Public Health and Health Promotion BSc (Hons)

Overview (NV)

Public Health and Health Promotion BSc (Hons)

Course length
3 years full-time
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If you are interested in a career within the public health and health promotion arena, this degree will provide you with the tools, knowledge and graduate attributes employers require staff to possess to deliver innovative, cost effective projects and interventions where communities are at the heart of everything the practitioner will do.

Throughout the degree, you will be supported to develop the skills needed to interpret evidence-based practice and research, which you will then be able to apply in practice to address the needs of your communities and population. 

Topics covered include the sociology of health promotion, global health (disease and policy), commissioning, mental health, ‘wicked’ health promotion to include obesity, smoking, diabetes and breastfeeding, and leadership and management. A highlight of this course is the eight-month placement you will undertake in your third year, where you can 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.             

Throughout your degree, you will be encouraged to tailor the topic of your assessments to cover issues that interest you both nationally and internationally, supporting you to become a lifelong learner with the knowledge and skills to respond to industry change and needs.

What our staff and students say

Why choose this course?

  • Work placement - Your employability will be enhanced through significant work experience during your studies, including an eight-month placement
  • Industry approved 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. The course also supports practitioner registration with the Faculty of Public Health
  • Specialise your skill-set - You will develop advanced interpersonal skills that are vital for success in the public health and health promotion arena
  • Stay relevant - You will examine current international and national events, research and policy within the public health arena that are influencing the health of the population
  • Advance your knowledge - All modules will be underpinned by the three domains of public health - health improvement, health protections and improving services.

If you are interested in supporting others to improve their health and wellbeing, you may also be interested in our Health and Social Care BSc (Hons)/FdSc. 

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 might even qualify for an additional £500 per year.

Open days

Our open days are designed to give you as much information as possible about UCB 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  

BSc (Hons) in Public Health and Health Promotion

A Level: An A level grade profile of BCC

BTEC: A BTEC grade profile of DMM, this can be achieved from either an Extended Diploma or a combination of smaller BTEC qualifications.

Tariff: Other Level 3 qualifications are accepted at UCB for entrance, a minimum of 104 UCAS Tariff points will be required. 

Access to Higher Education Diploma: 104 UCAS Tariff points including a minimum of 15 Level 3 credits at Distinction.

Non-tariff: Non-UCAS Tariff based Level 3 qualifications are also considered for entry. 

Work-based: We also give equal consideration to applicants who are currently in work and wish to apply to UCB. To apply, you must have a minimum of 3 years’ relevant work experience, demonstrating management or supervisory duties. Your application must also include a reference from your line manager to support your entry into higher education. For further details, please contact Admissions.


  • GCSE/IGCSE English grade A*-C or grade 9-4 or equivalent.  

Students must also complete a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS).

EU/international students

For entry requirements for EU and international students, please visit the Country Specific Information page. 

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Qualification Grade Points


Modules (NV)


Year 1

Global Health Research for Practitioners in Public Health Societal Health The Sociology of Health Promotion What is Public Health? Sustaining the Environment

Year 2

Commissioning for Health Wicked Health Global Health: Appraising Policy Public Health Intelligence Mental Health in Practice Health Promotion and Communication in Practice

Year 3

Project for life (split into 2)
  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

You will have a one-to-one interview with a member of the placement team in the second semester of your first year and they will do their best to find you a work placement that mirrors your intended career path for your one day a week placement in the second semester of your second year.

During this semester, you will have another one-to-one interview and a suitable placement will be identified for you to begin your eight-month work placement in semester one of the third year. This will be in a public health role with an employer in the private or public sector, and may be undertaken in any of the following:

  • School
  • Social care provider
  • Charity
  • Commercial/industrial company with a public health strategy  

From the start of your degree, you will be encouraged to find voluntary roles in the public, private and voluntary sectors to further develop your skills during your first and second year. The dates and times of your placement will be discussed, as the nature of voluntary work requires flexibility.

What our employers say

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. Our hired@UCB team will assist you in finding a placement that gives you the relevant experience to support your future career plans.    

If you do well on your placement, there are additional opportunities available such as recommendation for industry-supported mentoring schemes to guide you through your future career.

Employability (NV)

Graduate careers

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

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 

Successful graduates may choose to continue with further postgraduate studies in areas such as social work, education and other practitioner-based qualifications, such as public health and youth work. UCB offer a range of postgraduate degrees and you may be eligible for a postgraduate loan.


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. Based on the 7th floor of our Summer Row campus, 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.