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The University of Wolverhampton

BSc (Hons)Health Studies

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:

Why Wolverhampton?

  • 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 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.
  • The Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing series of seminars and lectures spans education, sport, care, psychology health and wellbeing, bringing you a variety of engaging speakers and experts from the University of Wolverhampton and many other UK universities, visit www.wlv.ac.uk/fehw/lectures

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

What our students think

Angela, Health Studies graduateAngela, 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.”

Career progression

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.

Career path

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 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).

What skills will you gain?

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.

Entry requirements

2017 Entry

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.

Course fees and finance

2017/8 Home/EU International
Full time £9,250 £11,475
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

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Telephone

01902 32 22 22

Email

enquiries@wlv.ac.uk

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