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Foundation Degree – Health and Wellbeing

This course is validated by Leeds City College.

The Foundation Degree Health and Well-being is designed for those wanting to gain knowledge and experience of working in a health related profession. A degree in health and well being looks at health in a broad context and investigates current issues in healthcare. Studying at Undergraduate level helps your opportunities for gaining relevant work in the health sector. Employers are looking for a highly skilled workforce with relevant qualifications and transferable skills.

Cost £7,950 per academic year
When September 2021 Duration2 Years
LevelFoundation Degree AttendanceFull time
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You will study 120 credits at Level 4 and 120 credits at Level 5.

Year 1 modules (Level 4) may include:

  • Skills for Academic Development
  • Communication and Interpersonal Skills for the Health Care Profession
  • Anatomy and Physiology in Maintaining Health and Wellbeing
  • Leadership and Management
  • Concepts of Health and Wellbeing
  • Legal Aspects of Healthcare

Year 2 modules (Level 5) may include:

  • Developing Professional Practice
  • Mental and Emotional Health and Wellbeing
  • Complementary Therapies
  • Nutrition and the Impact on Health and Wellbeing
  • Researching Health and Wellbeing

During the Foundation Degree you will gain general skills such as:

  • Written and oral communication skills
  • The ability to work both independently and in a team
  • Effective problem-solving and time management skills
  • Research and data analysis skills.

You will gain knowledge and an understanding of promoting physical health and wellbeing within the context of contemporary healthcare practice.

Studying at Undergraduate level helps your opportunities for gaining relevant work in the health sector. Employers are looking for a highly skilled workforce with relevant qualifications and transferrable skills.

The assessment process is an essential element of the programme design. Methods of assessment are varied to support and enhance the module design and structure and enable you to develop a range of transferrable skills.

This course is delivered at Keighley College but University Centre Leeds also offers a Foundation Degree in Health and Wellbeing course at the University Centre in Leeds on a full time and part time basis which is validated by The Open University.

This course has minimum entry requirements of 1 x E in a relevant A level or a pass in BTEC National Diploma/Certificate or another vocational level 3 qualification, together with a GCSE at grade C in English. However, candidates receiving this minimum offer would need to demonstrate experience in and commitment to their chosen Foundation Degree subject.


A typical offer is likely to be 2 x D at A level, or a Pass/Merit profile in a relevant BTEC National Diploma/Certificate, together with a number of GCSE grades at C or above including English.


International qualifications will be assessed against these criteria. Speakers of other languages will need to possess an IELTS band score of 6.0 (with no-less than 5.5 in any one element) or a recognised English Level 2 qualification. It is recommended that you have a recognised Maths Level 2 qualification on entry or seek to undertake one whilst on your course.


Students for part time study are required to hold a relevant level 3 qualification and will need to be working in the health and wellbeing sector. Full time students will need approx. 10-12 hours a week, voluntary or paid work experience in a suitable setting on-going throughout their study.


All students will be interviewed prior to selection on the course and have opportunity to discuss placement requirements.


APEL may be possible dependant on qualifications and experience.

Students will also be required to complete the Disclosure and Barring Service process. (DBS) prior to commencement on placement.

As part of this course, you will be required to have an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check and will be expected to pay any fees associated with this. Fees are estimated to be around £60.

If you would like to apply for any of the Keighley College full-time Higher Education programmes for 2021 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.

As this is a new course we do not have destination data however jobs where your Foundation Degree would be useful could include:

•    Community development worker

•    Health promotion specialist

•    Health service manager

•    Adult nurse

•    Dietitian

•    Occupational therapist

•    Or a relevant top up degree

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

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

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

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