Welfare Benefits: Social Security

Key facts

  • Module codeNURU303
  • Start date 14 Sep 2020
  • Application deadline4 Aug 2019
  • Duration15 weeks
  • Days on campus0
  • Credit value SCQF SCQF 9 20
  • Fees TBC
  • Study mode Online


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.

This module develops your understanding of the benefits system in practice and the support requirements and needs of people of working age, carers and older people. Within these categories, Module 3 will illustrate statutory provisions available.

Access may be granted on the basis of previous study/qualifications or professional competency or experience. Please contact Dr Nicola Cunningham, Module Co-ordinator and Programme Lead for further information about entrance requirements.

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • Critically discuss the history of social security reforms, development and amendments
  • Illustrate financial impact in relation to people affected by cancer and long term conditions.
  • Demonstrate awareness of policy issues and agendas in these areas.
  • Understand the laws of entitlement in detail and in practice in relation to key target groups.

This module is structured around the following key areas:

  • The History of Social Security, Development and Reform
  • Current Policy Agendas in the UK
  • Statutory and Regulatory Provisions
  • Welfare provision: the experiences of people affected by cancer and/or long term conditions
  • Case Study Review Exercises

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.