Public Health and Health Promotion BSc (Hons) Top-up

Overview (NV)

Public Health and Health Promotion BSc (Hons) Top-up

Course length
1 year full-time
UCAS code
Fees (Home/EU)
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Fees (International)
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This course is open for 2020 entry only.


The only qualification of its type in the region, international and home students who are nurses or healthcare workers with some prior experience can top-up their existing qualification with this comprehensive course. 

Arming you with up-to-the-minute knowledge and skills to deliver public health interventions in management, as an advisor, researcher or project worker, this course distinctively incorporates an eight-month placement in a community health setting such as schools or charities, as opposed to solely a hospital or GP practice.      

Designed to put you at the top of your game in this fascinating field, the course will arm you with the tools, knowledge and proficiencies employers look for in professionals undertaking research and implementing change in a sector centred on ‘prevention, not cure’. 

You will learn how to deliver innovative, cost-effective projects and interventions where communities are at the heart of everything the practitioner does, and tailor the topic of your assessments to cover issues that interest you, both nationally and internationally, supporting you to become a lifelong learner that can respond to industry change and needs. 

The course modules will cover leadership and management in the public health arena and support the development of communication skills through mass media, print and electronic media.  

Distinctively, international students and those who have been out of education for a while and feel they would benefit from additional support will also have the opportunity to undertake a week of study skills prior to induction to prepare them for the demands of a Level 6 qualification.

Why should I choose this course?

  • You will be taught practical and professional skills, including managing activities and people in line with the requirements of the UK Public Health Knowledge and Skills Framework and Public Health Practitioner Standards for Registration.
  • You will develop advanced interpersonal skills that are vital for success in the public health and health promotion arena.
  • You will be able to work with a range of services in order to create and deliver services to communities.
  • You will examine current international and national events, research and policy within the public health arena that are influencing the health of the population.
  • All modules will be underpinned by the three domains of public health - health improvement, health protections and improving services. 

Kick-start scheme

As a new student studying this degree full-time, you will receive £300 per year via our Kick-Start Scheme (eligibility criteria applies). The scheme will support your studies and future career by contributing to course-related materials, uniform or selected items on campus. You could even qualify for an additional £500 per year.

Open days

Our open days are designed to give you as much information as possible about University College Birmingham and the areas you are interested in studying. Come along and we may make you an offer on the day. 

Teaching & Assessment (NV)

Teaching & assessment

Teaching is carried out by appropriately qualified and experienced lecturers and in a typical teaching week, you will have up to 12 teaching contact hours made up as follows: 

  • Large group teaching - 6 hours of lectures
  • Smaller group teaching - 4 hours of teaching in smaller groups
  • Tutorials - 2 hours including a mixture of personal, group and academic tutorials per week

Individual study 

You will need to apportion approximately 20 hours per week. Our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Canvas, will provide 24-hour access to learning and support material.


The world of public health and health promotion is not only about written reports. Services are delivered in a number of ways and the assessment methods reflect the expectations of the skills employers require in their workforce. Assessment is designed to provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a number of ways, so a variety of assessment methods are used. There is a strong focus on the vocational nature of this course and the application of theory into practice. 

An estimated breakdown of the assessment for this course is as follows: 

There will be one written assignment in the format of a report or essay per semester. Other assessment methods are likely to include designing web pages, digital artefacts, leaflets, presentations, health promotion events and poster presentations. 

Please note that the information provided above is indicative only and actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued to students at induction.

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

Entry Requirements (NV)

Entry requirements  

Academic: A diploma in nursing or one of the allied health professions - which equates to 240 credits or a foundation degree in Health Studies, Health and Social Care or Public Health - is needed to be able to apply for the top-up degree.

If you are unsure if your previous qualification is suitable, please contact us before completing an application, you can call us on 0121 604 1040 or email:

Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS)

Students from the EU must complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS) to undertake the placement element of the course. This means your placement can take place in a community health setting which requires safeguarding, such as a school or charity.

International students will also undertake a placement in a community health setting. However, in the absence of a DBS check, you will only be able to undertake a placement in a setting that does not require safeguarding, such as a commercial/industrial company, hotel or university. You will still need to provide a letter of ‘good conduct’ from your country’s police force to undertake the placement.

EU/international students

Academic: European and International qualifications studied in a relevant subject matter will also be considered applicants will need to have achieved 120 ECTS or equivalent (European Credit Transfer).

If you are unsure if your previous qualification is suitable please contact us before completing an application, you can call us on 0121 604 1040 or email.



Modules (NV)


Year 1

Project for Life (split into two)
  Please note
The modules listed on the website for this course are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by industry as well as the latest teaching methods. Unless otherwise stated, the modules listed above for this course are for students starting in the academic year 2020/21. On occasion, we may need to make unexpected changes to modules and if this occurs, we will contact all offer holders as soon as possible.
Placements (NV)

Work Placement

At UCB, we understand the importance of work placements within academic study, and our employer contacts say they give preference to students with qualifications who also have experience within the field. 

You will undertake an eight-month placement (October to May) as an integral part of this course. This will be in public health role with an employer in the private or public sector, from schools, social care providers and charities through to commercial/industrial companies with public health strategies and campaigns.  

Within your one-day a week placement, you may plan and deliver a project or undertake an in-depth evaluation that will make a difference to the people you are working with and will be sustainable after you have finished. 

Employability (NV)


On successful completion of the course, you will be able to apply for a wide variety of graduate roles, which could include:

  • public health quality advisor
  • health trainer
  • housing support officer
  • pathway care manager
  • public health practitioner
  • health promotion advisor
  • smoking advisor
  • community development worker
  • community outreach worker
  • health information officer
  • drug and alcohol project worker
  • mental health project worker
  • charity worker abroad
  • health researcher
  • study at master’s level 

These job roles could be within:

  • homeless and sheltered housing organisations
  • local authority public health, housing, education, environmental health and several other departments
  • charities
  • research departments
  • hospital-based public health
  • Community work
  • children and families support work
  • educational welfare
  • health and social care-focused charities, social enterprises, non-governmental agencies and not-for-profit organisations

If you would like to continue your study after graduation, UCB offers postgraduate study at PGCE and MA/PGDip level.


hired@UCB is our student and alumni support service designed to provide a single reference point for information, advice and guidance regarding opportunities to develop and demonstrate employability and enterprise skills. 

Located on the ground floor of Moss House, the hired@UCB team comprises specialist and qualified staff with knowledge and experience of: 

  • Careers advice and guidance
  • Placements, work experience and volunteering
  • Employer engagement
  • Part-time and seasonal work
  • Internships and apprenticeships
  • Graduate schemes and alumni support
  • Unitemps – UCB's recruitment agency 

The team is highly experienced, with a diverse mix of advisors with skills and knowledge in a wide variety of areas including health, early years, education, learning disability, special education, child protection, community service development and management.

Find out more about hired@UCB services