Health and Social Science

BSc (Hons) Health and Social Science with Foundation Year

UCAS CODE: L52L
  • Study Mode: Full time
  • Location: High Wycombe / Uxbridge / Aylesbury
  • Duration: Four Years
  • Start Date: September 2021

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Do you want to study the changing world and the social and cultural influences on health, wellbeing and society?
On this course you will learn how to deconstruct issues and challenges in society related to diversity, health and gender. It also examines the ways in which globalisation is affecting the community and understandings of health, wellbeing and ageing.
This course gives you the key transferable academic skills needed to pursue a career in the wellbeing, health, social and voluntary sectors.
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Why study this subject?

Are you interested in the changing world and the social and cultural influences on health, wellbeing and society? Do you see yourself working in the leisure, health and social sectors, whether in public service, non-government organisations or charities?

Health and social science will help you to attain the key transferable academic skills needed to pursue a career in the wellbeing, health, social and voluntary sectors.

You’ll be well qualified for positions such as health assessment officers, exercise coordinators and lifestyle coaches. Social policy positions will also be within your grasp, or you may choose to work in the voluntary sector working with people in recovery.

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

Throughout your time here we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. On this course we’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and a good leader.

Our modules and teaching will help you to become more independent as a learner and more certain of your discipline expertise. As you learn you'll develop important skills that employers value, such as understanding and working in diverse social settings as well as critical thinking, report writing, presenting, and research methods.

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 knuckle down for some quiet study time too.

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

What will I study?

The course uses a multi-disciplinary approach to investigate the social world from a social science perspective, joining the areas of health, wellbeing, sport and social science together. You will explore health from socio-cultural and global perspectives, as well as those from a political, environmental and social policy view.

On this flexible programme, you can choose from a variety of optional modules in year two and three. This allows you to tailor the programme to suit your personal interests, working to your strengths and fine-tuning your career path.

In your final year, you will work on a large project, exploring a specific area of interest. You will be able to tailor your dissertation to a particular area of interest, such as gender, diversity, ethnicity, ageing population, sport, wellbeing or youth and community. Your choice of subject will be decided by your personal interest in the topic.

How will I be taught and assessed?

This course is offered as a four-year programme, including an initial Foundation Year. The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree.

Our teaching team is highly regarded for its research and publications. Many of our lecturers are social scientists and have active research interest into ageing, gender issues and mental health, as well as the body in society. Our lecturers have worked on projects with local authorities, voluntary agencies and have strong links with a range of guest speakers.

Several modules in this course focus on skills required in the professional working environment such as the role of the professional and working as part of a team. We’ll help you to explore work placement opportunities to give you experience in this field. This might include volunteering within drug rehabilitation groups, housing associations or sports coaching.

Placements Plus

BNU is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.

We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.

Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student, to increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.

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BSc (Hons) Health And Social Science Programme Specification

What are the course entry requirements?

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year. If you wish to enquire further, please send your query along with any academic evidence or references to admissions@bucks.ac.uk

Find out more about our General Entry Requirements.

 

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

Year 1 Modules

Ways of Learning about the Social World

Preparing for Success Knowledge and Creativity

Preparing for Success Self-development and Responsibility

Inquiry Based Learning

Year 2 Modules

Making Sense of Society: The Sociological Imagination

Making Sense of Society: Understanding the Social World

Policy and Strategy

Policy in Context

Sociology of Health

Wellbeing in Society

Contemporary Debates

Media, Communication and Society

Year 3 Modules

Quantitative Research Methods

Qualitative Research Methods 2

Understanding the Work Environment

Ethical Issues in Health and Social Sciences

Race, Ethnicity and Migration

Citizenship, Community and Welfare

Employability and Professional Development

Gender and Sexuality in Society (optional)

Sport, Diversity and Well-being (optional)

Year 4 Modules

Dissertation (optional)

Applied Dissertation (optional)

Ageing through the Life-Course

Globalisation: Issues and Debates

Leadership and Teamwork

Disability in Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System (optional)

Body Culture and Society (optional)

Global Health and Society (optional)

Funding for Sport (optional)

How much does it cost

Home and EU

Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022

£9,250 per year

International

International, Academic Year 2021-2022

£13,750 per year

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?

Contact our Enquiries Team:

0330 123 2023

advice@bucks.ac.uk

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 sectors, 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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