Buckinghamshire New University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Health and Social Science

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Course summary

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. 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 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. What are my career prospects? 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.

Course details


Year one 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 two Qualitative Research Methods for Social Scientists Qualitative Research Methods for Social Scientists 2 Ethical Issues in Health and Social Sciences Understanding the Work Environment Employability and Professional Development Race, Ethnicity and Migration Citizenship, Community and Welfare Sport, Diversity and Well-being (optional) Gender and Sexuality in Society (optional) Year three 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 to apply

This course has limited vacancies, and is no longer accepting applications from some students. See the list below for where you normally live, to check if you’re eligible to apply.






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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

For information about applying to Buckinghamshire New University as an International applicant, please visit https://www.bucks.ac.uk/study/international

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

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.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £14250 Year 1
International £14250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Sponsorship information

Buckinghamshire New University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships. For more information, please visit https://www.bucks.ac.uk/study/fees-and-funding/financial-support-bursaries-and-scholarships

Health and Social Science at Buckinghamshire New University - UCAS