Foundation Degree Community Health and Wellbeing

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Community Health and Wellbeing focuses on interventions that health care workers provide outside of health care establishments. Community Health Workers use strong interpersonal skills to improve access and early signposting in communities.

The Foundation Degree in Community Health and Wellbeing also offers the opportunity to experience University life, study generic study skills elements, along with health and social care modules (which would suit both acute and community practice), achieve 240 CAT points on successful completion and obtain over 200 hours in a supervised, healthcare related practical work placement.

There is also the opportunity to top-up your foundation degree to a full BSc (Hons) qualification with just one additional year of study. Read our Essential Guide for more details.

2021/22 update: Blended learning approach for USW courses.

[Update excludes online-only courses].

The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to further change through the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.

UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
4A83 Full-time 2 Years September Glyntaff A
UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
4A83 Full-time 2 Years September Glyntaff A

Workplace learning and practical placements are key elements of the Foundation Degree Community Health and Wellbeing which provide essential experience to put the theory you learn in lectures into practice.

Year One: Community Health and Wellbeing course

  • Study Skills for Higher Education - 20 credits
  • Investigating Health and Wellbeing - 20 credits
  • Law, Ethics and Policy - 20 credits
  • Employability Skills - 40 credits
  • Human Health and Disease - 20 credits

Year Two: Community Health and Wellbeing course

  • Employability Skills (2) and Ethics - 40 credits (compulsory module which requires a satisfactory DBS Check)
  • Improving Community Health and Well Being - 20 credits
  • Applying Research to Practice - 20 credits
  • Health Psychology - 20 credits
  • Introduction to Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care - 20 credits

Year Three: Community Health and Wellbeing course

Students have the opportunity to top-up their foundation qualification to a full BSc (Hons) qualification with just one additional year of study.

Top-up modules are:

  • Extended Health Project - 40 credits
  • Implementing and Evaluating Health Improvement Interventions - 20 credits
  • Reducing Health Inequalities - 20 credits
  • Professional Development in Health and Social Care - 20 credits
  • Train the Trainer (health and social care) - 20 credits (optional)
  • Leading and Managing Change in Health and Social Care - 20 credits (optional)
  • Introduction to Disaster Healthcare - 20 credits (optional)


There will be a combination of lectures, online learning and practical placements.

Typically you will have two days per week on campus, which will involve lectures, workshops, presentations and group work; two days self-directed learning via Blackboard (online learning platform) and one day per week practice development in your second year. 

You will have access to a wide range of IT support to aid the two days self directed learning each week which complements the time spent in lectures.

This health course is structured to enable you to work and study if you wish. If you are planning to study the course whilst in relevant full-time employment, a practical placement will not be required. Find out more in our Essential Guide.




The Community Health and Wellbeing course is assessed through a variety of methods including essays, group work, presentations and online applications. Assessments are both formative and summative.

Entry criteria detail typical offers but USW considers all applications on an individual basis which means that we could make offers based on qualifications, personal profile and experience. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable. Find out more in our Essential Guide.


Additional Requirements

An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check on the Child & Adult Workforce and Child and Adult Barring Lists and subscription to the DBS Update Service. (Overseas equivalent required for non-uk applicants)





Typical A-Level Offer


Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Grade D and D at A Level

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Diploma Merit Pass

BTEC Extended Diploma Pass Pass Pass

Typical IB Offer

Pass IB Diploma or two IB Certficates at Higher level.

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass Diploma with 60 credits overall to include 45 level 3 credits all Passes

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 3 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances.

International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

English Requirements

In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.

However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2021 - July 2022 Fees

  • Full-time UK: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

August 2022 - July 2023 Fees

  • Full-time UK: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
DBS * £53.20
This fee includes £40 for the enhanced DBS certificate, the Post Office Administration fee and the online administration fee.
DBS Updating Service * £13
Subscription required for each year of the course for a yearly fee of £13. Please note the service has to be joined within 30 days of receipt of your enhanced DBS certificate.
Other: Placement *
Students have to pay for travel and subsistence while on placement. Costs will vary, depending on location.

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU. 

Admissions statement

After completing your Community Health and Wellbeing course you can choose to progress to a relevant full degree programme. Options include the chance to top-up your foundation qualification to a full BSc (Hons) qualification with just one additional year of study.

You can also choose to leave with a foundation qualification and pursue the career of your choice in a related area which may include the following:

  • Community health work
  • Social care
  • NHS
  • Rehabilitation work
  • Private sector
  • Application to Nursing, Midwifery or Therapy courses

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.