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Funded Module: Politics and Policy in Health and Social Care

Funded Module in Integrated Health and Social Care


This module provides delegates with an understanding of the role that political ideologies play in setting public policy. 

The module explores the concepts of universal versus targeted public provision in health and social care.  The module provides an insight into macro and micro- economics, predominantly in the UK and USA and specifically the concepts of rationing and the decisions taken around this.  Delegates will become equipped to debate not only these concepts but the decisions that arise as result of them within the sphere of providing public sector provision in health and social care. 

This is a Bachelors (SCQF Level 8) module and upon successful completion, delegates will be awarded 20 credits. 

This module comes from our BA (Hons) Integrated Health and Social Care Degree programme. You can find out more about the full programme here.


Course Delivery and Assessment

This module will be delivered entirely online through a combination of self-paced study and live sessions with UWS teaching staff.  Course materials will be accessible via our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and the course content will also be accessible online for a short time after the module has been delivered, allowing delegates to revisit aspects of teaching.  A detailed timetable for the module will be available prior to course commencement. 

Delegates are required to complete a written assessment at the end of the module to demonstrate their understanding. Information about the assessment methods and deadlines will be made available to students soon after teaching begins. 

Funding Opportunities

Funding for this module may be available via the UWS Upskilling Fund.  The UWS Upskilling Fund is a budget for delivering training to Scottish industry sectors, provided and moderated by the Scottish Funding Council.  To receive this funding, delegates must reside in Scotland or work for an organisation operating (with a business address) in Scotland.  If you are successful in obtaining funding a registration fee of £50 will apply only (the full module fee is £305) and you will be provided with a discount code to use at check-out upon application.

If you would like to find out more about this course, Upskilling Fund eligibility or register your interest, please get in touch with our dedicated CPD team at


For this module, it is recommended that delegates have the following or equivalent qualifications: 

  • SQA HNC or BTEC Level 4 HNC: Social Care; Social Services; Care & Administrative Practice (Clinical route); Working with Communities; Counselling; Early Education & Childcare; Additional Support Needs; Complementary Therapies, or relevant discipline
  • SQA HND or BTEC Level Level 5 HND: Complementary Therapies, or relevant discipline 

In place of these qualifications, a delegate should have extensive demonstrable experience in the field of integrated practice and social care.

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