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Public and Environmental Health

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Tariff points:
Health and Social Sciences
University College Weston
Two years full-time; three years part-time
Full-time; part-time
Programme leader:
David Lown

Page last updated 31 August 2017


Why study FdSc Public and Environmental Health?

Public and Environmental Health incorporates areas of study that all fall under the umbrella term of public health. Environmental Health Practitioners (EHP) must be able to make sense of complex situations from the natural and man-made worlds to arrive at judgements and devise intervention strategies that are rational, transparent and defendable.

The FdSc in Public and Environmental Health will provide you with a sound general knowledge of the natural and human-made worlds and their systems, establishing the context in which different stressors impact on humans and how this requires environmental health intervention in four technical 'Intervention Fields': Food Safety, Housing and Health, Health and Safety and Environmental Protection, with a fifth - 'Public Health' - holding a special place. We also seek to explore particular fields of professional engagement, many of which are vital to the process of identifying hazards, elucidating risk, assessing risk and interpreting compliance against standards, guidelines and other legislative tools. These are often embedded within the strong Work-based Learning element of the course.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

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You will study a range of modules including:

Year one

  • Public Health Foundations
  • Earth Sciences
  • Field Skills
  • Legal Systems and Legislation
  • Healthy Housing
  • Public and Environmental Health Law
  • Employability Skills
  • Study Skills

Year two

  • Environmental Protection
  • Health, Safety and Risk
  • Food Control
  • Work Based Learning

Please also note this structure is for the full-time course delivery only. For part-time delivery, the same modules will be studied. However, the structure will differ.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

Your learning outcomes will be integrated across the course and met through a variety of methods, including lectures, seminars, residential trips and visits, practicals, case studies, problem based learning exercises, tutorials and work based learning. This will take place alongside an element of technology-enhanced learning to complement your studies, which will be fully supported by the excellent library and online resources, both at the College and UWE Bristol.

There will be substantial scheduled learning for each module and small groups will facilitate individual interaction with your tutors. Additional support is available and an open-door policy exists for student support.

For more details, see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Study time

Each module has an independent study requirement of a further four hours per week, as well as further study hours for assignments, presentations and examinations.


Assessment methods include assignments, practical portfolios, presentations and reflective work, alongside traditional examinations.

For more details, see our full glossary of assessment terms.



You will work in at least two organisations; this work based learning will ensure that you gain exposure and experience in intervention areas.


Residential field courses and a wealth of individual day trips will provide you with interesting and practical experience. In addition, we will expect you to involve yourself in local Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) branch meetings, where the teaching team are active.

Study facilities

Library Plus facilities at both College campuses open at 08:30, closing at 18:30 each day at Knightstone, and extending to 18:00 two evenings a week at University Campus. This will give you the opportunity to use the facilities before and after taught lessons. All of our electronic resources are available externally at any time.

In addition, all Knightstone Higher Education teaching space is available for the use of student groups until 21:00 between Mondays and Thursdays.


Careers / Further study

This degree will equip you with the knowledge and skills to pursue a career in the field of public and environmental health. There are currently a number of jobs in this sector: including with local health authorities, working at the level of a technical officer or within the private sector, working within the food industry. Successful completion of the degree will allow you to progress to the top-up for one year of further study, leading to an Honours degree in Public and Environmental Health, accredited by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH). You will work towards Environmental Health Practitioner (EHP) status through a practical portfolio and a professional exam.

On successful completion of the foundation degree, you will be able to progress onto one of the honours degrees offered by UWE Bristol. Your tutor will help you make the right personal choice.


Full Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee7950
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)994

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year450

Part Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Part Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)994

Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those you could reasonably expect to incur during your studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Further information about fees and funding.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 64
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language, Mathematics and Double Science, or equivalent.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. Points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of one A-Level.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; no specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

How to apply

Please see the general information about applications.

Please complete a UCAS application for full-time study. For information regarding part-time applications, please contact the Higher Education Unit on 01934 411780 or email:

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