Plymouth Marjon University

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of St Mark & St John

Health and Wellbeing Practitioner

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Course summary

This degree has been developed in consultation with three NHS trusts to meet the increasing demand for NHS services. You’ll learn to deliver a variety of health intervention programmes using physical activity, social engagement and behaviour change models. Patients could include those undergoing serious treatment such as cancer treatment, those with longer-term illnesses or those with complex needs. This role would lead to jobs supporting patients both individually and in groups, with the aim of improving patient support and reducing the burden on GP and Emergency services. Why this course at Marjon? • Work with patients in our on-campus clinics such as clinics for back pain, cancer, diabetes or fibromyalgia. • We work closely with NHS teams and local health employers to ensure students develop the skills and knowledge that are most desired by graduate employers. • Marjon is a pioneer of health and wellbeing provision and is increasingly recognised as a centre of excellence for innovative patient support. What might I become? This is a new course designed to develop front-line clinical staff for the NHS to support the healthcare crisis and to reduce the burden of ill health. This is an area of high demand as the NHS works to change its approach and provide more tailored support, particularly in groups and in different types of settings. Find out more at Open Day Open Day is your opportunity to find out more about studying Health & Wellbeing Practitioner at Marjon. You’ll meet lecturers and look around our world class Sport & Health Centre. Our student life talks will help you prepare to go to university, covering topics such as careers, funding, sport and our award winning on-campus student support service. You can also take a tour of the campus with a current student and find out about the student-led clubs and societies. Book on to an Open Day at: Why study at Marjon? • Awarded SILVER Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). • High quality teaching Ranked No 1 in England for teaching quality in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019. • Joint 12th in UK for Student Satisfaction as ranked by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019. • Top 10 in the UK for student experience as ranked by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019*. • 5th in UK for Courses and Lecturers in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCA) 2019. *Rankings published 23 September 2018. Oxford and Cambridge excluded due to low response rates. Based on National Student Survey 2018.

Course details


Joe Layden - Course Lead, Health & Wellbeing Practitioner; “In your first year you will learn a sociological, psychological and physiological viewpoint on the wellbeing of a person. You will also learn techniques to help people via physical exercise and engagement. During the second year you will learn more about health and wellbeing across all ages, including nutrition, as well as how to encourage behaviour changes in patients via counselling techniques. During the third year you will learn about healthcare policy, provision and nutrition and hone your practical skills as a health care professional.” 1st Year Engaging with Learning: Personal and professional development Introduction to Health and Wellbeing Physiological basis of Health and Wellbeing Sociological Perspectives in Health and Disease Psychological Theory of Health and Illness Exercise Prescription and the Fitness Professional (Reps) 2nd Year Health and Wellbeing across the life course Public Health Nutrition Health Promotion Behaviour Change for Health and Wellbeing (Introduction to Psychology and Counselling) Work Based Learning Research Methods in Health and Wellbeing 3rd Year Health and Wellbeing Dissertation Health Economics Public Health and Policy/ Management Quality Improvement in Health Care Leadership and Enterprise in Health and Wellbeing

Assessment method

A wide range of innovative and contemporary assessments help students develop essential skills. These include essays, report writing, practical assessments, presentations and website development.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £12500 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £12500 Year 1

Additional fee information

EU applicants will be classed as International unless they have Pre-settled or Settled status.
Health and Wellbeing Practitioner at Plymouth Marjon University - UCAS