Course Info

Public Health
  • publichealth

Useful Information

  • Mode of study:

    Full Time

  • Level:


  • Duration:

    2 Years

  • Fees:

    £6,000 per year (subject to change) (International students please refer to separate fees information)

  • Awarding/validation body:

    Subject for validation for 2021/22


Course Overview

This two year full-time foundation degree course is suitable both for those who have experience of working in health or care and those who wish to enter this sphere of work, having completed a full Level 3 qualification.

The course is designed to enable you to develop knowledge, skills and competency with which to engage in contemporary aspects of public health and social care.

Public health addresses key preventative health measures and this is balanced with an approach to social care provision as a response to illness and disorder. These twin elements are applied to community and personal health, and to the type and appropriateness of support.

Modules studied include: Risk Assessment; Health and Health Needs; Understanding Self and Communication with Others; Care Approaches; Ethical Issues and Decision-making; and Health and Environment.

Course Highlights

The course is taught by lecturers who all have professional experience in the sector, and you will be allocated a personal tutor with whom you are expected to work closely.

Classes are small and friendly and use a variety of teaching and learning styles including group work, discussion, role play, lecture and independent study. You will also have the opportunity to learn in the workplace and you are required to undertake self-directed work placements in settings of your choice.

Opportunities to learn from external guest lectures, as well as visits to relevant institutions are available. The course has strong links with Croydon Public Health department who offer work placements and contribute to development of the programme.

Career Opportunities & Further Study

Successful completion of the Foundation Degree provides the opportunity to progress to the BA (Hons) – Public Health and Social Care at University Centre Croydon. This Degree course is only available to students who have completed the FdA – Public Health and Social Care here at UCC.

The broad nature of this course creates the possibility for careers in a number of areas. These include:

  • Health promotion
  • Social care (domiciliary and /or residential care)
  • Youth work
  • Mental health
  • Learning disability
  • Community care/support
  • Health and safety
  • Drug and Alcohol support

Former students have progressed to senior care roles, housing support work, youth support work, welfare advice and postgraduate courses in Social Work, Occupational Therapy and other professions allied to medicine.


Progress is based on continuous assessment across four semesters. This process uses a range of approaches including reports, essays, seen exams, group presentations and reflective portfolios as well as the incorporation of practice experience.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 48 UCAS points from:

  • AS/A2 level (must include at least one A2) or other equivalent advanced level; or
  • BTEC National Award/Certificate/Diploma in a related subject; or
  • A pass in a relevant Access to HE qualification; or
  • Other UK/Overseas Level 3 qualifications, recognised by UCC as equivalent to the above.

In addition we require:

  • A pass in English Language at GCSE at grade C/4 or above; or
  • A Level 2 Functional Skill English; or
  • IELTS test at band 6.0 or above with a minimum overall score of 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in reading and writing and 5.5 in speaking and listening; or
  • Level 2 literacy demonstrated through UCC’s internal assessment procedures; or
  • Another qualification which UCC recognises as equivalent to the above.

Mature applicants may be considered on relevant experience without having the required tariff points.

International students would need to have an IELTS score of 6.0.

Application to this course is made via UCAS. For more information about applying to our HE courses, please visit our How to Apply page.


Institution Code for University Centre Croydon: C92

Course Code: LL45

How To Apply

Use the below link to apply for the above course.