Help to take care of your nation’s health. On our foundation degree course you’ll learn to promote the wellbeing of individuals, families, households and the wider community. As a qualified public health professional, a range of careers will be open to you.
Helping to look after the public’s health is critically important. It benefits individuals – but also the health service and society as a whole.
If you already work in public health, our course provides an educational qualification, as well as continuing professional development. You may be working as a community-based member of staff, or you may be managing a project team and have responsibility for those staff.
You’ll look at how societies are structured, how they function, and how this affects individuals and populations. You’ll consider how public health interventions can have a positive impact on people’s health and fitness. You’ll learn about issues directly relevant to your job, and how to apply them to your work. And finally, you’ll investigate wider themes in healthcare work.
Our course takes place in the classroom and online. You’ll need access to a computer and the internet, along with basic IT skills, so that you can use our virtual learning environment (VLE) and digital library.
The VLE allows all our students to learn collaboratively, contributing to a richer learning experience. Meanwhile, our digital library for gives you access to electronic journals, e-books, databases and other helpful resources at any time.
Our tutors offer plenty of support: face-to-face as well as by email, telephone and the VLE. There is also an IT helpdesk and you’ll have a student advisor.
We’ve developed this course with reference to the Royal Society of Public Health Skills framework.
Please note that international students can apply to study this course in Chelmsford only.
Helping to take care of a nation’s health is important and rewarding work. When you graduate, a range of careers will be open to you. For example you could be helping people to stop smoking or to control their weight, or you could become a health trainer or nursery nurse.
You could also consider roles in healthcare and local government agencies. This might include working as a health improvement advisor, a community development worker, or a community health worker.
Or, you might choose to continue your studies. Having taken our foundation degree, you could top up to a full honours degree in subjects such as health and social care, acute care or public health in just one year.
We’ll assess you throughout the course so that you and your tutors can measure your progress. This is done in a variety of ways and on a module-by-module basis, but could include reports, projects, presentations, essays, portfolios and reflection. You’ll be able to tailor your assignments to fit your own career goals.
Please note that you will need to complete all of the above core modules. This course does not have any optional modules. Modules are subject to change and availability.
Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.
If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.
You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter for undergraduate courses. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
We offer most new undergraduate students funding to support their studies and university life. There’s also finance available for specific groups of students.
Grants and scholarships are available for:
We've a number of scholarships, as well as some fee discounts for early payment.
Important additional notes
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email email@example.com for further information.
We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
International students can apply to study this course in Chelmsford only.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for undergraduate courses.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.
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