Degree Module: Introduction to Health and Social Policy


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Social policy is going through a period of significant change and the module explores the underlying factors that are involved in this transformation, including the influence of a shifting value system. The analysis of welfare policy developments and delivery are linked back to the wider social and economic context. Scottish social policy provision is examined, drawing upon examples from the wider British and European frameworks.


Level SCQF 7

Delivery Online

Study at anytime  via your computer/chromebook. Access all of your learning or assessments via Brightspace, our virtual learning environment, or Google classrooms using a mixture of self directed study and online discussion boards.

Location Remote

DurationAvailable to study in semester one (18 weeks), September to January.


Course content...

  • Understand the importance of the past and present socio-economic context in the making of social policy
  • Identify and consider the significant legislative and value bases shaping social policy provision
  • Explore examples of policy making in relation to a changing Scottish population within a wider British and European context.

What next... 

HNC Social Services

Degree level study depending on additional qualifications and experience.


Entry requirements

Students should have one relevant A-C pass at Higher level.