Health and Social Science

BSc (Hons) Health and Social Science

UCAS CODE: L51L (Full-time) or L52L (Foundation Year)
TARIFF: 88 - 112 (Full-time) or 32 - 56 (Foundation Year)
  • Study Mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: Three or Four Years
  • Start Date: April and September 2024

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On this course you will study the policies and procedures that affect the running of health related organisations. You'll explore other factors including environmental, contextual and political events and evaluate their impact upon healthcare both nationally and internationally. You will develop a range of research skills that enhance your employability, such as data interpretation and analysis. You’ll also have the opportunity to volunteer for work experience in a relevant organisation of your choice, typically the NHS or health, social care and political organisations. 
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I've got to know my tutors on a personal level and it's boosted my confidence in voicing my opinion when we are in class. The facilities at BNU are great, the library offers a bright, relaxing space to study and see out over the scenery of the town centre and blue sunny skies - when the British weather allows it!
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Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

In addition to the boost in employability you'll gain from the skills studied on the course, there are other benefits to studying at BNU, such as our easily commutable location, our great reputation with local employers and the quality of our teaching team.

Large numbers of students have families and other responsibilities while they study, that’s why we aim to make our course as accommodating as possible to fit around your lifestyle. We also offer this course on a part time basis, which gives you the flexibility to study and work around other responsibilities when you need to. 

With the big deal all our societies, student union organised trips and extracurricular activities are completely free to you as a student. BNU also has opportunity modules, which add additional benefits to your study. You’ll be able to choose modules from a broad selection in areas such as sustainability, entrepreneurship, creativity, digital skills, personal growth, civic engagement, health & wellbeing and employment skills.

As part of this course we also offer opportunity modules which are designed to enable you to develop outside the traditional boundaries of your discipline and help you to further stand out from the crowd to future employers.

What will I study?

Health and well-being are central to this course and we look in depth at problems and issues facing societies and organisations in this area. Our course has a strong focus on developing health policy solutions in order to prepare you for a career dealing with these issues.

There is a focus on employability throughout our course and you will have the opportunity to volunteer for an organisation relevant to you so you can apply your knowledge in the field. 

We will study how our society impacts on our lives, including how harmful trends are dealt with. We examine the impact and the cause of poor wellbeing both in terms of national policy influences and our healthcare practises. 

With an emphasis on how we can make a difference to influence culture, policy and practice, we will study modules such as Wellbeing in Society, Policy & society, Media, Communications and more. 

In your second year we move on to employability skills and professional development, contemporary research methods and ethical issues in research. 

We also help you to attain key transferable academic skills which are needed to pursue a career in the NHS, wellbeing and health, social and voluntary sectors.

How will I be taught and assessed?

There are a wide range of assessments which are designed wherever possible to mirror real world problems and issues you may encounter while working in the professional world. The assessments are designed to be positive to your learning, providing feedback and ways to improve. There are a variety of practical, coursework based and exam-based assessment methods throughout the programme.

Assessments vary according to modules and are designed to test your understanding of the modules. Some of the ways you will be assessed include:

  • reports
  • exams
  • presentations
  • coursework

BSc (Hons) Health and Social Science Programme Specification

What facilities can I use?

Our library is packed with all the information you need for your assessments and there’s plenty of room to settle down for some quiet study. Laptop loans are available if you need a computer and can’t make it into campus one day. We are primarily situated in High Wycombe surrounded by countryside, busy towns and streets and a great connection to London.

While studying with us you will use our BNU online service, which provides access to many of the software applications you use for learning and studying. This service can be used from your own device or from a University owned PC or laptop, from any location.

What are the course entry requirements?

A typical offer will require a UCAS tariff score of: 88 - 112 (Full-time) or 32 - 56 (Foundation Year)

UCAS points can be obtained through qualifications such as A levels, T levels, BTEC or an Access to Higher Education course in a relevant subject. Please list all your qualifications on the application form as you will be asked to provide copies when we receive your application.

A minimum of 2 A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a degree course, can apply for a four-year programme including a Foundation Year; find out more.


This provides a guide of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

This course has Opportunity modules.

Opportunity modules are a key part of the BNU curriculum. You’ll choose modules in your first year from a broad selection in areas such as sustainability, entrepreneurship, creativity, digital skills, personal growth, civic engagement, health & wellbeing and employment. Opportunity modules are designed to enable you to develop outside the traditional boundaries of your discipline and help you to further stand out from the crowd to future employers. Find out more.

What are the tuition fees

  • Home, Academic Year 2023 - 2024: £9,250 per year
  • Home, Academic Year 2024 - 2025: £9,250 per year
  • Overseas/International, Academic Year 2023 - 2024: £15,000 per year
  • Overseas/International, Academic Year 2024 - 2025: £15,150 per year

Additional course costs and financial support

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.
You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

If you have any questions about the fees above, contact our Enquiries team by calling 0330 123 2023 or emailing

What are my career prospects? 

Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.

Our BSc (Hons) Health and Social Science course will help prepare you for a range of career possibilities in the leisure, health and social care sectors. You can work in a variety of public and private organisations in roles such as:

  • Health assessment officer
  • Exercise coordinator
  • Lifestyle coach
  • Social Policy positions
  • Working with people in recovery.

Graduates can also choose to study for a postgraduate course.

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