BSc (Hons) Health Promotion and Public Health

Course summary

This course achieved 96% overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2016. This places us in the top ten universities in the UK for overall satisfaction with our nursing courses.


This innovative course will prepare you to gain the real-life knowledge and skills needed to promote the health and wellness of individuals and communities.

It has been designed for:

  • those planning to work in the health promotion/public health arena
  • individuals who have a public health/health promotion remit within their current role eg:
    • nurses*
    • midwives*
    • voluntary workers
    • people involved in the health and fitness industry
    • allied health professionals
    • people working with local authorities
    • health promotion media campaigns
    • sexual health workers
    • youth workers.

Why choose this course?
On this course, you will learn about the major determinants of individuals and communities health (eg: social, cultural, economic and political) and gain the knowledge and skills necessary to plan, deliver and evaluate innovative health promotion interventions.

Key topic areas will include:

  • determinants of health
  • surveillance and assessment of the population's health and wellbeing
  • assessing the evidence of effectiveness of interventions, programmes and services
  • leadership and collaborative working.

Students undertaking this course will be eligible to apply for membership with the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH).

*Professionals with a health related qualification at Diploma/Advanced Diploma level e.g. Nurses, Midwives or other health care professionals may be able to enter the second or third year of the course. Please contact the course team for further information.

Career and study progression
Your degree can take you anywhere, but some of the most popular paths for qualified health care professionals include roles in both public and health promotion within acute and none acute sectors.

You may also wish to undertake postgraduate study to specialise in a subject you've already studied, or to explore something new.

For more details please see the Career and study progression section.

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Course detail

You will learn how to examine health patterns and trends in individuals, communities and populations. With this knowledge, you will be able to develop educational strategies that empower clients and promote behaviour change in communities.

These skills will enable you to work effectively with diverse groups involved in the promotion of the public's health, to deliver and evaluate innovative health promotion interventions and to influence the development of policy for healthy communities.

Year one (Level 4) modules

  • Understanding Health, Illness and Wellbeing
  • Using Evidence in Health Promotion and Public Health
  • Determinants of Health and Illness
  • Health Promotion through the Lifespan
  • Measuring Health
  • Politics and Policy of Healthcare.

Year two (Level 5) modules

  • Educating for Health
  • Delivering Health Promotion Interventions
  • Research Methods and Critical Appraisal in Health Promotion and Public Health
  • Promoting Mental Health and Wellness
  • Multi-media Health Communications
  • Assessing Population Health.

Year three (Level 6) modules

  • Policy and Evaluation in Public Health
  • Planning and Implementation for Health Promotion and Public Health
  • Leadership, Influence and Improvement in the Community
  • Double Dissertation for Health Promotion and Public Health.


  • In addition, students will be able to select one optional module.
* Option modules will run subject to staff availiability and viable student numbers opting to take the module 

Entry requirements

96 UCAS tariff points from Level 3 qualifications.

These can include:

• A Levels at grade C, C and C, or above
• BTEC Extended Diploma with Merit, Merit, Merit
• Access to HE Diploma

You also need GCSE English and Maths (grade 9 – 4 / A* - C) or Level 2 equivalents.

Mature applicants (aged 21+): If you do not hold the above qualifications but possess relevant work experience, you are invited to apply. Your application will be considered on an individual basis.

Level 5 entry
If you wish to enter directly at level 5 of this course you will be required to follow procedures in accordance with the university regulations. The demonstration of appropriate knowledge, competencies and relevant industrial experience is required and will be considered by the relevant university board. You are an ideal candidate for entry at this level if you have a 120 undergraduate credits at level 4 or a CertHE in a related subject area.

Level 6 entry
If you wish to enter directly at level 6 of this course you will be required to follow procedures in accordance with the university regulations. The demonstration of appropriate knowledge, competencies and relevant industrial experience is required and will be considered by the relevant university board. You are an ideal candidate for entry at this level if you have a 240 undergraduate credits (at level 4 and 5), a DipHE, Foundation Degree or HND in a related subject area.

International entry criteria
International students need to meet our English language requirement at either IELTS at 6.0 or above and a minimum of 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening).

In some countries where teaching is in English, we may accept local qualifications. Please visit to check for local equivalencies.

We offer pre-sessional English language courses if you do not meet these requirements. Find out more about our English Language courses


Fees for home and EU students

Main fee

Fees for overseas students

Main fee
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Help with funding is available to a range of students, whether you are studying full or part-time, in your home country or overseas.

You may be eligible for a student loan to cover the cost of tuition fees or a maintenance loan to support you during your studies. Additional funding is available to some types of students, such as those with dependants, disabled students and more. Find out more about applying for student loans and other funding options.

We also offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help you. Scholarships in the 2017 - 18 academic year included:

  • Full Time Undergraduate Bursary: a £3,000 award for new undergraduate students.
  • Path to Success Scholarship: a £4,000 award for students on a four-year degree course with a foundation year. 

Other scholarships are also available, including awards for specific subjects. Find out more and check your eligibility.

* Please note that scholarships and bursaries described in the video above were available at the time of filming in autumn 2017. Full details of scholarships for the 2018 - 19 academic year will be published shortly.

Please note fees are paid for each year of study unless otherwise stated. You will be required to re-enrol and pay fees at the beginning of each academic year. Fees may be subject to government regulations on fee increases. Future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of the course, subject to government regulations on fee increases.

How to apply

Apply for this course

UK and EU students

Apply for this course at when UCAS applications are open, from the previous September until June (see dates). You will need our institution code W05 and the UCAS code given on the right hand side of this page.

If the UCAS deadline has passed, you can apply through Clearing by calling our hotline on 0800 036 8888 (or +44 8231 2468). Clearing takes place over the summer months (July to September).

If you are making an early application, before UCAS has opened, you can apply directly to the University by clicking the red 'apply now' button above. You should also use this button to receive specialist information if you are applying for Nursing and Midwifery courses.

More about how to apply to the University of West London.

International students

Apply at or complete our application form for international students. We have an online application form or you can download the print version.

You can also review the relevant information about the qualifications we accept from your country and our English language requirements, as well as details about your visa application.

More about the application process for international students.

During the course

Notable aspects

While this course does not require you to have a placement, you will be given the opportunity to apply the knowledge gained on the course through active participating with voluntary activities arranged through our volunteering team. These opportunities are valued highly by students and will allow you to develop the skills you learn on the course.

A professionally focused course which will provide you with the skills required to plan, deliver and evaluate interventions to promote the health of the public.

What our students say

Fadzai Chadya, BSc Health Promotion and Public Health

"Three words to describe my university experience:  Fantastic. Marvellous. Enjoyable.

My favourite aspect of the course was gaining such good knowledge for the area of Public Health. UWL has a great community feel and is really friendly."

Fatima Massally, BSc Health Promotion and Public Health

"Three words to describe my university experience:  Magical. Educating. Exciting.

My favourite aspect of the course was the HIV topic that we studied. The friendliness at UWL as part of student life is amazing. I plan to go on and study a Masters next."

Jobs and placements

Career and study progression

This course will enable you to support population health in the public, private or charitable sectors. Graduates will have the experience and skills to seek employment with:

  • local authorities
  • the NHS
  • voluntary organisations
  • media relations or the WHO
  • in roles such as health advisors
  • training facilitators
  • project managers
  • programme officers.

For those already qualified as health care professionals, the course enables you to carry out your role as both public and health promotion within acute and none acute sectors.

Study progression

We have an extensive portfolio of Masters level courses, which provide excellent study progression routes.

See our Postgraduate study page to view the full range of courses on offer by our College of Nursing Midwifery and Healthcare.

Careers support
Our degrees are designed to help you find the career that's right for you. 97% of our graduates are in work within 6 months of graduating.

With our desirable West London location, we have strong links with many national and multinational organisations such as the BBC, Hewlett-Packard (HP) Ltd, Middlesex Law society and the Savoy Education Trust. We have a strong track record of providing valuable work placements and we also provide hands-on experience at the University through our Student Ambassadors' scheme.

Many of our staff have successful backgrounds in relevant industries and can advise you on how to kick-start your career. Our careers service will also help you realise your potential by offering specialist advice and guidance on a wide range of careers issues, including:

  • CVs
  • job hunting
  • recruitment and selection procedures
  • further study.

We are The Career University.