The University of Wolverhampton

BSc (Hons)Health Studies (top-up)

Why choose this course?

The aim of the course is to provide you with a wide variety of insights into what constitutes health and wellbeing such that you will be able to critically appraise health related research and policy. Within your workplace you will be enabled to demonstrate how this critical awareness of health can have a positive impact on improving and promoting people’s health. The course will provide you with the opportunity to gain a wider understanding of the impact of poor health on local, national and international economies and you will be digitally literate in order to help you access and interpret relevant data and information.

What happens on the course?

  • This comprehensive programme of study will give you an in depth insight into, and an understanding of, health and healthcare provision from different perspectives including that of gender, culture and from a world-wide viewpoint.
  • You will develop skills that will help you to retrieve, interpret and use data, information and evidence to underpin your understanding of health and its impact on people’s lives.
  • Your previous views on health will be used as the starting point to examine and explore the meaning of health for individuals and communities in order to evaluate what health is in a variety of contexts.
  • You will consider many issues relevant to health, including promoting healthy lifestyles, social determinants of health, health inequalities, global perspectives on health.

Why Wolverhampton?

  • You should study this course with us as it is a route to gaining a deeper insight into your area of practice whilst also gaining a degree qualification.
  • This course prepares you to play a vital role in creating a culture in which people from all backgrounds acquire the information and education to make their own healthy lifestyle choices, and is aimed at undergraduate students who wish to study the subject of health to degree level.
  • The course offers maximum flexibility, enabling you to combine study with work and focus on your particular interest or specialism.
  • The course has attracted many healthcare professionals, nurses and others who work in a related area, who graduate and go on to further career development. Studying this course will enable you to consider pursuing a wide variety of specialist roles related to health and healthcare and will help you consolidate your diploma level studies.

What our students think


BSc (Hons) Health Studies (top up) graduate 2014.

Jane’s study journey began with a Foundation degree in Health and Social Care, which she completed at a partner college in 2012.

Upon completion, she decided that the BSc (Hons) Health Studies (top-up) degree offered by the University of Wolverhampton was the ideal route for her to achieve her ambitions.

“This was the best thing I ever did. I was working within a public health role at the time and was able to use my assignments to inform my practice and learn new and interesting ways to deliver services. I learnt of a whole new world how to help people and deliver interventions to people who lived in Wolverhampton.”

Excellent support

“As a mature student, I had to plan my studies around work and family. It was great to be able to ask questions via the course online “cafés” at all hours of the day and night, where another student or member of the module team would answer me in a timely manner.”

“Many of the lecturers have worked and are still working within a health arena. This meant they understood the pressures I was under. Their knowledge helped me identify appropriate topics for my assignments that would assist me in my work.”

“Due to the brilliant support of my project supervisor, I completed a project regarding obesity in children in Wolverhampton, which was forwarded to the City of Wolverhampton Public Health Team.”

Career progression

“After gaining promotion during my third year and finishing the degree, I took a year away from studying to assess my options and see how I wanted to move forward. A post was advertised at the University for a Graduate Teaching Assistant.”

“I am now a fully qualified teacher for post compulsory education after undertaking my PCGE and am supporting first year Health Studies and Public Health students in their studies. I don’t know what the future holds, but I know that the support I received from my lecturers will stand me in good stead in whatever I go on to do. “

Career path

A variety of careers in health are available. Past students have used the award to consolidate their professional role and gain promotion in the NHS, or move into the wider health field. Graduates have entered areas such as health promotion and public health, whilst others have progressed to teaching, health research or health management. As a result of studying this course graduates have found that they are equipped to function at a higher, more critically aware level and many have gone on to study at masters level.

What skills will you gain?

By completion of this course you will:

  • Critically appraise health improvement research – and use the critical appraisal to make informed decisions about the rigour of research and its application to the development of health policies.
  • Demonstrate an effective level of awareness of yourself as a resource for improving and promoting health and achieving health gains through a variety of means.

Who accredits this course?

Entry requirements

2017 Entry

  • A relevant professional award to diploma level, or the equivalent portfolio of 120 Level 5 credits

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

Course fees and finance

2017/8 Home/EU International
Full time £9,250 £11,475
Part time # £2,835
2016/7 Home/EU International
Full time £9,000 £11,250
Part time # £2,780

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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