Health and Community Development BSc(Hons) 2017-18

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About the course

The UK government continues its interest in delivering services in community settings. This course reflects the rising demand for health and community development professionals and is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to work in a variety of community contexts.

One of the great things about this course is the professional accreditation that you'll achieve (if you successfully graduate), helping to prepare you for the world of work. The course is accredited by the Endorsement and Quality Standards Board for Community Development Learning (ESB), and upon graduation you'll have the opportunity to become a recognised community development worker.

The course aims to provide a challenging yet supportive environment for professional and personal development and helps you to gain essential skills valued by employers. The work placement module also offers the opportunity to develop and practice your skills in the real world.

Why study Health and Community Development at Huddersfield?

  • In the 2015 National Student Survey, Health and Community Development at Huddersfield received a 90% satisfaction score.

  • In your second year, you'll have the opportunity to benefit from a work placement. This will help to increase your future employability prospects and allow you to make useful contacts in industry.

  • You'll be taught by professionals from health, social care and community work with experience of international teaching, research and practice.

UCAS code:

Start date:
18 / 09 / 2017


3 years full-time

Course type:

Full Time


Clearing helpline:
03301 232 277

Course content

A multi-disciplinary approach is used based on the fundamental values of community development including social justice, inclusion, equality and mutual respect. We explore the concepts of community engagement, participation and factors that affect the health and wellbeing of communities.

You'll explore the social and political aspects of community life and be supported to develop the skills and analytical tools required to work in a range of organisations and jobs.

Through the ‘Work Placement Module' in year 2, you'll have the opportunity to apply your learning and knowledge in a professional setting, via a practical work-based experience.

Read on for details of each module.

Year 1

Core modules:

Assessing Community Needs

You'll consider the purpose, ethics and methods of assessing needs and issues within a community and will explore needs within a community development context. You'll also be supported to develop the skills required to access, analyse and present complex data by gathering and analysing information relating to a variety of factors including housing, crime, health, social capital and community activities, and considering the role each plays in the functioning of a community and the wellbeing of its members. You'll then use this data to produce coursework in the form of a community profile (worth 100% of module marks).

Health and Well-Being

This module provides an overview of the factors which may influence the health and wellbeing of individuals, cultures and communities. You will explore the influence of physiological, psychological and social factors and the interrelationships between them. You will reflect on different perspectives of health, with the opportunity to compare and contrast them with your own views and experiences. The module is assessed through coursework comprising of a mind map and commentary, and a portfolio.

Principles and Practice of Community Development

You will be supported to develop an understanding of how various organisations work alongside communities. As a subject currently high on social and political agendas, you will explore origins, values and activities associated with gaining community development skills. You will examine diverse community groups and engage with external speakers and practitioners to gain knowledge of underlying theories and concepts of community practice. This module is assessed through 2 essays of 2,000 words each (50% each)

Values and Skills for Self Development

This module provides you with the opportunity to assess and develop your own personal values and academic skills related to community development practice. You'll be introduced to issues including diversity, discrimination, oppression and inequality, and explore models of reflection as a basis for becoming a reflective community development worker. This module will also help to prepare you for your work placement in year 2. Assessment will involve producing two pieces of coursework; an essay (worth 25% of module marks) and a portfolio (worth 75% of module marks).

Year 2

Core modules:

Health Promotion Skills in the Community

You’ll be supported to develop a critical understanding of health promotion and the range of skills required in health promotion practice. Through coursework, you will be encouraged to build communication, leadership and organisational skills with the opportunity to put what you have learnt into practice. Firstly, working in groups you will prepare, plan and deliver a health promotion workshop. Secondly, through an essay you will discuss legal and ethical issues and how these can affect the health and social care working environment.

Research Methods in Health and Wellbeing

You'll explore research methodology which will help you to develop skills necessary for your final year dissertation and future employment. You'll be introduced to a range of research designs and develop decision-making skills to help you to identify the most suitable approach to address a given research problem. You'll also consider key issues of reliability, validity and ethics at different stages of the research process. Assessment will involve completing two pieces of coursework comprising of a critical commentary (worth 50% of module marks) and a presentation (worth 50% of module marks).

Skills for Community Development

This module provides the opportunity for you to gain the necessary skills required for a community development practitioner role. You'll identify key communication and interpersonal skills, and apply these skills in the context of working with groups in a community setting. This will include topics such as introducing yourself to a community; networking and developing contacts, bringing people together, dealing with conflict and working with diverse communities. This module is assessed through coursework involving an action plan for the development of key skills (worth 40% of module marks) and a presentation discussing an aspect of public policy with relevance to a community organisation (worth 60% of module marks).

Work Placement Module

This module provides the opportunity for you to gain suitable work experience in an industry placement and develop an understanding of the core purpose and management of your chosen organisation. You will be expected to identify, develop and maintain a role as a working member of the team, appreciating the rights and responsibilities of yourself and the organisation. You will be assessed through coursework involving a verbal presentation of your placement experience, supported by a portfolio of evidence (worth 50% of module marks). You will also reflect on your experience and evaluate your learning in a written essay (worth 50% of module marks).

Year 3

Core modules:

International Health and Social Development

This module introduces you to a critical understanding of health and social development from a global perspective. You will explore key concepts including globalisation,, citizenship, social exclusion and inclusion and how they influence the health of individuals, groups and communities, evidenced through coursework via completion of a case study (worth 50% of module marks). Additionally through coursework involving an essay (worth 50% of module marks), you will examine the impact of inequalities on health, social determinants and the effect of national and international health policy.

Literature Based Study

You'll identify and explore a health related topic of your choice through written coursework involving a review of key research literature (worth 100% of module marks). Previous topics have included childhood obesity, substance misuse, needs of prisoners, mental health and community development. Some students have used findings from their study as a basis to initiate change and develop practice within the health, social welfare and community setting. You'll be supported in your study by your academic supervisor, who will help you to work successfully towards objectives focusing on your interests and career aspirations.

Preparing for a Career in Community Development

This module explores key areas underpinning professional practice in Community Development. You will examine, reflect and be supported to develop your own skill set in relation to the Community Development Occupational Standards (Federation for Community Development Learning, 2009). Assessment will involve completing three pieces of coursework. These include an essay (worth 50% of module marks), a reflective account (worth 25% of module marks) and an action plan with rationale (worth 25% of module marks).

Social Policy and Community Development

In this module you'll explore social policy in relation to community development and critically examine the impact of social policies on communities. You'll analyse relevant social policy and other interventions in relation to the key principles of community development including equality and anti-discrimination, welfare, social justice, collective action, community empowerment and working and learning together. You'll also be encouraged to reflect on your placement experience in order to identify policies and their impact. Assessment will involve two pieces of coursework, firstly an oral presentation (worth 50% of module marks) and secondly a portfolio of information on an agreed policy (worth 50% of module marks).

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.


This course includes a compulsory 154 hour work placement in your second year in an appropriate environment, giving you the opportunity to relate theory to practice and develop skills in a real work context. In order to undertake your placement you will need to have a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

A variety of community development placements are offered based on your interests and aspirations. Previous placement providers have included working with youth offending teams, Sure Start projects, drug and alcohol services, refugee and asylum seekers, advice services, housing providers and teenage pregnancy services.

Career opportunities

80% of graduates from this course go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating.

Previous Huddersfield Health and Community graduates have gone on to roles relating to education, healthcare, consulting, human resources, community and social services in organisations including Bupa, the Citizens Advice Bureau, the Ministry of Social Development, Health First and Diagnostic Healthcare Ltd.*

*Source: LinkedIn

Graduates have also progressed to postgraduate professional courses in teaching, Nursing and Social Work.

Teaching and assessment

You will be taught through seminars, group work, practical experience and lectures, e-learning support, work placements, tutorials – individual and group.

Assessment will include coursework and practice/ competency based learning.

11% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials etc.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Huddersfield is the UK's only university where 100% of the permanent teaching staff are fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.

How much will it cost me?

The full-time undergraduate tuition fee for 17/18 entry is £9250.

Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

Please email the Student Finance or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.


If you are an international student (including EU) you can check if you meet our entry requirements (both academic and English language) by visiting our country pages.

If you do not meet the entry requirements you can consider completing a degree preparation programme (if you are from a country outside of the EU) at the University's International Study Centre (ISC). You can call the ISC on +44 (0) 1273 339333 to discuss your options. You can also complete the online application form or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers.

If your English language is not at the required level (IELTS 6.0 overall), we have a range of Pre-Sessional English programmes that you can enrol on before starting your degree programme. You will not need to take an IELTS test after completing one of our Pre-Sessional English programmes.

Research community

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.

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