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Contemporary Social Policy

My Distance Learning College


Through this course you will increase your awareness of the extent to which social policy affects all of us in our everyday personal and working lives.

It builds on your knowledge by considering substantive areas of social policy, in particular policies on health, community care and housing, and encourages you to think more broadly about the interrelationships between different aspects of social policy and the range of providers of welfare in society.

Some of the major debates in social policy will be introduced and considered, as will the various political perspectives that have informed social policy developments. Finally, the implications of these debates for health and social care professionals, particularly in terms of their role in the definition of need and its implications for dependency, is considered.

This course cover topics that include:

  • What is Social Policy?
  • Inequalities in Health and Social Policy
  • The Mixed Economy of Welfare
  • The Statutory Sector
  • The Private Sector
  • The Voluntary Sector
  • The 'Informal' Sector
  • Social Policy and Concepts of Need


On completion of your course, you will receive two qualifications:

Contemporary Social Policy Diploma

Contemporary Social Policy Diploma issued by My Distance Learning College, entitling you to use the letters SAC Dip after your name.

NCFE Level 3 Contemporary Social Policy Award

This Course leads to an NCFE Level 3 Award Certificate for successful learners. That means that it is independently accredited at a level of learning equivalent to level 3 on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland (in which case GCSE's are at levels 1 and 2 and A Levels are at level 3). In accrediting the program at level 3, NCFE attests that its learning outcomes are at an equivalent level to a level 3 national qualification.

This award has been designed by My Distance Learning College to meet specific learners' or employers' requirements. Accreditation by NCFE is a guarantee of quality. It means that this learning program has been scrutinized and approved by an independent panel of experienced educational professionals and is quality audited biannually by NCFE.


After each lesson there will be a question paper, which needs to be completed and submitted to your personal tutor for marking. This method of continual assessment ensures that your personal tutor can consistently monitor your progress and provide you with assistance throughout the duration of the course.

course quick facts
course code DED9035
cost $466.00
estimated time to
complete course
112 Hours
course materials
365 Days