BSc (Hons) Health and Social Science with Foundation Year

Course overview

This course is offered as a four-year programme, including an initial Foundation Year.

The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree.

This course gives you the key transferable academic skills needed to pursue a career in the wellbeing, health, social and voluntary sectors.

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Key Information:

Course duration: 4 Years
Study Mode: Full-time
Study Location: Birmingham Campus
London Elephant and Castle Campus
Luton Campus
Wembley Central campus
Intake: September 2020
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

  • Wellbeing in Society
  • Sociology of Health
  • Making Sense of Society: The Sociological Imagination
  • Policy in Context
  • Contemporary Debates
  • Understanding Sport Development
  • Making Sense of Society: Understanding the Social World
  • Policy and Society

Year 2 Modules

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

Year 3 Modules:

  • Dissertation
  • Ageing Well Through the LifeCourse
  • Leadership and Teamwork
  • Body, Culture and Society
  • Disability, Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System
  • Global Health and Society

Starting Dates:

September 2020

Tuition Fees:


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 CV and 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

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.