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Institute of Health

Health Studies

BSc (Hons) Full-time 3 years, Part-time 6 years

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.

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.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code B900
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  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020
  • Award BSc (Hons)
  • Study Mode Full-time, Part-time
  • Course Length Full-time (3 years), Part-time (6 years)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School Institute of Health

Why choose this course?

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?

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.

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 third year can also study a module that looks at how environmental aspects such as carbon footprinting can affect health.

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.

Below is an example of the modules you may study on this degree.

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, the Faculty offer a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and Master’s Degree in either Health Studies or Public Health. Both Master’s degree programmes and the interim awards 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. 

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 2020-21
International Full-time £12250 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

 2020 Entry

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Students must usually have studied for a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, we will consider applications from mature students who do not have two years of post-16 study, where they have relevant work experience. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

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

International entry requirements and application guidance can be found at http://www.wlv.ac.uk/international/apply

English language requirements also apply

Tuition Fees Loan Home and EU National):

Most students will be able to apply for loans to help pay for these. Depending on where you live, if you have been to University previously and your circumstances, grants, bursaries and scholarships might also be available. Visit student finance on the gov.uk website to find out more.

EU students applying for the 2020/21 academic year:

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to financial support available via student loans for the duration of their course. For more information take a look at the gov.uk website to find out more.

Self-funding:

If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay. For more information please contact the Gateway.


Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.


Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund. for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.


Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages



You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.

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