Welfare Benefits: Law Relating to Employment and Disability

Key facts

  • Module codeNURU302
  • Start date 13 Jan 2020
  • Application deadline3 Nov 2019
  • Duration15 weeks
  • Days on campus0
  • Credit value SCQF SCQF 9 20
  • Fees Fees: £500. Overseas Fees: £920.
  • Study mode Part-time


Good information, advice and support for people affected by cancer and long term conditions are central to well-being.

Many cancer patients and those with long term conditions suffer loss of income or increases in living costs. Research has already revealed that welfare rights, information and health and social care services play a key role in improving take-up and delivery of critical extra resources to low-income households.

Access may be granted on the basis of previous study/qualifications or through professional competency or experience.

Please contact Dr Nicola Cunningham, Module Co-ordinator and Programme Lead for further information about entrance requirements.

Develop your understanding of the law relating to employment and disability and related issues relevant to people affected by cancer and/or long term conditions.

This module is structured around the following key areas:

  • Employment and disability literature in relation to the employment experiences of people affected by cancer and/or long term conditions
  • Equality and Human Rights Law in the UK, in relation to people affected by cancer and/or long term conditions
  • Employment and Disability Law in relation to people affected by cancer and/or long term conditions
  • Policy initiatives: the Rights and Social Justice agenda in the UK

Further information on course content will be provided prior to the start of the module.

Modules are coordinated by the Macmillan Lecturer, Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport, with contributions from colleagues, specialists from practice, related disciplines and patient and carer advisors where applicable. Materials will be available online via WebCT, supported by textbooks (library) and online individual and group tasks and further information activities.

Your time will be spent reading course materials, consulting supplementary resources, participating in the discussions linked to a specific learning activity and using a secure discussion area in WebCT to interact and collaborate with other students.

You will also be expected to spend time on investigation, reflection and writing/assessment work. Each module should require around 9-11 hours study time. Some employers may allow you time at work to study.

WebCT is very accessible and user-friendly and help and guidance are provided. Students find WebCT to be convenient for part- time study and distance learning. You will be supported in your endeavours throughout by the Macmillan Lecturer. You will also enjoy the benefits of interacting and learning with your fellow students. In addition to academic assessment, you will enjoy the opportunity to pursue learning that connects with your work-based environment.

Students are expected to attend one on-campus Introduction Day on campus, prior to the start of NURU301. Further information will be provided.

Acquiring key learning in these areas will develop your understanding and enhance your advice skills and professional competencies.