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Health and Wellbeing - BSc (Hons) Degree

 

Key Facts

UCAS Code: B700 

Place of Study: 
Llandaff Campus

School:
Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences 

Course Length:
Three years full-time, or four years full-time including a Foundation year. Also available part-time and can be up to eight years. The part-time students join the full-time students for all modules. Therefore most of the modules are completed between 9.00am and 6.00pm on weekdays.


Course Overview

​There is an increasing expectation for individuals to take responsibility for their own health and wellbeing as local and national governments plan for more sustainable ways of managing the population’s health.

This degree in health and wellbeing aligns with current health and wellbeing policies and legislation, so if you enjoy working with people and want to be play an important part in this changing approach to health, then this degree is ideally suited to you.

An interdisciplinary team of specialist lecturers will deliver the knowledge, understanding and professional skills to prepare you for work as a health and wellbeing practitioner.  The emphasis on the practical application of interventions, employability skills and entrepreneurship will support your development as a flexible and resilient professional equipped for work within the public, private and third sectors.

Your studies will provide a firm grounding in issues fundamental to health and wellbeing across the lifecycle, such as anatomy, physiology and pathology, psychological and physical influences on health and wellbeing, health literacy and nutrition.

From here, you will progress to understand the theory and explore the impact of a range of approaches to behavioural change and health promotion for a variety of individuals and groups whilst developing a critical understanding of health and social policies and infrastructure. 

Putting theory into practice via the practical application of interventions to improve health and wellbeing via work based learning and placement opportunities, will enhance your employment opportunities. This will be supported by leadership, management and entrepreneurial skills, and you will undertake a research project in your final year.

This programme is subject to validation for September 2020 entry and the information provided may be subject to change. All new programmes at the University must undergo validation, the purpose of which is to ensure that the proposed programme is aligned to the University's Mission and its content reflects appropriate levels of academic standards and quality.

Course Content

The course will deliver a grounding in basic science and foundational topics in the first year, progressing to critical examination of a range of interventions to improve health and wellbeing in year two, before implementing such interventions via work based learning in year three and developing an appreciation of the policies and infrastructure required for sustainable impact. Teaching will provide opportunities for problem-based learning throughout the course. 

Year One (Level 4) study will focus on anatomy and physiology, nutrition and health literacy. You will be introduced to the role of the determinants of health and to the principles of measuring health, wellbeing and disease. 

You will also learn important academic skills, begin to explore the research process and develop important professional practice attributes such as communication skills and resilience. Year Two (Level 5) will allow you to explore biopsychosocial influences on behaviour change together with a range of interventions to improve health and wellbeing. You will appreciate the role of complementary healthcare disciplines, health promotion and health inequalities, whilst further research skills will prepare you for your research project at Level 6. 

The final year of study (Level 6) offers an opportunity to develop further your understanding and application of themes introduced in Year Two. You will also complete an independent research project and gain valuable employment and entrepreneurial skills via work based learning initiatives as you prepare to enter employment as a health and wellbeing practitioner.

Learning & Teaching

Course Delivery

Lead lectures will be supported with seminars and group work to provide a problem-based approach to learning. There will be an increasing focus on the application of theory to practice as the course progresses culminating in a research project and real-world experiences in the final year. 

The course will be delivered by an interdisciplinary team of specialist lecturers who will help you acquire the knowledge, understanding and professional skills to prepare you for work as a health and wellbeing practitioner. Lectures, seminars and group work are all supported by Moodle, the university virtual learning environment.

Additionally, on campus and electronic library learning resources and study skills support are available to all students. Our aim is to support your academic and professional journey with a high quality and flexible approach to teaching and learning. Staff have an open door policy during normal office hours and you will be allocated a personal tutor at enrolment. 

Your personal tutor will meet with you on a regular one-to-one basis and will support you throughout the duration of your studies.

Assessment

The range of assessments on this course is designed to support you to develop the required academic and professional skillset for employment as a health and wellbeing practitioner. Portfolios, reflective reports, presentations, examinations, work-based learning, case studies and a research project in the form of a journal article are all employed to assess and support your progression through the course. 

Academic support is available via the library resources together with seminars and tutorials to help you prepare for these assessments. Assignment briefs, guidelines and submission dates are provided well in advance to help you manage your time effectively. Workshops, on-line tasks and peer assessments complete the support package.

Employability & Careers

The course aims to help you develop the relevant knowledge, understanding and professional skills that will allow you to work supporting health and wellbeing strategies, grounded in the current evidence base, emerging technologies and practices, for a wide range of individuals across their lifecycle. 

Throughout the course you will be encouraged to develop your professionalism and to make the most of a range of opportunities and experiences available. A problem-based approach to learning, practical application of interventions via real-world experiences, combined with the Cardiff Met EDGE (Ethical, Digital, Global & Entrepreneurial) competencies will prepare you for employment, freelance work and/or further study (Masters and Doctorate level) This background will be required for employment within public, private and third sector organisations including roles as NHS Wellbeing Coordinators, Community Wellbeing Coordinators, developing health and wellbeing provision for private sector organisations or working within mental health and wellbeing charities.

Entry Requirements & How to Apply

Degree:
Five GCSE passes including English Language and Mathematics* at grade C or above (grade 4 or above for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England) , plus 112 points from at least two A levels (or equivalent).

Typical offers may include:

  • 112 points from at least 2 A levels to include minimum grades CC; Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate considered as the third subject
  • RQF BTEC National Extended Diploma/Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma DMM

  • 112 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include 3 x H2 grades. Higher level subjects only considered with a minimum grade H4

  • 112 points from at least two Scottish Advanced Highers to include grades DD

  • 112-120 points from the Access to Higher Education Diploma     

*For Welsh applicants sitting the reformed Mathematics GCSE, we will accept either GCSE Mathematics or Mathematics – Numeracy. 

If you are studying combinations of the above, or if your qualification isn't listed, please either contact Admissions or refer to the UCAS Course Search for entry requirements. Further information on our entry requirements, including qualifications from the EU can be found by clicking here. 

Candidates who do not possess normal minimum entry qualification are interviewed and considered individually on the basis of their prior learning or working background. For applicants who are only undertaking 2 A levels or equivalent, this will be considered along with the rest of the academic profile and we may issue a graded offer in lieu of an offer using the UCAS Tariff. 

If you do not meet the above entry requirements, the ‘Foundation leading to BSc Health Sciences’ or 'Foundation leading to BA/BSc Social Sciences' is available one year full-time and will provide you with a relevant qualification that will allow you to progress to this degree upon successful completion.

Entry to this programme is also subject to a satisfactory DBS check. More details about criminal records procedures can be found at www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/dbs.​

International Applicants
Students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.5 standard or equivalent. For full details about how to apply and English Language qualifications please visit the International pages on the website. 

Selection Procedure:
Selection is usually on the basis of a completed UCAS application and where relevant an interview. 

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at www.ucas.com. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply.

Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer into year 2 & 3
If you are interested in transferring credit from another institution to study at Cardiff met for a course which accepts entry for year 2 and/or 3, you can find further information on this and information on how to apply on the RPL page. Please contact Admissions for any queries that you have on RPL. 

Mature students
A mature applicant is anyone over the ago of 21 who didn't go to university after school or college. Cardiff Met welcomes applications from mature applicants and further advice and information can be found here.

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email askadmissions@cardiffmet.ac.uk

For course specific enquiries, please contact:
Email: jduffy@cardiffmet.ac.uk
Tel: 02920 205612 



Full terms and conditions in relation to accepting an offer to study at Cardiff Metropolitan University can be found by visiting www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/terms