Public Health HNC/HND/BA (Hons) Degree (54LL, 5KLL, LL45)


Coventry University

Public Health HNC/HND/BA (Hons) Degree

Requirements / Wymagania

Minimum 2 przedmioty na poziomie rozszerzonym (j. ang. się wlicza) - minimum 55%
J. angielski - minimum 75%
Średnia z matury 40% 40%
Certyfikat językowy IELTS opcjonalnie jeśli nie spełnisz powyższych wymagań z matury 6.0, żaden z komponentów nie może być niższy niż 5.5 -
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Public health is high on the government’s agenda, with a focus on promoting health and wellbeing for all groups in society through lifestyle, social, economic changes at individual, community and national level. It is about improving the lives of others by preventing health problems before they happen. This course gives skills and knowledge to help you make a real difference to communities. There is no doubt that this is a demanding and challenging area to work in but the opportunity to bring about positive changes to people’s lives means you will be making a huge difference.

Why choose this course? 

Public Health HNC

The HNC programme is year one of the Public Health and Community Studies BA (Hons) Degree. This course will explore the fundamentals of modern public health and you will be introduced to the role of a health and community practitioner within an organisation. Successful completion of this course will guarantee you progression on to the HND programme in Public Health and Community Studies within CU Scarborough.

Public Health HND

You can apply to this course directly or it can be progression from successfully completing the HNC in Public Health and Community Studies with CU Scarborough. This HND programme is year two of the degree course. This course aims to help you to understand the demographic changes, sociological theories and social policy and its implications on health and wellbeing within the community.

You will also be introduced to counselling skills which will lead to a level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies awarded by the CPCAB. As part of this you will examine and understand the importance of effective communication and listening skills. You will also explore mental health and lifestyles issues and its impact on health at a holistic level. Successful completion of the programme will guarantee you a place on the final year to complete the BA (Hons) Degree in Public Health and Community Studies.

Public Health BA (Hons) Degree

The Public Health and Community Studies degree has been designed to help provide you with the skills you may need to excel in a multidisciplinary community environment. You should also learn how to work effectively in the support of a variety of agencies, groups of people and individuals in promoting their health and well-being.

Working in public health involves analysing factors that influence our health and wellbeing, including social, environmental, cultural, economic, political and structural factors. This work provides opportunities to contribute to reducing the causes of ill health and improving people’s health and wellbeing. The community studies aspect aims to provide employment opportunities in developing and strengthening communities within the public, private and voluntary sectors.


What will I learn? 

Public Health HNC/HND (year 1 & 2)

On successful completion of the programme you should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Social policy and welfare provision – this module aims to introduce you to social policy, its application in the UK and important interactions between social policy and change;
  • Social groups and social divisions – this module aims to develop your awareness of the nature of contemporary society from a sociological perspective and introduce students to methodologies used to study society;
  • Lifestyle trends and behaviour change – this module aims to develop your awareness of lifestyle behaviour and its impact on health and wellbeing and health promotion methods that can be used to enable behaviour change;
  • Mental health and wellbeing – you will critically explore demographic changes within society and its impact on health and wellbeing. You will also analyse groups in society and factors that determine mental health and lifestyle issues and the measures that are taken to promote health and wellbeing.

Public Health BA (Hons) Degree (year 3)

On successful completion of the programme you should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Contemporary public health – this module aims to introduce you to the role of public health in contemporary UK society. You will explore the interrelation of expert and common-sense understandings of health and illness;
  • Communication skills and inclusive practice – this module aims to develop your awareness of the skills needed to work with individuals and groups in communities and to provide effective public health practice which promotes health and wellbeing;
  • Community and change – this module investigates various definitions of community including an understanding of the historical, geographical, social, cultural and religious contexts of community encompassing local, national and global dimensions;
  • Lifespan development and identity – this module aims to develop your awareness of the lifelong process of physical, behavioural, cognitive, and emotional growth and development of individuals. It examines the holistic factors that interrelate at various life stages and how they all contribute to make us the person we are;
  • Developing cohesive communities – this module aims to develop your awareness of community development theories and practice to develop your understanding of community work. The importance of social cohesion to build healthier communities will be examined with the skills and processes involved in successful and effective community development work;
  • Promoting healthy communities – this module aims to develop your awareness of the community is an important setting for health promotion. Analysis of the many influences on health that operate at a community level, highlights opportunities for health empowerment and building up the capacity of communities to participate in meeting their health needs;
  • Researching and assessing communities and public health – this module aims to develop your awareness of research methods and processes that are used to study health or social factors in communities to enable you to consider in more depth an appropriate research methodology for you to research an area of their choice with confidence;
  • Research project for public health or community studies – you will undertake an independent investigative piece of research after you have formulated a research question of your choice and interest. As part of this project you will demonstrate an ability to work independently using a high level of organisational skills as well as demonstrating awareness of issues of health and safety, ethical considerations and time management.

How will this course be taught? 

This course will be taught through a variety of methods – lectures, tutorials, self-directed learning, textbooks, module webs, scenario-based learning sets, professional libraries and resources, journals and casestudies, seminars, discussion forums and peer-to-peer learning.

Teaching contact hours 

As a full-time student a normal learning block will mean that you get 18 hours of teaching each week in groups of approximately 25-50 students. Depending on the course you have chosen, you will attend morning (9.00-13.00) or afternoon (14.00-18.00) sessions. You will also need to attend one two-hour tutorial each week.

How will this course enhance my career prospects? 

Public Health HNC

Successfully completing the HNC can lead to employment in a care setting or working with groups or individuals in the community or in outreach projects. Students may also progress their application in a vocational degree such as nursing or social work. Subject to meeting the University entry criteria. You may also be more employable and could pursue a variety of jobs in this field. The skills and knowledge acquired are relevant to anyone who works, or has a particular interest in, health, social work or social care in the statutory, voluntary or private sectors.

Public Health HND

Successful completion of your HND means that you can progress on to the final year of the Public Health and Community Studies BA (Hons) Degree at CU Scarborough. The skills and knowledge acquired at this level are relevant to anyone who works or has a particular interest in promoting health at individual and community level and working with vulnerable groups in the statutory, voluntary or private sectors. There is a range of employment opportunities starting at a health trainer, improving people’s health; protecting people’s health; working with information; teaching and researching; maintaining and raising standards; and leadership planning and management.

Public Health BA (Hons) Degree

Successful completion of this BA (Hons) could mean your chances of employment are improved and the level at which you enter the jobs market could mean you have a higher salary. It prepares you for employment in a wide range of settings including health and/or social care, local authorities, public health and the voluntary and community sectors. Opportunities can be found in a variety of areas that address the wider determinants of health, such as education, housing, and transport by developing public health approaches to promote health. Working with marginalised communities and vulnerable groups creates great opportunities for health promotion and health development through addressing health inequalities and tackling the damaging effects of smoking, alcohol, drugs or poor nutrition, within multi-agency partnerships, in line with many contemporary government initiatives.


How much does it cost?

Full-time course is: £6,009 per year

For the academic year 2017/18, each six week block will cost £1,502.25. A full academic year is made up of four of these blocks, so this means that a normal full-time year is £6,009. This covers some of your learning materials, all your classes and online tutorials.

The part-time course fee is dependent on how many modules you choose to study in an academic year.

Each stage of the qualification (HNC/HND/Degree) will require you to complete four academic blocks. You can study up to four blocks in one academic year or study at a slower pace (usually three academic blocks per year). Please note if you do study at a slower pace you will need to re-enrol to complete your studies in the next academic year.

For the academic year 2017/18 each block for part-time students will cost £1,502.25. Therefore, the total fee per stage of your qualification if completed in the academic year 2017/18 is: £6,009.


As a full-time student or part-time student resident in the UK or EU, you can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees at Student Finance England. 

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