Skip to main content


Health & Wellbeing

Health & Wellbeing

Key Facts

Level 5
Wakefield City Campus, ASIC Building
Start Date:
September, 2021
2 Years
Mode of Study:
Awarding Body:
UCAS code:
Institution Code:

Apply via UCAS


The Foundation Degree Health and Wellbeing focuses on interventions that health care workers provide outside of healthcare establishments. There is also the opportunity to top-up your foundation degree to a full BSc (Hons) qualification with just one additional year of study.


This course combines study and practical work experience to equip you with a combination of technical abilities, academic knowledge, and transferable skills that are highly desirable to employers. You’ll undertake a placement where you’ll be able to put your learning in the classroom into practice and boost your employability. Many practitioners will already have a range of rich and varied experiences of working within the sector.

This course will help you become more aware of developmental approaches to learning and to reflect on your own practice, which will extend your professional competence and effectiveness in supporting individual care needs.

Course Features
  • Huge investment in our new Advanced Skills & Innovation Centre
  • Share experiences with people from a variety of health and social care backgrounds

Course Structure

You'll study a range of theoretical and work-related components which will enhance your understanding of working with in the health and social care sector. You will have the opportunity to choose a topic for a research project which will contribute to your knowledge of a specific area. 

Modules studied can include:

• Life stages and development
• Nutrition and health
• Ethical principles in care practice
• Longer-term conditions
• Promoting health and well-being
• Leadership and management
• Mental health conditions
• Contemporary issues in care and well-being
• Employability in health and well-being
• Work in context
• Study Skills
• Research Skills




Entry Requirements


Minimum 48 UCAS tariff points from relevant Level 3 study such as A Levels or a Level 3 diploma.

Non-traditional entry requirements:
Applicants who are studying the NCFE CACHE Technical Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care who attain an average grade score above pass level, but have not been successful in the Short Answer Examination may be considered following successful completion of a short written piece on a Health and Well-being topic, selected by the HE Programme Leader, in order to assess writing skills.

Applicants with other qualifications may be considered, depending on experience.


Applicants for the full-time route who have A Levels or Level 3 qualifications unrelated to the health and social care sector will be considered.

Applicants may be required to undertake a short written piece in order to assess writing skills.

All applicants must have a GCSE grade A*–C in English Language.

Applicants wishing to APL will also be considered. You will have to provide a portfolio of evidence detailing prior knowledge and achievements.


Points Required

If you’re applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.

Fees & Funding


£6,950 per year.

Course Costs Included in the fees


A DBS Enhanced Disclosure is a compulsory requirement of any offer to study on courses which require you to work with children and/or vulnerable adults.

Course Costs Not Included in the Fees


For more information visit our Higher Education funding page.

The everyday costs of studying at University Centre at Wakefield College that apply to all students include:

  • Travel: costs associated with travelling to and from campus. This could be bus or train fares, costs associated with running a car including car parking charges.
  • Consumables: folders, pads, pens.
  • Printing/photocopying: most written assignments are submitted via Turnitin but there are occasions where you may be required to submit work in a printed format e.g. dissertation. There are on campus printing/photocopy facilities across college and binding and additional services in the college library.
  • Subsistence: the campus has food outlets where students can purchase meals, drinks and snacks. Water dispensers are available around the campus for students to refill reusable bottles at no cost.
Bursaries and scholarships



Other Financial Support


For more information visit our Higher Education funding page.



A health studies degree covers a broad range of issues and helps you develop the skills to follow a career in health, social care, leisure or education

Job Options

Jobs directly related to your degree include:

Jobs where your degree would be useful include:

Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don’t restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here.




I chose to study the foundation degree at University Centre at Wakefield College as I studied A Level Health and Social Care here and the skills I gained from the course helped me to secure employment within the care sector in hospitals, antenatal clinics, and community support work.

I’m now working in the Additional Support Team at Wakefield College and I love my job! The course has provided me with in-depth knowledge of health and social care practice and has given me the confidence to put these skills into place within my work.

Photo of Stacey Louise Scott
Stacey Louise Scott
FdSc Health & Wellbeing