Foundation Degree – Health and Wellbeing

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Do you aspire to join this rapidly expanding workforce? Our programme offers the necessary skills required to support the prevention of poor health and help to tackle inequalities amongst local people and communities that are sustainable and inclusive.

The Health and Wellbeing workforce is informed by the wider social determinants of health, such as the social, cultural, political, economic, commercial and environmental factors that shape the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age. The broad purpose of this occupation is to work in partnership with those individuals and their communities to identify and address health and wellbeing needs to improve overall health.

This exciting programme will ensure you are industry relevant and employable by embracing the priorities of the Leeds City Council ‘Leeds 2030: Shaping our best city ambition’, which is focused towards a community driven, strength based and asset-based approach.

  • Overview

    Health services have moved towards delivering intervention and social prescribing based on a knowledgeable and qualified health workforce to support society with the tools to empower them to make positive changes to their health and wellbeing.

    This course focuses on the health and wellbeing of individuals and groups, their assets around them and how these can be shaped into a holistic support mechanism, embracing the sustainability agenda, that meets their individual needs.

    Combining science and wellbeing, this foundation degree increases your knowledge allowing you to use new therapies and developments to tackle existing healthcare issues. Deepen your understanding of anatomy and physiology, explore the legal aspects of healthcare and develop your communication and interpersonal skills ready for progression. This course has been designed in consultation with health and wellbeing stakeholders to allow you to develop the relevant skills and knowledge needed to fulfil job roles that support health and wellbeing.

    Our selection of modules support your personal and professional development. Alongside exploring concepts of health and wellbeing you will study complementary therapies identifying alternative approaches to conventional medicine. You will also study topics such as anatomy, physiology, nutrition, emotional wellbeing, mental wellbeing and more. With this foundation degree, you will acquire the specialist knowledge which will allow you to pursue a particular health and wellbeing specialism or progress on to a top-up degree or relevant employment.

    For the latest version of the programme specifications for this course pleaseclick here.

    For the latest version of the Leeds City College regulations pleaseclick here.

  • Entry Requirements

    A typical offer is likely to consist of:

    UCAS Tariff Points: 48 UCAS tariff points from two A-levels (or equivalent qualifications)

    A Levels: 2xD grades

    BTEC Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma: MP, MPP grade

    Access to HE Diploma: Overall pass with 60 credits, with 24 credits to be at a Merit grade

    T Levels: Acceptable in a relevant subject

    GCSE English (essential): English Language Grade C or above (grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards). Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy are accepted in place of GCSEs.

    IELTS: IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any component.

    International qualifications: International qualifications will be assessed against these criteria.

    Mature applicants: University Centre Leeds welcomes applications from mature* applicants who may not have met the academic criteria, but who can demonstrate a wealth of experience in their chosen field. Candidates in this category and otherwise are likely to be interviewed to assess their suitability for the course and may be asked to provide a portfolio of evidence to support their application.*21 years and over at the start of the course.

    RPL claims: The course structure actively supports claims for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

    Apprenticeship Level 3: Pass

    Part Time Applicants: Students for part time study are required to hold a full level 3 qualification or the equivalent experience in a relevant subject.

    References: A reference may be requested

  • Assessment Types

    You will be assessed through a range of assessment features across this programme reflecting the diverse mechanisms for cascading information within the Health and Wellbeing sector. The range of assessment tasks include:

    • Presentations
    • Personal development plans
    • Essays
    • Reports
    • Web design
    • Intervention design
    • Case studies
    • Project design
    • Delivery experience

    These will allow you to develop reflective thinking but also build essential employability skills.

    You will emerge as an autonomous and independent graduate that can identify specific areas of interest and offer a deep knowledge base that is ready for delivery within employment.

  • Units/Modules

    Year 1 (Level 4): 120 credits

    • Academic and Digital Skills (20 credits) will provide you with the underpinning skills required for undergraduate study. These skills will be transferable to their professional development journey and provide a framework to support their academic progress.
    • Fundamental of Health and Wellbeing (20 credits) will give you the opportunity to understand what it means to have positive health and wellbeing. It will introduce the basic principles, concepts and models which inform contemporary practice.
    • Communication and Interpersonal Skills (20 credits) will enable you to develop knowledge and understanding of communication and interpersonal skills required for the health and wellbeing sector.
    • People and Places (20 credits) will allow you to examine and explore factors affecting society and the natural environment, within a range of settings, to understand influences and barriers for individual, community and population health and wellbeing. Community development and sustainability approaches will be a central theme within this module.
    • Interventions for Wellbeing (20 credits) enables you to examine and review a range of interventions in health and their implications for wellbeing from a preventative and treatment focused perspective. A range of settings for individual and population health and wellbeing will be explored, considering the sustainability of these approaches.
    • Factors Affecting Health and Wellbeing Behaviour (20 credits) will help you to understand how humans interact within their environment and how this affects their health and wellbeing through a biological/psychological/sociological model. This module will also provide a foundation understanding of the regulatory and legislative drivers, both historically and currently.

    Year 2 (Level 5): 120 credits

    • Research Methods (20 credits) provides you with an understanding of research methodology, methods, and an ability to appraise current research linked to Health and Wellbeing. This will provide a foundation for those who wish to progress onto higher level learning in the future.
    • Creative Approaches for Mental Health and Wellbeing (20 credits) focuses on creativity and what this means to different people. This module aims to examine and explore a wide array of services including the arts, physical activity and other therapeutic activities that aim to promote health and wellbeing.
    • Project Management in Health and Wellbeing Practice (40 credits) This module will build on existing student habitus and develop you into an innovative practitioner who can lead bespoke interventions or campaigns which promote wellbeing in specific populations.
    • Contemporary Issues in Health (20 credits) provides you with the opportunity for you to investigate contemporary issues which affect health and wellbeing. The module will explore what the local determinants of health and wellbeing are and examine local policies and strategies.
    • Leadership of Wellbeing in the Workforce (20 credits) will investigate the complex factors that contribute to wellbeing in the workforce and allow you to explore leadership and management strategies which will promote a healthy working environment.

    For the latest version of the course handbook for this course please click here.

    For the latest version of the programme specifications for this course pleaseclick here.

  • Benefits/Skills

    The structures which mobilise or prevent individuals, populations, communities, organisations and policy around health and wellbeing are often complex, and, at times contested. The Foundation Degree will equip you with the necessary skills and understanding to obtain employment within this sector. Skills such as problem solving through creative solutions, reflective development and review, analysis and communicative skills and professional skills such as project management, leadership and planning (strategic/interventions) are all core topics within the Award. You will be provided with opportunities for connecting with external organisations active within the health and wellbeing sector. These may be programmes and initiatives being delivered within the public and third sector. You will experience excellent student facilities and clinical resource classroom.
  • Careers/Progression

    On completion of this Foundation Degree you may choose to seek employment as a Health and Wellbeing Coach, Coordinator, Community Wellbeing Practitioner or a Health and Wellbeing Project Officer. Alternatively, you may wish to progress onto the Health and Social Care Top-Up degree at University Centre Leeds or another institution.

How to apply

If you would like to apply for any of the Keighley College full-time Higher Education programmes for 2024 entry, (unless otherwise stated) please do so via UCAS at

The UCAS code for this course is L5T3 and the Leeds City College institution code is L21. When prompted on your UCAS application form, please select location K for Keighley College.

The application fee for applying through UCAS is £27.50.

For all relevant policies and procedures and other relevant documents please see the University Centre Leeds policies here.

If you are a student currently studying at Keighley College and if all of the following applies:

  • you do not already have an application with UCAS
  • you only wish to study your full time undergraduate course with University Centre Leeds
  • should you be successful in your application and enrol onto this course, you agree to us submitting a record of prior acceptance (RPA) application to UCAS on your behalf

If you are:

  • a current student with Keighley College, Leeds City College or Harrogate College,
  • don’t already have an application in UCAS for this cycle,

you can make an application directly to us for this course.

To make your application, use the below link and register for an application account via the Create a New User facility. You will then be sent an email to the email address you provided when registering for an account, on which you will need to click the link to verify your email address.

Once you have created an account, you will then be able to start and save your application, should you not be able to complete it all in one go. Please note that your username is the email address you provided when registering for an account.

To access your account again should you need to complete and submit your application form, simply use the second link provided in your verification email.

To register for an application account please use the following link and use the Create a New User facility.

Then you can make a direct application here.

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