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A BSc in Human Development will give you knowledge of a broad range of themes that affect people and their development throughout life.

This wide-ranging degree doesn’t just encourage the exploration of how outside influences shape people’s lives; it also promotes self-reflection, empowering you to look at your own journey and understand your development and destiny.

By studying Human Development, you will position yourself for a career in a variety of fields such as youth work, social care, counselling, teaching and even governmental and non-governmental organisations.

Why Study Human Development, Mind, Body & Spirit?

In recent years, discussions about the importance of both physical and mental wellbeing have become more and more prominent. As well as this, there is growing interest in understanding factors that impact on people and their development throughout their lives. 

If you want to gain a deep understanding of the holistic development and wellbeing of humans across their lifespan, this course will enable you to explore external and scientific influences on human development from a range of perspectives.

You'll explore many issues related to human development, drawing on diverse professional disciplines, literature, research and theory from fields including education, health, welfare, sociology, anthropology, social policy, philosophy, spirituality, psychology, politics and moral values. 

You'll consider the whole human lifespan, families and their wider communities, including global perspectives and diverse contexts to appreciate the inter-relatedness of development and learning, and its cultural, contextual and biological determinants. 

Entry requirements

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is not an entry requirement, however, if you take part in work-related experience, visits or placements to settings or educational establishments where you are undertaking regulated activity, the setting may determine that a DBS check is required. You will be required to undergo a DBS check and arrange this through the University before undertaking the activity.

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All about the course

Throughout this course, you'll draw on and examine different aspects of mind, body and spirit by exploring the idea of lifelong development and considering the psychological and social perspectives of life phases.

You'll study modules that include themes of emotional language, social and personal development, physical development and the importance of lifelong activity. Setting these topics in a broader context, you'll consider the spiritual aspects of landscape and international aspects of sustainability and ‘global village’.

As you progress through the course, you'll carry out more in depth study and will develop your research and analytics skills, so that you are prepared to carry out an individual study/research in your final year. 

Module information

Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.

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How you’ll learn

The course typically consists of lectures, seminars, group work, guided learning activities and tutorials.

You will study 120 credits per year, with each module typically carrying 20 credits. 

You will also be offered optional modules although this will be subject to a minimum group size and timetabling restrictions. Teaching will be mainly based at the Canterbury Campus, however, there may be either off-site or sports facilities that are used.

All courses are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.

When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions, you will continue learning through self-study. Typically, this involves reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, working on projects, and preparing for coursework assignments/examinations, workshops and seminars.

Your module tutor will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before class.

Our teaching team offers expertise across a range of disciplines and bring research expertise and enthusiasm for their specialist areas of knowledge, enabling you to engage with the latest developments and insights from a wide variety of professions.

Within the Human Development course I draw upon my health and social care background, passion for education, and knowledge to inspire and support students and colleagues. My drive is to provide a rich, positive experience for all.

Tracey WornastSenior Lecturer, Human Development (Mind, Body and Spirit)

How you’ll be assessed

We will assess both your academic knowledge and the development and understanding of professional interpersonal skills. You will be assessed through a range of methods, including individual and group presentations, posters, assignments and timed essay. There are no exams.

Your future career

On successful completion of the course you will be able to progress on to many of our Master’s courses. Professional areas that you may consider following successful completion of our BSc Human Development, Mind, Body & Spirit, include policing, social work, therapeutic careers, education, human resources, youth work, life sciences, and other human-based services.


The 2020/21 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK / EU Overseas
Full-time - Foundation Year 0 £7,050 £9,910
Full-time - years 1-3 * £9,250 £13,000

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

* The tuition fees of £9,250 / £13,000 relate to 2020/21 only. Please read the 2020/21 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2020/21 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

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