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  • Duration 3 Years
  • Start September, January, May
  • Delivery Campus Taught
Foundation Entry

BSc (Hons) Public Health aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills to improve and protect the health of the public and reduce health inequalities between individuals, groups and communities through co-ordinated action.

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This course offers the opportunities for students to develop contemporary knowledge and understanding of the diverse areas of practice contributing to public health and develop an appreciation of the wider determinants of health inequalities, social policy, related theories and their application to public health.

Learn to promote people's health and wellbeing, with our BSc Public Health degree. The programme aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills to improve and protect the health of the public and reduce health inequalities between individuals, groups and communities through co-ordinated action You’ll learn to research, analyse, report, plan and implement measures for health improvement, health protection and healthcare.

Why study with us

  • This course covers a range of public health disciplines including lifestyle and health promotion, epidemiology, media and health technology, along with global, national and local issues relating to public health.
  • There’s a strong emphasis on appropriate tools and techniques, evidence based approaches and the application of theory to public health practice.
  • We use action learning to underpin the need to work in partnership and engage in reflective practice.

Key Aims of the Programme

  • It offers the opportunities for students to develop contemporary knowledge and understanding of the diverse areas of practice contributing to public and develop an appreciation of the wider determinants of health inequalities, social policy, related theories and their application to public health.
  • Through the delivery of a contemporary curriculum, students will develop their skills as well as theoretical understanding of the core and wider public health concepts, contexts and approaches, applying these to ‘real world’ scenarios. 
  • The programme is delivered through a research- informed approach and uses a range of evidence- based approaches to ensure students receive an education that is developed within theoretical understandings as well as making applications to wider contexts within industry.
  • You’ll look at planning, strategies and public health in action including key themes such as diet and nutrition, healthy settings and the media. 
  • Students will develop an informed understanding of contemporary issues in Public Health and engage convincingly in debates about a diverse range of topics identified on a local, national and global context.

Knowledge and Understanding gained from the programme

On successful completion of the course you will be able to:

  • Measure, monitor and report population health and well-being: health needs, risks, and inequalities: and use of services.
  • Promote population and community health and well-being, addressing the wider determinants of health and health inequalities.
  • Analyse short and long term environmental hazards to health, including global and climatic challenges
  • Apply evidence from research to inform practice
  • Evaluate the processes that inform continual improvement in the design and delivery of public health services

Learning outcomes for exit awards

Learning outcomes for the award of: CertHE (Level 4 120 credits

Certificate in Higher Education (CertHE)

  1. Develop a rigorous approach to the acquisition of a broad knowledge base; employ a range of specialised skills.
  2. Evaluate information, using it to plan and develop investigative strategies and to determine solutions to a variety of unpredictable problems.
  3. Operate in a range of varied and specific contexts, taking responsibility for the nature and quality of outputs.

 

Learning outcomes for the award of: DipHE (Level 5 120 credits

Diploma in Higher Education (DipHE)

  1. Generate ideas through the analysis of concepts at an abstract level with a command of specialised skills and the formulation of responses to well-defined and abstract problems.
  2. Analyse and evaluate information; exercise significant judgement across a broad range of functions.
  3. Accept responsibility for determining and achieving personal and/or group outcomes.

Learning outcomes for the award of BSc (Level 6) 120 credits

  • Critically review, consolidate and extend a systematic and coherent body of knowledge, utilising specialised skills across an area of study.
  • Critically evaluate concepts and evidence from a range of sources.
  • Transfer and apply diagnostic and creative skills and exercise significant judgement in a range of situations.
  • Accept accountability for determining and achieving personal and/or group outcomes.

Modules

Foundation:

  • Data Skills 
  • Research Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Professional Development Skills

Year 1:

  • Academic and Professional Skills
  • Introduction to Public Health
  • Health Assets and Health Needs
  • The Public Health Practitioner

Year 2:

  • Health Policy and Systems 
  • Lifestyle and Health Promotion
  • Epidemiology and Population Health
  • Media and Health Technology

 

Year 3:

  • Global Health in Context
  • Leadership and Managing Services
  • Public Health in Practice
  • Public Health Major Project

What you'll do

You will be allocated a Personal Development Tutor at the start of your course. This will be your first point of contact for questions about your studies. Regular sessions with your tutor ensure they will be up to date with your academic progress and able to offer insightful guidance to assist you in reaching your full potential.

All our students at University of Central Lancashire London have the opportunity to complete our Employability Award during their time with us. Our aim for the Employability Award is to increase students’ awareness, knowledge and skills to succeed in the graduate job market, postgraduate study or business enterprise.

All assignments during your course are designed with your career progression in mind and give you opportunities to develop and improve transferable skills employers look for.

Careers

Public health has never been more important, relevant and wide-ranging, and there’s a host of career paths to follow, some of which may require further training/study, including:

  • public health practitioner
  • youth worker
  • drug and alcohol worker
  • public health information officer or analyst
  • health improvement practitioner
  • health protection practitioner
  • community development or outreach worker
  • health communications officer.

 

Assessment

This programme is assessed via a number of methods including written assignments, laboratory reports and practical activities, presentations, group work, research projects and reflective writing.

Entry requirements

96 UCAS tariff points from 3 A Levels or equivalent, eg CCC.

Alternatively;
 
Irish Leaving Certificate: BBCCC.
Scottish Highers: BBCCC.
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DMM in a business-related subject.
International Baccalaureate Diploma: 24 points.
All applicants are required to have at least 3 GCSEs at grade C, or grade 4, or above, including English and Maths.
 
Candidates must demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.0 (Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification.
 
We will also consider applications to level 4 entry from those who are not able to meet our normal course entry requirements but can demonstrate that they have achieved the required level of knowledge and skills and have the potential to benefit from the course, for example: through relevant work experience and professional development.
 
For Foundation entry, a UCAS Tariff Entry of 40 points.

We will also consider applications to level 3 entry from those who are not able to meet our normal course entry requirements but can demonstrate that they have achieved the required level of knowledge and skills and have the potential to benefit from the course, for example: through relevant work experience and professional development.

Fees and funding

2023/24

UK
Full-time £9,250 per year

Scholarships and Support

Top Achievers

Scholarships of £2,000 are available for the overall Top Achievers in Year 0 (Foundation Year), Year 1 and Year 2.

The winners are presented with their scholarships during our Top Achievers event which is hosted twice a year. The scholarship is applied to tuition fees for the next academic year.

Travel Bursary

The Travel Bursary has been designed to help students cover the costs of studying at university in the city each semester. Eligible students can receive a payment of £250 for each semester, with the opportunity of receiving up to £500 per Academic Year.

Requirements:

  • Studying for an undergraduate degree
    90% minimum attendance across all modules for the semester
    Submitted all assessments on time (If an assessment offence has been proven, it will be considered as non-submission)

The eligibility of students will be assessed at the end of Semester 1 and Semester 2. If you qualify to receive the Travel Bursary for Semester 1, the required attendance and assessment criteria would have to be maintained during Semester 2 to qualify for the second payment at the end of Semester 2.

Payment:

  • For qualifying students, the payment will be £250 after the assessment results are confirmed for Semester 1, and £250 after the results are confirmed for Semester 2.
  • You will be notified by e-mail as to what date you can expect payment to be made.
  • Should you qualify for Travel Bursary, you will be able to enter your bank details in a secure repository on VLE which will be used by Finance to make the payment. You will be solely responsible for ensuring the accuracy of these details. Central Lancashire London will not be liable for any loss as a result of incorrect payment details.

Attendance Monitoring:

  • You can keep track of your attendance online through the VLE and this is updated on a daily basis.
  • Please note that if you record your in-class attendance later than 10:30 am (if you have a lecture in the morning) and 2:30 pm (if you have a lecture in the afternoon), you will be marked as absent.
  • If you believe you are having a technological issue registering your in-class attendance via VLE, please make an attendance enquiry through VLE for assistance. 

Central Lancashire London reserves the right to withdraw the bursary at any time if deemed necessary.


If you have any issues with your attendance, please email the attendance team at: icentre@london.uclan.ac.uk

If you have any enquiries about the bursary, please email the finance team at: finance@london.uclan.ac.uk

DSA Grant

This request is available for students who are unable to pay the contribution of £200 towards the DSA equipment. We will need a copy of the Disabled Student Allowance Entitlement letter from Student Finance before we can assess your application.

If you would like to apply for the DSA grant, please send an email to finance@london.uclan.ac.uk

Please note this is only available to students with an approved Disabled Student Allowance from the Student Loan Company.

To read our DSA grant terms and conditions click here.