Unit 7: Social Policy

Unit code:               M/601/1590

QCF level:               QCF Level 4/ NFQ Level 6

Credit value:          15


The aim of this unit is to enable learners to investigate the origins of social policies and their impact on health and social care services.

Unit abstract

This unit covers the many factors that influence social policy, including historical, conceptual, political, regional, national and other agents of social change. Learners will explore their effect on social policy. It will be possible to encompass a variety of health and social care sectors in the delivery of this unit.

Analysis of social policy will enable learners to evaluate sufficiency and deficiency in provision. Tracing developments from 1945 to the present, learners will compare and contrast major competing perspectives and examine key contemporary issues for policy makers, welfare recipients, providers and  stakeholders.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit a learner will:

  1. Understand the significant historical and contemporary landmarks in social welfare provision
  2. Understand the origins of social  policies
  3. Understand the impact of social policies on users of health and social care services
  4. Be able to carry out an investigation into recent developments in health and social care policy.