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Guide to studying Health Studies

Health Studies explores the framework of health and social care within our society. Read on to see if the subject area could be for you.

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  1. What's Health Studies?

  2. Why study Health Studies?

  3. What jobs can you get as a Health Studies graduate?

  4. What qualifications do you need?
  5. What degrees can you study?

  6. How will you be assessed?

  7. What are the postgraduate opportunities?

What's Health Studies?

A Health Studies degree looks at the structures of health and social care in the UK and beyond. During a course you learn all about related topics ranging from human physiology and psychology to health equality and law. It involves a lot of academic theory alongside practice-based learning, where you develop the skills for challenging issues that surround the wellbeing of society. 

Questions that Health Studies asks include: Should healthcare be free to all? Do all sections of society receive fair health services? Where could policies improve to address social health inequalities better?

Similar courses for Health Studies include: 

  • Health and social care
  • Health and welfare

Why study Health Studies?

A degree in Health Studies shows you how to evaluate issues surrounding people’s health and wellbeing. You’ll gain a deep insight into the structures that underpin society, and discuss, debate and develop proactive solutions to promote equality.

After qualifying in this area, you’ll be equipped with various skills such as critical thinking, communication and reasoning. These kind of skills give you the tools for a career that makes a meaningful impact on society.

Read our seven reasons to study Health Studies for more information on why you might choose this subject area.

What jobs can you get as a Health Studies graduate?

Knowledge of the health and social care sectors opens the doors to a wealth of career opportunities. You can enter into roles within the NHS, charities, the civil service, social services and independent health and social care organisations.

Job roles related to the degree include social worker, mental health worker, counsellor, therapist, community development worker, special education needs coordinator, health service manager and youth worker. Many graduates choose to continue their studies and work in academia.

What qualifications do you need?

You usually need at least two A Levels or equivalent. Each university and course have specific entry requirements, so make sure to check with the ones you’re interested in.

What degrees can you study?

Health Studies degree courses on offer at UK universities include:

  • BA/BSc/MSci Health and Social Care
  • BSc Health and Social Care Policy
  • BA Health and Social Wellbeing
  • BSc Public Health

Degrees sometimes include an integrated foundation year or a professional placement year. Dual honours options are often available, where you can combine the degree with another area of interest such as nutrition, business management, communication or sociology.

How will you be assessed?

Assessments for Health Studies courses come in various forms, such as written examinations, essays, reports, presentations, coursework and final-year dissertation projects.

What are the postgraduate opportunities?

Master’s qualifications, postgraduate certificates and diplomas are typical in areas such as public health or health care leadership. Common courses on offer include:

  • MSc Health Studies
  • PhD Health Studies

Many students continue studying and gain further qualifications in a health-related area, such as nursing, physiotherapy or speech and language therapy. 

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