BSc (Hons) Health and Social Science

Course overview

The aim of the Degree is to equip learners with both theoretical and Practical attributes underpinning Health and Social Science practice. The BSc Health and Social Science Degree is designed an honours degree for those interested in working within the health and social science sector. Through a mix of taught and online sources, it will provide the opportunity for those working in, or aspiring to work in public health or health promotion roles to develop and test their knowledge and skills through the core modules in order to inform their practice and enhance career choices.

Students will be able to make some choices of specialist areas they wish to study through assessment topics that enhance personal development including research skills.

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Key Information:

Course duration: 3 Years
Study Mode: Full-time
Study Location: Birmingham Campus
London Campus
Luton Campus

Course Level: 6
Award: BSc (Hons) Degree
Awarding Body: Bucks New University

Modules Studied

Year 1 Modules

  • Making Sense of Society
  • Social Policy and Society
  • Sociology of Health
  • Wellbeing and Society
  • Contemporary Debates
  •  Understanding Sports Development

Year 2 Modules

  • Research Methods
  • Understanding the Work Environment
  • Ethical Issues in Health and Social Sciences
  • ‘Race’, Ethnicity and Migration 
  • Citizenship, Community and Welfare
  • Understanding the Work Environment 2
  • Gender and Sexuality and Society

Year 3 Modules:

  • Dissertation 
  • Ageing Well Through the LifeCourse
  • Leadership and Teamwork
  • Body, Culture and Society
  • Disability, Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System
  • Global Health and Society

Starting Dates:

January 2019

Tuition Fees:


Enrolment Deadline:

Wednesday 20th February 2019

At LSST we welcome applicants from a wide range of backgrounds. If you have recently been in education or are returning after a long time, we would be more than happy to consider your application.

Depending on your circumstances, you may wish to apply based on your previous qualifications (Level 3, A-Levels, Diploma) OR as a mature learner (aged 21+) on the basis of your previous experiences via our assessment based entry.

Application based on Previous qualifications:

If you are applying based on your previous qualifications, you must have any one of the following:

  • 80 UCAS tariff points from Level 3 qualifications
  • A Levels at grades B, B or B,D and D, or above
  • BTEC Extended Diploma with Merit, Merit, Pass
  • Access to HE Diploma

Mature learners (Aged 21+)

If you are applying as a mature learner (aged 21+) and do not have the above qualifications, you can apply via our assessment based entry and we will consider your prior experiences (work, voluntary, life and other experiences) that are relevant to the course.

You will be required to complete the following:

  1. Provide a CV and Personal Statement
  2. English Language Test (IELTS 6.0 or score 70%)
  3. Maths Test (Score 50%)
  4. Complete a SAPE Assessment (Screening for Accreditation of Prior Experience)
  5. Academic Interview

English and Maths Requirement

All applicants are required to demonstrate they have the functional skills needed to complete their degree.

  • You will be required to pass our English Language test with a minimum 70% score, equivalent to IELTS 6.0.
  • You will also be required to pass our Maths test at a minimum score of 50%.

To support your application further, applicants may also present a GCSE English and Maths (grade 9 - 4 / A* - C) or Level 2 equivalents.

You will be assessed via coursework, written exams including oral presentations.

The assessment strategy is underpinned by the course learning outcomes. The assessment methods tally according to the aims of each module. Each assessment will be looking for evidence that you have achieved the specific learning outcomes of the module and the broader learning outcomes of the course.

  1. Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of the programme a graduate will be able to:

  1. Critically compare between a range of health contexts, such as between individual and institutional contexts, or between national, international and global contexts.
  2. Critically analyse health and health issues, alongside health information and data that may be drawn from a wide range of disciplines.
  3. Synthesise and critically evaluate coherent arguments from a range of contesting theories relating to health and health and social science issues.
  4. Critically reflect on the links between individual experience of health and health issues and the wider structural elements and social processes relevant to health and well-being across the life course.


  1. Intellectual/Cognitive Skills

On successful completion of the programme a graduate will be able to:

  1. Articulate and critically review a broad range of theoretical arguments within a wide range of health and social science contexts and applications.
  2. Draw on research and research methodologies to locate, review and critically evaluate research findings relevant to health and social science issues, across a wide range of disciplines.
  3. Critically evaluate competing explanations and draw evidence-based conclusions.


  1. Practical Skills

On successful completion of the programme a graduate will be able to:

  1. Recognise a range of leadership styles and assess their appropriateness for differing situations.
  2. Utilise and critically evaluate data to complete a researched area of interest within the health and social science arena.
  3. Demonstrate high level skills in oral presentations, including being able to explicate, defend and appraise own position in the light of alternative interpretations.


  1. Key/Transferable Skills

On successful completion of the programme a graduate will be able to:

  1. Undertake, utilise, apply and critique research in a variety of environments
  2. Recognise and reflect on the emergence of own professional identity and understand how it may differ to the professional identities of others in the field of health and social science

Recognise and reflect on the importance of the skills of lay people and be able to communicate and work effectively with both professionals and lay people.

When you finish this degree you’ll be able to pursue a range of careers in the leisure, health and social sectors. This might be in public service, non-government organisations or charities.

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.

As a graduate of this course, you’ll be able to further your studies at postgraduate level.