Public Health and Health Improvement (Top-up) at Newcastle College University Centre - UCAS

Course summary

Do you have the drive and passion needed to work in our diverse sector with a wide range of career opportunities? Then the BSc (Hons) in Public Health and Health Improvement may just be for you. This level 6 degree – BSc Public Health and Health Improvement - will equip you with the skills and knowledge to improve and protect public health and the wellbeing of individuals, communities and populations. Public health is defined as "the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the organised efforts and informed choices of society, organisations, public and private, communities and individuals". Analysing the determinants of health of a population and the threats it faces is the basis for public health. The Public Health and Health Improvement degree will enable you to develop an understanding of the principles and practices of Public Health and Health Improvement in the 21st century to tackle major health challenges and reduce inequalities at global, national and local levels. The Public Health and Health Improvement degree aims to enhance your chances of gaining employment in the field of Public Health, Health Improvement, Health Promotion, Community Health and the well-being sector, working with children, young people, adults, and the elderly. You will study a range of subjects to prepare you for the diversity of career opportunities within the field of Public Health and Health Improvement, including an exploration of social determinants of health and inequity, Research theory and practice, Health Promotion, taking control - leading, managing and caring and the completion of a dissertation of your choice. You will have the opportunity to work on live briefs from the Newcastle Public Health Team as well as the opportunity to shadow Public Health Practitioners at work to give you an idea of what it is really like to work in the sector. You will also benefit from current industry expertise through our extensive range of guest speakers lectures. The Level 6 BSc (Hons) Public Health and Health Improvement (Top-up) degree is suitable for those wishing to study a degree and pursue a career within Public Health, Health Improvement, Health Promotion, or the well-being sector. The BSc (Hons) Public Health and Health Improvement degree will prepare you to work in a variety of settings with diverse communities to provide contemporary and relevant health information, education, support, and management. Upon graduation we hope that you will develop your skills and training further and add to your knowledge base to develop as a confident, qualified professional. Students who successfully complete the BSc Public Health and Health Improvement could progress to a range of roles within the Public Health, Health Improvement and the well-being sector. Students interested in further study could apply for a Level 7 Masters qualification in a range of Public Health, Health Improvement, Health Promotion and Well-Being related courses - such as Epidemiology, Statistical Analysis, Public Health Nursing, Advanced Healthcare Studies or Public Health Register training. Alternatively, students could progress on to the NCG Level 7 teacher training course - PCGE Young People and Adults. On successful completion of this course, you could work in a variety of Public Health, Health Improvement, Health Promotion or Well-being related roles. Further study and specialist training will be required for some careers, such as Public Health Specialist, Health Education Specialist, Public Health Analyst, Public Health Nurse, and teaching. For other roles you might go straight into employment and undertake further on the job training. Examples of such roles include Specialist behavioural support worker, Well-Being Coaches/Co-ordinators, Community Health worker, Health Improvement Practitioners, and a range of roles within the NHS.


• Health Promotion and Health Needs Assessments. • Social Determinants of Health and Inequity. • Research Theory and Practice. • Taking Control: Leading, Managing and Caring in Public Health and Health Improvement. • Dissertation.

Assessment method

You will learn in a variety of ways including via work-based learning and e-learning. You will develop relevant career specific skills underpinned with theoretical knowledge in order to prepare you for a career in a rapidly evolving service across a variety of community and health settings. Learning takes place in classrooms, lecture theatres and in the work place. You will also participate in lectures, group work and self-directed study. You will be given opportunities to present group work to your peers developing skills in public speaking and thus increasing self-confidence. You will learn through a variety of teaching and learning methods including written and practical assignments, work-based projects, presentations, peer work and independent study. A variety of methods will be used for assessments such as reports, essays, observation, portfolios, reflection, and presentations. Assessment is carried out through in-course technical reports, presentations, case studies, peer assessments, work-based projects, and time-constrained assessments

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants must achieve a pass or higher in the relevant Foundation Degree or Level 5 equivalence (i.e. HND or Diploma in HE).

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

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

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No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Public Health and Health Improvement (Top-up) at Newcastle College University Centre - UCAS