Higher/Degree Apprenticeship Public Health Practitioner

BSc(Hons) Public Health

Course code
Higher/Degree Apprenticeship
School of Health and Social Wellbeing
Typically three years
Online delivery only; October intake
Programme leader
Dr Oliver Clackson Bonnington and Brodie Walker

Page last updated 12 February 2024


Our Public Health Practitioner apprenticeship will enable you to progress your healthcare career to management or specialist roles. By completing the apprenticeship, you'll achieve a degree and gain eligibility to apply for accreditation as a Public Health Practitioner.

Why study for a Public Health Practitioner apprenticeship?

The Public Health Practitioner Degree Apprenticeship prepares entry-level professionals in organisations such as local authorities, the NHS and clinical commissioning groups, for more senior or specialist positions.

This practice-focused course offers you a grounding in public health across different settings, including wider determinants of health, such as education, transport and housing. You'll also grow your knowledge of core sector issues, from environmental sustainability to social equity.

You'll develop your critical thinking, analytical and appraisal skills, which you'll apply to real-world public health scenarios. This could be in the form of role-plays and simulations relevant to health protection, disease outbreaks and pandemics.

Why UWE Bristol?

UWE Bristol has a longstanding reputation as a public health education provider in the South West. Our degree apprenticeship in Public Health is the only one of its kind in the region.

You'll gain invaluable knowledge and a relevant skillset from our experienced teaching team, who have worked in professional practice in a range of public health areas.

We also have strong industry links and a close relationship with the profession. Benefit from our growing network of public health alumni, who continue to engage with our Centre for Public Health and Wellbeing (CPHWB).

Benefits to your employer

The Public Health Practitioner apprenticeship allows your employer to develop you, as an existing member of staff, without the need to recruit new talent. It prepares you for more senior and specialist health roles within your organisation, without you taking significant time away from work.

From the outset, you'll study alongside your job and apply your skills to on-the-job training. This applied approach ensures you're adaptable to a range of situations within the context of your workplace.

By training and upskilling you, your employer can improve staff retention levels for your organisation while addressing a gap in the public health workforce.

After completing the three-year apprenticeship, you'll graduate with a BSc(Hons) Public Health qualification, which is the first step towards becoming an accredited Public Health Practitioner.


On successful completion of our Public Health Practitioner apprenticeship, you'll achieve a BSc(Hons) Public Health degree (Level 6). You'll also be eligible to apply for accreditation as a Public Health Practitioner. So you'll be able to progress to management or specialist roles in a range of public health areas, from local authorities to prison healthcare and hospital trusts.

In addition to supporting your development in the workplace, this apprenticeship will help you to understand the career landscape in your sector and plan for your longer-term ambitions. Our award-winning Careers Service is on hand to give you independent advice and guidance at any point in your studies.

Course details


Core modules:

  • Introduction to Public Health
  • Introduction to Health Promotion
  • Introduction to Evidence-Based Population Health
  • Introduction to Health Protection
  • Advanced Evidence-Based Population Health
  • Health Improvement Interventions and Services
  • Practice-Based Project
  • Working Across Systems and Agencies
  • Public Health Policy
  • Commissioning for Population Health
  • Public Health Leadership and Management
  • Public Health Practitioner (Degree) Apprenticeship Standard End Point Assessment.

Duration and delivery

The apprenticeship is delivered through full-time day release, over the duration of three years.

Material will be delivered through online webinars and tutorials, with remote support.


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Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 112
  • GCSE: Grade C/4 or above in English and Mathematics or equivalent (we accept Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths and English).
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: No specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.
  • Irish Highers: No specific subjects required.
  • T Levels: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

To be an apprentice, you must be employed in a role that's relevant to the skill, trade or occupation you're being trained for. As part of your commitment to the apprenticeship, you'll have to complete at least six hours per week of off-the-job learning activity within your normal contracted working hours, which is supported by your employer. 

We use the UCAS Tariff system to make offers to applicants. You can use the UCAS Tariff Calculator to convert your qualifications and grades into points.

Accredited Learning and Accredited Experiential Learning

You may be able to gain accreditation for prior learning from another institution (Accredited Learning). Or you may be able to get credit for learning achieved through experience that may not be formally accredited (Accredited Experiential Learning). For more information, please see our Accredited Learning (AL) page.

ESFA eligibility requirements

To study an apprenticeship, you need to:

  • be aged 16 years or over
  • be an EEA citizen (with Right to Work in the UK) and not be in any other kind of full-time education (including being enrolled on any other apprenticeship programme)
  • be employed (for at least the full planned duration of your apprenticeship) in a role that is linked to the appropriate industry for the apprenticeship training
  • receive at least legal minimum wage for apprentices (wages vary depending on experience, employer and level or type of apprenticeship)
  • commit to at least six hours per week of apprenticeship training during your normal working hours
  • have support from your employer, including a mentor/line manager. Your employer is also responsible for funding your apprenticeship.

More information about eligibility for apprenticeship funding is available on the GOV.UK website. 

How to apply


If you’re interested in applying and have the support from your employer, speak to your line manager and/or HR team in the first instance for approval. Your employer will contact us so we can send you an application link.


If you’re not employed, you can use the following tools to find an apprenticeship vacancy with an employer:

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For further information

For course-specific enquiries, please contact the Programme Leader.

For all other enquiries, please email our Apprenticeship Hub apprenticeships@uwe.ac.uk or call +44 (0)117 32 84888.

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