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BSc (Hons) Public Health (with Foundation year)

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Course overview

Start date

September 2019

Subject area

Public Health

Attendance

Full-time

Part-time

Learning

On campus

Course summary

Here’s a chance for you to study while making a difference to people’s lives. This extended course is perfect if you want a degree in Public Health but you don’t meet the standard entry requirements. 

First we prepare you for your degree during the foundation year, bringing you up to speed with academic skills and a firm grounding in the subject. Then you can go on to do the full undergraduate degree.

Public health is a dynamic, evolving international subject area, centred on improving the health, wellbeing and quality of life not just in the community around the corner but across entire nations.

It’s an area that’s made for students who are committed and caring, who believe in social justice and who are prepared to work hard within communities to effect change - to do something for the greater good.

At the University of East London, we pride ourselves on inspiring and developing health workers like that from all over the world. One of our students from Uganda told us, “I want to go back afterwards to apply what I’ve learned – and I want my children to be proud of the work I do.”

We’re definitely proud of the work our students do. We’ve revamped our course, making it more practical, ensuring there are more opportunities for you to benefit from work placements and health projects in the community. You’ll leave with hard-earned skills that will impress employers. You’ll be able to make a difference.


UCAS points

64

Course options

Degree with Foundation Year

UCAS code

B134

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0) 20 8223 3333 or email study@uel.ac.uk

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Student Satisfaction

Our Public Health course consistently rates highly among our students for overall satisfaction. (NSS, 2018)

Hands-on Learning

We’ll give you a practical, first-hand study of public health issues amid east London’s wonderfully diverse ethnic and social mix. It’s the perfect place to study public health.

Career Development

We make your career our priority. Our work placement, volunteering and community project opportunities will help prepare you ideally for work in many areas of healthcare.

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Fees and funding

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will be automatically cancelled.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Maintenance Loan

You can apply for a loan to help with living costs such as food, travel and accommodation. How much you can borrow depends on where you live and study, and whether you are currently on welfare benefits. The maximum loan you can apply for is £12,729.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Supplementary Grants

The government also offer the following additional support:

-          Parent’s Learning Allowance

-          Adult Dependants' Grant

-          Childcare Grant

-          Disabled Students’ Allowance

For further information visit gov.uk/student-finance

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you are applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We have invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2019. If you are awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

 


There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the list below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you are a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
UK
£9,250
You don't need to pay this up front
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will automatically be cancelled.

For information visit gov.uk/student-finance

Please note EU students can only apply for their funding using a paper application form.
To download a form visit www.gov.uk/student-finance-forms

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you are applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We have invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2019. If you are awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

 


There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the list below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you are a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
EU
£9,250
You don't need to pay this upfront
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

At UEL, we understand that studying in another country is a big financial commitment. If you apply early for an undergraduate, you may be entitled to a scholarship of up to £3,000.You can find out more about the international scholarships here.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) also run an Emergency International Fund to assist international students in hardship.

You can contact our SMART team on 02082233333 or study@uel.ac.uk

As part of the Tier 4 student visa requirements, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) estimate that you will need £1,265* per month to cover your living costs. It includes expenses for accommodation, food and drink, travel within London, text books, entertainment, clothing, toiletries and laundry. Most Tier 4 students are required to show they have sufficient funds to cover the first nine months of the course before they start- a total of £11,385- in addition to the tuition fees. You can find more information about the specific requirements of the Tier 4 student visa here. The amount that you will spend can vary depending on your lifestyle. The UKCISA International Student Calculator can help you plan and manage your money. Please make sure you also factor in the fees for the visa application and immigration health surcharge when budgeting.

* Please note the Immigration Rules are subject to change and this figure is likely to be increased by UKVI year on year. Please therefore check our ISA pages for more information at the time of preparing your visa application.

Deposits and paying by instalments

International students are required to pay a deposit prior to being issued a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

Your remaining balance will be paid in five monthly instalments over your first term. The first of these instalments must be paid when completing your enrolment on arrival at UEL. Please follow the payment instructions here

After the required payment has been made, you will be asked to complete the online International Student Reply Form to confirm your acceptance of our offer and of our terms of admittance and fees policy.

Our International team at UEL are available for advice and guidance on studying in London, fees, scholarships and visa requirements.

Email: international@uel.ac.uk

Tuition fees
International
£12,100
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Entry requirements

64

New UCAS Points

From
A Level
Must include passes at A2 in at least 1 subject
From
Btec
Extended Diploma or Diploma
From
International Baccalaureate
Diploma with 24 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level
We would normally expect you to have Grade 4 / C in GCSE English and Maths.

INTERNATIONAL

(Including European Union)

We accept a range of qualifications from across the world. Please see our country pages for information on specific entry requirements for your country.

If you don’t quite meet the academic requirements for this course, you can apply with an additional foundation year. Read more about the International Foundation Programme.

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Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3

We will also consider the UEL New Beginnings pre-entry course

Overall IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing and Speaking; minimum 5.5 in Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course. Find out more here.

Level 2 equivalences such as Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths, Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

As an inclusive university, we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have the relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application – in particular your personal statement - to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.

Please note that some courses require applicants to meet the entry requirements outlined on the course page. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.
You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre.

What you'll learn

“We’ve just revalidated our course and now the focus is much more on doing things,” explains Course Leader Paul Watts. “So we've trimmed down modules which previously had a lot of theory and it’s now a much more practical course.”

We’ll start in your first year by giving you a thorough understanding of health and healthcare in the UK. You’ll study epidemiology, the cornerstone of public health. It’s the science that studies the patterns, causes and effects of health and disease conditions in populations.

In your second year, you’ll take a practical module where you’ll use our computer labs to access and analyse health data before presenting an epidemiological report on it. That skill of interpreting data is in short supply in the UK and is in hot demand.

You’ll choose your own final-year project. It could be anything from the evaluation of a public health programme to a focus-group study analysing an important local health issue.

What you'll study and when

We consistently review our courses to ensure we are up-to-date with industry changes and requirements from our graduates. As a result, our modules are subject to change.

If you don’t meet the entry requirements for a bachelor’s degree, you can study this course as an ‘extended’ four-year programme. You’ll begin with a foundation year, which will prepare you for a successful transition to the degree course a year later.
By the end of the degree you’ll gain the same qualification as those obtaining direct entry to the course but you’ll take one year longer to complete your studies.

Academic & Communication Skills (core)
Essential Maths & ICT (core)
Human Biology (core)
Introduction to Health, Health Systems & Professionals (core)
Promoting Health Together
Foundations of Public Health
Professional Development (Mental Wealth)
Anthropology of Health
Evidence based Public Health
Statistics for Public Health
Public Health: Policy and Systems
Contemporary public Health challenges
Epidemiology and Population Health
Research Methods
Health Protection and sustainability
Co-production of Community Health (Mental Wealth)
Intro to Health Economics and Finance
Applied Public Health
Leadership and Professional Practice (Mental Wealth)
Public Health Ethics and Law
Dissertation

How you'll be assessed

We’ll assess you with a mixture of coursework and exams. Coursework includes essays, research reports, group and seminar presentations and a final-year project. Most of the assessment in your first year is by coursework and we’ll give you as much feedback as possible.


In your third year, you’ll either take five core modules or undertake a work placement. We’ll assess you accordingly.

Course specification Foundation Year Specification

How you'll learn

It’s not all about note-taking and tutorial rooms. We like our students to learn in different ways. So a big component is for you to roll up your sleeves and throw yourself into a practical task.

For instance, when you study our Practical Epidemiology module you’ll be accessing significant information and using data analysis software to come up with your own solutions to real problems facing those working in public health.

You’ll be guided by supportive, enthusiastic tutors and lecturers whose specialities complement each other. Our team includes academics such as Dr Mahwish Hayee, who trained as a doctor in Pakistan, and Course Leader Paul Watts, who researches health behaviour and public health in deprived neighbourhoods.

Paul’s research activities have largely been with the Institute of Health and Human Development (IHHD), based at UEL. It’s spearheaded an important project called Well London, helping to deliver healthier eating programmes and new health initiatives in deprived areas. Some of our students volunteer to help and find it a valuable learning experience.

You’ll study a third-year Integrated Public Health module in which you’ll actually work on a project in the community, thanks to the excellent contacts of another of our well-connected lecturers, Anthony Bone.

Your future career

As the need for projects to deliver good health globally becomes ever more urgent, the more clearly we see that public health is not just everybody’s business - it’s a growth business, too. That’s why it needs graduates as well schooled as you will be in these crucial issues.

Employment opportunities abound. Our graduates have gone on to work for employers including Public Health England, local authorities, national government and the civil service, the NHS, charities and social enterprises.

They’ve become public health educators or specialists. They’ve worked in voluntary organisations in the UK and abroad, or advised on policy, or gone on to study epidemiology. Others go into further research. Anything is possible.

Ultimately, your success may depend on how resourceful, enterprising and self-starting you are. 

So it’s at this point that we’ll recount the story of Marina Haque. A forty-something mum who was persuaded by her five children to take up a place at the University of East London through clearing, Marina initially found the academic side challenging.

Yet she grabbed every chance to improve her basic skills, volunteered for the London Borough of Enfield’s public health department and astonished everyone by securing the presence of the head of Public Health England at a UEL conference.

Inspired by our course, she established stop-smoking campaigns outside her son’s primary school, an initiative which spread through the borough, and organised a series of pioneering health awareness events with different healthcare organisations.

Last year, our Marina graduated and announced a further ambition: “One day, I want to be called Dr Haque.” From this course, perhaps anything’s possible!

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