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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.

If you are passionate about people and wellbeing, you can study to become a change maker helping individuals and communities move towards better well-being and improving life chances for all.

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.

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.

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.

The University of Winchester ranks in the top 10 in the UK for graduates in employment or further study according to the Graduate Outcomes Survey 2021, HESA.

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 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: 264 hours
  • Independent learning: 912 hours
  • Placement: 24 hours
Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 252 hours
  • Independent learning: 912 hours
  • Placement: 36 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 1 (Level 4)*:
  • 75% coursework
  • 0% written exams
  • 25% practical exams
Year 2 (Level 5)*:
  • 100% coursework
  • 0% written exams
  • 0% 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

2022 Entry: 104-120 UCAS tariff points

Our offers are typically made using UCAS tariff points to allow you to include a range of level 3 qualifications and as a guide, the requirements for this course are equivalent to:

  • A-Levels: BCC-BBB from 3 A Levels or equivalent grade combinations (e.g. BBB is comparable to ABC in terms of tariff points)
  • BTEC/CTEC: DMM from BTEC or Cambridge Technical (CTEC) qualifications
  • International Baccalaureate: To include a minimum of 2 Higher Level certificates at grade H4
  • T Level: Merit in a T Level

In addition to the above, we accept tariff points achieved for many other qualifications, such as the Access to Higher Education Diploma, Scottish Highers, UAL Diploma/Extended Diploma and WJEC Applied Certificate/Diploma, to name a few. We also accept tariff points from smaller level 3 qualifications, up to a maximum of 32, from qualifications like the Extended Project (EP/EPQ), music or dance qualifications. To find out more about UCAS tariff points, including what your qualifications are worth, please visit UCAS.

For 2022 entry, in addition to level 3 study, the following GCSEs are required:

  • English Language at grade 4 or C, or higher. Functional Skills at level 2 is accepted as an alternative, however Key Skills qualifications are not. If you hold another qualification, please get in touch and we will advise further.

For 2023 entry, in addition to level 3 study, the following GCSEs are required:

  • GCSEs in Mathematics and English Language at grade 4 or C, or higher. Functional Skills at level 2 is accepted as an alternative, however Key Skills qualifications are not. If you hold another qualification, please get in touch and we will advise further.

If English is not your first language, a formal English language test will most likely be required and you will need to achieve the following:

  • IELTS Academic at 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in all four components (for year 1 entry)
  • We also accept other English language qualifications, such as IELTS Indicator, Pearson PTE Academic, Cambridge C1 Advanced and TOEFL iBT.

If you will be over the age of 21 years of age at the beginning of your undergraduate study, you will be considered as a mature student. This means our offer may be different and any work or life experiences you have will be considered together with any qualifications you hold. UCAS have further information about studying as a mature student on their website which may be of interest.

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 1 (Level 4)

Modules Credits

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

Year 2 (Level 5)

Modules Credits

Researching Wellbeing 15
Volunteering for Health and Wellbeing 15
Community and Change 15
Lifespan Development 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 3 (Level 6)

Modules Credits

Dissertation 30
Health Promotion in the 21st Century 15
Exploring Behaviour Change and ‘Lifestyles’ 15
Opportunities and Agendas for Community Development 15
Commissioning and Funding for Wellbeing 15
Working with Parents 15

This module will be set within the context of parents being children’s first educators; they bring children up and become co-educators of their children once they attend educational settings. Students will consider the complexities of parenting, additional challenges that some parents face and evaluate the support mechanisms available. Theory and research about how parents of diverse backgrounds grow, learn and competently fulfil their parental and care-giving roles will be explored. Students will develop an understanding of the principles of adult and family learning and the range of supports provided to support parents’ lifelong learning, involvement in their child’s learning and developing and participation in school and community life. Effective partnerships with parents to support transitions, share information regarding their child’s progress, and promoting social inclusion of all children and young people, including looked after children will be considered.

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.

2022 Course Tuition Fees

 UK / Channel Islands /
Isle of Man / Republic of Ireland 

International

Year 1 £9,250 £14,100
Year 2 £9,250 £14,100
Year 3 £9,250 £14,100
Total £27,750 £42,300
Optional Sandwich Year* £1,385 £1,385
Total with Sandwich Year £29,135 £43,685

If you are a UK student starting your degree in September 2022, 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 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 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 £117.50 and a 15 credit module is £1,763.

* Please note that not all courses offer an optional sandwich year. To find out whether this course offers a sandwich year, please contact the programme leader for further information.

**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

Disclosure and Barring Service

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance check may be required if you undertake a placement, volunteering, research or other course related activity where you will have contact with children or vulnerable adults. The requirement for a DBS check will be confirmed by staff as part of the process to approve your placement, research or other activity. The indicative cost is £40.

Printing and Binding

The University is pleased to offer our students a printing allowance of £5 each academic year. This will print around 125 A4 mono pages. If students wish to print more, printer credit can be topped up by the student. The University and Student Union are champions of sustainability and we ask all our students to consider the environmental impact before printing.

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
L540
Duration
3 years full-time
Typical offer
104-120
Location
On campus, Winchester