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.
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:
Meet the team:
|Ranjit Khutan- Head of Public Health and Wellbeing||
Steve Dugmore- Senior Lecturer and Award Leader
|Erica Thomas||Joanna Harrison|
|Mathew Nyashanu||Bhawna Solanki|
|Jean Brant||Pauline Fuller|
|Denise Bellingham-Young||Chris Lyle|
|Michelle Crosbie||Viv Hinks|
|Sally Price||Lucy Pursehouse|
|Deborah Richardson||Marc Chrysanthou|
|David Jones||Jennifer Lim|
Angela, BSc (Hons) Health Studies graduate, 2009
Angela initially studied counselling and a Foundation Degree in Health and Social care before feeling she needed to understand people and health needs more. “I didn’t feel that my education was complete, at least not enough to lead to a career change, which is what I was seeking. Studying the BSc (Hons) Health Studies seemed like the next step, a natural course of action my previous courses had never given me.”
Aside from the inherent knowledge the course provided, Angela feels her confidence and self-esteem has grown. “The feedback I received from tutors spurred me on and made me want to improve. It was the sense of achievement and feedback that I received that made me believe in myself again.”
A friendly atmosphere
“I was made to feel very welcome. I found the atmosphere comfortable and the other learners and the staff friendly. I had fears, being a mature student, that I would not like the atmosphere and that this would impact my learning, but once I started there were no concerns.”
Angela used the knowledge, skills and new-found confidence the BSc (Hons) Health Studies course provided to start a career in teaching. “It was watching the lecturers whilst studying for my BSc that made me think ‘I want to do that’. How I was taught gave me the career direction I was looking for and now informs my own practice as a teacher.”Following the course, Angela studied a PGCE and is now a qualifiedHealth and Social Care teacher.
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:
For those who wish to continue in further study or research, the School of Health and Wellbeing currently offers 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).
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:
Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.
Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.
|Part time #||£2,835|
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 2017/8. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 321137
These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.
# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study