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COURSE OVERVIEW

  • Pursue a rewarding career path where you can help people to make a real difference to their lives, through positive lifestyle choices and better awareness of health and wellbeing
  • Take the opportunity to work with a variety of service users and organisations through the modules based in the health and wellbeing sector
  • Learn from supportive and accessible lecturers who have experience of working in a wide range of professional services
  • Study a broad curriculum that can lead to a variety of potential career paths

Health and wellbeing are everyone’s concern, and improving health and wellbeing for individuals and communities is a complex and dynamic process, involving a range of professionals.  The roles range from working with people to support positive lifestyles and better well being, through to tackling health inequalities where people don’t all begin life with the same prospects. If you’re passionate about people and wellbeing, you can study to play your part in providing support for people of all ages and backgrounds, and be part of helping communities move towards better wellbeing.

A career in this exciting field involves analysing factors that influence our health and wellbeing, including social, environmental, cultural, economic, political and structural considerations.

This engaging, values-led degree programme provides you with the skills and holistic understandings needed to excel in a multidisciplinary, community based, environment. 

The course draws on ideas from public health, health education, health awareness, community working and the range of approaches to supporting wellbeing in communities, from art therapy to green gyms.

The Foundation Year (first year of study) gives you the chance to commence your studies with us if you have not quite achieved the degree qualifications required or if you feel you would benefit from the opportunity to develop your study skills and subject knowledge prior to embarking on your degree. Through a range of engaging, small-group lessons and practical placements, you will be equipped with the academic, professional and personal skills to help you succeed at university. Modules will cover broad topics as well as an introduction to your chosen subject area. You will also have the opportunity to study alongside students undertaking a range of degree programmes.

In Year 1, you study modules focused on health, social care and community as well as Models of Wellbeing and Global Issues in Community Health.

Year 2 introduces new modules on Community and Change, Emotional Health and Wellbeing, Lifespan Development, and Researching Wellbeing.

Your final year features compulsory modules in Public Health in the 21st Century, Exploring Behaviour Change and Lifestyle, Developing Healthy Communities and Funding and Commissioning. Having built up an understanding of the core research methods and taught modules, you undertake a dissertation on a topic of your choice; this is a significant piece of independent research supported by expert supervision.

Throughout Years 2 and 3 you can choose from a range of optional modules available for you to explore your special interests. These may include Issues in Mental Health, Wellbeing in the Digital Age, Empowerment and Advocacy, Motivational Interviewing, and Eco Therapy.

Opportunities for gaining field experience in Years 2 and 3 will provide you with an applied aspect to learning in addition to opportunities to link knowledge and practice. Taught modules will draw upon and enhance these experiences. 

We envisage health and wellbeing will be a growing area of employment as a more mixed economy of providers emerges, and as the sector moves towards preventative approaches as outlined in current legislation.

Armed with excellent communication, negotiation and leadership skills, our innovative programme is designed to prepare you for a wide range of roles related to health, wellbeing.  The community studies aspect of this degree aims to provide you with the knowledge, skills and understanding to be employment-ready for careers in developing and strengthening communities through the public, private and voluntary sectors.

Pre-approved for a Masters

If you study a Bachelor Honours degrees with us, you will be pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible, you will need to apply by the end of March in the final year of your degree and meet the entry requirements of your chosen Masters degree.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Study abroad

Our BA (Hons) Health and Wellbeing course provides an opportunity for you to study abroad.

For more information see our Study Abroad section.

Learning and teaching

Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market. 

You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures and seminars etc.), you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, your personal tutor and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

Independent learning

Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.

While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Year 0 (Level 3): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 216 hours
  • Independent learning: 924 hours
  • Placement: 60 hours
Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 288 hours
  • Independent learning: 912 hours
Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 276 hours
  • Independent learning: 876 hours
  • Placement: 48 hours
Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 252 hours
  • Independent learning: 900 hours
  • Placement: 48 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course.

Location

Taught elements of the course take place on campus in Winchester.

Teaching hours

All class based teaching takes places between 9am – 6pm, Monday to Friday during term time. Wednesday afternoons are kept free from timetabled teaching for personal study time and for sports clubs and societies to train, meet and play matches. There may be some occasional learning opportunities (for example, an evening guest lecturer or performance) that take places outside of these hours for which you will be given forewarning.

Assessment

Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The assessment balance between examination and coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by different assessment modes is as follows:

Year 0 (Level 3)*:
  • 71% coursework
  • 4% written exams
  • 25% practical exams
Year 1 (Level 4)*:
  • 75% coursework
  • 0% written exams
  • 25% practical exams
Year 2 (Level 5)*:
  • 98% coursework
  • 0% written exams
  • 2% practical exams
Year 3 (Level 6)*:
  • 93% coursework
  • 0% written exams
  • 7% practical exams

*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.

Feedback

We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

This programme is currently being validated. This is an internal process of ensuring our programmes offer students the best learning experience and can result in changes to the content of the course.

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

2020 Entry: 48 points
2021 Entry: 48 points

A GCSE C or 4 in English Language is required.

If English is not your first language: Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent

Course enquiries and applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234

Send us a message

International students

If you are living outside of the UK or Europe, you can find out more about how to join this course by emailing our International Recruitment Team at International@winchester.ac.uk or calling +44 (0)1962 827023

Visit us

Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester at one of our Open Days.

Year 0 (Level 3)

Modules Credits

Succeeding at University 15

Succeeding at University introduces you to learning in higher education and provides you with a framework for reflection and understanding of your own personal learning identity as well as tools for continuing educational success.

Making Sense of the World 15
Foundations of Health and Wellbeing 15
Understanding Community 15
The Future of the Planet 15
The Meaning of Life on Film 15
Work Placement 30

Year 2 (Level 4)

Modules Credits

Health and Social Care Values 15
Communicating with Individuals and Groups 15
Community and Community Development 15
Health and Social Care: Politics and Policy 15
Health Promotion 15
History of Public Health 15
Models of Wellbeing 15
Global Issues in Community Health 15

Year 3 (Level 5)

Modules Credits

Community and Change 15
Volunteering for Health and Wellbeing 15
Lifespan Development 15
Researching Wellbeing 15
Wellbeing in the Digital Age 15
Optional modules
  • Emotional Health and Wellbeing of Children and Young People - 15 credits
  • Health and Care of Young Children - 15 credits
  • Substance Use and Misuse - 15 credits
  • Health Issues for Young People - 15 credits
  • Dementia - 15 credits
  • Growing Older - 15 credits
  • Understanding Physical Impairment - 15 credits
  • Understanding Intellectual and (Neuro) Developmental Disabilities - 15 credits
  • Issues in Mental Health - 15 credits

Year 4 (Level 6)

Modules Credits

Health Promotion in the 21st Century 15
Commissioning and Funding for Wellbeing 15
Exploring Behaviour Change and ‘Lifestyles’ 15
Opportunities and Agendas for Community Development 15
Dissertation 30
Optional modules
  • Practice Experience for Health and Wellbeing - 15 credits
  • Sexual Health & Wellbeing - 15 credits
  • PSHE Education - 15 credits
  • Developing Motivational Interviewing Skills - 15 credits
  • Empowerment and Advocacy - 15 credits
  • Sport, Physical Activity and Wellbeing in Communities - 15 credits
  • Outdoor Health and Wellbeing - 15 credits
  • Arts and Wellbeing - 15 credits
  • Understanding Complementary Therapies - 15 credits

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions.
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Progression from one level of the programme to the next is subject to meeting the University’s academic regulations.

2020 Course Tuition Fees 

 UK/EU

International

Year 1 £9,250 £13,500
Year 2 £9,250 £13,500
Year 3 £9,250 £13,500
Year 4 £9,250 £13,500
Total £37,000 £54,000
Optional Sandwich Year £700 £700
Total with Sandwich Year £37,700 £54,700

If you are a UK or EU student starting your degree in September 2020, the first year will cost you £9,250*. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 for UK and EU students.

Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future, so make sure you know what is on offer to support you.

UK/EU Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £77.08 and a 15 credit module is £1,156. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £6,935.

International part-time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £112.50 and a 15 credit module is £1,687.

*The University of Winchester will charge the maximum approved tuition fee per year. 

ADDITIONAL COSTS

As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

Mandatory

Printing and Binding

We are proud to offer free printing for all students to ensure that printing costs are not a potential financial barrier to student success. The University of Winchester and Winchester Student Union are champions of sustainability and therefore ask that all students consider the environment and print fairly. Students may be required to pay for the costs of dissertation binding. Indicative cost is £1.50-£3.

SCHOLARSHIPS, BURSARIES AND AWARDS

We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards.

Key course details

UCAS code
L54X
Duration
4 years full-time
Typical offer
48
Location
On campus, Winchester