• Study mode: Part Time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: Six Years
  • Start Date: September 2021

Course Overview

Do you want to study the changing world and the social and cultural influences on health, wellbeing and society?

On this course you will learn how to deconstruct issues and challenges in society related to diversity, health and gender. It also examines the ways in which globalisation is affecting the community and understandings of health, wellbeing and ageing.

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

What will this course cover?

The course uses a multi-disciplinary approach to investigate the social world from a social science perspective, joining the areas of health, wellbeing, sport and social science together.

You will explore health from socio-cultural and global perspectives, as well as those from a political, environmental and social policy view.

As you learn you will develop skill-sets employers value, such as understanding and working in diverse social settings, critical thinking, report writing, presenting, and research methods.

On this flexible programme, you can choose from a variety of optional modules in year two and three. This allows you to tailor the programme to suit your personal interests, working to your strengths and fine-tuning your career path.

In your final year, you will work on a large project, exploring a specific area of interest. You will be able to tailor your dissertation to a particular area of interest, such as gender, diversity, ethnicity, ageing population, sport, wellbeing and youth and community. Your choice of subject will be decided by your personal interest in the topic.

More placements, more choices

Bucks is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.

We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.

Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student. To increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.

Course Details


Our teaching team is highly regarded for its research and publications. Many of our lecturers are social scientists and have active research interest into ageing, gender issues and mental health, as well as the body in society. Our lecturers have worked on projects with local authorities, voluntary agencies and have strong links with a range of guest speakers.

Developing practical skills

Several modules in this course focus on skills required in the professional working environment such as the role of the professional and working as part of a team. We’ll help you to explore work placement opportunities to give you experience in this field. This might include volunteering within drug rehabilitation groups, housing associations or sports coaching.

What are the course entry requirements?

A typical offer will require a UCAS Tariff score between 80 - 104. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a degree course, can apply for a four-year programme including a Foundation Year; find out more.

Course Modules

Module Map

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

The modules available on this course are as follows:

Year 1 Modules

  • Making Sense of Society: The Sociological Imagination
  • Sociology of Health
  • Contemporary Debates
  • Making Sense of Society: Understanding the Social World

Year 2 Modules

  • Policy and Society
  • Wellbeing in Society
  • Understanding Sport Development
  • Policy in Context

Year 3 Modules

  • Ethical Issues in Health and Social Sciences
  • ‘Race’ Ethnicity and Migration
  • Citizenship, Community and Welfare
  • Gender and Sexuality in Society (optional)
  • Sport, Diversity and Well-being (optional)

Year 4 Modules

  • Research Methods
  • Understanding the Work Environment
  • Employability and Professional Development

Year 5 Modules

  • Ageing through the Life-Course
  • Disability in Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System (optional)
  • Body Culture and Society (optional)
  • Global Health and Society (optional)
  • Funding for Sport (optional)

Year 6 Modules

  • Dissertation (optional)
  • Leadership and Teamwork
  • Disability in Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System (optional)
  • Body Culture and Society (optional)
  • Global Health and Society (optional)
  • Funding for Sport (optional)
  • Applied Dissertation (optional)


How much does it cost

Part Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022: £4,900 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:
0330 123 2023

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks

Teaching team


What are my career prospects

When you finish this degree you’ll be able to pursue a range of careers in the leisure, health and social sectors. This might be in public service, non-government organisations or charities.

You’ll be well qualified for positions such as health assessment officers, exercise coordinators and lifestyle coaches. Social policy positions will also be within your grasp, or you may choose to work in the voluntary sector working with people in recovery.

As a graduate of this course, you’ll be able to further your studies at postgraduate level.

How will you help me prepare for my future?

Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. Our modules and teaching expertise will help you become more independent as a learner and more certain of your discipline expertise.

We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.

The Big Deal

At Bucks, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why our Students’ Union have developed our exclusive ‘Big Deal’ package. We’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities – all to enrich the university experience.

We offer FREE events and entertainment, additional skills workshops, sports, recreational activities, societies and paid student rep schemes. All at one of the top 10 Students’ Unions in the UK.  It’s a big deal!

We are proud that our exciting and dynamic students’ union is ranked in the top three in the UK for representing student’s academic interests (NSS 2020). It’s a big deal!

Want to find out more? Visit our Students’ Union page or watch our video.

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