How will I be assessed?

    There will be a variety of assessments including presentations, essays, developing a business plan, funding proposal.

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Careers and Employability

This degree will equip students to work efficiently in management positions in social care and health and would be relevant for people interested in fundraising, service development and setting up their own social enterprise.

Is this course for you?