University College Birmingham

Public Health and Health Promotion University College Birmingham Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

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Course snapshot

Demand for professionals that have the tools, knowledge and attributes to deliver innovative, cost-effective projects and interventions within the public health and health promotion arena are in extremely high demand, all of which this course provides.

Who’s the course for?

This course, accredited by University College Birmingham, has been designed to develop students’ understanding of how public health and health promotion are intertwined and how the two disciplines are needed to support the community and society as a whole.

You will develop an understanding of the issues of disease, the environment and the populations who are most likely to suffer from poor health outcomes such as children, the elderly, people with physical, mental and learning disabilities, and underprivileged groups.

Why should I study the course?

You will be able to tailor your assessments to cover issues that interest you, nationally and internationally, and develop the skills needed to interpret evidence-based practice and research and apply in practice to address the needs of communities and population

There will be a year-long placement 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.

Great. Tell me some more

You will get to experience our state-of-the-art teaching facilities, including access to our £26 million study centre at McIntyre House in the Jewellery Quarter. The degree itself is aligned with QAA standards, the Royal Society for Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework and requirements for Practitioner status with the Faculty of Public Health.

What skills will I gain?

As well as the comprehensive knowledge and skills you will acquire at university, you will be encouraged to gain work experience as a great opportunity to put what you have learned into practice alongside qualified professionals.

We have developed close working relationships with public health professionals and can offer you a wide range of placement opportunities alongside your studies.

Our hired@UCB team will make sure you are well-matched for your placement and support your progress throughout your work experience.

What about the future?

This course is an ideal qualification if you want to pursue a career in the public health and health promotion arena, developing skills that are at the heart of a practitioner’s role.

Successful graduates may choose to continue with further postgraduate studies in areas such as teaching, social work, education and other practitioner-based qualifications including youth work. Specific roles 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

  • Youth worker

  • Drug and alcohol project worker

  • Mental health project worker

  • Charity worker abroad

  • Health researcher

Course details


Year 1

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

Year 2

  • Commissioning for Health
  • Mental Health in Practice
  • Wicked Health
  • Health Promotion and Communication in Practice
  • 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 two modules):

  • Project Proposal
  • The Event

Assessment method


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 per week, including a mixture of personal, group and academic tutorials

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.

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 -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

Transferring from another university At University College Birmingham, we consider applications from students who have studied, or are currently studying, a Higher Education course and now wish to transfer universities. What do I need to do? To make an enquiry about studying at University College Birmingham, you will need to complete our online enquiry form -> Consideration for advanced entry will be dependent on the modules of your previous course, and how well this matches to the content of the course you wish to transfer to at University College Birmingham. Additionally, the process will be dependent on the number of credits achieved on your current course. Where similar study is apparent, it may be possible for us to award Accreditation for Previous Learning (APL) and, therefore, advanced entry onto a course at UCB will be permitted. Please note; due to the nature of this process, all applications are considered on an individual basis.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 104 points Level 3 qualifications are accepted at UCB for entrance, a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points will be required.
If you are unsure if your qualification is accepted call us on 0121 604 1040 or email
A level BCC UCB will accept A Level in General Studies for this course and will also take into consideration applicants who are studying an extended project.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM This can be achieved from either an Extended Diploma or a combination of smaller BTEC qualifications.
Access to HE Diploma D: 15 credits You will need a minimum of 104 UCAS Tariff points.
A minimum of 15 Level 3 credits at Distinction.
Scottish Higher You will need a minimum of 104 UCAS Tariff points
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE / IGCSE English A*-C grades or 9-4 grades or equivalent.
HNC (BTEC) P A relevant HNC or a foundation degree with 120 credits.
HND (BTEC) P A relevant HND or a foundation degree with 240 credits.

Year 1 Entry: Students who are studying a combination of different qualification types will receive an offer that will be inclusive of all Level 3 qualifications.
Advanced Entry: If you are unsure if your previous higher education qualification is suitable please contact us before completing an application, you can call us on 0121 604 1040 or email:

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

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
Cambridge English Advanced Level B2 BA/BSc - Minimum 170 with no less than 160 in any skill FdA/FdSc - Minimum 160 with no less than 150 in any skill
IELTS (Academic) BA/BSc - Overall score of 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each component FdA/FdSc - Overall score of 5.5 with no less than 5.0 in each component
Institution's Own Test BA/BSc - Overall score of B2 with no less than B2- in in each component FdA/FdSc - Overall score of B2- with no less than B1+ in in each component

To apply for all undergraduate degrees, if your first language is not English, you will need to sit an approved test in English.

UCB English Language Requirements

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £11,500 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 2020/21, 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 -

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University College Birmingham
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UG Domestic Home and EU Admissions

0121 604 1040

International Admissions

0121 232 4447