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Public and Environmental Health

Please note the entry requirements stated for this course are indicative. The entry requirements for 2019 will be published by September 2018.

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
Key fact:
Get the grounding to pursue a career in public and environmental health. You can do an extra year of study to receive a BSc(Hons) in Public and Environmental Health.

Page last updated 5 March 2018


Why study 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 (EHPs) need to understand complex situations in the natural and man-made worlds to put forward rational and defendable judgements and intervention strategies. 

Studying public and environmental health at this level provides a springboard for building an interesting career in this field.

Why UWE Bristol?

The FdSc in Public and Environmental Health will give you a good base of knowledge of natural and human-made worlds and systems.

Establish the context in which different stressors impact on humans and how different situations require environmental health intervention.

Develop your understanding of food safety, housing and health, health and safety, and environmental protection, and delve in depth into public health in particular.

Explore fields of professional engagement that are vital to the process of identifying hazards, assessing risk and interpreting compliance against standards, guidelines and other legislative tools. These issues run strongly through the work-based element of the course.

Where can it take me?

You'll have the foundation of knowledge and skills to pursue a career in public and environmental health.

You can also do a top-up year of study, to receive a BSc(Hons) in Public and Environmental Health, accredited by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH). You can then work as a recognised environmental health practitioner (EHP).

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

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Year one

You will study:

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

Year two

You will study:

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

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

You'll have scheduled learning for each module, including lectures, seminars, residential trips and visits, practicals, case studies, problem-based learning exercises, tutorials and work-based learning.

Get plenty of interaction with tutors by working in small groups.

Access online materials to complement your studies.

We have an open-door policy, so you can contact tutors or other staff with any queries or if you need any extra support.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Study time

You'll need to devote around four hours a week of independent study to each module, on top of the time you spend on assignments, presentations and examinations.


We'll assess you using a mixture of assignments, practical portfolios, presentations, reflective work and examinations.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.



You'll go on placement with at least two organisations to get experience of different types of public and environmental health work.

Going on placements will build your employability in the profession and provide networking opportunities with other professionals in the region.


You'll go on residential field courses and day trips to gain a deeper insight into environmental and public health issues.

We'll also urge you to get involved in local Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) branch meetings, where the teaching team are active.

Study facilities

This course is taught at University Centre Weston.

Library facilities are available at University Centre Weston and UWE Bristol.

You can use these facilities before and after your taught lessons, and also access extensive online resources at any time.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.


Careers / Further study

You'll have the knowledge and skills to pursue a career in public and environmental health.

There are a number of jobs in this sector. You could work with local health authorities as a technical officer, or in the private sector working in the food industry.

When you graduate from the foundation degree, you can choose to do a top-up year of study, to gain the BSc(Hons) Public and Environmental Health at UWE Bristol. Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), this degree allows you to work towards environmental health practitioner (EHP) status through a practical portfolio and professional exam.

You can also progress onto other honours degrees. Your tutor will help you make the right choice.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.


Supplementary fee information

Additional costs are for items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

See our funding pages for more information.


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

Read more about undergraduate 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 at

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