module specification

IF3071 - Fundamentals of Health and Social Care (2020/21)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2020/21
Module title Fundamentals of Health and Social Care
Module level Foundation (03)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Social Professions
Total study hours 150
9 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
105 hours Guided independent study
36 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 100%   Reflective summary
Running in 2020/21

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Summer studies North Not applicable -
Spring semester North Tuesday Morning
Spring semester North Tuesday Afternoon
Spring semester North Friday Morning

Module summary

Students will consider principles, knowledge, values and policies that underpin good health and social care practice and explore the formal and informal mechanisms required to promote good practice by individuals in the workforce.

The principle aim of this module is to develop students’ understanding of the values and principles that underpin the practice of all for those who work in health and social care.


Theories of Principles  of support: LO 1
• Confidentiality;
• Protection from risk of harm.

Impact of legislation regulation and code of practice LO 2
• Current regulatory frameworks in health and social care practice;
• Current legislation impacting health and social care delivery;
• Current codes of practice impacting professional health and social care roles;

Theories that underpin health and social care practice LO 3
• Nature of health and social care services in a diverse society;
• Inter-professional practice.
• Person-centred approaches in contemporary health and social care practice.

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

The lecture and workshop programme is designed to enable students to examine key issues 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, practical exercises, computer-based activities, group work, independent research, flipped learning, presentations and group work  and academic and study skills development, observation and previous work experience, WebLearn, video materials & other online educational content

Learning outcomes

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

1.     Understand how principles of support are implemented in health and social care practice
2.    Examine the impact of policy, legislation, regulation, codes of practice and standards on     organisation policy and practice
3.    Understand the theories that underpin health and social care practice

Assessment strategy

The module includes informal individual and group work exercises and an essay plan
The formal summative assessment is as follows:

1. Write a 1250  word reflective summary of how your values and principles are consistent with the professional requirements of health and social care contemporary practice.

Formative assessment will be given to help students prepare for the reflective submission in the form of reflective enquiry and peer discussion.


MOSS, B., & MOSS, B. (2012). Communication skills in health and social care. London, SAGE.

BARNARD, A. (2011). Key themes in health and social care a companion to learning. London, Routledge.

THURSTON, M. (2014). Key Themes in Public Health. Florence, Taylor and Francis.

Burns T and Sinfield S (2016) Essential Study Skills 4th edition London: Sage

Websites: Study Hub, news websites e.g. The Guardian

Other: Additional resources are distributed in class and posted on Weblearn the VLE.  These are regularly updated and selected according to students’ needs, interests and pathways and to reflect current events