There’s so much more to the field of health than just medicine. Studying health develops knowledge about personal and community wellbeing, which are the key to making informed choices and living a fulfilling life.

Studying health gives you a holistic understanding of the factors that contribute to individual and societal wellbeing. It covers areas such as public health, nutrition, epidemiology, and healthcare management. It looks at topics from disease prevention to health policy, giving insights into the social, environmental, and behavioural influences on health.

Studying health opens up many career paths. Graduates or apprentices might find themselves in roles such as public health specialists, healthcare administrators, wellness coordinators, or health educators. There are also exciting newer careers like digital health, offering opportunities in health informatics and technology-driven solutions. 

The impact you could make
  • Help shape regulations that impact public health.
  • Contribute to disease prevention in communities.
  • Tackle health and wellbeing inequalities in the local area where you practise.
What you could study
  • Communication in healthcare
  • Health care practice
  • Wellness in body and mind
  • Holistic care
  • Wellness in society

Study options

Options to study in this field include:

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Example module
"My favourite was epidemiology, as it talks about diseases in analytical ways. Research is another module that really opened my understanding of how research is done and what's required for a good research outcome."
Second year public health student, Bedford College Group
Example assignment
"Working with real-life clients has given me loads of confidence and was something practical."
Second year health, nutrition, and exercise science student, Solent University Southampton

Subjects it's useful to have studied first

Some health courses or apprenticeships will have requirements for previous qualifications in certain subjects. Entry requirements vary, so always check with the provider.
English
Psychology
Health and social care
Sociology
Biology
Chemistry
Hard skills you'll develop
  • Plan, implement, and evaluate health programs
  • Analyse health data and using digital tools
  • Understand patterns of disease and risk factors on public health
Soft skills you'll develop
  • Strong team working ability
  • Problem-solving
  • Cultural competence

Careers: Where it can take you

Find out more about your career prospects from studying health. The following information is based on a typical health professional role.
Average salary
£32,726
Up to £54,824
Available jobs
73,371 vacancies in the past year
5.25% growth over next eight years

What is a… workplace health consultant?

Being a workplace health consultant, you use your expertise to create healthier and more balanced work environments. You collaborate with organisations to develop wellness programs, promote healthy habits among employees, and enhance overall workplace wellbeing. Whether it's designing simple workspaces, organising stress management workshops, or implementing fitness initiatives, you play a key role in creating a healthier and happier workforce.

Getting in: Entry requirements

Find out more about what you'll need to study health at university or as an apprenticeship.

Average requirements for undergraduate degrees

Entry requirements differ between university and course, but this should give you a guide to what is usually expected from health applicants.

A levels
CCC
Vocational
BTEC MMM

Considering an apprenticeship?

Applying for an apprenticeship is just like applying for a normal job. Here’s what you need to know:
  1. Deadline

    Apprenticeships don't follow the same deadlines as applying to uni, the deadline is down to the employer.
  2. Where to apply

    You apply directly through the employer.
  3. No limits

    You're not restricted to one apprenticeship application; you can do as many as you like.
  4. Apply to university and apprenticeships

    There's nothing stopping you applying to university through UCAS, while also applying for apprenticeship vacancies.

Explore further

Go deeper into topics around health with the following:
  1. The Health Foundation podcast

    A series looking at the most important issues affecting the future of health and care for people in the UK.
  2. Radio 4 – Inside Health

    Series that demystifies health issues, bringing clarity to conflicting advice.
  3. The Sunday Times Bestseller – Just One Thing

    Read the book that brings to life Dr Mosley's mission to find things you can introduce into your daily routine to have a big impact on your mental and physical health.

Application advice

Whether it's personal statement tips or what to write in a cover letter for an apprenticeship application, our application advice will help you get ahead in your health journey.
Skills, experiences, and interests to mention
  • Have you always been fascinated by our bodies and what keeps us healthy?
  • Are you a passionate advocate of our NHS?
  • Perhaps a personal health experience has inspired your interest to become an expert on the topic of health.
  • Can you demonstrate that you’re good working in team environments?
  • What have you previously studied that required critical thinking and evaluation of complex information?
  • What extracurricular activities do you take part in that prove your communication skills?
 

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