Dip HE Health & Social Wellbeing (with Foundation Year)

Course details

  • UCAS Code207F
  • Year of entry 2022
  • Duration 4 YRS (FT)
  • UCAS Tariff 48
  • Institution Code G53
  • Location Wrexham
Health & Wellbeing students sit on opposite sides of a desk and discuss their work

Course Highlights


to local employers ensure teaching is relevant to current practice

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)*

Why choose this course?

The health and social care fields are increasingly integrating, in a move towards delivering seamless and relevant health, wellbeing and social care services, resulting in new and innovative roles within the third sector, private and local authority provision.

These roles are increasingly held by people who do not work within ‘traditional’ roles such as nursing or social work, but which require an understanding of the needs of those within the community, particularly those for example with long term conditions, informal carers and the preventative role of public health initiatives.

The programme:

  • Is for those wishing to work in health and social care, or those already working in the field who want theoretical knowledge to ensure their practice is contemporaneous and evidence-based.
  • Develops students' understanding of the improvement of wellbeing for those with long-term and continuing illnesses/diseases and their carers.
  • Addresses both physical and mental health and wellbeing across the lifespan.
  • Utilises case-based learning, with cases informed by service user stories to provide students with understanding of the lived experience of health.
  • Is designed to ensure each graduate has a full CV, offering a breadth of skills to potential employers within the sector.
  • Includes work-based experience which you can tailor to your own area(s) of interest.
  • Offers a peer mentor scheme for support from other students.
  • *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.
  • *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

  • Includes a foundation year to prepare you for further study.
  • 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 year two 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


The foundation year raises student’s awareness of issues that impact 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 which underpin safe and effective care for individuals.


  • The Skills You Need 
  • Contextual Studies 
  • Foundations of Health, Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Fundamental Capabilities for working in health and wellbeing 
  • Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology 
  • Professionalism and Communication 


At Level 4, you'll undertake modules that provide the foundation knowledge to enable you to explore key areas across the health sector.


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


At Level 5, you will be introduced to health policy and social prescribing. You will also learn about factors contributing to poor mental health across the lifespan and the impact of providing support to people who have long term care needs.

Work-based learning experience is also introduced at Level 5.


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

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 Foundation Year is 48 UCAS points at A level or equivalent – this includes relevant Access to Higher Education courses. Applicants should be able to demonstrate the emotional and psychological maturity to work with vulnerable people 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 have additional life or work experience and can demonstrate an ability to engage with the academic challenges of the programme. Candidates without standard entry requirements may be invited to interview.

Teaching & Assessment

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


The course is taught on 2 full days per week but students are expected to engage in independent study outside of these hours. Students will be assigned a personal tutor on enrolment who will support them throughout their time at university.

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 Services 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 & 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 a range of areas such as third sector organisations, local authority and the NHS. Students may also wish to pursue further study by topping up to either the BSc Health and Wellbeing or the BSc Mental Health and Wellbeing.

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 & finance pages. You will also find information about what your fees include in the FAQs.



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.


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