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BSc (Hons) Healthcare Management

Location: Online Qualification: BSc (Hons) Mode of study: Part-time Indicative duration: 48 months Places available: January 2019 Tuition fee: £18,480 (learn more) Funding available: Call 0800 0527 526 Taught by: Kaplan Open Learning

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BSc (Hons) Healthcare Management

Location: Online Qualification: BSc (Hons) Mode of study: Part-time Indicative duration: 48 months Places available: January 2019 Tuition fee: £18,480 (learn more) Funding available: Call 0800 0527 526 Taught by: Kaplan Open Learning

Apply now

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Overview

In the ever-challenging field of healthcare, this programme gives you the opportunity to expand your knowledge and make the move into leadership with our healthcare management undergraduate degree*. By studying these two exciting fields you will gain an understanding of the challenges faced by healthcare professionals whilst also gaining management skills that will equip you to progress your career to the next level.

Created by subject experts, this programme gives you in-depth knowledge and understanding of leadership and managerial approaches to team and organisational development across a variety of healthcare contexts. Throughout the course you will explore the societal responsibility, policies and sustainability in health and healthcare management. You will also study techniques such as how to articulate arguments critically, producing logical and structured approaches supported by evidence.  You will scrutinise the industry and learn how you can make a difference within healthcare environments.

Looking to progress in your career? Or maybe you want to start a new role? Our BSc (Hons) Healthcare Management will allow you to fit your education around your work and family commitments as you study 100% online and part-time. Graduates of the course will also gain a wide range of transferable skills including critical thinking, research, self-motivation and communication.

After completing our BSc (Hons) Healthcare Management you can continue your personal and professional development with our MSc International Healthcare Management postgraduate course. Or why not choose to specialise further by taking one of our other Masters programmes such as a Masters of Public Health, MSc Infection Control or the MSc Business and Management?

* The start date and details of this course are still subject to University approval. In the event that approval is not granted by your course start date, an alternative date will be offered or a full refund given. If we need to make changes to this programme as part of the University of Essex validation process, we will communicate these to you at the earliest possible date.

Course structure

The BSc (Hons) Healthcare Management is made up of the following modules and, upon completion, is equal to a total of 360 credits.

Level 4 modules:

  • Introduction to Healthcare Management (15 credits)*
  • Global Health (15 credits)
  • Business Management Skills (15 credits)*
  • Introduction to Finance (15 credits)*
  • Human Resources Management (15 credits)
  • Health, Society & Public Policy (15 credits)
  • Core skills & Employability (30 credits)

Level 5 modules:

  • Public Health (15 credits)
  • Financial Decision Making (15 credits)
  • Leadership & Managing Teams (15 credits)*
  • Introduction to Health Informatics (15 credits)
  • Project Management (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Health Economics (15 credits)
  • Healthcare Management Case Study (30 credits)*

Level 6 modules:

  • Research Methods in Healthcare (15 credits)*
  • Comparative Healthcare Systems (15 credits)
  • Business Strategy (15 credits)
  • Health Innovation (15 credits)
  • Healthcare Management Skills (15 credits)
  • Contemporary Issues in Practice (15 credits)
  • Advanced Healthcare Research Project (30 credits)*

* These modules are core and must be passed in order to achieve the award.

Learning and assessment

Introduction

Studying online gives you the freedom to study when and where it suits you – at home, during your lunch hour or anywhere else you have internet access.

All of our online courses have an indicative study duration which is a guide to how long your course will take to complete. The actual duration may be longer or shorter depending on your speed of study, study options chosen and module availability. It’s possible to complete your studies faster than the indicative course duration by doubling up on modules at certain times; however, minimum study durations do apply.

All of our courses have regular start dates throughout the year. Our academic year is organised into modules, typically with a one- or two-week break between modules and a structured three-week break for the Christmas period. Students will receive a course timetable during the application process.

Teaching methods and style

As we are a 100% online university, we utilise a virtual learning environment instead of a traditional campus. The system tracks and manages the learning process in real-time and provides you with immediate access to your learning materials.

This learning platform allows both students and tutors to actively take part in real-time conversations and you can listen to, and view, live lectures and seminars over the internet. All courses are delivered in English only.

You are supported throughout your course by a dedicated Student Adviser and have the opportunity to regularly interact with fellow students and your tutor. To ensure you receive the support you need from your tutor, we cap our class sizes at 20 students.

Assessment

We adopt an assignment-based approach to assessment instead of exams. Healthcare Management assignments are based on real-life work experience and assessed by tutors on an ongoing basis.

You are always aware of your current provisional grade right from the start of the programme, allowing you to evaluate the success of your current study methods and clearly identify areas to improve.

We believe that this transparency gives you the information you need to make the most of your course. We achieve this by:

  • showing your marks clearly in your gradebook, which can be viewed whenever you log onto the learning platform
  • the rapid turnaround of work assessed to ensure that your gradebook is always up to date
  • assessing your work throughout the module rather than waiting for end of year exams
  • ensuring you have regular contact with your Student Adviser
  • the simplicity and transparency in the design of our assessment criteria

We also have a policy of ensuring that work submitted by students is authentic. As well as the fact that all work is frequently assessed, we use a well-established electronic monitoring system to check for plagiarism.

On successful completion of your BSc (Hons) Healthcare Management, you will be invited to attend a graduation ceremony at the University of Essex, Colchester Campus.

Career prospects

We are dedicated to improving employability amongst our graduates. Our online courses give you the opportunity to improve your career prospects and earning potential with a mix of key skills that are directly transferable to the workplace.

The BSc (Hons) Healthcare Management degree lends itself to a career in a broad range of healthcare and associated management environments. Our students may typically move into careers in the public, private or community healthcare services globally, building their careers in a variety of management contexts such as hospital, project or programme management. The skills and knowledge obtained from studying the programme are also highly sought after by employers from a wide range of careers in business and health.

Entry requirements

We have flexible entry requirements that look at both your academic and work-based experience. There are two entry routes onto our BSc (Hons) Healthcare Management programme:

1. Academic Entry Route

In order to satisfy the Academic Entry Route requirements for our BSc (Hons) Healthcare Management degree programme you must have the following qualifications as a minimum:

  • Three A-levels, or equivalent; plus
  • If English is not your first language, IELTS (Academic) 6.0 or equivalent.
  • If you do not hold an IELTS or equivalent qualification, we require students to pass a free online English test.

You don’t need to prove your knowledge of English if you’re a national of, or if you have completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree in, any of these countries.

You are required to pass your initial assignment set during the first 21 days of the course in order to continue with your studies.

2. Work Experience Entry Route

To apply for the BSc (Hons) Healthcare Management degree via our Work Experience Entry Route you must meet the following criteria:

  • GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above, or equivalent;
  • Three years’ relevant work experience; plus
  • If English is not your first language, IELTS (Academic) 6.0 or equivalent.
  • If you do not hold an IELTS or equivalent qualification, we require students to pass a free online English test.

You don’t need to prove your knowledge of English if you’re a national of, or if you have completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree in, any of these countries.

You will be required to pass your initial assignment set during the first 21 days of the course in order to continue with your studies.

21-day money back guarantee

We want to give you the opportunity to experience a University of Essex Online course for a 21-day trial period. That’s why we have introduced our money back guarantee. If you start the course and decide it’s not for you during the first three weeks, you will receive a full refund.