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Public Health (Extended), BSc Hons Undergraduate prospectus

  • This four year programme is identical to the three year course, but has a foundation year with lower entry requirements.
  • If you have the ability but not the qualifications, this programme is your first step to graduation.
  • After your foundation year, progress into one of only two BSc Public Health courses in London and the South East, scoring 90% for overall satisfaction
  • Located across the University's iconic Greenwich Maritime Campus



The BSc Hons Public Health extended degree is for anyone excited by the explosion of community public health initiatives all over the UK.

If you have the ability but not the qualifications, an extended degree is the first step to graduation. This four year programme is identical to the three year degree, but includes a foundation year, and has a lower entry tariff. Maximise your new abilities in a multidisciplinary course reflecting central government policies in public health. It will be a challenging and rewarding experience.

Foundation year

The foundation year will be taught at our Greenwich campus, the following three years will be taught at our Avery Hill campus.

The foundation year is designed to give you:

  • A thorough introduction to public health
  • Essential computing skills
  • Improved communication
  • Academic writing skills
  • An understanding of ethics, enterprise and leadership
  • The ability to manage your studies independently.

Teaching methods

You will be taught through lectures, seminars and tutorials, and in small groups using case studies, role play and student centred learning. You will also carry out a research project.


The highlight for many students is the placement opportunity that is offered in the final year, where students spend time in working with possible future employers.

Our commitment to students doesn't end with graduation, this degree has a strong focus on graduate employability and we are continually developing on existing links with health and social care providers to help direct graduates into work. We also work closely with professional bodies that represent the public health workforce nationally and this relationship has assisted with the development of this degree.

Additional benefits to this degree are that it will help students to gain much of the knowledge and some of the experience required to submit their portfolio to the UK Public Health Register to become a registered public health practitioner.

Why Greenwich?

The BSc Hons Public Health extended degree is offered by the Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling which is a trusted provider of excellent academic degrees and vocational training. Our teaching staff are research active and are experts in their respective field. We pride ourselves on combining high-quality teaching with world-class research and a vibrant student experience. We have well-equipped facilities and laboratories to support our activities and we employ creative teaching methods and assessment techniques. All our programmes offer a wide choice of courses and we welcome and offer support to students from a range of backgrounds.

Located at the University of Greenwich's prestigious Maritime campus, the BSc Hons Public Health extended degree has world renowned attractions right on its doorstep from The Cutty Sark to the River Thames.

With the opening of the highly anticipated Dreadnought building on the horizon, not only will you study in the heart of the Greenwich campus, you will have access to state of the art learning, teaching and social spaces.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants from a UK educational background:

Applicants would normally apply with the equivalent of 64 UCAS points (or above), plus GCSE English and Maths grade C (or above). This might include:

  • Applications from those with an A‐Level background if the applicant has two D grades and one E grade (or above) in relevant subjects.
  • Applications from those with 64 UCAS points including points from at least two AS-Levels in relevant subjects.
  • Applications from those with an AS‐Level background if the applicant has studied three/four AS subjects and achieved at least three C grades (or above) in relevant subjects.
  • Applications from those with an International Baccalaureate (Certificate or Diploma) background if the applicant has at least 20 points arising from at least three relevant subjects.
  • Other qualifications, which will be considered on application.

Applicants from a non‐UK educational background:

International applicants will need to show qualifications equivalent to those required for UK student entry requirements. Further to this, applicants should have:

  • Successfully completed 11 or 12 years of full time education
  • The ability to demonstrate competence in mathematics (usually equivalent to GCSE grade C)
  • The ability to demonstrate English language capability to an equivalent of IELTS 5.5 or above, with no skill below 5.5.

A desire to study in the UK university system is expected, but some applicants may need a year to adapt to the UK higher education system.

Applicants who have no IELTS skill less than 5.5, but do not meet IELTS 6.0 overall will take the following two additional courses which are designed to support them:

English for Academic Purposes 1               15 credits

English for Academic Purposes 2               15 credits

These 30 credits are in place of credits from other courses. Such students therefore study a total of 120 credits.

Where students with IELTS 6.0 overall choose to take these courses, the 30 credits will be additional to other credits. Such students therefore study a total of 150 credits.

These courses are run by the Department of Literature, Language and Theatre in the Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Humanities at the Avery Hill Campus.

In addition:

  • Applicants would normally be a minimum of 17 years of age, but entry at younger age is a
    possibility for the highest quality applicants.
  • Applicants who have significant work experience relevant to their preferred study path, but who do not have the minimum expected formal entry qualifications, are welcome to apply by citing their relevant work experience to demonstrate their potential capability.
  • Applicants following this method may be asked to complete additional application processes.

For more information, please contact us.

Extra information


This degree will be assessed using the following:

  • Interactive group work
  • Focused essays, dissertations and projects
  • Specialised work based learning, for example, writing proposals, business cases and executive summaries
  • Work based outcomes, for example, design of posters and flyers
  • Presentations and peer assessments
  • Technology‐enhanced learning
  • Reflexive journals and essays, diaries and portfolios
  • Examinations.


Opportunities for graduates with this degree are bountiful with previous students now working in a variety of roles employed by local government, charities, the National Health Service, the wide sweep of organisations in the voluntary sector, regional, national and international bodies working on improving health, and industries involved in food, transport, the environment, pollution and education.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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