BSc (Hons) Public Health & Wellbeing (with Foundation Year)

Course details

  • UCAS Code6YA2
  • Year of entry 2022
  • Duration 4 YRS (FT)
  • UCAS Tariff 48-72
  • Institution Code G53
  • Location Wrexham
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Course Highlights

2nd in the UK

for satisfaction with teaching (The Guardian University Guide 2022)*

6th in the UK

for teaching quality (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022)*

Joint 1st in the UK

for graduate prospects (Complete University Guide 2022)*

 

Why choose this course?

Are you interested in health and wellbeing? Do you want to make a real difference to people’s lives? At the heart of public health is helping people to enjoy healthier lives and preventing them from getting ill. In a society where the NHS is facing unprecedented demand, promoting good health and preventing poor health is of vital importance.

There are many existing as well as new and exciting roles out there for public health and wellbeing graduates, from developing health promotion campaigns through to social prescribing and tackling health inequalities.

Students will:

  • Be introduced to a whole range of health challenges affecting the nation, including obesity, substance misuse, loneliness, mental illness and air pollution & will learn what we can do to address these challenges.
  • Learn about health behaviours at different life-stages – childhood, youth, adulthood and old age – and how to help different populations adopt healthy behaviours and change damaging ones.
  • Develop self-awareness and emotional literacy, alongside reflective and interpersonal skills – all of which are crucial to working effectively in public health.
  • Be able to explore a wide range of career options as graduates, from developing health promotion campaigns to social prescribing and tackling health inequalities.
  • *This course is part of a subject area rated 2nd in the UK and 1st in Wales for satisfaction with teaching and satisfaction with the course in the Health Professions subject league tables, The Guardian University Guide 2022.
  • *This course is part of a subject area rated 6th in UK for teaching quality and 8th in the UK for student experience in the Subjects Allied to Medicine subject league tables, Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022.

Key course features

  • The programme team work with local employers to ensure that the theory taught is relevant to current practice in the sector.
  • Delivered by academics from a range of backgrounds, which means that you will be part of a diverse community of practice.
  • Established peer mentor scheme, so you can obtain support from students already undertaking the programme.
  • Innovative and flexible teaching methods are embedded throughout, including interactive lectures, tutorials, case studies, workshops, online activities and learning resources.
  • Work-based experience which you can tailor to your own area/s of interest in years two and three of the programme.
  • Opportunities to take part in additional relevant events and volunteering within the wider University, giving you a full portfolio of experience on graduation.
  • *This course is part of a subject area rated 2nd in the UK and 1st in Wales for satisfaction with teaching and satisfaction with the course in the Health Professions subject league tables, The Guardian University Guide 2022.
  • *This course is part of a subject area rated 6th in UK for teaching quality and 8th in the UK for student experience in the Subjects Allied to Medicine subject league tables, Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022.

What you will study

YEAR 1 (FOUNDATION YEAR)

The foundation course will raise student’s awareness of issues which impact upon the health and wellbeing of children, young people and adults. You’ll gain a basic understanding of the major body systems and appreciate the fundamental structure of the body. Students will also be provided with the important values and skills crucial to working with individuals in a health context.

MODULES

  • Fundamental Capabilities for Working in Health and Wellbeing
  • Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology
  • Foundations of Health, Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Professional Communication in a Health Context
  • The Skills You Need
  • Contextual Studies

YEAR 2 (LEVEL 4)

In the second year, students undertake modules which provide the foundation to enable you to explore key areas across the health sector. You will develop your knowledge of anatomy and physiology relevant to public health and mental health. You will also explore the different dimensions to health and how health, mental health and wellbeing are experienced by different populations.

MODULES

  • Introduction to Health and Wellbeing
  • Introduction to Mental Wellbeing
  • Applied Physiology
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Study Skills and Self – development

YEAR 3 (LEVEL 5)

Students will be introduced to health policy and social prescribing. You will also learn about factors contributing to living healthily into older age and the impact of providing support to people who have long term care needs. The first work-based learning experience is also introduced at Level 5.

MODULES

  • Health and Social Policy in Wellbeing
  • Health Across the Life Course
  • Support and Empowerment in Health and Wellbeing
  • Social Prescribing
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Research Methods

YEAR 4 (LEVEL 6)

The focus in the final year is on employability, with topics such as leadership and enterprise and health improvement and promotion being core to your studies. In addition, you will also explore current global challenges in health and wellbeing, which are becoming increasingly influential and significant across the discipline. There is also a second work-based element at this level, so you will have the opportunity to experience working within another field of interest.

MODULES

  • Leadership and Enterprise in Health and Wellbeing
  • Preparing for Employment
  • Health Improvement and Promotion
  • Global  Challenges in Health and Wellbeing
  • Dissertation in Health, Mental Health and Wellbeing

  

The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Entry requirements & applying

The general requirement for admission to the degree is 48-72 UCAS points at A level or equivalent – this includes relevant Access to Higher Education courses. Applicants should also demonstrate the emotional and psychological maturity required to work with vulnerable people in distress and the resilience needed to cope with the demands in this sector.

For students without the standard entry qualifications, it may be possible to take this course if you are able to evidence additional life/work experience and an ability to engage with the academic challenges of the programme. Candidates without standard entry requirements may be invited to interview.

Teaching & Assessment

In reflecting the diversity of skills required by employers, the course employs a range of assessment strategies including presentations, information leaflets and campaign strategies. We work closely with the disability support team to ensure that assessments also meet student needs.

Teaching and learning

Wrexham Glyndŵr University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential.

We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our Student Support section has more information on the help available.

In terms of particular needs, the University’s Inclusion team can provide appropriate guidance and support should any students require reasonable adjustments to be made because of a recognised prevailing disability, medical condition, or specific learning difference.

Career prospects

Our Careers and employability service is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.

Students will be skilled to progress to careers in areas such as health improvement, public health, campaigning, policy development or social prescribing. There are also a range of graduate opportunities available in local government, third sector organisations and the NHS. Alternatively, students may wish to progress to post graduate study to access careers in social work, psychological wellbeing or arts based therapies, depending on their individual interests and experience.

 

Fees & funding

You do not have to pay your tuition fees upfront.

Wrexham Glyndŵr University’s tuition fees for 2022/23 for a full-time undergraduate degree course are TBC.

The fees you pay and the support available will depend on a number of different factors. Full information can be found on our Fees and Funding

 

Programme specification

You can see the full programme specification here.

 

Accommodation

If you’re looking for a place to stay while you study then take a look at our Accommodation pages to get more information on your options, including our on-campus halls of residence Wrexham Village.

International

If you are applying as an European / International Student, and live outside of the UK, you should make your application through our online application system, Centurus.

For information about the university’s entry requirements for EU/international students, please visit our international section