Health and Society BSc (Hons)

* New course, subject to validation

UCAS CodeL431
QualificationBSc (Hons)
Duration3 years
Typical offer96 UCAS Tariff points

About this Course

The BSc Health and Society degree is designed to provide students with the opportunity to study how a range of health conditions are experienced, at population and individual levels. The focus is on understanding why and how health services work in the way that they do, by studying models of care and delivery and whether they meet the needs of the population. Students will develop an understanding of the nature of discrimination and inequality in society, with regards to health and wellbeing, and then study the role of social, political, economic, legal and cultural factors in creating and maintaining health inequalities.

This programme will be of particular interest for students considering careers in public health, social services, healthcare, or postgraduate routes into nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy and other health professions. The School of Health Sciences provides a rich blend of research into health topics, viewing these from the perspectives of vulnerable groups, such as individuals with chronic conditions, offenders, homeless individuals, young people and migrant populations. This means the programme is both varied and deep, and undergraduates benefit from the range of research carried out by our staff, as well as the diversity of practice and experience that the School contains.

Why choose Bangor University for this course?

We aim to provide a friendly and informal learning environment and the University has a long and established reputation for excellent student support. The degree structure is flexible enough to offer a range of specialisms and a breadth of choice across the School of Health Sciences programmes. The degree is taught by experts in the subject who aim to be innovative and to meet the needs of modern undergraduates. The first year's programme is designed to build your confidence, whatever your background, and to develop pre-existing knowledge and experience. School-leavers, mature students and other non-traditional applicants will study and learn together in a cohesive, energetic, thought-provoking and respectful learning environment.

Course Content

We use a variety of learning approaches, and, as well as the development of personal skills, we emphasise the development of practical skills in observation, interpretation, information processing and presentation, all of which will be valued by health sector employers as well as those working in social and support professions.

Teaching and learning activities include: lectures, seminars, group workshop discussions, online blogs and reflective diaries, presentations, and assessment methods are predominantly essays, non-scientific reports, exams, reflective work, dissertation/project, oral presentations.

What will you study on this course?

Year 1

Year 1 consists of 120 credits of Compulsory modules, as follows:

  • Health & Welfare Issues
  • Doing Social Research
  • Social Science Perspectives
  • Health & Society
  • Behaviour & Health
  • The Human Body

Year 2 

Year 2 consists of 100 credits of Compulsory modules, as follows, and a 20-credit Optional module from a selection specified or approved by the School, subject to timetabling restraints:

  • Comparative Health & Welfare
  • Sociology of Health
  • World Poverty & Inequality
  • Interpreting Health & Social Care
  • Biology of Disease

Options include topics such as social work and social services, work-based/placement study, gender, health policies and frameworks, professional practice, ageing and wellbeing.

Year 3 

Year 3 consists of 60 credits of Compulsory modules, as follows, and 60 credits of Optional modules – 20 credits from a selection of general topics in the School and other Schools, and 40 credits from specialist School pathway areas in Public Health, Leadership or Social Care. 

  • Mental Health & Society
  • Dissertation (Independent Project – 40 credits)

Options include topics such as Epidemiology, Health Economics, Global Health, Health Policy etc.

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

Careers and Employability

The BSc Health and Society programme will develop graduates with a critical understanding of the social, behavioural and biological factors that shape health, wellbeing and social care. In preparation for employment, students will develop transferable skills such as project planning and organisation, teamwork, and leadership skills in addition to being draw on research evidence relevant to health and well-being from a range of disciplines. The degree will also allow students to specialise in an area of interest, with option clusters available in public health, leadership and social care, as well as benefit from gaining work experience, locally, nationally or internationally.

The ability to learn independently and keep up-to-date in the ever-changing policy and practice contexts of health and social care is vital to continuing professional development for those employed in, or aspiring to, healthcare and social support roles. In conjunction with the School’s employability lead, students will also develop their verbal and written communication and problem-solving skills, both of which are essential within human services work in any organisation.

Careers and areas of employment typically include nursing and allied health professions, social work, health service management, care provision, public information, research and evaluation of health and social care services, local government, third sector care and support organisations, and public health.

Employability and the School of Health Sciences

Graduates in nursing, midwifery and radiography from the School of Health 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 Skills 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) and Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR)

    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 HEAR is a final graduation report that all undergraduates receive. The report itemises all academic achievements and additional extra and co-curricular achievements. Academic achievements appear on the report automatically and students are able to note their eligible activities by using the online platform ‘My Employability Hub’. This ensures that future employers are made aware of the additional skills the student has gained outside of the curriculum.

    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.


    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 workplace and there are 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.

    TARGETconnect - Working while you Study

    The Skills and Employability Service offers support to students searching for employment during and after their studies.

      TARGETconnect advertises the following opportunities:

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

Entry Requirements

For 2020 entry:

Typical offer is based on a minimum 96 tariff points from a Level 3 qualification* e.g.

  • A Levels
  • BTEC National/Extended Diploma and Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • Access: Pass Access to Higher Education Diploma
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: 96 points from a minimum of 4 Higher Subjects 
  • NCFE CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma 
  • Welsh Baccalaureate

International Candidates: school leaving qualifications and college diplomas are accepted from countries worldwide (subject to minimum English Language requirements), details at:

We also welcome applications from mature applicants.

*For full details go to our website and for a full list of accepted Level 3 qualifications, go to

General University entry requirements

We accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds and 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. For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see

We also consider applications from mature 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.

Specific entry requirements can be seen on the individual course pages.

EU and International students' entry requirements

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

More information

Home/EU students and International UCAS applicants

E-mail for General Admissions: or write to:

Admissions Office
Bangor University
LL57 2TF

Telephone: +44 (0)1248 383717 

International students (non-UCAS applicants)

Email to International Admissions: or write to

Admissions Office
Bangor University
LL57 2TF

Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028

Course Costs

Home/EU Student Tuition Fees (2019–20 & 2020–21)
  • Full time: £9,000 per year
  • Part time: £750 per 10 credits

International Student Tuition Fees

When coming to University, you will have two main costs, Tuition Fees and Living Costs.

There are also some common additional costs that are likely to arise for students on all courses, for example:

Course-specific additional costs
Depending on the course you are studying, there may be additional course-specific costs that you will be required to meet. These fall into three categories:

  1. Mandatory Costs: these are related to a particular core or compulsory module that you’ll be required to complete to achieve your qualification e.g. compulsory field trips, uniforms for students on placement, DBS Check.
  2. Necessarily Incurred Costs: these may not be experienced by all students, and will vary depending on the course e.g. professional body membership, travel to placements, specialist software, personal safety equipment.
  3. Optional Costs: these depend on your choice of modules or activity and they are shown to give you an indication of the optional costs that may arise to make sure your choice is as informed as possible. These can include graduation events for your course, optional field trips, Welcome Week trips.

There are no additional course costs associated with the programme. Students may be invited on extra-curricular trips or research events and the costs of these would normally be shared between School and students where not compulsory or essential to the programme of study.

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

Health Sciences

Why study with the School of Health Sciences?

  • Nursing and Midwifery were ranked 1st with 100% for students with a career after 6 months (The Guardian Good University Guide, 2019).
  • 1st for Radiography Graduate Prospects (Times Good University Guide, 2019).
  • 1st for Radiography and Top 10 for Nursing (Times Good University Guide 2019).
  • Nursing and Radiography at Bangor University is placed in the Top 10 for Research Quality (The Times 2019).
  • Our Midwifery course is accredited by UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative.
  • We have positive links with the local University Health Board (BCUHB) and other care providers in North Wales, and North West England.
  • There will be opportunities to experience bilingual practice in some parts of your placements.
  • We have Experienced Researchers and Lecturers in Health/Social Care and Well Being.
  • We offer conferences, seminars and workshops on key health and social care issues.
  • An accreditation of Prior Learning Scheme, so that previous academic experiences may be accredited.
  • We have one of the largest Peer Guiding schemes.
  • We have commissioned places for some modules and courses particularly for BCUHB and WAST employee.


Student Awards Services implements the NHS Wales Bursary Schemes, which provides funding for healthcare students on NHS funded courses in Wales. If you are considering a professional career in health care and would like to know more about the financial support you will get during your training, then please contact:

Bursary Enquiries: 02920 376854

The Council of Deans also has a funding website with a wealth of information for students considering studying in Wales and beyond.

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 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 2019.

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 Pontio Arts and Innovation Centre, Halls of Residence, and improved sports facilities amongst recent developments.

Guaranteed accommodation in award-winning halls of residence

We guarantee accommodation for first year students who apply within the deadline and hold Bangor as their Firm Choice. Our accommodation has been named the best in the UK at the 2018 WhatUni Student Choice Awards.

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