The University of Wolverhampton

BSc (Hons)Health and Wellbeing (Learning, Education and Progression) with Foundation Year


This course is designed to widen access if your qualifications or experience may generally be acceptable for entry to higher education, but are not appropriate for normal entry to a degree programme.

This course will enable you to develop an independent, reflective and self-managed approach to using skills appropriate for study in Higher Education.

You will improve your confidence in learning, study and approaches to finding information relevant to health and wellbeing courses and develop an understanding of, and insight into, a range of either nursing, health or social care subjects.

The course will allow you to gain experience in a variety of study methods prior to committing yourself to registering for a course.

You will be made aware of your current skills, gain new skills, and learn how these may be developed and transferred for studying on health and wellbeing courses.

Entry requirements

2015 Entry

Full Time Route:

There are no formal entry requirements for the full time route. However, you are expected to demonstrate a commitment and motivation for health and social care study.

Part Time Route

  • Minimum 5 GCSEs grade C or above including an English based subject
  • NVQ Level 3

Equivalent qualifications may be considered.

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

For both full time and part time routes, 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 consult the UCAS tariff tables or contact us before applying.

Fees and finance

2015/6 Home/EU International
Full time £6,000 £11,050
Part time - *

2015/6 Fees for this course have not yet been agreed. As a guide please find below fees for last year.

2014/5 Home/EU International
Full time £6,000 £10,700
Part time # £2,645

Degrees which include foundation year will be charged at the lower foundation rate for the first year. Subsequent years will be charged at the University Standard Degree rate.

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

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2014/5. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 321150

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

* We are currently unable to confirm these fees.

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

If you are considering progressing to nursing or midwifery when you have successfully completed LEaP, please note only students meeting the eligibility criteria for an NHS bursary can be accepted onto the BNurs (Hons) Nursing courses and the BSc (Hons) Midwifery course. Please visit for further information relating to residency and eligibility criteria.


The successful completion of this course will enable you to progress onto a health, nursing or social care degree course in the School of Health and Wellbeing, assisting you in pursuing a career in health and social care.

Course content

Frequently Asked Questions

LEaP stands for Learning Education and Progression. It is more formally known as the BSc Health and Wellbeing (Foundation Year). This course is designed for people who wish to study a degree course but who do not currently meet the academic entry requirements for their chosen course of study.

How will I know if this course is right for me?

When applying for your degree course after completing LEaP do you intend to…

Apply to the Universtiy of Wolverhampton only?

LEaP is a good route into study with Wolverhampton University. The course is specifically designed to prepare you to study with this University and will help you to develop the academic skills you will need to succeed with degree study at Wolverhampton.

Apply to up to 5 different Universities

LEaP is NOT for you as it may not meet the academic entry requirements for Universities other than Wolverhampton.

You should consider taking an access to higher education course which may meet the entry requirements for the course and universities with which you wish to study.

What are the differences between the 2 LEaP courses?

60 Credit course

Study: 3 modules

Duration: 2 Semesters (Oct- Dec 2015, Jan – May 2016)

120 Credit course

Study: 6 modules

Duration: October course same as 60 credit course

Location – City Campus

School day – 9.00 – 14.00

Attendance requirement – 1 day per week

January course Jan – May 2015 – Sept – Dec 2015

Attendance requirement 3 days/2 days

Location – City Campus

School day – 9.00 – 14.00

Choosing the Right Course

You should make sure that you choose the course which is best suited to your circumstances.

If you meet the entry requirements for the 60 credit course you are strongly advised to choose this course particularly if you work more than 10 hours per week or have other significant demands on your time.

Compared to the 120 course the advantages of the 60 credit course are

1. The course fees are around 50% of the 120 course

2. The attendance requirement in School is more than 50% less than the 60 credit course so there is less difficulty in negotiating time off work or arranging child care and less travel.

3. You can continue to earn and develop the transferrable skills that will be helpful to you in your studies if in employment/ or have more free time for valuable volunteer opportunities

4. There is a greater likelihood of succeeding on the 60 credit course as you are required to pass 3 as opposed to 6 modules over the same time period.

There are some advantages in taking the 120 course. Students on the 120 course often describe feeling more part of the University. The 120 course is also a sterner test of your readiness to undertake degrees level study and provides you with a good benchmark your likely performance on your degree. You should not choose the 120 credit course though solely because of perceived short term financial benefits.

What knowledge and skills will I gain from the LEaP course?

LEaP will provide you with the skills to develop your confidence in undertaking academic work at Level 3 and beyond. You will have the chance to learn about planning and submitting academic assignments, searching for information and referencing. You will receive support in writing in an appropriate academic style and in thinking critically. You will become accustomed to the Wolverhampton University’s On-line Framework (WOLF), student information systems such as e: Vision and the ePortfolio Pebble Pad. You will become familiar with using the university’s electronic resources such as e-journals and e-books and will get to know some of the academic staff within the Faculty

You will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge of topic areas relating to health and social care including issues around professionalism/professional regulation and sociological aspects of health and wellbeing. In addition you will have the opportunity to develop your skills in IT and numeracy through an on-line module.

Students on the 120 credit programme will also have the opportunity to develop their understanding of health psychology, health communication and anatomy and physiology.

What financial assistance is available for students on LEaP?

60 Credit course

Students on the 60 credit course are eligible for a student loan for the full cost of the course fees. Students will start to repay this loan once they are earning more than £21,000.

As this is a part time course there are no additional loans or grants to cover living costs.

You can obtain more information about student finance through the student Gateway.

The Student Gateway

(01902) 321032

The Gateway is based in MG (The George) City Campus South on the corner of Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton.

120 Credit course

Students on the 120 credit course are eligible for a student loan for the full cost of the course fees. Students will start to repay this loan once they are earning more than £21,000.

As full time students you are also eligible for an additional loan to cover living expenses (which will be repaid along with your course fee loan). You may also be eligible for additional financial assistance through a grant based on family income. This does not have to be repaid.

You can obtain more information about student finance through the student Gateway.

What degree courses can I progress onto after LEaP?

If you pass all the modules on LEaP you meet the academic entry requirements to study the following degree courses:

BSc (Hons) Public Health

BSc (Hons) Social Care

BA (Hons) Social Care and Criminology and Criminal Justice

BA (Hons) Social Care and Deaf Studies

BA (Hons) Social Care and Health Studies

BA (Hons) Social Care and Social Policy

BSc(Hons) Health Studies

BA (Hons) Social Care and Sociology

BA (Hons) Family and Community Studies

BA (Hons) Childhood Studies

BA(Hons) Childhood and Family Studies and Social Policy

BA (Hons) Special Needs and Inclusion Studies and Education Studies

BSc (Hons) Psychology

BSc (Hons) Psychology (Counselling Psychology)

BSc (Hons) Psychology (Criminal Behaviour)

BNurs (Hons) Adult Nursing

BNurs (Hons) Child Nursing

BNurs (Hons) Learning Disability Nursing

BNurs (Hons) Mental Health Nursing

BSc (Hons) Midwifery

BA (Hons) Childhood and Family Studies and Sociology

BA (Hons) Special Needs, Childhood and Family Studies

DipHE Paramedic Science

Does that mean I am guaranteed a place on a degree course if I pass LEaP?

Yes with the exception of

BNurs (Hons) Adult Nursing

BNurs (Hons) Child Nursing

BNurs (Hons) Learning Disability Nursing

BNurs (Hons) Mental Health Nursing

BSc (Hons) Midwifery

What about degrees in Nursing or Midwifery?

As LEaP students you will be able to make a UCAS application for a Nursing and/or Midwifery degree and will then be entered into the selection process. Currently with Adult, Mental Health and Learning Disability Nursing you are guaranteed an interview. In the case of Children’s Nursing and Midwifery you would need to sit a pre-interview numeracy and comprehension test. Whether you were invited to interview would depend on the outcome of these tests. Progression onto all nursing (particularly Children’s nursing) and midwifery degrees is very difficult. Therefore you are advised other degree courses which will be of interest to you prior to applying for the Leap course.

So what advantage is there to studying LEaP when it comes to Nursing or Midwifery degree courses?

The selection of successful applicants to Nursing and Midwifery must be fair and equitable. Therefore all applicants who are interviewed or sit a pre-interview test have to be treated in the same way. However, as you are already studying at the University of Wolverhampton you will have some insight into what it is like to study at this University. You will also have frequent opportunities to speak to academic staff and current students about the degree course you wish to pursue and how to prepare for the selection process in the same way as members of the public would at a University Open Day.

What if I am unsuccessful as a LEaP student in gaining a place on a Nursing or Midwifery degree course?

You will have the opportunity to reflect on your experience of the Nursing/Midwifery selection process with a member of the team and discuss alternative courses of study available to you.

If you wish, you can make another application for the course you were unsuccessful in gaining a place on in the next UCAS period.

What happens after I have made an application?

You will be invited to an interview subject to a satisfactory personal statement and in the case of the 60 credit course having met the entry requirements

The interview involves a written exercise and a group interview.

Successful applicants will

  • Have a good knowledge of the LEaP course
  • Have an interest in the field of health and social care
  • Have a good understanding of the nature of team work
  • Be a viable candidate for their proposed field of degree study
  • Possess good interpersonal and written communication skills.

Please make sure you bring a valid photo ID and a photocopy of this on the day of the interview.

How can I find out more about the LEaP course?

You should attend one of our regular University Open Days. You will have an opportunity to speak to a member of the LEaP course team and current students

You can find out more details about Open Days by visiting University Open Days


  • Develop an understanding of and insight in to a range of nursing, health and social care subjects.
  • Develop academic skills and style of writing, referencing, numeracy, application of number, use of Information Technology and computers and the ability to use the Internet to search for sources of information related to your studies.
  • To demonstrate basic skills in analysis and evaluation using defined techniques and/or teacher guidance and to demonstrate an ability to collect and categorise ideas and information by applying basic problem-solving skills.
  • To learn how to work with others and communicate effectively and manage your own learning.
  • The foundation of underpinning knowledge and skills in health, nursing and social care. This includes definitions of health, health inequalities and discrimination in health/social care with specific reference to local, regional or national initiatives.

Why Wolverhampton?

This course is ideal if you have no formal qualifications, or qualifications that are not eligible for entry onto a degree course but would like to pursue a career in the health or social care sector.

If you are working in the health or social care sector, or wish to move into a career in health and social care, this course will allow you to access higher education courses including foundation degrees and degrees.

By undertaking this course, you will gain experience of a variety of study methods, prior to committing yourself to enrolling onto a degree course.


JamieJamie, LEaP graduate

Jamie had been out of the education system for 20 years and wanted to study for a BNurs (Hons) Adult Nursing. The LEaP course provided him with a way to access to this course.

“The LEaP Course was ideal for someone like me who has been out of the education system for 20 years; the course was constantly challenging but I found tasks and assignments realistic and achievable. The study skills sessions were great, I have never been confident in writing in an academic style but the lectures and lecturers made the process much easier and less intimidating.

I feel that LEaP gave me the necessary tools to commence my progression course with real confidence. I don’t just mean the academic side of things; when we started in September, the LEaP students already knew some of the lecturers and the locations and availability of facilities.

By the time I had reached my interview date I was confident of my choice of future career and that I was well equipped to succeed on the new degree course.”

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