Prepare for a career in the expanding fields of public health and person-centred healthcare. You'll train in our on-site clinics, empower people to make lifestyle and behaviour changes to improve their health and wellbeing.
Three A-levels at grades CCC or above.
Or BTEC triple grades MMM or above.
Or Access Level 3, 23-45 credits with a minimum of 6D.
And GCSE English Language at grade 4 or grade C or above.
UCAS points 96
UCAS code HWB1
Duration Three years full-time or up to six years part-time
Developed in consultation with NHS trusts, BSc (Hons) Health and Wellbeing Practitioner is designed to prepare students to work in the areas of public health, health improvement and person-centred healthcare.
You will be equipped with the skills and experience to set up, deliver and evaluate health promotion schemes. You will help people gain the knowledge, skills and confidence necessary to become active participants in their own care so that they can reach self-identified health and wellbeing goals. You'll be taught these things in line with the NHS Long Term Plan and Personalised Care initiativ, which is designed to improve patient choice and self-management.
Initially you will study modules that are fundamental to your understanding of health and wellbeing, including physiology, psychology and sociology. You'll move on to study public health, health coaching, physical activity, social prescribing, healthy nutrition, and health policy. You will also develop an understanding of the theory behind behaviour change and health literacy.
During your time at Marjon you will have the opportunity to gain professional qualifications and experience in a range of on and off campus clinics and wellbeing schemes. These include our own health check services and several health and Wellbeing clinics (e.g. chronic back pain, cancer, fibromyalgia, leg ulcer or diabetes).
The high professional standards our students work to are endorsed by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA). It meets their Professional Standards for ‘Health Navigator’ and ‘Working with people with long term conditions’. This demonstrates to employers in the sport and physical activity sector that you’ve got the knowledge and skills for specific roles, and also assures the high quality of your training.
Marjon Health & Wellbeing is a pioneer of health and wellbeing provision in the South West and is increasingly recognised as a centre of excellence for health and wellbeing practice by regional health care providers. We run clinics both onsite and out in the local community, where student practitioners train alongside expert clinicians.
Our strong links to the local healthcare system means you will also have access to a range of internal and external partners which provide excellent opportunities for hands-on experiences to enhance your academic experience and professional development. You'll also develop contacts for your future career through the organisations we work with which include Livewell Southwest, Macmillian Cancer Support and the NHS.
The good thing about the clinics is that they if you wanted to specialise in a particular area, it allows you to specialise but if you're not sure and you want to dip your toe in, you can kind of, you know, try the different clinics and see how they how they work with you. It gives you I think it gives you quite a few opportunities to clinics, because essentially I think you go into health and well-being to help people and so right from the get go from year one, you're given the opportunity to go into the clinics, which I was amazed by. I didn't I didn't expect it for year one being involved in the clinics but as a student, you come to the clinics to gain experience and you come out with that clinical experience but at the end of it, it was really lovely, is how thankful the patients were or, you know, uses of the clinic, if you like were for having had that in place. You get such a variety of things that you do in the clinic. So they don't just come along and you kind of give a program and, you know, that's what you go away with. It's about helping people to try out different things, to become more physically active, and have the confidence to be active. And they get to try a range of different things, so we're not saying, okay, do all of this and this is what's going to work for you it's try this and see what works for you. See what tools you can put into your toolbox to help you moving forward. So I was really impressed with the kind of variety this in the clinics. I think it does give you confidence for your future, even as a mature student. I've come to university, not exactly knowing the direction that I want to go in. So having the opportunity to work in the clinics not only gives you confidence that you've had practical experience, but also, you know, it's going to help along the way to help decide where you want to go with the degree. So it has these kind of two benefits, really. That was another big win for me, the Marjon was a small community,a small university. I think it's really helped me. I don't know what it's like in other universities, but we've had like a really personal connection with each one of our lecturers. I felt that's been really, really helpful and great. I think you can there is very much a family feel to the university, and it does feel like a close knit family. People that are kind of in year three, they don't want to leave. And people say that how special it is and a special is nice and you do get that nice close knit feel from it.
During my third year, I was involved in a placement that basically exposed me to a whole aspect of health care that I hadn't even thought about before and by working on a placement at the clinics, I kind of really discovered a passion for working with people, looking after their health, long term managing conditions such as diabetes, Venous leg ulcers chronic pain and cancer, back pain as well. The clinics have a very hands-off approach so it's quite independent to work with people, but with that kind of safety net in the background so it gives you a chance to find your own style, to try and apply the knowledge that you learned through your degree in a kind of practical way, but without somebody kind of, you know, hovering over the top of you but you always felt like there was somebody around to ask for help if you needed it and that really built my confidence, particularly working with people and building the communication skills that I think are really necessary for this kind of role.
What I will say that I think is the most awesome thing about this course is that there are so many things that you learn is very, very diverse so not only are you learning about the clinical application, but you're learning about public health. So it really brings a broad area from which you can kind of start from and branch out from and then, you know, there's so many different things that you can learn and try so that you can really get onto your path. So I would say absolutely go for it. Yeah, it's a brilliant course. Great lecturers, lovely people. Definitely recommend it.
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.
You’ll get real world experience in our laboratories and on-site clinics and through our extensive professional networks.
You'll be taught by a multi-disciplinary team of academics ensuring you learn from a range of experts.
You'll develop the ability to design, deliver and evaluate a variety of health intervention programmes using physical activity, social engagement and behaviour change models.
Gain practical skills training at our on-site clinics and in our sports science lab which is accredited by the British Association of Sport & Exercise Science (BASES).
You'll work with real patients as part of a professional health and wellbeing team.
“ 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.”
“I enjoy every topic of this course and I’m gaining the knowledge and skills to help others with their health and wellbeing needs. I’m also improving my knowledge of how to research things. The support, personal and academic, is amazing and I would recommend Marjon to anyone. I’ve come from Europe and this course is giving me an opportunity to learn about the differences between cultures which makes it really interesting.”
“The thing I enjoy most is the broad range of topics, spanning across all aspects of health. Not only does it keep the course exciting, but it provides a broad knowledge base that can be applied to many professions - the skill sets earned are wide. Marjon are focused on developing us individually and help us create an individualised plan towards our long-term career goals. As a first-year I’ve already had opportunities to engage with the University’s clinics which provide unique experience.”
How can health and wellbeing interventions better support people in health crisis?
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How do health and wellbeing professionals approach working with individuals and groups?
What can the government do to improve the health of the nation?
Why are there inequalities in health between different groups in society, and is there anything we can do about it?
How can science help improve health and wellbeing in vulnerable groups?
“ This degree provides a solid foundation in the understanding of health and wellbeing, and graduates will comprehend the importance of lifestyle intervention as a model of care. They will have spent time working in a healthcare environment and will have demonstrated skills in health economics and quality improvement. Graduates looking to enter healthcare will be equipped with skills needed to help the change and they will ensure the continual improvement that is required to sustain it.”
Health and Wellbeing professionals are in high demand. This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to develop and deliver health and wellbeing services. With an ability to understand health inequalities, provide consultancy and advice on health and wellbeing and to be able to initiate, deliver and evaluate health and wellbeing services a broad range of career opportunities open up.
Typical roles include (but are not limited too):
CIMSPA certify that this course meets the professional standards set by employers in the physical activity and fitness sector for ‘Health Navigator’ and ‘Working with people with long term conditions’.
Innovative and flexible teaching includes interactive lectures, tutorials, group work, practical sessions, online activities and independent study.
A wide range of innovative and contemporary assessments help students develop essential skills. These include essays, report writing, practical assessments, presentations and website development.
Joe has 20 years experience within the area of health and exercise physiology. Prior to arriving at Marjon he worked as an occupational physiologist and researcher for organisations such as the UK Ministry of Defence and the Netherlands National Research Office. Joe's research interests are in health and well-being and he has published work on health care interventions, physiology and metabolism and he is passionate about sharing knowledge and educating others.View full profile
Fees UK students: £9,250 per annum
Fees for International students: £12,500 per annum
Dean of the School of Sport, Health & Wellbeing and ProfessorView profile
Saul's research focuses on the prevention and treating non communicable disease through lifestyle interventions. He has established several health and wellbeing clinics in partnership with the NHS and charitable organisations to support patients with back pain, cancer, fibromyalgia and leg ulcers.
John is an exercise specialist with an interest in lifestyle behaviour change and health services evaluation. He holds an MSc in Preventive Cardiology and REPS accredited qualifications in exercise referral and cardiac rehabilitation.
Associate ProfessorView profile
Kass is a qualified PE teacher who has taught in schools, colleges, and universities in New Zealand, Japan, Canada, and the UK. He is a member of the University of Toronto’s Suffering, Pain and Ethics Lab Scientific Team. His research examines experiences and practices in physical activity health promotion, sport, and physical education.
Juliana is a BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist and currently works in private practice alongside this lecturing role.
Senior LecturerView profile
Ben has more than twenty years of experience working in various health and fitness roles. In this time he has worked with more than a thousand participants and helped train hundreds of fitness professionals.
Senior LecturerView profile
Alister teaches psychology and its applications to sport, exercise, and health. His main research interest is how psychological interventions can be used to improve the performances of people who participate in endurance events, such as middle- and long-distance running, cycling, swimming, and triathlon events.
Lecturer of Sport, Health and PEView profile