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I have just started with Drupal and I have a question regarding how content types work in Drupal. What i would like to know is how a content type can have a set of blocks attached to it?

If it helps I am trying to make a content type in which the user just gives a topic and then this content type will populate these blocks with information such as the latest news on that topic etc. But I'm unsure the best way to achieve this.

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I think that what you are looking for is Drupal's Taxonomy feature. I would start with that. This lets you categorize your content.

After that familiarize yourself with the views module. Items created in nodes that are associated with taxonomy terms can be listed in a views block. So if you have a concert site you can create a "show" type with dates. Then you can create a view/block that lists upcoming concerts.

Then when you get those two things I would recommend learning how to use panels.

For a great example of it all put together look here

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