Digital Literacy in Health and Social Care

Short Course - 15 credits at SCQF level 11 | ECTS points 7.5
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Develop and enhance your digital literacy skills within health and social care. This course will equip you with the knowledge and skills to advance within an ever changing twenty first century health and social care.

This course is designed to provide students with the tools and theoretical knowledge to evaluate the challenges associated with leading at a strategic level and to reflect on their own preparation to these challenges.

The course has one study option

Mode of Attendance

  • Online Learning

Mode of Study

  • Part Time

Start Date


Course Length

8 weeks

This short course aims to provide you with an understanding and awareness of digital literacy within your own professional practice.

We will provide you with the skills and knowledge to be able to critique the definitions and components of digital literacy in health and social care. You will learn to appraise the challenges and opportunities of digital health innovations in relation to digital literacy within your own professional practice. You will learn how to assess the impact of service change management within your own professional practice, in terms of innovative digital technologies, whilst developing knowledge of information governance, data handling and protecting personal information.

The course will be delivered online. The content of the module will include:

  • digital health and care literacy;
  • interdependency of digital and health literacies and capabilities;
  • workforce development of digital literacy of health professionals, patients, citizens and industry in health promotion, workforce capability;
  • innovative digital technologies, components and strategies of eHealth;
  • accessible and secure digital records, electronic information and communication technologies, digital participation projects, service change management, co-production and co-design, and information governance and cybersecurity.

This short course will be delivered over 6 weeks with one further week to prepare the assessment required for completion.

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Learning Methods

This course will be delivered online using the University’s virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. There will be a short online induction and introduction session followed by a structured timetable of topic content. Each topic will include online lectures, seminars, discussion fora and activities which you can study at your own time and at your own pace. You will be expected to interact in the online environment with your class mates and tutors.

You will be assigned an academic tutor who will be there to support you through the module and clarify the expectations of the module assessment.

Staff delivering on this course

This module has been developed by a team of academic and professional staff with extensive expertise in digital literacy, digital technology and digital healthcare, both within academic and healthcare practice settings.


Typically students are assessed via written assignment, including essay.

Independent Study

This course is completed through online independent study. It is expected that you will spend a minimum of 150 hours study over the 7 weeks of the module, including the preparation and submission of your written assessment. Your academic tutor will be there to support you through the module.


Academic Support

The Inclusion Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

Online Learning & Support

All online learning students, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.

Study Skills Support

The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

  • Academic writing
  • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
  • Maths and statistics
  • English language
  • Information technology support

Library Support

The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.


Awareness of the health and social care environment is preferable

Applicants should have evidence of previous SCQF level 9 learning.


For Academic Year 2022/2023

  • Course fees will be met in full for students who qualify for Scottish Funding Council funding. To qualify for SFC funding, applicants must be resident in Scotland.
  • £350 entire course - Applicants who are not eligible for SFC funding or are currently receiving SAAS/SFC funding for other courses.

Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Course fees will be met in full for students who qualify for Scottish Funding Council funding. To qualify for SFC funding, applicants must be resident in Scotland.
  • £350 entire course - Applicants who are not eligible for SFC funding or are currently receiving SAAS/SFC funding for other courses.

Additional Costs

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:


For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter. For further information see:


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