Buckinghamshire New University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Public Health with Foundation Year

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Course summary

Whether you’re thinking about a career in the NHS, local government, a non-profit, or charity, our BA (Hons) Public Health degree can help get you there. There has never been a better time to raise awareness of the issues that affect health and wellbeing across the lifespan and to protect future generations. During your time on the course you’ll benefit from one on one support from your tutor and industry-experienced lecturers, as well as access to a range of state-of-the-art-facilities, including role play simulations. Why study this subject? Are you interested in working with local communities to improve the health and wellbeing of groups, families and individuals within our society? Are you keen to make a difference and work in a role that aims to promote inclusion and reduce health inequalities? Our global community is at risk from environmental hazards like air pollution, the use of plastics and, of course, pandemics like Covid-19. Never have these issues been more prevalent or threatening which is why not only is now such an interesting time to study public health but also a deeply important one. Why study at Buckinghamshire New University? The Covid-19 pandemic has increased media and political attention on public health, elevating the significance and importance of this subject area. There is now an increased focus on supporting individuals and communities in their health and wellbeing and we're already seeing a huge expansion of employment opportunities in the public health sector. This course is offered as a four-year programme, including an initial Foundation Year. The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree. Our course is taught by experienced academics who are passionate about public health, having all worked in community public health roles themselves. The course team is in direct contact with current practitioners, sharing knowledge and expertise to ensure you receive the most current and significant lessons from the global health scene. By studying with us you’ll gain a deep knowledge and understanding of policy and decision making, as well as exploring health promoting initiatives, designed to solve complex public health problems. What makes BNU so special is that your lecturers have all been a part of the teams who have influenced, formed and fought for public health agendas so they can offer a unique insight into what your career will really look and feel like. They regularly liaise with local public health teams to deepen their knowledge of current public health promoting initiatives and to understand in real-time what the developmental needs are for securing employment within the sector. What’s more, we always tailor your learning to support your individual needs and aspirations and, thanks to our strong links with local public health organisations, you’ll get a chance to meet and build relationships with the professionals working on the front lines of public health. You’ll take part in student-led events and health promotion projects and will have opportunities to network with public health employees, meaning this course is so much more than textbooks and lectures (although that’s important too of course!). The practical, highly relevant experience you’ll gain will put you in a strong position for building your public health career. What are my career prospects? This degree will help prepare you for a range of career possibilities in different sectors, such as:

  • The NHS
  • Public Health England
  • Local government e.g. housing officer
  • Social care support workers
  • Charity worker
  • Health promotion worker
  • International agencies
  • Drugs and alcohol services
  • Sexual health services
  • Public health practitioners
  • Environmental health officer
  • Epidemiology
  • Health policy and planning.

Course details


Year one Preparing for Success: Knowledge and Creativity Preparing for Success: Self Development and Responsibility Inquiry Based Learning Ways of learning about the social world Year two Current Issues in Public Health and Health Promotion Introduction to Epidemiology Society, Culture and Communities 1 Foundations for Public Health Practice Safeguarding - a Public Health Approach Year three Personal and Professional Development for Employment Patterns and Trends in Public Health Inspiring Individuals to Improve Health Research Methods Health Promotion in Action

Assessment method

You’ll learn the theory of public health in lectures, seminars and tutorials, giving you plenty of opportunity to absorb and then discuss your learning. You’ll also have opportunities throughout the course to engage with public health professionals to deepen your knowledge and understanding of the subject. The course team provides a 'learning event support package' with learning materials and resources before and after each weekly seminar or lecture. We've found that this approach helps our students prepare for individual teaching sessions and enables deeper learning and reflection through the pre/post event activities. There is a focus on real world learning throughout the programme so we aim to use assessment formats that reflect work practices within public health, for example report writing and oral presentations. You’ll be assessed through a number of methods including essays, projects, presentations, portfolio, reports and case studies and of course, your final dissertation project.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

International applicants

For information about applying to Buckinghamshire New University as an International applicant, please visit https://www.bucks.ac.uk/study/international

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
EU £15000 Year 1
International £15000 Year 1

Additional fee information

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Sponsorship information

Buckinghamshire New University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships. For more information, please visit https://www.bucks.ac.uk/study/fees-and-funding/financial-support-bursaries-and-scholarships

Public Health with Foundation Year at Buckinghamshire New University - UCAS