Health and Social Science

BSc (Hons) Health and Social Science

  • Study Mode: Part Time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: Six Years
  • Start Date: September 2023

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On this course you will explore the theories, policies, processes and relationships that influence attitudes, beliefs and behaviour relating to healthcare. You will also develop a range of research skills that enhance your employability, such as critical thinking and data interpretation. You’ll also have the opportunity to volunteer for work experience in a relevant organisation.
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Why study this subject?

Our course is perfect for anyone who is interested in how society effects our health and wellbeing. We will study society and its impact on our health and wellbeing, including how harmful trends within our society are dealt with. We examine the impact and the cause of poor wellbeing both in terms of national policy and general healthcare practises.

This subject is perfect if you want to pursue a career in the public sector, either working in policy or politics, with ambition to change the landscape of healthcare and the health sector in the UK. Health and social science will help you to attain key transferable academic skills which are needed to pursue a career in the wellbeing, health, social and voluntary sectors.

You’ll be well qualified for positions such as a health assessment officer, 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 teaching will help you to become more independent as a student and more certain of your 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.

In addition to the great new employability potential and the skills you gain from the course, there are other benefits to studying at BNU, such as our easily accessible campus within 35 minutes of London.

We also offer you the big deal, this means all our societies, trips to institutions, extracurricular activities and more are free to you.

Opportunity modules are a key part of the BNU curriculum. You’ll choose modules 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.

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.

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?

Our BSc (Hons) in Health and Social Science programme brings together the study of health with the study of wider society and its impact on health. Health and well-being are central to this degree programme and learners will examine national and international policies in these areas.

Problems and issues facing societies in relation to health and well-being will be examined throughout this programme with a strong focus on possible health policy solutions. There is a strong focus on employability throughout this programme and you will have the opportunity to volunteer for an organisation relevant to this degree, which will help enhance your CVs for future graduate level employment.

Your course will offer you an innovative and varied degree which enables a coherent journey through health and well-being alongside and in the context of social sciences. We will provide you with advanced knowledge and critical perspectives on a range of topics in Health and Social Science including a critical appreciation of leadership skills and activities in communities and organisations.

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 are the course entry requirements?

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

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.

What are the tuition fees


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£5,100 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

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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