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Health, Wellbeing and Social Care

BSc (Hons)
Entry 2017: BBC / 112 UCAS points
Duration: 3 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: BSc (Hons)
UCAS code: BL9M
Placement: Placement year not available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Health Studies
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Designed for people who wish to build a career in the healthcare sector, this broad-based academic programme considers current practice and future directions for improving the health and wellbeing of the community.

Students develop a critical understanding of the skills required for the delivery of health and social care services.   A key strength of the programme is the focus on enterprise, employability and entrepreneurship. This prepares students for employment in areas such as health promotion, public health and 3rd sector services.

Programme content identifies economic, social and environmental factors that influence our health, and emphasises the need for strategic initiatives through partnerships between health, social care and other public, private and voluntary sector organisations.


Students are expected to reflect the values as outlined by the University of Bradford in both academic and practice settings.

These include working together, showing respect and maintaining dignity for service users, carers and colleagues, working inclusively so that everyone counts; showing commitment to your work and consistently offering a high quality of care.

These values also include being compassionate, demonstrating empathy and working to improve the health and wellbeing of others.

We are seeking students who can develop their communication skills, their competence in this field and show commitment to upholding these values during their education and into their future careers.


I would not be able to produce the professional, timely, critical work I now do at Public Health England if it was not for studying Health, Wellbeing and Social Care.

It has given me a broad range of knowledge, unlike any other programme I could have studied.

BSc (Hons) Health, Wellbeing and Social Care

Why Bradford?

A key strength of this programme is the focus on enterprise, employability and entrepreneurship and the work-based learning modules that have been designed to prepare you with the knowledge and skills for employment in a wide range of health and social care enterprises.

During the programme you will develop a portfolio of evidence to support and prepare you for employment. Also you will be supported to develop your skills as an independent learner. You will also learn team working skills required to be an effective member of an interdisciplinary group of professionals. 

In your final year you will learn the essential skills of project management and work with others to organise and run a University wide Health & Wellbeing Fair.  This is always a vibrant and exciting day for our students and it establishes links with local community organisations that support us on the day, many of our students have appeared in the local press as a result of their ongoing work following the event.

The programme prepares students to work in an ever changing and dynamic employment sector. 

Students will develop the knowledge, skills and practice required to apply for a wide range of employment opportunities available to those that want to work with people or communities to improve their health & wellbeing.  The programme prepares students to work as part of an interdisciplinary team, deal with the daily challenges of the healthcare system, and manage a variety of situations under pressure. 

The placements will develop a wide range of transferable skills that are valued by employers and enable graduates to be well placed when applying for jobs or postgraduate study.  The modules studied will enable graduates to tackle health inequalities and social deprivation in order to be an effective leader of change and innovation.

Entry requirements

Typical offer: BBC / 112 UCAS points

New UCAS tariff

We use the UCAS tariff system to help us compare different qualifications. For courses starting from September 2017 onwards, the way points are calculated is changing.

The number of points you get for each qualification and grade will be lower, for example, an A* grade at A level will be worth 56 points from 2017 onwards, instead of 140 in 2016. Despite the lower points, you will still need to achieve the same grades. The only exception to this is that AS Levels will now be worth 40% of an A Level, instead of 50%.

All qualifications that are currently on the UCAS Tariff will continue to attract points under the new system. More qualifications are also being brought into the UCAS tariff system for the first time, including Access to Higher Education courses.

Work out your UCAS tariff points using the UCAS Tariff Calculator (link opens in a new tab).

A levels:

112 UCAS tariff points to include at least 1 full A Level. There are no specific subject requirements.

BTEC Extended Diploma:

DMM. There are no specific subject requirements.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

Meet UCAS tariff of 112. Health Professions, Science or Social Science subject required.

Plus minimum of:

GCSE English at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

Additional entry requirements:

As well as meeting the entry requirements above, all applicants need to be able to demonstrate that they have an active interest in health and social care.

All places are subject to satisfactory Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

If you are an international student and you do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our International Certificate of Foundation Studies.

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS at 6.5 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.



Module name Type
Year 1
Community and Public Healthcore
Equality and Diversitycore
Influences on Health and Wellbeing of the Individualcore
Personal and Professional Developmentcore
Psychological Perspectives on Health and Wellbeing of the Individualcore
Work Based Learning 1 (Introduction to Employment Skills)core
Year 2
Complementary and Alternative Medicinecore
Evidence-Based Decision Makingcore
Food and Healthcore
Health Education and Promotioncore
Media Perspectives on Health and Social Carecore
Work Based Learning 2 (Working in Organisations)core
Year 3
Contemporary Issues in Health Wellbeing and Social Carecore
Project Managementcore
Understanding People in Organisationscore
Work Based Learning 3 (Enterprise, Employability & Entrepreneurship)core

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Employment statistics

86% of our 2015 graduates in Health, Wellbeing and Social Care found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.

Career prospects

This programme will enable you to work in a diverse range of health and social care graduate-level positions.

Previous graduates have found employment in a wide range of roles and settings including healthy living centres, health trainers, public health resource teams, and working with people with drug or alcohol addictions. Other opportunities were working with sufferers of domestic violence, supporting people with mental health problems, and voluntary organisations such as Barnardo’s. 

On completion of the programme, some students decide to continue their studies in the health arena; The Faculty of Health Studies offers a variety of short courses and postgraduate study options through its ongoing Specialist Skills and Post-Registration development (SSPRD) which allow health and social care professionals to specialise in areas of interest such as public health, equality and diversity and leadership and health management.  A considerable number of students chose to pursue post graduate study in social work at Bradford or nursing at a number of local University providers.

Salary expectations

The average starting salary for our 2015 Health, Wellbeing and Social Care graduates was £16,493.


Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: TBC

* Home/EU fees will be subject to an annual increase, set in line with government policy. A percentage of any additional higher fee income will be used to support student opportunity through increased expenditure on access, student success and progression activities.

Financial support

See our Fees and Financial Support website.

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