Introducing Health And Social Care, Short Course | Part time online | The Open University UK | United Kingdom
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Introducing Health And Social Care

8 months
3228 GBP/full
3228 GBP/full
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This Introducing Health And Social Care module from The Open University UK provides an authoritative overview of health and social care, with real-life case studies taking you deep into the experience of receiving care and working in care services.


This Introducing Health And Social Care module from The Open University UK  takes you into the lives of care workers and care service users through in-depth case studies. The module materials are written in clear, simple language and a friendly, thought-provoking style. The module is brought to life through audio, video and interactive activities which will set you thinking – drawing on your own ideas and experience to deepen your learning and help you understand the essentials of good practice.

If you want to share your ideas, you can join online forums with other students and our tutors. You'll develop the academic skills needed to thrive at university through activities that are threaded through the module material. The module also teaches you, quickly and simply, how to use information and communication technology for study.

You will learn

This module is a compulsory part of all OU professional programmes in health and social care. It's designed to provide a broad foundation of essential knowledge and skills for studies in the care field. It provides a thorough and supported programme to develop the skills of independent learning that all students require, particularly the skill of communicating effectively in writing.

Vocational relevance

This module will give you a strong foundation in vocational issues relevant to working across a range of health and social care context.

Programme Structure


  • Block 1: explores what it means to be a carer, firstly in the context of informal or family care and then moving on to formal or professional care.
  • Block 2: explores human development across the life course through the lens of three case studies.
  • Block 3: examines the important issue of safeguarding. You will learn about the definitions of risk in the context of both adults and children's services.
  • Block 4: introduces some of the core concepts of sociology and how these can help you develop a deeper understanding of health and social care needs and services.
  • Block 5: explores the settings in which care takes place and is managed. You visit a wide variety of care environments, from domestic homes, to residential and hospital settings, exploring their physical, social and psychological impact and the extent to which they are enabling or disabling.
  • Block 6: introduces innovation and digital delivery of health and social care services.

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 8 months

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60 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • There are no entry requirements for this module.
  • This is a key introductory OU level 1 module. OU level 1 modules provide core subject knowledge and study skills needed for both higher education and distance learning, to help you progress to modules at OU level 2
  • This module is an ideal place to start your degree studies if you want to draw on your experience of caring, no matter how informal.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    3228 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3228 GBP for the full programme during 8 months.
  • National

    3228 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3228 GBP for the full programme during 8 months.


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