Health and Well-being BSc (Hons)

UCAS CodeB704
QualificationBSc (Hons)
Duration3 years
Study modeFull-time
Typical offer96–112 UCAS Tariff points

About this Course

The BSc in Health and Well-being is designed to provide you with a unique inter-disciplinary learning experience related to wider aspects of health and wellbeing including public health, leadership and management and quality improvement.  This degree enables students to develop a critical understanding of all the key elements that influence the provision of services that lead to health and well-being.  Students will examine local, national and international policy relating to health and well-being and develop skills to critically appraise the evidence used to support policy development.  It will enable you to explore how legislation, policy, public health measures, leadership and quality improvement come together to enable transformations in services for individuals and communities.  The BSc has good fit with the principles of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 and the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015. 

In your Final Year, you can tailor your programme of study to suit your emerging interests by selecting the modules that best suit your future employment plans and focus on public health, health promotion or quality and leadership.  An applied element to the course in the form of a work placement in the voluntary sector in Year 2 and 3 will enable students to link the academic content of the course to the realities of implementing health and well-being in the real life setting and help students’ foster organisational relationships that will support future employability. 

The Kings’ Fund and Skills for Health have documented the need to change and provide different career opportunities in the delivery of health services.  Students will develop the skills necessary for employment in areas of healthcare policymaking, healthcare delivery, health promotion, and public health provisions in the public and third sector workforces.  This is the ideal degree for those who are working or want to work within health and social care settings and aspire to a leadership or public health position.  Third sector charitable or not for profit organisations contribute significantly to transforming health and well-being by shaping and delivering health policies and include organisations such as Age UK, Alzheimer’s Society, and Médecins Sans Frontières. Follow this link to view the broad range of employment opportunities available in the third sector.

Why choose Bangor University for this course?

  • Bangor University is the only university in Wales to be awarded Gold in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework.
  • The School of Healthcare sciences is ranked No.1 in the UK for Radiography and 3rd for Nursing – Times Good University Guide 2017.
  • The National Student Survey (NSS) results place Bangor amongst the UK’s top 15 universities (excluding specialist institutions) for student satisfaction. This reflects the University’s focus on overall student experience.
  • Our staff have a wide range of clinical experience at the forefront of their professional fields, and work in partnership with local health providers, including Betsi Cadwalader University Health Board, to ensure our students’ learning is of the highest quality.
  • We can help you realise your potential and have an enthusiastic team to help you realise your aspirations.
  • We are leading healthcare and medically related research programmes which are transforming the quality and delivery of healthcare in Wales and internationally.
  • 95% of health research at Bangor University was recognised as world leading or internationally excellent in REF 2014.

Course Content

The course will follow the University structure of two semesters and will be delivered over three years.  A variety of teaching and learning methods will be used such as lectures, seminars, and on-line Blackboard based learning activities.  You will need to read, engage in-group work activities, and complete a range of assessments including essays, poster presentations and group projects.  In Years 2 and 3 you will be required to complete a report assessment based upon a voluntary sector work based activity.

For me personally, the best thing about the school are the tutors. Their mission is to provide the best possible experience to their students and are working hard to achieve this.

Andrea Thomas
Healthcare Sciences

What will you study on this course?

Year 1

In Year 1 modules are intended to provide a broad over view of health and wellbeing matters through the following core modules:

  • Health and Society
  • Behaviour and Health
  • Physical Activity and Health
  • Bioscience in Healthcare
  • Professional Practice
  • Project Management
  • Portfolio Academic Skills
  • Psychology as a Science

Year 2

In Year 2 the modules develop your knowledge and focus on the underpinning theories of how health and wellbeing is dependent on individual and physiological factors through the following core modules.

  • Interpreting Evidence
  • Interpreting Quality and Safety
  • Interpreting Health and Social Care
  • Work based placement
  • Biology of Disease
  • Ageing and Well-being in Society
  • Social Psychology

Year 3

In Year 3 you will be able to focus more specifically on Public Health or Leadership, Quality and Management, by selecting from the options listed below:

  • Dissertation (core)
  • Health and Behavioural Science
  • Health Policy

Public Health Option:

  • Principles and Practice of Public Health and Health Promotion
  • Principles of Epidemiology

Leadership, Quality and Management Option:

  • Health Leadership 
  • Introduction to Health Economics

Modules for the current academic year

Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Health and Well-being Modules page.

Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

Careers and Employability

Employers within health related areas look for graduates with critical analytical skills and a sound knowledge of theoretical concepts linked to policymaking, public health, leadership, and management. The voluntary sector work based learning modules within Years 2 and 3 will allow graduates to be fully prepared for the workplace. Volunteering is worthwhile as it also improves your employability prospects and widens your experience of working in different sectors.

The Students’ Union has a dedicated Student Volunteering Office (SVB) that currently contributes a total of 600 hours each week, promoting a close relationship between the university and the local community. Find out more on the Student Volunteering pages of the Bangor Student’s Union website.

This course is especially suited for those who wish to work in non-clinical roles that support the delivery of services to promote health and wellbeing. Currently, 1.4 million people work within the NHS (NHS Information Centre 2013) and 1.6 million in the social care sector (Centre for Workforce Intelligence 2011) this represents 1 in 10 of the working population. Changing demographics, health needs, and the requirement to alter the delivery of care services means that there is a need to change service delivery and grow to meet this increasing demand. This means that careers within health care delivery, policymaking, leadership, and public health in the NHS, private care sector and not for profit organisations are areas of employment growth. Have a look at this webpage. 

Employability and the School of Healthcare Sciences

Graduates in nursing, midwifery and radiography from the School of Healthcare Sciences gain both an academic and professional qualification that is well-regarded by Betsi Cadwaldr University Health Board, Bronglais Hospital, Aberystwyth, University Hospital of North Staffordshire, the Countess of Chester Hospital and other educational partner placement providers in Wales and England.

Our employability record is excellent and you can view current statistics as well as other essential information about our programmes at Unistats:

Careers advice

Careers advice is gained from healthcare professionals both in practice and in dedicated careers sessions and NHS Careers has more details of the career opportunities that are available to Midwifery graduates. You are also eligible to register for the Bangor Employability Award to further enhance career prospects and advice is also available form the Bangor University Careers & Employability Service.

The School offers a wide range of post-graduate and post-registration opportunities to further enhance career prospects such as Masters degree programmes and courses leading to qualifications for specialisms including intensive care nursing or specialist practice awards. The post-graduate award programmes involve research leading to Masters and Doctoral qualifications, which includes our Professional Doctorate aimed at individuals in advanced clinical or organisational roles which combine elements of practice, research and service improvement in healthcare.

All students are well-supported in practice placements and the Nursing and Midwifery Council have favourably assessed the quality of mentorship provision and student support in clinical placements concluding 'the university and its partners are commended for their excellent partnership relationships at strategic and operational levels' (NMC UK Wide Quality Assurance Framework Programme Monitoring Report 2011).

Opportunities at Bangor

The University’s Careers and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions. Developing your personal skills and enhancing your employability while at university is becoming increasingly important in today’s job market.

The Bangor Employability Award (BEA)

The Bangor Employability Award enables students to build on their transferable skills through the recognition of activities they become involved in during their university life. Students can gain points towards the award through extra-curricular activities such as volunteering, attending workshops or actively participating in the Students’ Union’s clubs and societies.

The Award is open to everyone and taking part in the scheme can make a major difference to your performance in the graduate job market.

Internships

Bangor University runs undergraduate and postgraduate internship schemes twice a year, which allow students to work in a professional environment while learning relevant skills and earning money.

Internships offer valuable experience in a professional work place and there is a range of internships you can get involved in.

Student Volunteering

Not only is volunteering worthwhile – it also improves your employability and widens your experience.

The Students’ Union has a dedicated Student Volunteering Office (SVB) which currently contributes a total of 600 hours each week, promoting a close relationship between the university and the local community. Find out more on the Student Volunteering pages of the Bangor Student’s Union website.

Working while you Study

The JobZone is the University’s Student Employment Bureau; they advertise the following opportunities:

  • Graduate jobs – Local, National and International
  • Full-time, part time, permanent and temporary jobs
  • Work experience / internships
  • Voluntary opportunities
  • GO Wales opportunties

To access these opportunities you need to register with the Careers and Employability Service.

Entry Requirements

For 2018 entry:

  • 112 to 96 tariff points  from a level 3 qualification - these include A levels, BTEC, Access to Higher Education, Irish Highers, International Baccalaureate, Welsh Baccalaureate, Scottish Advanced Highers and others – for a full list, please refer to the new UCAS tariff at www.ucas.com.
  • IELTS: 6.0 (with no element below 5.5) is required.
  • We also welcome applications from mature applicants, individuals with European qualifications and international applicants (subject to minimum English language requirements – see Information for International Students section in the introductory pages of this prospectus).

For 2017 entry:

  • 112 to 96 tariff points  from a level 3 qualification - these include A levels, BTEC, Access to Higher Education, Irish Highers, International Baccalaureate, Welsh Baccalaureate, Scottish Advanced Highers and others – for a full list, please refer to the new UCAS tariff at www.ucas.com.
  • IELTS: 6.0 (with no element below 5.5) is required.
  • We also welcome applications from mature applicants, individuals with European qualifications and international applicants (subject to minimum English language requirements – see Information for International Students section in the introductory pages of this prospectus).

If you have any questions about entry requirements, how to apply, or the course you are interested in please contact us on: 01248 383123or by emailing admissions.health@bangor.ac.uk

General University entry requirements

Here at Bangor, we accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds. We consider each application individually.

All students need to have good basic skills and the University also values IT and communication skills.

As part of the University’s policy we consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same grounds as all other students.

To study a degree, diploma or certificate course you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points. Normally, all GCE A and AS levels, VCEs and Key Skills can be used to calculate your overall points.

For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see the UCAS website.

Qualifications currently not in the Tariff Framework:

Access courses and mature entry: We welcome your application if you’re taking a recognised Access course. We also consider applications from other older students who can demonstrate the motivation and commitment to study a university programme. Each year we enrol a significant number of mature students. For more help and advice about being a mature student at Bangor, please visit the Study at Bangor site.

International students entry requirements

For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages on the International Education Centre section of our website.

More information

Home/EU students

E-mail for General Admissions: admissions@bangor.ac.uk or write to:

Admissions Office
Bangor University
Gwynedd
LL57 2DG

Telephone: +44 (0)1248 382017

International students

Email to International Education Office: international@bangor.ac.uk or write to

International Education Centre
Bangor University
Gwynedd
LL57 2DG

Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028

How to Apply

How to apply through UCAS

Apply online via UCAS

UCAS stands for Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. All university applications are processed through UCAS and then passed on to the universities listed.

Students may apply for a maximum of five courses. For Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary courses students are only allowed to apply for four courses.

The application form is found on the UCAS website, under ‘Apply’.

The early closing date is October 15 for all Oxbridge, Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary students. The main closing date for all applications is January 15.

Your Personal Statement

Writing your Personal Statement is the part of the application form that requires most work. You are only allowed 47 lines or 500–550 words to explain why you wish to study the course and the skills you have that are essential for university study.

To write a successful personal statement for your UCAS application you must have a good understanding about the course and its content. Remember that you write only one personal statement for your five choices. Make sure that the courses are similar, if not the same, and make sure that you do not mention a specific course or university.

Read our advice on how to draft a winning personal statement or watch our video guide.

After you’ve applied

You should keep an eye on your application on UCAS ‘Track’. Offers from universities will appear on track and you will be able to accept or decline offers.

You can only reply when you have received all your decisions. The types of reply you can make are firm acceptance and insurance acceptance. Usually students reply in early May.

International Student?

If you are an international student, our International Student pages offer further information on applying.

As an international student applying to study one of our undergraduate programmes you can;

Erasmus student?

We receive around 350 exchange students every year from all over the world. 45% of these students come from Europe and the remainder from as far as Singapore, South Korea and Australia.

The University's International Exchanges Office is responsible for welcoming these students.

Confused about your next steps?

Take a look at our Going to University website for information and advice on getting ready for university.

Further Information

Contact us

If you have additional questions about academic aspects of the course, please e-mail admissions.health@bangor.ac.uk

Phone: 01248 383123 or 01248 388685

Why study with the School of Healthcare Sciences?

  • We have positive links with the local University Health Board (BCUHB) and other care providers in North Wales, and North West England.
  • Our courses are designed to respond to the changing workplace environment.
  • NHS Bursaries available to cover fees for students on Nursing, Midwifery and Radiography undergraduate degrees.
  • There will be opportunities to experience bilingual practice in some parts of the region.
  • We have experienced researchers and lecturers in Health/Social Care and Well Being and are ranked very highly for our Research Activity.
  • We offer conferences, seminars and workshops on key health and social care issues.
  • We offer an accreditation of Prior Learning Schemes, so that previous academic experiences may be accredited.

Studying at Bangor

Rated Gold for teaching

We have been awarded a Gold rating, the highest rating possible, for the standarad of our teaching in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) assessment. The TEF assessment took into account teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes and learning gain. We were judged to deliver consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students and our teaching is of the highest quality found in the UK.

A top 10 university

The National Student Survey (NSS) results place Bangor amongst the UK’s top 10 universities (excluding specialist institutions) for student satisfaction. This reflects the University’s focus on overall student experience.

Enjoy a university experience that’s amongst the best in the UK

The guaranteed accommodation, student support, low cost of living and stunning location all contribute towards this.

Take advantage of the Bangor Student Experience (ranked in the top 20 in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey) with free membership of student clubs and societies, a new international experience programme and employability award scheme.

Award-winning clubs and societies!

Our clubs and societies have been named the best in the UK at the WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2017.

Unrivalled location

Choose to study in one of the best places in the UK to be a student. Bangor’s location – close to the mountains and the sea - has been described as ‘the best university setting in the UK’.

Investment in facilities

Benefit from continued investment in facilities and services – with an exciting new Arts and Innovation Centre, new Halls of Residence, and improved sports facilities amongst recent developments.

Guaranteed accommodation

We guarantee accommodation for first year students who apply within the deadline and hold Bangor as a firm choice. Our accommodation has been rated in the Top 5 in the UK at the 2017 WhatUni Student Choice Awards.

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