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Institute of Health

Health Studies with Foundation Year

BSc (Hons) Full-time 4 years

The BSc (Hons) Health Studies (with Foundation Year) is designed to help you to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to succeed in your studies with the University of Wolverhampton at degree level and beyond.

The BSc (Hons) Health Studies (with Foundation Year) is designed to help you to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to succeed in your studies with the University of Wolverhampton at degree level and beyond.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code B905
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  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020
  • Award BSc (Hons)
  • Study Mode Full-time
  • Course Length Full-time (4 years)
  • Campus Location University of Wolverhampton
  • School Institute of Health

Why choose this course?

The BSc (Hons) Health Studies (with Foundation Year) is designed to help you to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to succeed in your studies with the University of Wolverhampton at degree level and beyond. During your Foundation Year you will develop skills appropriate to University study such as finding and using information, working collaboratively with others, challenging and debating ideas and expressing yourself with greater confidence.”

Our Health Studies course is designed to provide you with a unique and coherent experience, offering you a thorough exploration of this exciting and growing subject area.

You will look at health from both a biological and sociological perspective, as well as health promotion and how it can prevent ill health. The course enables you to examine states of positive wellbeing as well as those that go beyond definitions and focus on disease and deprivation; to examine all factors which have the potential to influence health and wellbeing.

For example, you will consider psychological and social aspects, such as causes of ill health as wide-ranging as unemployment, living conditions and politics. You will explore how smoking affects health and why people struggle to quit, and questions of whether obesity is caused through learned behaviour or a lack of education.

This course is one of many courses run by the Institute of Public Health, Social Work and Care, and has an established reputation for excellence in terms of the quality of the course, particularly through the provision of innovative approaches to teaching and learning, and for the student centred friendliness of its academic and administrative staff.

What happens on the course?

Please note the duration of this course will be taught at Wolverhampton City Campus, including your foundation year.

This course will enable you to gain an understanding of the nature of health studies which entails inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary approaches. As a student, you will develop the skills necessary for the assimilation and understanding of the complex and diverse nature of the subject, as well as more general skills which will be widely transferable, enabling you to effectively prepare for and to establish a career in a wide range of health and public health related areas.

You can get involved in the annual Health Promotion Fair, run every year by students, where you are able to design a stand on a topic of your choice – for example, childhood obesity, binge drinking, mental health awareness, sexual health, etc.

Teaching and learning methods include lectures followed by group work, with on average 140 in the year and classes between 30 and 40 people.

A range of modules will be studied, some alongside other health and social care students, which will broaden your understanding of health, public health and social care arenas and provide you with opportunities for inter-disciplinary learning, gaining a deep understanding of work within the wider health economy.

You will study three modules in Semester 1 and three in Semester 2 per year. You will be encouraged to undertake research, and in your fourth year can also study a module that looks at how environmental aspects such as carbon foot printing can affect health.

If you are interested in a career in nursing or paramedic science, successful completion of the Foundation Year (Year 1) will meet the entry requirements for you to apply to these courses.  You will be guaranteed a test/interview opportunity.  If you are successful and are made an offer to nursing or paramedic science part of this offer will require that you gain a GCSE grade C/4+ in Maths and English (or equivalent qualifications).?  

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Following completion of this course, you may be employed within a health and/or social care organisation within the public, private or voluntary sector. This course will help you to work towards your goals.

Our graduates have gone on to a variety of occupational roles which include:

  • Health Promoter/Health Advisor
  • Public Health
  • Housing Services
  • Teaching (via the PGCE in PCE)
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Registered Nurse programmes (Master’s in Nursing)
  • NHS Graduate Scheme
  • Research Assistant posts
  • Community Development projects
  • Voluntary Services

For those who wish to continue in further study or research, we offer Master’s Degrees in either Health & Social Care and Public Health. Both Master’s degree programmes may be studied full or part-time, along with more flexible study options for those who wish to take standalone modules as part of their Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

  • We're proud to confirm our £300 travel fund helping eligible new UK full-time undergraduate entrants* with the costs of travel continues for students starting in 2019/20 and 2020/21! For further information please click here. 

  • There are exciting and new challenges facing public health care on a local, national and international level. Those working in health care and related professions require a comprehensive set of skills and knowledge to enable them to effectively assess, plan, deliver and manage services for the populations they serve. The BSc (Hons) Health Studies (with Foundation Year) course is able to provide the platform for individuals to become graduate professionals who are digitally literate, knowledgeable, enterprising and aware of their role within the public health arena as global citizens.

  • The health visiting course at the University of Wolverhampton is one of only a few Universities to have been accredited by UNICEF for Stage 2 of Baby Friendly Standards. Health visiting students will undertake breast feeding training inline with the UNICEF Baby Friendly Programme and will be issued with a certificate at the end of their course.

 

At the end of the course a graduate of Health Studies, with a focus on contemporary local, national and international Public Health agendas will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of the biological, psychological, cultural, social and political principles that underpin/contribute to health, wellbeing, illness and disease.
  • Compare and critically discuss health as a contested concept within contemporary society, to include an understanding and appreciation of the range of health contexts (local, national and international), health care needs, health care priorities and the roles of inter-disciplinary agencies specific to addressing these.
  • Critically reflect on the links between the individual experience of health and health issues and the influence of wider structural elements relevant to health and wellbeing.
  • Independently access, review and critically appraise contemporary sources of health and health related evidence based information from a range of disciplines and demonstrate enterprise in applying this information to the promotion of individual and public health.
  • Draw upon the lived experience of health, wellbeing, illness and disease and use this understanding to develop an awareness of the Self as a resource for contributing to the individual and public health agenda within a moral, legal and ethical framework as a global citizen.
  • Show a well-informed understanding of the contemporary context within which health advice, health promotion and health care practice takes place and show signs of being enterprising, collaborative and leading within a professional competitive health market.
  • Demonstrate wider skill sets that enhance employability in all fields, including time management, good communication, interpersonal skills, report writing and more.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2019-20
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £2975 per year# 2019-20
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
International Full-time £12000 per year 2019-20
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Part-time £6000 per year# 2019-20
International Part-time £6125 per year# 2020-21

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

 

2020 Entry

  • Level 2 English, this could be GCSE Grade C / 4 or above OR equivalent.  (e.g. Key Skills Level 2/ Learn Direct Level 2/ Functional Skills Level 2).

 

Please note we do NOT accept GCSE Short Courses or GCSE Equivalence Tests from other institutions or organisations.

You must provide a satisfactory personal statement detailing your motivation for studying this course. See our Personal Statement Guidance for further information.

If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.

Applicants must be 18 years old or above at the start of the course.

 

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

Tuition Fees Loan: If you wish, you can take out a Government Student Loan which covers the full course fee. You pay it back once you’ve left university and your income is more than £25,725 (from April 2019). More information on repayments can be found at: repayments.
It’s available to eligible full-time higher education students and does not depend on family income.

The amount of the Tuition Fees Loan is paid directly to the University of Wolverhampton by the Student Loan Company.

Visit student finance on the gov.uk website to find out more.

Self-funding: If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay.The funding available to you depends on when you started your studies and if you have been to University previously.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (https://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/dennis-turner-opportunity-fund/) for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

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