Health & Wellbeing (with Foundation Year)UCAS Code: Combined Honours only – see combinations tab|Duration: 4 years|Full Time|Hope Park|UCAS Campus Code: L46
International students can apply|Study Abroad opportunities
About the course
Recent years have seen widespread recognition of the need to move beyond medicine with a greater emphasis on the promotion of health and wellbeing. New government initiatives and policies are giving this greater priority than ever before. Health and Wellbeing is a vibrant, multidisciplinary degree in which you will explore a range of issues and debates relevant to health and wellbeing in contemporary society.
The degree draws upon a range of disciplines, including sociology social policy and psychology to understand the key challenges to health and wellbeing in the 21st century. Throughout your studies, you will be considering key questions such as what factors influence health and wellbeing? How do social experiences impact upon health and wellbeing? Why do different social groups experience health and wellbeing differently? Alongside this, you develop the practical skills necessary for work in the field, through work on case studies and opportunities and applied research projects within the local community.
The degree provides you with the opportunity to develop practical skills, knowledge and insight into a range of issues relating to health and wellbeing in contemporary society. With its strong emphasis on social justice and welfare, you will be enabled to develop as critical social scientists who, as a graduate, will be able to use your skills and knowledge to the benefit of your local community and society more broadly.
Teaching on this degree is structured into lectures, where all students are taught together, seminars of smaller groups of around 20-25 students, and tutorials which typically have no more than 15 students. You will also have the opportunity to have a one-to-one meeting with your tutor each week.
For the Health & Wellbeing part of your Combined Honours degree, there are approximately 6 teaching hours each week, which reduces to approximately 5 hours in your second and third years. On top of teaching hours, you are also expected to spend a number of hours studying independently each week, as well as group study to prepare for any group assessments you may have.
Assessment and feedback
Throughout your three years of study, you will have a variety of assessments including essays, portfolios and written exams. You will also undertake a community based health promotion project, and in your final year you will complete a dissertation or research project.
You will be given written feedback on your assessments, and you will have the opportunity to discuss this with your tutor in more detail.
The Foundation Year is a great opportunity if you have the ability and enthusiasm to study for a degree, but do not yet have the qualifications required to enter directly onto our degree programmes. A significant part of the Foundation Year focuses upon core skills such as academic writing at HE level, becoming an independent learner, structuring academic work, critical thinking, time management and note taking.
Successful completion of the Foundation Year will enable you to progress into the first year (Level C) of your chosen honours degree. Further details can be found here.
In your first year, you gain an understanding of the models and theories of health and wellbeing. You will look at social and psychological approaches to health and wellbeing, as well as the differences in health and wellbeing between social groups.
You explore the different causes of health, wellbeing and illness and will look at how policy is used to improve health and wellbeing. You will consider how health is experienced differently by different social groups due to inequalities is society. You will also look at key issues in the UK such as disability, mental health, obesity, cancer and addiction.
Your second year develops your knowledge of health and wellbeing. You will look at public health in England and explore responses to public health challenges. You also explore different types of health promotion and will consider how professionals in the field are working with communities to improve health and wellbeing.
Other topics discussed in your second year include ethical issues such as screening for disease, how the media affects health and wellbeing, and research methods used in health and wellbeing.
You gain practical experience in your second year by undertaking a community-based health promotion project.
In your final year, you will look at global health and wellbeing issues such as infectious and non-infectious diseases and global mental health. You make comparisons between the different healthcare systems, and explore the role of the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Global health policy is also studied in more detail, as well as exploring the challenge of an ageing population. You will look at health and wellbeing across different stages of life, for example childhood, adolescence, mid-life and old age.
As part of your final year, you also complete a research project on a topic of your choice.
There may be some flexibility for mature students offering non-tariff qualifications and students meeting particular widening participation criteria.
The health and social care sector is undergoing rapid and radical change. As part of this we are seeing an increasing number of employers in the sector and there is much demand for well trained and multi-skilled graduates. Health and Wellbeing graduates find employment in a wide range of occupations across the private, public and voluntary sectors. The holistic nature of the degree will enable you to gain employment in a number of areas such as health promotion, housing, community based projects, occupational health, services for the older population, and services for young people.
Many graduates also go on to complete a postgraduate degree.
The Service and Leadership Award (SALA) is offered as an extra-curricular programme involving service-based experiences, development of leadership potential and equipping you for a career in a rapidly changing world. It enhances your degree, it is something which is complimentary but different and which has a distinct ‘value-added’ component. Find out more on our Service and Leadership Award page.
As part of your degree, you can choose to spend either a semester or a full year of study at one of our partner universities as part of our Study Abroad programme. Find out more on our Study Abroad page.
The tuition fees for the 2022/23 academic year are £9,250 for full-time undergraduate courses.
If you are a student from the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands, your tuition fees will also be £9,250.
The University reserves the right to increase Home and EU Undergraduate and PGCE tuition fees in line with any inflationary or other increase authorised by the Secretary of State for future years of study.
On top of your tuition fees, you also need to purchase core texts for the degree, which we estimate to cost around £100 each year.
You will also need to consider the cost of your accommodation each year whilst you study at university. Visit our accommodation pages for further details about our Halls of Residence.
We have a range of scholarships to help with the cost of your studies. Visit our scholarships page to find out more.
International tuition fees
The International Tuition fees for 2022/23 are £12,500.
Visit our International fees page for more information.
This course is also available with Foundation Year as a Combined Honours degree with the following subjects: