With the guiding principles of equality and inclusion, The University of Wolverhampton delivers a course which encourages inclusive thinking and practice, social justice, participation, and empowerment through its integrative approach to health and wellbeing. Under the tutelage of a supportive teaching team experienced in health and social care roles, this curriculum sees ideas explored as early as your first year revisited cyclically, allowing you to apply an increasingly developed perspective to these issues as they in turn grow in complexity. Your base of knowledge throughout the course will be informed by citizen involvement, ensuring the incorporation of individuals, carers, families and communities in your education, as well as visiting and honorary lecturers from a wide range of health care and related fields. Local, national and international research initiatives undertaken by the University and its Institute of Health stress the importance of contemporary, real-world practice to this course, developing your existing and taught skills in preparation to enter a growing area of employment. The Foundation Year will accustom you to the lifestyle and expectations of University study, providing a groundwork of confidence and competency before progressing to the three year BSc (Hons) degree.
BSc (Hons) Health & Wellbeing with Foundation Year
The Foundation Year will accustom you to the lifestyle and expectations of University study, providing a groundwork of confidence and competency before progressing to the three year BSc (Hons) degree.
The Foundation Year will accustom you to the lifestyle and expectations of University study, providing a groundwork of confidence and competency before progressing to the three year BSc (Hons) degree.
Why choose this course?
This module considers the inter-relationship between psychological functioning, health and health behaviour. You will explore a range of psychological concepts which will be applied to understanding behaviours that promote or are harmful to health and, in particular look at a number of different approaches to improving health. Aim: To enable you to identify different approaches for maintaining and improving health and quality of life
You will work with peers on case studies centred on the concept of the family. You will learn how different professions work together through group tasks.
Many factors combine together to affect the health of individuals and communities. Whether people are healthy or not is determined to a large extent by their circumstances and environment. This module discusses some of the reasons for this and looks at how levels of health differ between different groups in society. Aim: To enable you to develop awareness of the determinants of health
The module is a combination of academic study skills and problem based learning designed to develop your skills and prepare you for undergraduate study. You will learn skills such as critical reading, academic writing and the importance of referencing. You will learn about working with others to solve problems. Learning Outcomes 1) Carry out defined investigative strategies and communicate results effectively in a given format 2) Use a range of digital tools to complete tasks effectively 3) Collect information to inform a choice of solutions to problems 4) Reflect on own and others' behaviours and capabilities against given criteria
The module will introduce you to ethical issues within your field of study. You will explore issues of respect for others, cultural awareness, and equality and diversity in your subject. You will be faced with ethical dilemmas and will need to formulate responses that demonstrate your understanding of what it means to be an ethical practitioner.
This module will enable you to explore, discuss, and practice the essential skills required for successful degree-level study. These skills include those related to general study (such as literature searching, planning and use of evidence), those related to assignments (such as academic writing, critical analysis and referencing) and those related more widely to your personal/professional development (such as digital literacy, reflection, enquiry and problem-solving). Skills development is increasingly recognised as making a significant contribution your career as a graduate in terms of you achieving your full potential and preparing you for employment and/or career progression. Supporting you to practise these broad range of skills and develop as a confident, independent and reflective learner will not only enable you to succeed on your degree course but will also better equip you for the workplace.
This module builds on Academic, Personal & Professional Development I: Skills for Study and focuses more explicitly on developing the skills and attributes required when working in health and care settings. The focus is on developing students who are competent, compassionate and effective professionals able to work in partnership with individuals, families, communities and with a range of wider agencies/organisations in order to improve health and social outcomes. The emphasis on “how” you work in partnership with individuals and groups and build effective relationships is vital in ensuring health outcomes are improved and inequalities reduced. In this module you will explore how health and social care is delivered in the UK (the structure, organisation, funding and regulation) as well as the legal, professional and ethical frameworks underpinning professional practice. You will look at the roles of different professionals, reflect on the values, knowledge and skills that are required to work in the sector and consider your own personal and professional development linked to these.
This module allows you to explore and extend your knowledge and understanding of human physiology in health and illness, using a wide variety of sources. You will be able to identify and discuss normal and abnormal physiology to local current healthcare issues.
This module introduces you to the key concepts, theories and models in the discipline of Health Psychology. Health Psychology is concerned with the study of psychological processes in health, illness and healthcare. Health Psychologists study the behavioural factors that are associated with staying healthy, as well as exploring how people who are ill can be helped to adapt to, or recover from, their illness. You will be introduced to four main areas of Health Psychology: the prevention and management of illness, the identification of psychological factors contributing to physical illness, the promotion and maintenance of health, and the use of Health Psychology research to inform interventions. On successful completion of the module, you will be able to explain and evaluate how Health Psychology theory and research has aided our understanding of the influences on health-related behaviour, and how psychological and physiological processes are associated with ill health. You will be encouraged to apply Health Psychology to real-world examples. The assignment seeks to develop your capacity to use Health Psychology to both analyse a significant current public health topic and to provide an evidence-based intervention to address this topic; this will assist you in your present or a future public health role.
The health agenda worldwide has increasingly been shaped by recognition of the crucial importance of social factors in determining health and illness. Wide disparities in health - reflecting divisions in social class, wealth, geography, gender, racial or ethnic background - persist between communities, regions and countries, and are growing in many parts of the world. This module examines the wide range of social and cultural factors that influence individual, community and population health. You will explore the causes and extent of inequalities in health status within and between different social groups and identify how these challenges are being addressed so that the health and wellbeing of all groups in society can be improved.
When thinking about health and wellbeing at an individual, family or community level, it is important to first consider what is meant by the term ‘health’; to explore how ‘illness’ and ‘disability’ are defined and to think about we mean when we talk about ‘wellbeing’? It is only through an understanding of these concepts and of the factors that influence them that we can begin to think about how to improve people’s health and how to support those experiencing poor health. However, the very terms ‘health, ‘illness’, ‘disability’ and ‘wellbeing’ may be defined and understood differently, depending on a range of factors. For example, is ‘health’ something people experience and an end in itself, or should ‘health’ be thought of in terms of the capacity it gives people to function and participate in society? Why is it that some people will regard themselves as ‘ill’ whilst others with similar symptoms do not? Are there differences in how clinicians assess ‘health’ and ‘illness’ compared to how we might think about this as members of the public and if there are differences in all of these, what impact might this have? This module explores the challenges of defining and measuring these key concepts and will support you to develop an appreciation of the bio-psycho-social model of health and well-being. Drawing on a range of perspectives the module also provides insight into people’s health and social behaviours, considers the changing health needs of populations (with a focus on the UK) and introduces you to public health and health promotion.
Whilst all modules support you to develop specialist, academic knowledge and transferable skills, we also offer designated modules aimed for future employment and continuing professional development. This specialist module is designed to maximise your chances of success in the employment market and support you in planning your career. Building on your experience to date, and thinking ahead to your final year of study and beyond, this module provides you with opportunities to research employment opportunities linked to health and well-being and explore specific areas of interest. You will be encouraged to consider the changing needs of employers, to look at the types of skills employers want and reflect on the combination of skills, attributes and experiences you have / are developing that distinguishes you from others. Throughout you will be supported by members of the PHS team and the Workplace to analyse employment opportunities, prepare applications, use on line platforms effectively, look at interview types and recruitment activities and practise your skills. You will also hear from a range of guest contributors about the roles available across the sector to help you think about your career aspirations and the steps required to reach these.
Health promotion is a powerful and core strategy in the prevention and promotion of key public health issues. Drawing on the disciplines of social policy, psychology, sociology, marketing and communication theory this module will enable you to examine key health promotion practices and appreciate how the theory can be applied to key public health issues as well as other health issues of interest to you and your chosen field of practice. This will include investigating policy, the importance of an appreciation of the social determinants of health and how health promotion approaches are used as part of a comprehensive health strategy. The module explores the theoretical framework, policy implications and practical application of health promotion and will offer you a foundation for practice if you are interested in working on promoting individual health and wellbeing, the health of a community or the health of populations at local and national levels.
Mental, physical and social wellbeing are virtually inseparable. Good mental health is a vital asset for individuals, families and society. It enhances healthy lifestyles, physical health and functional abilities and promotes recovery from illness. It also has important social benefits on educational attainment, economic productivity, social and family relationships, social cohesion and overall quality of life across the entire population. This module provides you with an opportunity to explore the concept of mental health and wellbeing from a range of perspectives. You will gain an understanding of holistic approaches to promoting mental health along with knowledge of mental health conditions, the factors that impact on mental health and look at mental health practice / service provision. The module also explores positive proactive steps to promote recovery and draws throughout on the lived experience, legislative drivers and research to further enhance an understanding of mental health and wellbeing. The module has been designed to allow flexibility of choice for you to focus on a specific area of interest.
Those working in the statutory, voluntary and independent sectors work within a range of inter-professional teams, organisations, networks and systems in order to support individuals and communities. This requires practitioners to be able to learn and work together in order to overcome the potential constraints arising from different professional and organisational accountabilities, cultures, values and professional codes of conduct. In addition, there is a heightened recognition now at a national policy level that not only do staff need to work together in the best interests of individuals and communities but local health and care organisations must also collaborate more effectively to make best use of public funding and accelerate the integration of services for patients. This module will introduce you to theoretical, legislative and policy underpinnings of partnership and collaborative working, consider professional roles and responsibilities and explore the key skills and knowledge required to engage and work effectively with a wide range of stakeholders across health and social care. There will be an emphasis throughout on understanding how partnership / collaborative working impacts individual service users and wider communities and responding appropriately to diversity.
Research is important for all health professionals as it enables them to investigate and understand how their practice can be improved to benefit the populations they serve. You will examine research throughout your programme of study but this module will strengthen your knowledge by providing you with an understanding of the research process and means of gathering, analysing and drawing meaningful conclusions from academic literature in a coherent manner. In this module you will examine the most common qualitative, quantitative, and desk-based research designs and methods in health so you can demonstrate an understanding of the process and the respective data collection methods. You will understand what can be achieved through the use of different methods and how they can work alongside each other as well as a step-by-step understanding of how researched is planned and carried out.
Where we live and our communities are inextricably linked with our health and life expectancies. This module explores the impact that community environments have on health and wellbeing from a multi-disciplinary perspective, investigating both the theory and the practical applications which aim to improve health and wellbeing; empower communities to realise their potential and which contribute to building healthier, resilient and sustainable communities. Community development principles which you will explore and apply to the grassroots dimension of this subject area reflect an inclusivity and diversity framework, as social justice, education, sustainability, partnership and equality are fundamental principles embedded within. The module will support you to work within community settings by looking at local policy and provision and you will be expected to discuss and reflect on your own knowledge and experience to understand and challenge current theories, polices and practice. You will gain an understanding of how community development approaches seek to challenge the power relations embedded in professional contexts and you will be expected to synthesise and evaluate research, policy and practice evidence regarding community development and health.
This module provides an analysis of health policy primarily focusing on recent policy changes in the UK and identifying the major influences which have shaped these policies. There have been considerable changes in health service policy and public health policy in the UK over the last two decades involving changes to existing policies and the development of new policy themes. The latter have included aspects such as the rise and fall of policies aimed at social inequalities and the decline in life expectancy in some areas; the increasing emphasis on 'nudging' lifestyle change and on wellbeing in public health policy and the re-emergence of the importance of environmental health policy. There has also been a continued focus on the views and/or the voice of the user and the public and increasing emphasis on democratising the health service and co-production. This module will develop your critical understanding of current health policy, the influences on policy (historical, social, economic/financial, technological, professional and political) and the policy-making process. It develops the evaluative skills necessary to critically interrogate policies- to determine how effective, efficient, ethical and equitable they are – and to advocate for alternative policies that would enhance the effectiveness and equity of policy responses to public health issues.
Climate change is becoming a major health threat of the 21st century. This module outlines the implications for health from an array of perspectives which are embedded within the concept of Environmental Management. This module will help you to develop an understanding of sustainability and the environmental impacts in relation to health. You will explore how climate change threatens human health both directly and through the reduction in biodiversity, how healthcare organisations can better deal with these issues and how we and the public can be encouraged to engage with this important agenda and move from being part of the problem to becoming part of the solution. You will be introduced to, and critically examine, the basic principles in environmental management, current global policies linked to climate change and the term sustainable development.
This module explores health and wellbeing issues in a contemporary global context. The module will equip you with a critical understanding and working knowledge to analyse the impact of globalisation on health, using in-country and between country comparisons. You will be introduced to the process of globalisation with its spatial, political, economic, cultural and cognitive dimensions and the subsequent influence of these on the determinants of health, inequalities and health perceptions in different populations. The module examines the theoretical pathways to explain such inequalities and considers how researchers are attempting to identify the influence of people’s individual characteristics (composition) or the place where someone lives (context) when analysing the reasons for globally patterned health inequalities. This includes specific issues such as urbanisation, ageing, migration, multi-cultures, conflict, and the changing patterns of global health. You will have an opportunity to study global health actors (such as the World Health Organization), to look at wider agencies involved and to evaluate the effectiveness of the actions being taken to improve health globally. Throughout there is an emphasis on developing you to work in an increasingly connected world with diverse communities.
In the continually changing health and social care environment it is imperative that all staff are able to adapt and review how they understand and undertake leadership and management within their roles. Leadership in the health and care sectors is considered to be ‘shared’ and ‘distributed’, requiring the efforts of staff at all levels to maintain high quality care and to deliver change and improvement. However, leadership is challenging. It requires a complex set of skills - from motivating and engaging others and working collaboratively to dealing with uncertainty and supporting colleagues. This module will support you to develop an in-depth understanding of leadership and management in contemporary health and social care contexts, whilst considering your own role and future development. You will explore both the theoretical background to leadership and management and the practical skills which required to be an effective leader. You will leave with greater insight into your own leadership style and your impact on others, how to engage others to bring about change and improvement and a deeper understanding of how all those involved in delivering care/services can take on leadership roles.
This module provides you with the opportunity to develop theoretical and practical knowledge of a range of research methods of relevance to your degree discipline. This knowledge will then be drawn on in order to compile a research proposal (incorporating an appropriate data collection instrument) for a ‘real world’ project.
Gender refers to the characteristics of women, men, girls and boys that are socially constructed. This includes norms, behaviours and roles associated with being a woman, man, girl or boy, as well as relationships with each other. As a social construct, gender varies from society to society and can change over time. Beyond biological and physiological differences, gender roles, norms and behaviour have an influence on how women, men, girls and boys access health services and how health systems respond to their different needs. The different and often unequal abilities of women, men, girls and boys to protect and promote their health require recognition so appropriate health interventions can be planned. Gender is an important determinant of health in two dimensions: 1) gender inequality leads to health risks for women and girls globally; and 2) addressing gender norms and roles leads to a better understanding of how the social construction of identity and unbalanced power relations affect the risks, health-seeking behaviour and health outcomes of men and women in different age and social groups. This module explores concepts of gender, masculinity and femininity applied to health issues, considers the usefulness and relevance of binary categories such as male/female within contemporary societies and looks at the implications for those providing care and support.
Law and ethics in health is a fascinating area to study, dealing with some of the most contested and controversial issues of our time. In a changing moral climate, debates about abortion, about stem cell research, about withholding treatment or about assisted dying are very much alive and attract considerable political, media and public interest. There are also challenging ethical and legal questions about psychiatry, about capacity issues in relation to treatment decisions, about the allocation of scarce medical resources, about autonomy and public health, and many other issues. This module will provide you with an understanding of how law and ethics apply when working in health and care settings. It will give you an appreciation of relevant legal and ethical issues, terminology, sources of law and the ways in which law and ethics work in practice.. You will explore the philosophy and principles of ethics and look at the legal requirements of safe practice, using case studies to help you apply this knowledge. You will have the opportunity to deliver a coherent and reasoned solution to resolve a specific dilemma in a healthcare setting in the summative assessment.
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Prepare for Foundation Pathway: - We will consider mature applicants (age 21 or over) who have not achieved 48 UCAS points (equivalence) from prior level 3 qualifications, if you have a keen interest in this subject area or hold relevant experience. You will be required to attend a compulsory Prepare for foundation assessment day where you will take part in a variety of activities which will assess your suitability for the course. If you would like more advice and guidance about this admissions pathway, please contact Gateway to discuss and support you making an application to us.
Academic Pathway: - 48+ UCAS tariff points
- A-levels: Grade profile of DD
- Access to HE Diploma: (60 credits) of which a minimum of 45 must be at Level 3 (48 UCAS point equivalence, minimum 45 credits at pass)
- BTEC: Grade profile of PPP
- T-Level: Pass grade with a core component profile less than C.
- Tariff: Other Level 3 qualifications are accepted for entry. A minimum of 48 UCAS Tariff points will be required.
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Other Requirements: Applicants must be 18 years old or above at the start of the course.
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