BSc (Hons) Professional
Health Studies



BSc (Hons)/BSc


2 years full-time (BSc Hons)
1 year full-time (BSc)

Start date

May 2021, Sept 2021


Our course has been developed to enable you to gain the BSc (Hons) Professional Health Studies award by offering generic and practice specific modules that are relevant to modern and often complex health and social care. The course is structured to build on your previous qualifications and experience to enable you to obtain a Bachelors award after 1 year of full-time study or to obtain a an Honours award after 2 years of full-time study.

Our course embodies the principles of adult learning and the individual modules reflect current health and social care delivery where the needs of individuals are increasingly being met by a broad range of services working in partnership to deliver safe, effective, value-based care utilising a person-centred approach.

Professional Health Studies will help you develop greater critical awareness of the factors that need to be addressed in the workplace to improve the health of clients/patients/residents. There is a focus on evidence-based practice which encourages you to develop a proactive attitude to addressing health-related issues.

About the course

The development of graduate skills and attributes is an essential feature of our course and as such individual module content will encourage you to explore new ideas and challenge existing views on contemporary health issues affecting everyday practice.

By doing this you will develop high-level attributes and employability skills which are required to shape local healthcare provision.

By the end of the course you will have the ability to identify and propose solutions to problems which capitalise on the potential for enhanced health and wellbeing for patients, clients, residents, and wider groups; through the development of health improvement strategies at individual, organisational and wider societal levels.

The modules in our course are aligned to three themes:

Theme 1: Research Skill Development

Theme 2: Professional Development

Theme 3: Contemporary Healthcare Issues

You will study at least one module from each theme which will allow you to acquire a holistic range of graduate and other transferable skills that are essential to work successfully and professionally within the health and social care sector.

Course modules

Year 1 of UWS study

  • Critical Research Appraisal
  • The Proactive Learner
  • Professionalism in Health & Social Care
  •  Essentials of Dementia Care
  • Therapeutic Communication
  • An Introduction to Palliative Care
  • Supporting People Facing Loss

Year 2 of UWS study

In this year you will study the following modules:

  • Effective Teaching in Practice
  • Improving Population Health
  • Effective Teaching Styles in Professional Practice
  • Global Population Health
  • The Honours Dissertation (double module)

Career prospects

Our aim is to provide an enjoyable and intellectually stimulating course of study that will prepare you for a successful career in the health & social care sector.

This may include career prospects in/as:

  • Providing therapies and support activities in specific areas of healthcare such as cancer and palliative care
  • Project management
  • A therapy assistant
  • A senior support worker
  • Clinical effectiveness
  • Bereavement support

Further study

You may want to develop your skills and knowledge further by undertaking one of the University’s health-related Masters programmes.

You can also pursue a conversion course such as our MSc Adult/Mental Health Nursing or MSc Social Work to work as an adult/mental health nurse or social worker respectively.

What qualifications do you need?

We welcome UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis. If your qualifications are not listed here please check our website, which gives the minimum entry requirements for a range of international qualifications.

Entry to Year 1 of UWS study

  • HND/DipHE in a health-related topic (or equivalent) Appropriate international qualifications


Entry to Year 2 of UWS study

  • Bachelor’s degree in a health-related topic (or equivalent) Appropriate international qualifications

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.

General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • Overall score 6.0
  • No sub-test less than 5.5


The course is 1 year’s duration (full-time) for the BSc option and 2 years’ (full-time) for the BSc Hons degree and has intakes in May/Sept 2021

Fees for 2021

UK/EU Students


At the time of writing, the BSc (Hons) Professional Health Studies course fees for September 2021 may be subject to revision.

Enquire now

All students should apply directly to the University through our online application system. Before you apply, you should check that you meet our entry requirements and you should have all your supporting documents ready.

The first stage of the process is to create a profile; you don’t have to complete the application in one session – you can complete it in stages by saving each section and return to complete it at a later date.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Most courses don’t have a formal closing date, but they will close when they are full; apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.

Before you begin your application, it is important to read the application step-by-step guide for a smooth process.

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Once you have read about us, picked your chosen course and understood how to apply please complete our enquiry form by using the relevent button below, and one of our advisers will get back to you as soon as possible.

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