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BSc (Hons) Health and Wellbeing Practitioner

Improve quality of life for patients undergoing long term care.

Embedded qualifications including REPs Level 4 Specialist Instructor

2020 entry requirements

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

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Course Summary

The BSc (Hons) Health and Wellbeing Practitioner has been developed in consultation with three NHS trusts to meet the increasing demand for NHS services, and the need for a different type of Health and Wellbeing professional to work within the NHS. This role would lead to jobs supporting patients with their overall wellbeing including physical, mental and social health, with the aim of improving patient support and reducing the burden on GP and Emergency services. Patient support would be delivered both individually and in group settings. Patients could include those undergoing serious treatment such as cancer treatment, those with longer-term illnesses or those with complex needs.

Students will train at a range of on-campus Health and Wellbeing Clinics, such as a back clinic, cancer clinic, fibromyalgia, ulcer or diabetic clinics.

Marjon 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. 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 develop your career.


Why this course at Marjon?

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.

This course is perfect if you're curious about

How can health and wellbeing interventions better support people in health crisis?

How could we break the cycle of GP and emergency services for some patients and give them sustained ongoing support?

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.
Matthew Gibbons - Primary Care NHS Manager for Kernow Health

What might you become?

This is a new course designed to develop front-line clinical staff for the NHS to support the healthcare crisis and to reduce the burden of ill health. This is an area of high demand: the NHS created over 67,000 new posts for frontline qualified clinical staff between 2012 and 2017 and over the same period some 37,000 more people, such as health care support workers have been recruited to provide direct clinical support.

The broad range of options includes NHS graduate schemes, healthcare delivery, health promotion, and public health provisions in the public and third sector workforces. The course provides an excellent foundation for postgraduate study with options to progress onto our Masters of Public Health or Master of Research (MRes) programmes.

Modules for this course

Course Snapshot

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.
Dr Joe Layden - Course Leader


1st Year

The Health and Wellbeing Professional
Right from the start students will gain an insight into the role of a health and wellbeing practitioner and will have opportunities to experience and lead practical sessions both laboratory and gym based settings.
Exercise for health
Whilst working towards the REPs Gym Instructor qualification students will learn how to design, deliver and evaluate effective and well-balanced exercise programmes.
Anatomy and physiology of health and wellbeing
Explore the anatomy and physiology of health and disease with consideration for how these systems adapt to physical activity and exercise across the lifespan. You'll learn how to undertake physiological measurements on variables such as cardiovascular health and fitness, functional strength, metabolism and body composition.
Sociological perspectives in health and wellbeing
You'll learn about the sociological concepts and theories that relate directly to health and wellbeing. You'll also gain an understanding into how social norms and cultural values shape our understandings of our bodies, each other, health and health-seeking behaviours.
Psychological perspectives in health and wellbeing
Explore the psychological aspects of health and illness.You;ll delve into issues such as individual behaviour, stress and coping strategies, disability and ability, loss and bereavement, and ageing.
Exercise prescription and the fitness professional
You'll learn about the structure of health care provision in the UK, including how it has been shaped by economics and politics, how social inequalities can impact upon individual lifestyle choices and how this influences health and wellbeing.

2nd Year

Exercise prescription and the fitness professional
You'll learn about key exercise referral and prescription guidelines in both the general population and in special populations and you'll develop the skills to safely coach groups and individuals in special populations.
Nutrition for health
Study the relationship between nutrition and conditions such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and diabetes and associated morbidity and mortality rates. Examine the range of individual, local and national guidelines and interventions employed to reduce obesity and ill health.
Behaviour change for health and wellbeing
You'll explore the theories of behaviour change in the context of health and wellbeing and learn how to use a blend of interpersonal and communication skills for working with people in a health and wellbeing context.
Health promotion
Study a range of health behaviour theories and examples of their application across a range of interventions such as physical activity in mental health services, exercise referral schemes, falls prevention exercise programmes and weight loss referral programmes.
Research methods and analysis in sport and health sciences
You'll learn the components and nature of qualitative and quantitative research in sport and health science and select and how to apply appropriate research design, techniques and data analysis methods.
Work based learning

3rd Year

Advanced lifestyle practitioner
Based on a comprehensive understanding of several long-term conditions and diseases, you'll critically analyse lifestyle behaviours and be able to design, adapt and critically discuss a lifestyle change programme for adults with a specific medical condition. You'll start work towards the REPs level 4 qualification Specialist Exercise Instructor.
Physical activity, public health and policy
You'll gain a comprehensive understanding of the implications of key government policies and guidelines used to influence the health of the nation. You'll be able to identify and critique the inter-relationship between policy and health providers at national, regional and local levels.
Nutrition across the lifespan
You'll examine nutrition as it relates to athletes across the lifespan by integrating existing knowledge of physiology and health. Study the nutritional requirements of humans throughout the lifespan, understanding changing physiological status and changes in nutritional requirements associated with specific age groups.
Public health nutrition
We'll introduce the theory of public health nutrition and you'll critically review strategies for Public Health Nutrition initiatives in the UK. You'll develop a comprehensive understanding of nutritional guidelines, food regulation and labeling and issues surrounding food security and sustainability at home and globally.
Honours project
You'll undertake an independent project pertaining to health and wellbeing subject of your choice.

Fees and funding

Fees UK students: £9,250 per annum

Fees for International students: £12,000 per annum

Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

Innovative and flexible teaching includes interactive lectures, tutorials, group work, practical sessions, online activities and independent study.

How will you be assessed?

A wide range of innovative and contemporary assessments help students develop essential skills. These include essays, report writing, practical assessments, presentations and website development.

Course leader

Dr Joseph Layden

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.

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Dr Saul Bloxham

Associate Professor

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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.

Dr Kass Gibson

Senior Lecturer

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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 Hopkins


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Juliana is a BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist and currently works in private practice alongside this lecturing role.

Ben Jane

Senior Lecturer

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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.

Dr Alister McCormick

Senior Lecturer

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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.

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