Health Studies BA (Hons)

What is special about this course?

This BA (Hons) Health Studies course focuses on topical health issues including sociology, psychology, public health, rural health issues and health care ethics.  If you are looking to follow a career in health or social work, or you’d like to specialise in a particular area, this course is for you.

In the first year you will be introduced to the many factors that influence health and wellbeing. You can then progress to the generic, rural health or health and welfare stream of the degree.

The second and third years allow you to tailor your course to subjects of specialist interest, depending on whether you choose the Health Studies, Rural Health, or Health and Welfare route.

Special features

  • You will study entirely online, with support from your tutors and classmates, which allows you to fit your studies around your personal and professional life
  • Diverse options are available allowing you to specialise in areas of health of particular interest to you
  • This fully online degree can be studied from anywhere in the UK 
  • This degree which will equip you with a range of excellent skills desirable to many employers
  • You can study individual modules for professional development (CPD)

Entry requirements

  • 3 Scottish Highers at grade C or above OR
  • 2 A levels at grade C or above
  • Other qualifications that may be accepted by the course team include: an appropriate NQ level award at SCQF 6, an SVQ/NVQ at level 3, or an appropriate access course
  • Applicants without traditional entry qualifications but with appropriate experience will be considered for the course on an individual basis

Access routes

  • Access to the university's degree studies
  • Nurses will be eligible for recognition of prior learning (RPL) as agreed by NHS Education for Scotland for entry into years two or three of the BA (Hons) Health Studies depending on level of qualification
  • Candidates with HNC Social Care, HNC Health Care, HNC Care and Administration Practice or HNC Social Science (or other relevant HNC) can apply for entry to year two of the degree

Year 1 - CertHE

View our interactive introduction to the course

Core modules are:

  • Nature of health
  • Introduction to psychology
  • Introduction to social policy
  • Sociology of the family

Optional modules include:

  • Personal effectiveness and study skills
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Psychology of individual differences
  • Introduction to sustainable development (a core module for the Rural Health degree)

Year 3 - BA

Core modules are:

  • Literature review
  • Promotion of diversity and equality
  • Healthy people, healthy places: Challenges for public health

Optional modules include:

  • Ethical issues
  • Promoting and enhancing parenting
  • Introduction to effective management and leadership
  • Legislation and childhood
  • Alcohol and drug studies
  • Practical research skills and analysis
  • Remote and rural health (A core module for the Rural Health degree)
  • Developmental psychology: learning in the classroom

Year 2 - DipHE

Core modules are:

  • Working in partnership
  • Empowering communities
  • Principles and foundations of health promotion

Optional modules include:

  • Care and control
  • Recognising and challenging discrimination and disadvantage
  • Health psychology
  • Diabetes
  • The individual, society and the health continuum
  • Specialist provision
  • Urban rural divide (A core module for the Rural Health degree)
  • Contemporary issues
  • Adolescence: development and individual differences
  • Comparative politics

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

Core modules are:

  • Dissertation
  • Comparative health studies

Optional modules include:

  • Professional issues 1
  • Infomatics in health and social care
  • Developmental disorders
  • Child and adolescent mental health
  • Managing health
  • Disability and society
  • Professional issues 2
  • Abnormal psychology
  • Social inclusion and exclusion

How will I study my course?

  • You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • When applying you will select the college where you will enrol and receive support from your personal academic tutor face-to-face and/or via email, telephone or online.
  • You must also attend a 2-day face-to-face induction at your enrolling college at the start of your course

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 4 years
  • Part-time (structured): 8 years
  • Part-time (unstructured): variable

Each module represents 200 hours of study in the course of a 14 week semester.

Number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent in lectures and your own time spent on individual study and research.

How much will my course cost?

For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

  2016-17 2017-18*
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year
£1,820 £1,820
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £645 £645
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £215 £215

*The Home-Scotland/EU fee has not yet been agreed by the Scottish Government.  The indicative fee level is shown in the table.

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term-time address in Scotland, studying this course full-time, the following fees apply:

  Level 2016-17 2017-18
    Full-time Full-time
Year 1 CertHE £8,000 p.a. £8,000 p.a.
Year 2 DipHE £8,000 p.a. £8,000 p.a.
Year 3 Degree £8,000 p.a. £8,000 p.a.
Year 4 Honours free** free**

**4th year free only for students studying full-time who have paid for the previous 3 years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Part-time (per 20 credit module) - £1,340 (2016-17 and 2017-18).

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) or EU/EEA without a term-time address in Scotland, ie studying from their home country, the following fees apply::

  2016-17 2017-18
Full-time online per year (120 credit modules) £5,400 £5,400
Part-time online (per 20 credit module) £900 £900

What funding can I apply for?

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact your enrolling college for more information.  

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed your BA (Hons) Health Studies degree you might like to consider careers in the following areas:

  • Health services management and health promotion
  • Research and development, and community development
  • Health needs assessment and project management
  • International, national and local government organisations and ‘third sector’ organisations

Can I progress into further study?

Once you’ve completed your studies, you might like to consider progressing on to further study on our MA Health and Wellbeing course. 

Is there more information available online?

You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.

What our students are saying

I can choose when I fit my studies in and where I study. I can even study in my local coffee shop over my favourite latte if I want! I absolutely love the freedom this course has given me; it has given me the flexibility I needed as a busy mum and helped ease the burden of finding suitable and affordable childcare.

Elizabeth Hope is enrolled on the BA (Hons) Health Studies at our Perth College UHI campus, after transferring directly into the second year from another university. The course is fully online so she is able to study where and when it suits her.

Apply for Health Studies BA (Hons)

I want to start in Jan/Feb 2018 or Aug/Sep 2018 or Jan/Feb 2019

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