Public Health BSc

2018 entry

BSc (Hons) Public Health

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Full time home/EU tuition fee: £9,250 per annum*
Full time international tuition fee: £14,000 per annum*
Full-time industrial placement year fee: £1,850 per annum*
International industrial placement year fee: £3,300 per annum*

*The Department for Education (DFE) have recently announced that they intend to freeze tuition fees for the 2018/19 year. This is still subject to parliamentary approval. Once confirmed we will update our web pages accordingly.

Course type

BSc (Hons)

UCAS info

Points required: 112 UCAS Points

UCAS code: LL51

Institute code: L51

Study mode

Three years full time

About your course

The BSc (Hons) Public Health course at Liverpool John Moores University offers you a degree that can enable you to help make a difference to people’s lives. This degree is ideal for those who want to make a positive impact in dealing with issues that affect individuals, communities and society.

  • Based in the Public Health Institute at LJMU, with research expertise and specialism in a range of areas including drugs, alcohol, violence, and sexual health
  • Opportunities for work related learning in organisations involved in public health and links with stakeholders in local health and community organisations
  • Wide variety of career destinations for public health graduates
  • Opportunities for study abroad, for example with our partners at Southern Connecticut State University
  • Adopts a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding population based health and ways of working to protect and promote health

Work-related learning

Translating your academic studies into essential professional experience.

​At Level 5, you have the chance to experience what it’s really like to work in public health by undertaking a project within a local authority, private or voluntary sector organisation. This will help you to develop your professional skills as well as your knowledge base, and will add real value to your CV.

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor plus study skills support.

You will be allocated a personal tutor with whom you can discuss course-related issues, work on a personal development plan and set your own targets. You will have scheduled one-to-one meetings with your tutor, but they can be approached at any time should you need additional support.

Course details

Public Health is vital to ensure the health, safety and well-being of the population. It is a fascinating and rewarding area to study and work in and LJMU allows you to explore this topic in depth.

  “Sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll”; This course will equip the modern public health practitioner with the skills and knowledge to tackle these, and other, important public health issues which are becoming increasingly more relevant and visible to both government and the general population.

The structure of this course is guided by the Institute’s expertise, covering diverse topics such as sexual health (sex), alcohol and drugs (drugs), violence, nightlife and noise pollution (rock ‘n’ roll), alongside teaching and learning of core public health skills and knowledge, informed by the UK Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework. You will cover all the different areas of activity within public health: technical, contextual and delivery. You will learn these through focussing on core domains of public health: surveillance and assessment of the population’s health, assessing the effectiveness of health interventions, policy and strategy development, and leadership and collaborative working to improve population health and wellbeing.

The programme will also allow exploration of key concepts and tools of public health such as health inequalities, global health, health promotion, health protection, epidemiology and public health intelligence.  You will study the social determinants of health (the conditions in which people are born, grow, work and age), which can lead to avoidable differences in quality of life and persisting health inequity.  You will gain practical experience in the design and delivery of public health, acquiring an appreciation of the policy and practice landscape that public health works within. 

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Level 4

  • Key study skills
  • Introduction to Health
  • Public Health Concepts
  • Human Biology and Environmental Science
  • Understanding Populations
  • Introduction to Public Health Law and Policy

Level 5

  • Health Promotion
  • Health Protection
  • Introduction to Research Methods
  • Work Based Learning: Developing public health skills
  • Epidemiology
  • Surveillance / Public Health Intelligence

Level 6

  •  Globalization and Health
  • Media in Public Health
  • Career and Professional Development
  • Health Inequalities
  • Making Public Health Happen
  • Dissertation

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.

Programme specification document (PDF)

Teaching and learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources

Throughout your degree you will have choice in many of your modules and assessments to focus on a specific public health area of interest to gain in depth knowledge of a specific area, or to choose a variety of public health topics to gain a breadth of knowledge of contemporary public health issues. 

In your third year you will have the opportunity to conduct an independent research project which gives you a chance to put into practice the knowledge and skills gained in the first and second years. 

Your lecturers

Expert tuition and support

​Your lecturers and tutors have professional expertise in the fields of public health.  Teaching is informed by the latest research findings and developments in the field, plus there are many opportunities for you to interact with other public health specialists across the course of your studies and during field trips and placements.

Assessment and feedback

We recognise that all students perform differently depending on how they are being assessed, which is why we offer a variety of assessment methods.

These include exams, as well as coursework in the form of essays, reports, posters, critiques of a paper or media item, peer presentations or small-group work to devise a public health strategy. There will be a work-based placement in Level 5 of your degree and a dissertation in Level 6 which both require extensive independent study.

​Your marks and feedback will be available within 15 working days of submitting a piece of work. That’s because we believe that constructive feedback is vital in helping you identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to develop further.

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications

112 UCAS Points

Application and selection

​We shortlist applicants based on current qualifications, predicted grades, references and personal statement. We are looking for applicants who are interested in creating a fairer and healthier world. We are also looking for applicants who are keen to learn new skills and develop those they already possess. We want applicants with the ability to:

  • Communicate effectively and confidently
  • Understand and discriminate between ideas and methods in the field of public health
  • Evaluate new ideas and add them to their existing knowledge when they judge them to be sound
  • Appraise knowledge and suggest possible solutions to a range of problems
  • Take responsibility for organising and delivering their own work, for developing as an independent learner, and planning their own career pathways.


For deferral options please contact the Faculty Admissions Team on 0151 231 5829  or email health@ljmu.ac.uk

GCSE and equivalents

  • Applicants must have obtained or be in the process of obtaining grade 4 or grade C or above in GCSE English Language and Mathematics or an approved alternative qualification below: • Key Skills Level 2 in English/Maths • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in English Writing and or Reading and Maths • Skills for Life Level 2 in Literacy/Numeracy • Higher Diploma in English/Maths • Functional skills level 2 in English/Maths • Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number • Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
  • Subject specific requirements: Not applicable
  • Is general studies acceptable? Yes
  • Are AS level awards acceptable? Not acceptable
  • Average A Level offer: BBC
  • Maximum AS Level points accepted: Not applicable

BTEC qualifications

  • BTEC certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • 90 credit diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Diploma subjects / grades required: D*D* from a relevant subject area is required if no other level 3 qualifications are taken
  • Extended diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Extended diploma subjects / grades required: DMM in a relevant subject area is required if no other level 3 qualifications are taken

Access to Higher Education Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Yes

International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate: Yes

Welsh awards

  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Yes

Irish awards

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Yes
  • Grades / subjects required: 112 UCAS points from a minimum of 5 subjects
  • FETAC acceptability: All modules accepted
  • Anatomy and Physiology, Human Growth and Development, Introduction to Nursing

NVQ

  • Are Level 3 NVQs acceptable? Accepted in a relevant subject for Mature Applicants who meet other specified criteria (see notes)
Will I be interviewed?

No interview required

IELTS

6.0 overall with minimum of 5.5 in each of the four components

Can this course be deferred?

Yes

Is a DBS check required?

No

Is RPL accepted on this programme?

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Applications for RPL will not be accepted on this programme.

International requirements

Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Finance and fees

Find out more about the student funding that you may be eligible for from either LJMU or the government. This section will give you information about grants and loans as well as targeted support for students with children, adult dependants or those with a disability.

Please note that the amount of money you will receive as a student is dependent on where in the UK you normally live (i.e. England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland).

LJMU scholarships

LJMU's scholarships are open to all new full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, they are based on excellence. If successful, you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course subject to satisfactory progress. Scholarships are worth between £1,000 and £10,000 per year. The money you receive doesn’t have to be paid back.

LJMU bursary

The LJMU bursary is automatically paid to eligible students – you do not need to apply for it. The annual bursary is £500, which works out at £1,500 over a three year degree.

LJMU bursaries are means-tested and you don’t have to pay them back; they are intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student.

Tuition fees

In 2018 LJMU will charge Home and EU students a tuition fee of £9,250* for the majority of its full time undergraduate programmes and £6,935* per year for part time courses. You will be charged a fee for each year of your course. The University reserves the right to increase fees up to the maximum permitted by law or government policy in the second and subsequent years of your course. Generally, these fee increases are linked to RPIX inflation (Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

*Subject to parliamentary approval.

The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront - subject to meeting eligibility criteria, you can take out a tuition fee loan for each year of your course.

You can also take out a maintenance or living cost loan for each year of your course to cover your living expenses, such as rent and food.

You don’t start repaying your student loans until after you’ve left university and start earning at least £21,000.** Please note that the Department for Education who govern student support for students from England have recently announced it intends to increase this threshold to £25,000. This remains subject to parliamentary approval and we will update our website once further information is confirmed.

For more information on eligibility and tuition fee loans, go to: 

www.gov.uk/studentfinance

LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at the University. Your tuition fee will cover or contribute to, as appropriate, expenses associated with your core modules, including:

  • safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
  • uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placements
  • UK field trips and other educational visits
  • student exchanges
  • DBS checks (Disclosure and Barring Service – formerly CRB)
  • Professional sector regulatory body membership

** Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

Living expenses (maintenance) loan

In addition to your tuition fees, eligible full-time undergraduate students can also apply for a maintenance loan to cover your living costs. If you’re eligible, you can take out a loan for each year of your course.

The amount you’ll receive will depend on where in the UK you normally live and your household income. This money will be paid into your bank or building society account in three instalments and it’s up to you to budget for your living costs.

The government has stated that it intends to introduce a pro rata maintenance loan for part time students from England from the 2018/19 academic year.

For more information on student loans, go to: www.gov.uk/studentfinance

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Paying back your student loans

You only start repaying your student loans the April after you have graduated or left university and start earning £21,000* or above. Repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you have borrowed from the Student Loans Company. Repayments are currently set at 9% of any income over the threshold (which is currently set at £21,000).* Please note that the Department for Education who govern student support for students from England have recently announced it intends to increase this threshold to £25,000.  This remains subject to parliamentary approval and we will update our website once further information is released.

*Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

Career prospects

By the time you graduate, you will have developed a range of essential professional skills and an extensive public health knowledge base, putting you ahead of the game when it comes to securing a job.

By the time you graduate, you will have developed a range of essential professional skills and an extensive public health knowledge base, putting you ahead of the game when it comes to securing a job. You can expect to be able to forge a successful career in public health or a number of related fields including but not limited to: public health intelligence, community drugs education, health promotion, smoking cessation, nutrition advisor and housing support. Your career may focus upon a particular area of public health or may be much broader in its nature. There are a wide range of options available to you after graduation and we would expect graduates to find roles in local authorities; national government agencies; within the voluntary sector (both in the UK and internationally).

​After graduation you may decide to continue with your studies and LJMU also offers a number of MSc programmes in public health (MSc Public Health; MSc International Public Health, MSc Public Health (Addictions). Alternatively, a career in Social Work could be open to you if you have the relevant experience.
 

CareerSmart programme

All students in their first year of study will have an opportunity to engage with the CareerSmart programme as an integral part of a core module of study. Once you have completed this, a wide range of other career-related provision and services will be available to support your development throughout your studies.

The new CareerSmart e-learning tool will introduce you to the steps involved in making informed choices about your career. It will enable you to consider your strengths and development areas, your career motivators, the options available to you and the necessary steps to take to achieve your career goals.

Professional accreditation / links

​The Public Health Institute has expertise in a range of public health areas such as: drugs, alcohol; violence and sexual health. As such it has an extensive range of links with organisations both internationally and in the UK – for example the Institute is a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Violence Prevention. By being located within the Public Health Institute at LJMU, the course benefits from these links with organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors and provides a wealth of expertise at your fingertips.

International Scholarships

Studying at LJMU offers international students excellent value for money and the opportunity to secure an internationally-respected qualification plus outstanding career prospects.

LJMU offers scholarships for international students. The provision and range of these scholarships can change from year to year so it is important that you always check the website for the most up-to-date information. The University also accepts a range of external funding, should you be awarded a scholarship or sponsorship from elsewhere.

International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes

LJMU offers international students the option of completing International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes at the University’s International Study Centre. These courses are managed and taught by Study Group, a world leader in education and training for international  students. For more details on the International Study Centre, go to www.ljmuisc.com/

English language qualifications

All international applicants must have an internationally recognised English language qualification, such as IELTS (International English Language Testing Service). Your English language qualification must have been certified within the last two years for verification purposes. LJMU will accept other UKVI-recognised English language tests providing you attain the appropriate level.

This table summarises the minimum scores required by LJMU, although specific course requirements may differ depending on the programme you want to study.

For course-specific English Language requirements, click the Entry requirements tab above.

To find out what qualifications are applicable in your country, please visit the international pages.


Type of Programme IELTS Pearson
International Foundation Programme 4.5 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
Undergraduate degrees 6.0 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
MPharm 7.0 Not accepted

English language support to improve IELTS

If your English language level does not meet the required entry requirements for your course you may still be offered a place on the condition that you successfully complete an English for Undergraduate Study course at LJMU’s International Study Centre.

Please contact the International Study Centre and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers or email: international@ljmu.ac.uk for more details.

Tuition fee deposits

International students are liable to pay a minimum deposit of 50% of their tuition fees before their CAS can be issued. The outstanding balance must be paid in full within 4 months of the given enrolment date.

Living Costs

When you apply for your visa or entry clearance, you will need to provide evidence of having enough money to support yourself for the duration of your programme and to pay for all of your living expenses. The good news is that the cost of living in Liverpool is one of the lowest in England, which means your money will go even further, allowing you to enjoy your student experience to the full.

In addition to academic fees, you must budget for living costs such as accommodation, food, clothing, books, local travel and entertainment. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) states that students studying outside London must have £1,015 per month for a maximum of nine months to cover their living costs.

We estimate that a single student living in LJMU-approved accommodation is likely to need an average of £5,000 to cover just their rent for a full academic year.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme Certificate (ATAS)

If you have applied to study an Enhanced Undergraduate Degree (such as an MEng) course at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate.

You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website: www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/what-we-do/services-we-deliver/atas/who-atas/

Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. It is important to note that, if required, an ATAS certificate must be obtained before your Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies can be released to you.

Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

Before you can apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK under Tier 4 you will require a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies or CAS. LJMU will only assign a CAS once you have satisfied the conditions of any offer made to you and you satisfy the University’s obligations as a Tier 4 Sponsor. For more details, visit the international students section.

Your visa application

As soon as you have received an offer of a place at LJMU you should contact the Entry Clearance Office at the British Embassy, British High Commission or Consular Office in your own country to check whether you need a visa for entry into Britain. You are advised to do this as soon as you can as the visa application process can take a long time.

Please Note: To obtain an Entry Visa you should go to the British Embassy or High Commission in your own country, and present the following documents:

  • Passport
  • A valid LJMU Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
  • Evidence of financial support for the programme
  • Two recent photographs of yourself (passport-size)
  • All relevant educational diplomas and certificates (as stated in your CAS)
  • A declaration of your intent to return home on completion of your course of study

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes

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