Public Health and Health Promotion University College Birmingham


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.

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.

Topics covered may include the sociology of health, 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 year-long 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.

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.

  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

  • Study mode


  • Location

    Main Site

  • Start date

    9 September 2019

  • Duration

    3 years

Course details


Year 1
Global Health (Disease)
Research for Practitioners in Public Health
Societal Health
Environmental Influences
Health Promotion in Practice
The Sociology of Health
Year 2
Commissioning for Health
Mental Health across the Lifespan
Wicked Health
Effective Communication for Health Promotion
Global Health: Appraising Policy
Public Health Intelligence
Year 3
Leadership and Management for Public Health and Health Promotion
The Public Health Practitioner
Project for life (split into 2)
Project Proposal
The Event

Assessment method

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.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January *

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code L600
Institution code B35
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 104 points
A level Tariff: A minimum of 104 UCAS Tariff points from at least two A-levels or equivalent.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Tariff: A minimum of 104 UCAS Tariff points from at least two A-levels or equivalent.
Access to HE Diploma Tariff: A minimum of 104 UCAS Tariff points from at least two A-levels or equivalent.
Scottish Higher Tariff: A minimum of 104 UCAS Tariff points from at least two A-levels or equivalent.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE / IGCSE English A*-C grades or 9-4 grades or equivalent.

Tariff: A minimum of 104 UCAS Tariff points from at least two A-levels or equivalent.

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.

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

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

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (Disclosure Scotland)

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £10,300 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

UK/EU If you are a UK/EU student enrolling on a Foundation Degree or a BA/BSc at University College Birmingham in 2019/20, your fee for this academic year will be £9,250. A half year tuition fee is £4625. This is a yearly fee, and will increase with inflation in subsequent years (in line with the government’s permitted rise). If you are an English or EU student studying your first higher education qualification, you can apply for a tuition fee loan from the Student Loans Company. You will not start repaying this loan until you leave the course and are earning over £25,000 a year. If you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, you should apply to Student Finance Wales, Student Finance Northern Ireland, or SAAS. The loans and grants available to you will differ from those available from Student Finance England. UCB does not charge for 24 or 48 week placements. More information about UK/EU Fees please go to our website here - International: More information about International Fees please go to our website here -