BSc (Hons) Public Health & Wellbeing (with Foundation Year)
- UCAS Code6YA2
- Year of entry 2022, 2023
- Duration 4 YRS (FT)
- UCAS Tariff 48-72
- Institution Code G53
- Location Wrexham
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?
Health is one of the most important things to people, yet many people spend so much of their lives in poor health. Our public health degree aims provide the knowledge, skills and attributes to become effective public health practitioners, capable of working with an array of populations and tackling contemporary and 'wicked' public health issues.
- Explore how public health practitioners seek to protect, improve and promote the physical and mental health and wellbeing of individuals, communities and nations in rapidly changing social, economic, technological and planetary environments.
- Learn about creating the ‘internal’ and ‘external’ conditions for people to live healthily, as well as tackling the injustices that mean not everyone has the same ability to be healthy and well.
Key course features
- Exciting and cutting-edge curriculum
- Carefully considered balance of theory, evidence and practice
- Preparation for employment through Work-Based Learning
- Authentic assessments that simulate ‘real life’ activities
- Flexible and supportive teaching and learning strategy
- Taught by experts in health, mental health and wellbeing
- *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)
This highly supportive foundation year will provide you with the knowledge and understanding of fundamental concepts and issues in health, mental health and wellbeing, and help you to secure strong footings in personal, academic and professional skills for success in Higher Education and the field of public health and wellbeing.
- The Skills You Need (Core): This module will support you to develop key academic, personal and professional skills required for successful study at Higher Education level.
- Contextual Studies (Core): This module will introduce you to a broad variety of contemporary issues to stimulate discussion, debate, and engagement.
- Fundamentals of Health, Mental Health and Wellbeing (Core): Explore the different dimensions of health, including key definitions of these and what factors influence and impact them over the life course.
- Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology (Core): This module will introduce you to the major body systems and how they work, providing important foundational knowledge that will be built upon in future modules.
- Professional Communication in a Health Context (Core): This module will explore theories and concepts of communication and professional language required by people wishing to enter a career in the health and wellbeing sector.
- Fundamental Capabilities for Working in Health and Wellbeing (Core): This module will provide you with an overview of the 10 essential capabilities that underpin effective practice in the field of health and wellbeing.
YEAR 2 (LEVEL 4)
This important second year will introduce you to the key challenges and concepts in the field of public health, mental health and wellbeing, encouraging you to question common assumptions and develop a more reality congruent understanding. It will also provide you with strong foundations in the skills for success when learning in Higher Education and working in the public health field.
- Study Skills and Personal Development (Core): Develop key knowledge and skills for learning in Higher Education and working in health, mental health and wellbeing settings, as well as support to set goals for personal, academic and professional development.
- Health of the Nation: State of Play (Core): This module will introduce you to the ‘state’ of people’s health in local and national contexts, identifying common physical and mental health problems and their and risk factors, as well as the sectors in which they are usually treated.
- Health, Wellbeing and the Body (Core): Gain the knowledge and understanding of the functioning of the body, including key health behaviours that help to maintain normal physiology, and the signs and symptoms of common physical and mental health problems.
- Health Inequalities and Social Justice (Core): Recognise inequalities in health, mental health and wellbeing and understand your personal role in contributing to the social justice agenda.
- Key Concepts in Health, Mental Health and Wellbeing (Core): This module will provide you with a grounding in key theoretical concepts needed to study public health, mental health and wellbeing, encouraging you to question common assumptions and develop a more reality congruent understanding of concepts and issues.
YEAR 3 (LEVEL 5)
This exciting third year will develop your knowledge and understanding of health behaviour, and how unhealthy habits of body and mind lead to contemporary public health issues such as obesity, substance misuse and mental illness. You will also begin to explore solutions to public health issues through policies and health improvement and promotion strategies and continue in your journey toward developing employability skills to work in this field.
- Personal and Professional Development (Core): Through taught sessions and Work-Based Learning, this module will enable you to continue developing your personal, academic and professional skills and explore contemporary workplace issues such as emotional resilience, and person-centred and evidence-based practice.
- Health Behaviour across the Life Course (Core): This module will provide knowledge and understanding of models and theories that explain human development and behaviour across the life course, and discuss their application to health, mental health and wellbeing-related behaviour.
- Contemporary Issues in Public Health (Core): Discuss a range of contemporary public health issues at local, national and international levels, covering the emergence and development of selected issues, their epidemiology, and the implications for policymakers and practitioners.
- Preparing for Real World Research in Health (Core): Gain knowledge and understanding of the nature of research, its value and place in the field of health, mental and wellbeing, and the research process.
- Strategies for Health Improvement and Promotion (Core): This module will provide you with the knowledge and understanding of established strategies for promoting and improving health, mental health and wellbeing, such as social prescribing, health education and a ‘settings approach’, as well as their application within specific populations.
- Policy and Practice in Public Health (Core): Gain the knowledge and understanding of politics, the policy process and key public health policies.
YEAR 4 (LEVEL 6)
This highly applied final year includes opportunities for you to undertake a research project in an area of personal interest related to public health, mental health and/or wellbeing, and to continue to develop your skills for professional practice. It will also build upon the previous years by critically exploring health behaviour change and grappling with the ‘wicked problems’ in public health, drawing upon theory, evidence and practical experience to do so.
- Developing Practice and Preparing for Employment (Core): Through taught sessions and a Work-Based Learning, this module will enable you to develop a critical and applied understanding of key skills and attributes for professional practice, as well as reflect on and enhance academic skills including autonomous and independent learning.
- Doing Real World Research in Health (Core): This module will give you the opportunity to undertake a research project in an area of personal interest related to public health, mental health or wellbeing.
- Health Behaviour Change: Theory and Practice (Core): This module will provide students with knowledge and understanding of health behaviour change, critically discussing a range of models and theories and their application to health improvement and promotion strategies.
- Wicked Problems and Emerging Threats in Public Health (Core): Explore the ‘wicked problems’ in public health - those involving complex interdependencies that are seemingly too difficult to solve, such as health inequalities and climate change - and discuss possible strategies to tackle them.
- Working with Public Health Data (Core): This module will enable you to critically understand and work with public health data in a range of formats, including Health Impact Assessments (HIAs), community health profiles and community asset maps.
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.
Applicants who present a mixed profile of learning and development through qualifications and experience of working in health or social care, but who do not hold the formal entry requirements, will be considered on an individual basis and may be asked to attend an interview with the admissions tutor(s).
DBS clearance undertaken by Wrexham Glyndŵr University is not a requirement for acceptance or progression onto the programme. However, as part of the programme students are required to undertake Work-Based Learning (WBL) and, depending upon the nature of the WBL, may be required to receive satisfactory DBS clearance undertaken by Glyndŵr University. The type and level of DBS check required will be confirmed to students during the DBS application process. Failure to declare a conviction, which is subsequently revealed by a DBS check may result in exclusion from the WBL opportunity. The nature of declared convictions is taken into consideration following our Consideration of Criminal Convictions Policy and Procedure.
Teaching & Assessment
You will be assessed on this degree via a combination of ‘traditional’ and ‘authentic’ methods of assessment, including essays, presentations, portfolios and group discussions. You will be set flexible and exciting briefs for their assessments, which you can tailor to topics and issues that are of interest. You will be supported in a number of ways with their assessments, including the provision of assessment briefing guidance videos, and the ability to submit draft work and book tutorials with module tutors to discuss their assessments.
Teaching and learning
Students will be taught via flexible and supportive teaching and learning strategies. Students will have a series of engaging and interactive lectures, seminars and workshops on campus, as well as directed study activities, provided virtually. The taught sessions will deliver the module content and include individual and group work, drawing upon case studies and problem-based learning. The directed learning activities will include a range of bite-sized tasks including videos, quizzes, discussion forums, workbooks, readings, galleries and virtual visits. All students will be allocated a personal tutor while completing the degree programme, who will help to guide them with their personal, academic and professional development, and signpost to further support if/when needed.
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.
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.
Graduates of the course would be well-placed to pursue careers in any of the following areas:
- Health Promotion
- Ill-health Prevention
- Health Improvement
- Community Health Development
- Assessment and Surveillance of the Population’s Health and Wellbeing
- Identification of and Planning for Public Health Emergencies
- Identification of Health Challenges and Hazards in Key Settings
- Health-related Research
- Health-related Education
- Development of Public/Mental Health Policy
- Commissioning, Delivery and Evaluation of Health Services
- Reduction of Health Inequalities
- Link Working, Care Navigation and Social Prescribing
Graduates may go on to work in many different settings, including local or national government, the third sector, or National Health Service. Alternatively, students may wish to develop their own social enterprise in the field of public health, mental health and/or 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 £9000per year.
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.
You can see the full programme specification here.
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.