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The University of Bolton is one of the best places in the country to study Health & Wellbeing.

We have a long-standing and excellent reputation among external stakeholders and collaborative partners for our high-quality and industry-relevant teaching and research.

Focusing on areas including nursing and health, social care, early years, youth work, community and social policy, and most recently dental sciences, our innovative courses benefit from strong links to the National Health Service, professional bodies, industry partners and community groups. By collaborating with employers and governing organisations we ensure our courses are directly relevant to professional practice.

Our academic staff are highly qualified and experienced in their fields, supporting their teaching practice by carrying out quality research and engaging in continuing professional development. We also work with educational establishments around the UK, supporting them in the provision of custom-designed, industry-led courses in the health and human sciences arenas.


Health & Social Care

Dental Sciences

Early Years & Childhood Studies

Community Work & Youth

School of Sport & Biological Sciences

Industry Links & Partnerships

We work hard to build and maintain links with professional bodies and employers. These help ensure the relevance of our courses and research, and that our academic content and focus keeps pace with industry changes and innovations. These relationships can provide placement opportunities for our students, as well as providing research collaborations and consultancy opportunities.

Professional Recognition & Standards

We specialise in developing courses that are tailored to meet employers’ needs. Our relationships with professional bodies are vital to this mission. Several of our courses are accredited, endorsed or approved by key professional bodies regulating the health and human sciences industries.

We also work with professional institutions that don’t accredit courses, but do offer membership to appropriately qualified individuals. We work hard to ensure our courses meet the academic requirements specified by these bodies, so that our graduates are well-placed to apply for membership once they meet the experiential requirements of these professional bodies.

Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC)

Our BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult) courses are approved by the NMC, which means our graduates are eligible to apply for professional registration with the NMC.

A number of our professional development and postgraduate courses are also approved by the NMC, so students successfully completing those programmes can apply to be recorded on the relevant parts of the NMC’s professional register. Please visit the NMC’s approved programmes webpage to search for the University of Bolton’s approved courses.


Endorsement & Quality Standards Board for Community Development (ESB)

We are seeking ESB endorsement of our new BA (Hons) Community Development and Youth Work degree. This course is currently under development.

National Youth Agency (NYA)

Our BA (Hons) Youth and Community Work is validated by the NYA on behalf of the Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) and successful achievement of the BA (Hons) level award confers professionally qualified status for youth workers in England.

We are also seeking NYA endorsement of our new BA (Hons) Community Development and Youth Work degree, which is currently under development.


Faculty of Health & Wellbeing Advisory Group

The Advisory Group advises on the strategic direction of the Faculty of Health & Wellbeing. We consult with a vast and varied group of organisations, including:

  • Bolton NHS Foundation Trust
  • Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • Lancashire Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Central Manchester Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • University Hospitals of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust
  • Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
  • Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust
  • Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust
  • East Lancashire NHS Trust

Our Centres, Units & Research

Research and academic activity within the School of Health and Human Science takes place within a number of Centres:

  • The Centre for Dental Sciences, the newest dental education department in England.
  • The Centre for Nursing and Allied Health Sciences, which focuses on the allied health and medical professions. If you would like to find out about the Centre’s academic activity and research opportunities, please contact Trish Houghton.
  • The Health and Social Care Unit, which includes Early Years and Childhood Studies. For information about the Unit’s academic activity and research opportunities, please contact Jo Smith.
  • The Community Studies and Youth Work Unit, which has well established relationships with many voluntary and statutory agencies in the North West region. Details about the Unit’s academic and research activities are available by contacting Jane Howarth.
  • The Centre for Research for Health and Wellbeing, which focuses on research related to the health and wellbeing of groups and individuals

Staff from the Faculty of Health & Wellbeing also collaborate on research projects conducted by the Centre for Worktown Studies.


Students and staff at the Faculty of Health & Wellbeing have access to a range of excellent facilities. The £31 million sports, health, leisure and research centre Bolton One hosts our Clinical Simulation Suites, which provide a realistic clinical environment with simulated patients, as well as a range of teaching suites.

The Queen’s Specialist Building is the primary home for our Dental Sciences students, offering purpose-built dental laboratories, dental processing rooms and a commercially-sponsored digital dental laboratory that houses some of the most advanced specialist industry-standard equipment.

We also make extensive use of the well-appointed teaching spaces in the Senate House complex and Eagle Tower.


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