BSc (Hons) Health and Social Science with Foundation Year

Course overview

The BSc (Hons) Health & Social Science degree is aimed at students who have a broad interest in health and the social sciences but who do not wish to specialise in a single area. The degree is underpinned by a core programme in health, wellbeing, a community sport focus, sociology and social policy. A feature of this degree is the second year work related learning module in which students will develop their employability skills. This degree enables students to explore health & social sciences whilst also gaining valuable insight into the world of work, leadership and team working.

During the degree, students will be exposed to a variety of summative and formative assessments whilst developing the academic skills to be a successful student at university. There are different types of assessments: Written Course works, Presentations and Exams.

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Key Information:

Course duration: 4 Years
Study Mode: Full-time
Study Location: Birmingham Aston Campus
London Elephant and Castle Campus
Luton Campus
Wembley Central campus
Intake: September 2024
Course Level: 6
Award: BSc (Hons) Degree
Awarding Body: Bucks New University
UCAS Code: L52L

Modules Studied

Foundation Year

  • Ways of Learning about the Social World
  • Preparing for Success, Knowledge and Creativity
  • Preparing for Success, Self-development and Responsibility
  • Inquiry Based Learning

Year 1 Modules

  • Making Sense of Society: The Sociological Imagination
  • Policy in Context
  • Wellbeing in Society
  • Sociology of Health
  • Making Sense of Society: Understanding the Social World
  • Policy and Strategy
  • Media, Communication and Society
  • Contemporary Debates

Year 2 Modules

  • Qualitative Research Methods for Social Scientists
  • Race, Ethnicity and Migration
  • Ethical Issues in Health & Social Sciences
  • Gender and Sexuality in Society
  • Quantitative Research Methods for Social Scientists
  • Employability and Professional Development
  • Citizenship, Community and Welfare
  • Understanding the Work Environment

Year 3 Modules:

  • Dissertation
  • Aging Well Through the Life-Course
  • Leadership and Teamwork
  • Body, Culture and Society
  • Disability, Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System
  • Globalisation: Issues and Debates
  • Global Health and Society

Starting Dates:

February 2024

Tuition Fees:


You will be assessed through presentations, written assignments (and Exams) . The assignments are provided by the awarding body.

This degree can lead to a career path in the leisure, health and social sectors. This might be in public service, non-government organisations or charities.

A Health and Social Science degree can open doors to many existing and rewarding careers which include:

  • Health assessments officers
  • Exercise coordinators
  • Lifestyle coaches
  • Social policy positions

You may choose to work in the voluntary sector working with people in recovery.

What can I do after the course?

Students graduating from this programme will have core knowledge in health, wellbeing, sociology and social policy as well as a broad understanding of the wider social sciences. If they choose to participate in the volunteering options through the Student Lifecycle and Student Support Services it will enhance their CV and develop their employability skills. Students could follow careers in a wide variety of areas. Typically health and social science graduates follow careers in the public or voluntary sectors, such as the probation service, local government, social housing, health clubs, sport and leisure industry, charities or social research organisations. With post- graduate training this programme could also enable students to access careers in law, community sport projects, social work, nursing or teaching.

Entry requirements

If you do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year programme, or do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, this four-year programme including a Foundation Year could be for you.

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 on an individual basis.

Application based on Previous qualifications:

If you are applying based on your previous qualifications, you will usually have achieved a minimum of 90 credits from a Level 3 qualification such as A Levels or BTECs.

Mature learner 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:

  • Provide a Personal Statement
  • English Language Test (with a minimum 60% score, equivalent to IELTS 5.5)
  • Maths Test (Score 50%)
  • Complete a SAPE Assessment (Screening for Accreditation of Prior Experience)
  • Applicants will also be invited to attend an Interview

Starting Dates:

 September 2024

Tuition Fees: