Health and Wellbeing, BSc Hons

Health and Wellbeing, BSc Hons

The BSc Hons Health and Wellbeing degree aims to provide you with insight into the wider context of health and wellbeing, a subject now firmly on the health agenda. 

You will engage in the scientific study of this subject, critically analysing the importance of the biological, psychological, social, economic and cultural context surrounding individual and community health and wellbeing. 

The implications of policies for the health and wellbeing of individuals and groups are examined considering strategies to promote individual, organisational and community health and wellbeing. You will appraise and use research and demonstrate your potential to contribute to the evidence base underpinning the study of health and wellbeing while developing knowledge and insight about how to tackle these issues.

The highlight for many students is the work experience opportunity that is offered in the final year, where students spend time working with potential future employers.

The Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling is a trusted provider of excellent academic degrees and vocational training. Our teaching staff are research active and are experts in their respective field.  The department is consistently rated highly in the National Student Survey. We pride ourselves on combining high-quality teaching with world-class research and a vibrant student experience. We have well-equipped facilities and laboratories to support our activities and we employ creative teaching methods and assessment techniques. All our programmes offer a wide choice of courses and we welcome and offer support to students from a range of backgrounds.

UCAS code

B901 A BSc/HW

Department

Psychology, Social Work & Counselling

Location

Avery Hill Campus

Attendance

3 years full-time
6 years part-time

Entry requirements

Applicants should have:

  • 280 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of two subjects at A-level OR a BTEC National Diploma PLUS a minimum of three GCSEs at grade C or above (including English language, mathematics) or equivalent
  • OR an approved Access to Higher Education Diploma with a minimum of 60 credits, 45 of which must be at level 3. A minimum of 30 of the level 3 credits must be at Merit or Distinction level PLUS a minimum of three GCSEs at grade C or above (including English language, mathematics) or equivalent

Assessment

Students are assessed through examinations and coursework, including essays, reports and presentations.

Career options

Graduates may pursue opportunities within organisations in health development, citizenship and community involvement, including non-governmental organisations, the NHS, social care, universities (e.g. student services), leisure services, private organisations. Students may also wish to continue with postgraduate study.

Course content

Year 1

  • Introduction to the Theories and Concepts of Health (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Health and Social Policy (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Statistics (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Community Health and Wellbeing (15 credits)
  • Academic and Personal Development (15 credits)
  • Principles of Wellbeing (15 credits)
  • Cultural Competencies in Health and Social Care (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Behaviour Change (15 credits)

Year 2

  • Introduction to the Research Process (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Epidemiology (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Health Promotion (15 credits)
  • Applied Ethics for Health and Public Health (15 credits)
  • Analysis of Health Needs (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Health Promotion (15 credits)
  • Poverty, Inequality and Social Exclusion (15 credits)
  • Health Policy and Economics  (15 credits)
  • One option from: Life, Health and Wellbeing: Bio-Psycho-Social Perspectives (30 credits)

Year 3

  • Environment, Housing and Wellbeing (15 credits)
  • Theory, Evidence and Practice in Public Health and Wellbeing (30 credits)
  • Social Enterprise (15 Credits)
  • Community Action and Engagement (15 Credits)
  • Health Promotion  (15 Credits)
  • Employment based Learning (15 Credits)
  • Contemporary Issues in Health and Wellbeing (15 Credits)

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.Find out more about our fees and the support available to you at our:

Public Health / Health and Well-Being

Our public health and health and well-being programmes are multidisciplinary and examine the subjects from not just physical, but psychological and social perspectives too.

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“I am very happy and proud that I decided to study BSc Hons Health and Wellbeing at the University of Greenwich. My first year of study has proven that this was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I have always been interested in learning new things. Through studying health and wellbeing, I have acquired new knowledge that has improved me and helped me develop a different perspective on health, lifestyle, the community and society as a whole.”

Sandra Egbobawaye
Health and Wellbeing

“Volunteering has made me realise what I want to do. I definitely get as much enjoyment out of our meetings as my client does. From what I have learnt from the health and wellbeing degree I can relate many aspects of each course to my volunteering role, especially how the wider determinants of health affect each individual and how social capital can benefit certain people at different times of their lives. I knew that I needed to do something to boost my Curriculum Vitae but now volunteering has become part of my social life and I have gained so much from doing it.”

Jacqui Wheeler
Health and Wellbeing Student

“During my first year on my programme, my course leader organised a workshop with the organisers who had initialised the idea to set up a community garden on campus. The gardening project gave me a chance to meet people from other disciplines and walks of life. University can bring on stress and pressure on a personal level and the garden project has punctuated my stress levels with a moment of calm and diversion but still in keeping with my course. The processes tied in with a lot of the modules on my degree such as partnership working, healthy nutrition and community wellbeing. I started to develop healthier eating habits and learned how to cook new recipes from the vegetables I harvested. The community garden team welcomed me into the project and helped me develop team-building skills. From taking part in the voluntary work I have begun to discover how sustainability can influence wellbeing practices.”

Pamela Mackinnon
Health and Wellbeing Student

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