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BSc (Hons) Health, Wellbeing and Community

We are pleased to confirm that Writtle University College and ARU (Anglia Ruskin University) are joining together. The merger will happen during the 23/24 academic year. Writtle’s full range of Higher and Further Education courses will continue to be delivered on site at the Writtle campus, enhanced by resources available at nearby ARU. If you are starting your course in September 2024, your degree will be awarded by ARU. Find out more about ARU, including our recent Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework, at

New for September 2024, our BSc (Hons) Health, Wellbeing and Community course provides the opportunity to develop skills relevant to this exciting and rapidly expanding element of the health sector, through a degree-level programme.

Certain long term health conditions, such as type II diabetes, high blood pressure and some mental health conditions can all be reversed, or better still, prevented in the first instance, by proactive approaches to community health creation. Imagine what this may ultimately mean for our pressurised healthcare system and the continued and improving health of our population. Would you like to be part of a team of professionals effecting prolonged change in the way in which we live, for the benefit of all? This exciting degree provides the opportunity for graduates to become part of the solution to an escalating issue, by equipping them with the tools to work within a community as part of a multi-disciplinary team addressing health concerns at their source.

The BSc (Hons) Health, Wellbeing and Community has been developed in conjunction with both health sector and community representatives and is intended to be studied on a full-time basis over 3 years, or part-time or on a modular basis. The course offers a broad base of subject matter relating to health, wellbeing and community in a holistic and integrated way. It focuses on embedding learning through a wide range of community practice opportunities to ensure maximum employability on completion.

During the programme, students will gain a greater understanding of our existing health services, alongside knowledge of coaching techniques aimed at enabling behaviour change resulting in improved health and wellbeing within the community. Understanding the prevalence of health inequalities and their impact, as well introducing person-centred approaches to care and supporting people, allows this innovative programme to equip graduates with the tools they need to become effective advocates for lifestyle change, including the development of social prescribing and health promotion initiatives.

Coaching and Behaviour Change
(30 credits)
Multi-agency Working and Collaborative Practice
(15 credits)
Health and Wellbeing Over the Life Course
(15 credits)
Impact of Lifestyle Choices on Health and Wellbeing
(15 credits)
Building Readiness for Practice
(15 credits)
Research and Evaluation Skills for Health and Wellbeing
(15 credits)
(Choose 3 options)
Therapeutic Practice
(5 credits)
(5 credits)
(5 credits)
(5 credits)
(5 credits)
(5 credits)
Green Space
(5 credits)
(5 credits)
Capstone Project
(30 credits)
Work-based Learning
(15 credits)
Health Creation
(15 credits)
Working with Different Sectors of the Population
(15 credits)
Topical Issues in Health wellbeing and Community
(15 credits)
Group Dynamics
(15 credits)
Enhanced Fieldwork Option
(15 credits)



Optional fieldwork selection
Students can select 3 options (5 credits each) totalling 15 credits from Stage two semester B.

These are the modules that are offered in this academic year; however, the optional modules available may be subject to change for the following reasons:

  • Staff availability - for example the availability of staff to deliver specialist modules, which cannot be delivered by staff who do not have the relevant specialist expertise.
  • In response to feedback and annual review processes to ensure we continually enhance our programmes. Changes in these circumstances will usually be made for the benefit of students.
  • Student demand - to ensure there are adequate numbers on a module to support the provision of an excellent Learning & Teaching experience.
  • The currency of the relevant module. Some modules are specified at a time when they reflect the issues that are currently topical in the subject area. They may have lost that currency by the time that the student is required to exercise the option. In the circumstances, in order to ensure that students are provided with an appropriate learning experience, those modules will be replaced by those which are relevant to the changing nature of the subject area.

The Writtle University College will endeavour to ensure that any impact on students is limited if such changes occur.


The following information provides the entry requirements for this particular course.

UCAS Tariff Points


GCE A Levels

96 UCAS tariff points, to include one GCE A level grade C or above

Irish Certificate

96 UCAS tariff points, to include 4 x H3 higher, one of which in a relevant science-based subject

Scottish Highers

96 UCAS tariff points, to include 3 x B

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

Total (IB) Diploma point score of 24 or more

BTEC Level 3 Diploma


C & G Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma (720)

Distinction (96)

C & G Level 3 Extended Diploma

Merit (96)

Please note:

An equivalent or higher combination of grades to that indicated above will also be accepted.


All applicants must hold a minimum of four GCSE passes at grade C/4 or above to include English, Maths and Science.

Access course

Writtle University College welcomes applicants studying Access to HE Diploma courses. For more information please contact Admissions.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL/APEL)

Information about our Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL/APEL) policy can be found on our Higher Education Regulations and Policies page.

This course provides a mix of assessment methods including.

  • Practical assessments - both in small groups and individually
  • Practical portfolios
  • Presentations - both individually and in small groups
  • Reflective logbooks
  • Case studies
  • Critiques of literature
  • Written assessments
  • Examinations - both multiple choice and essay questions
  • Reports
  • Peer and tutor observations
  • Capstone Project

In addition to potential NHS employment opportunities post-graduation, such as in the role of Social Prescribing Link Worker or as a Health and Wellbeing Coach, there are a broader set of roles for likely progression routes. These include:

  • Public health specialist
  • Community Development Workers
  • Health / Social care commissioner
  • Private Business – workplace health manager/ health and wellbeing specialist
  • Voluntary sector leader
  • Quality Improvement Practitioner
  • Project / programme management
  • Health / Social care strategy & planning