The course will deliver a grounding in basic science and fundamental 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.
Academic and research skills are introduced at Level 4. At Level 5 these are further developed and you will be supported to prepare for your independent research project at Level 6.
The final year of study (Level 6) optional modules offer an opportunity to gain a professional accredited qualification in a complementary healthcare discipline to further augment your employment prospects as you prepare to enter employment as a health and wellbeing practitioner.
Year One (Level 4) All modules are core
- Introduction to academic and research skills
- Anatomy, physiology & pathology
- Nutrition (Macro & Micro Nutrients)
- Health psychology & Wellbeing
- Determinants of Health
- Collaborative Professional Practice
Year Two (Level 5) All modules are core
- Assessing & Improving Population Health and Health Literacy
- Changing behaviours for Health & wellbeing
- Contemporary Issues in Health & Wellbeing
- Research Methods
Year Three (Level 6)
- Research Project - Core Module
- Professional Practice - Core Module
- Work based Learning - Core Module
- Interventions for Change - Optional Module
- Holistic Massage* - Optional Module
- Clinical Reflexology* - Optional Module
*Professional accredited qualifications
Learning & Teaching
Lead lectures supported with seminars and group work will 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.
All learning and teaching is 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.
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, Education, Community Wellbeing Coordinators, developing health and wellbeing provision for private sector organisations, assisted living developments, working within mental health and wellbeing charities or for a career as a freelance advisor.
Entry Requirements & How to Apply
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 96 - 112 points from at least two A levels (or equivalent).
Typical offers may include:
- 96 - 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 MMM -DMM
96 - 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
96 - 112 points from at least two Scottish Advanced Highers to include grades DD
96 - 112 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.
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 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.
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.
For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email
For course specific enquiries, please contact:
Tel: 02920 205612