module specification

SH4001 - Introducing Health and Social Care (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Introducing Health and Social Care
Module level Certificate (04)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Social Professions
Total study hours 300
192 hours Guided independent study
108 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 30%   Podcast
Coursework 70%   Report (2000 words)
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Year (Spring and Summer) North Wednesday Afternoon
Year North Tuesday Morning

Module summary

This module introduces students to the main developments in health and social carestarting with a history of welfare and institutions, building towards an analysis of contemporary issues, debates and influences on health and social care delivery. The module addresses the diversity of settings and roles in health and social care.  It addresses inequalities in health and social care, in particular the social determinants of health.  From the historical context in the UK, the emergence of public health and policy will be explored.

Module aims

This module aims to introduce students to the historical and contemporary contexts of healthcare, public health and social care whilst investigating current health and social care policies and legislation and its application to the organisation and delivery of health and social care.


• Introduction to public health
• Introduction to social care
• Roles and settings in health & social care
• Historical context of health and social care in the UK
• The concept of health
• Health promotion and prevention
• Health beliefs
• Introduction to epidemiology
• Health inequalities, social inequalities and the social determinants of health
• Equality, equity, values and social justices
• Partnership working in health and social care
• Setting quality standards
• New technologies in delivering health and social care including e-health

Learning and teaching

The lecture and workshop programme is designed to enable students to examine key issues with regard to health and social care in order to make links between theory, health and social care policy and practice.  There will be a mixed programme to include:
• Lectures
• Interactive workshops: collaborative problem-based learning
• Observation/field trips
• WebLearn, video materials & other online educational content

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

1. Identify health and social care issues within a specific population
2. Understand different health and social care structures and provisions
3. Describe selected health and social care policies
4. Identify the social determinants of health and the relationship to health inequalities

Assessment strategy

The module includes informal individual and group work exercises and an essay plan. Students will identify the health and social care provision of a selected area/setting on an observation/field trip.  They will be asked to present their findings in class and receive formative feedback on this.  This task is designed specifically to help students build the necessary knowledge and skills and so that formative feedback may be provided in a timely manner.

The formal assessment is in Two parts:

1. Students must design and deliver a presentation focusing on one area of current health and social care provision in the selected area/setting and undertake a 5 minute podcast about the content (LO1 and LO3) (30%)

2. Write a 2000 word report (70%) identifying one social determinant of health and analyse how it is being addressed in the selected area/setting which draws on their learning from the presentations and relates to the same selected area/setting (LO2,LO4)


• Adams R [Ed] (2007) Foundations of Health and Social Care Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke
• Fook J & Gardner F [Eds] (2012) Using Critical Reflection in Health and Social Care: A Case Study-Based Introduction, Routledge
• Glasby J (2012) Understanding Health &Social Care,Policy Press
• Jackson C &Thurgate C (2011) Workplace Learning In Health And Social Care; A Student’s Guide, McGraw Hill/OUP, Maidenhead, Berkshire
• Oko J & Reid J [Eds] (2012) Study Skills for Health and Social Care Students (Achieving a Health and Social Care Foundation Degree)Learning Matters
• Siegrist J & Marmot M [Eds] (2006) Social Inequalities in Health, Oxford University Press, Oxford

• Association of Public Health Observatories (APHO)
• Department of Health; Health Care
• Department of Health; Public Health
• Department of Health; Social Care
• National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence   
• Office for National Statistics