Welfare and benefits advice for people affected by cancer and long-term conditions

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Welfare and benefits advice for people affected by cancer and long-term conditions; in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support

This collaboration between Macmillan Cancer Support and the Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport offers unique development opportunities for welfare social care and allied healthcare professionals, professionals working charitable organisations and others in the voluntary sector who work with people affected by cancer and/or long term conditions and who are committed to improving the life experience of service users and carers).

Macmillan Nurse discussing Welfare BenefitsProgramme description

Enhancing the quality of life for people affected by cancer and long term conditions is a social priority across the UK. Welfare and benefits advice provision is a complex area for those concerned with ensuring effective support for those with cancer or long term conditions.

Over the course of three modules, this online distance-learning programme aims to deliver a comprehensive understanding of: 

  • development of the welfare system;
  • patient and carer experiences;
  • policies of patient involvement and engagement;
  • issues relation to social justice, poverty and health inequalities;
  • the law relating to employment and disability;
  • welfare reform and social security benefits;
  • the experiences of children, young people and older people living with cancer and long-term conditions.

This programme enhances professional practice and complements National Standards for Information and Advice providers. Students are introduced to the most up to date ideas and debates in these fields and are offered the opportunity to learn from leading professionals and academics.

The modules will be available part time and take into account the range of academic entry levels of participants, some of whom may not have studied in Higher Education before.

Mode of delivery 

The modules, which can be taken on a stand-alone basis or integrated into a programme of study, are delivered primarily via online study using Succeed. Students are encouraged to attend one introduction day on campus each semester. Materials are available online via Succeed, supported by textbooks (library), individual and group tasks, web-based discussion and further information activities. Each module is worth 20 credits at SCQF Level 9.

Programme awards 

  • Graduate Certificate (Welfare and Benefits Advice) on completion of modules NUR301-303

Programme and module pre-requisites

Access may be granted on the basis of previous study and qualifications or professional competency and experience. There is acknowledgement that many nursing, allied health and social care professionals within practice are delivering high quality and professional care. Many of these individuals may wish to pursue further academic study but may be new to degree studies or may be returning to academic study after a break of some years.

The Gateway to Further Studies module is available to applicants and is designed to assist these professionals gain the necessary confidence and academic skills to undertake further education. This module provides a mechanism for students to access individual and collective learning resources and develop the key academic skills and confidence required for successful engagement in degree level studies. Please note, this is an optional module. Students are not required to complete this prior to beginning the programme. Please contact the programme lead, Dr Nicola Cunningham for further information about the Gateway Module and about entrance requirements.


Students are required to complete two assignments for each module. For example, for module 1, assignments consist of one essay assignment and one reflective diary assignment. There are no examinations for this programme.

Programme and module availability

Part-time: available Spring and Autumn Semester

Programme lead

These modules may be taken on a stand-alone basis or combined to constitute the Graduate Certificate (Welfare and Benefits Advice) Programme

Upon completion of these modules or the Graduate Certificate you might wish to consider:

Need more information? The CPD Team Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport University of Stirling
FK 9 4LA
+44 (0) 1786 466336 / 466337 www.stir.ac.uk/health-sciences-sport/
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