Foundation Degree Health Promotion and Public Health 2017/18

Year of entry

The Foundation Degree Health Promotion and Public Health is about learning how to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals and populations and preventing them from becoming unwell.

We know that about two thirds of deaths among people who are under 75 years old, and living in England, are avoidable. Most suffer and die of cancer, heart disease and strokes, respiratory disease and liver conditions. We know that the underlying causes of these diseases are not medical, but social.

Health promotion and public health is about encouraging and enabling people to have healthier lifestyles and improving the environments in which people are born, live and work. This can be achieved through really good communication, education and team work. It ranges from helping an individual to feel more confident to lobbying governments. Our country’s health is everyone’s business, it stretches far beyond the National Health Service into every street, and it is your business too. If you work with people, you can help to improve their health and prevent illness.

Other members of the public health workforce are in jobs where promoting health is their main job. These include people who are working in areas such as smoking cessation, healthy weight teams, healthy walking teams, housing, healthy schools teams, children’s centres, healthy heart work, mental and emotional health, healthy living centres, health and safety, health and leisure, sexual health services, drug and alcohol services and so forth. Many work within local health improvement services, the local authority or the voluntary sector. Some of these roles may be open to you with your Foundation Degree, other jobs will need you to study to ‘top up’ your qualification to a degree, which you can study at Canterbury Christ Church University. From there even more possibilities open up, including working towards your professional registration as a public health practitioner.

The wider public health workforce comprises 185 occupations and more than 15 million people in England (Centre for Workforce Intelligence, 2015).

This Foundation Degree in Health Promotion and Public Health is an academic, not a professional qualification. It aims to enable you to become part of what is called the ‘public health workforce’. This workforce is an umbrella term for nearly 200 occupations ranging from cooks, carers, doctors, to charity workers, teaching assistants and fire fighters. What they all have in common is that they work with people and, in different ways, they protect people from ill health and promote good health. 

Some may not see ‘health’ as their main job, but it is in their ‘mind set’. Some, such as the carer or charity worker, may want to stay in their job role, and having a Foundation Degree may help them to progress to more senior levels and open up wider opportunities.

You will study six compulsory modules at in year 1 and six in year 2. The programme is designed to help you gain a good understanding of health and how you can improve the health of individuals, communities and populations with whom you might work at the moment or in the future. 

Throughout the programme, you will be encouraged to use theories, research and practices from both the social sciences and bio-medical sciences, and to learn how to improve health through communication, education, economic, political, social and environmental change. You will also be prompted to use examples from your workplace and your local community to support your learning.

Core modules

We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. We will inform applicants of any changes to the course structure before enrolment.

Year 1

Introducing academic and work-based learning

This will be your first module and here you will be introduced to the structure of the Foundation Degree. You will meet your work-based facilitator who will support you with work-based tasks over the next two years. We will aim to prepare you for university level learning, academic skills, and work based learning. This module aims to help you to manage your own learning, to develop your written and oral communication skills and to understand the skills which you are going to need for future employment.

Social context of health

We will explain how you fit into an exciting national movement whose task is to improve the nation’s health. We will think about the different ways that people understand the causes of good or poor health, what the current Government would like us to prioritise and what people who practice public health do. You will be invited to learn about the social factors that affect people’s health in your workplace or local area.

Contemporary health and lifestyles

This module aims to teach you about the major health issues in the UK such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, obesity and mental health concerns. We will explain how much ill health can be prevented or reduced through people having healthier lifestyles. You will be prompted to find out about the main health issues in your local area.

The communication of health information

This module aims to help you to develop your skills of communicating about health. It will include verbal and non-verbal communication, print and electronic media and mass media. The module is designed to help you to observe communication patterns in yourself and among those around you.

Health and environment

In this module we aim to help you to understand how our health is affected by the physical environment, such as housing, water, air and noise. You will learn how local environmentally friendly activities are often responses to global concerns, and you will consider the environment of your own workplace or neighbourhood.

Psychosocial aspects of health and group work

Being able to work with others is a very important skill for anyone who works in health promotion or public health. In this module you will be encouraged to use your learning from the other five modules and to practise your team work skills in order to better understand how health is experienced by people, and the help that is available to them.

Year 2

Understanding evidence based practice

We will aim to help you to understand the various ways in which research into health is carried out and allow you to practice simple research skills. We will aim to teach you how to judge the quality of a piece of research

Working to promote health

This module is designed to help you understand the role of health in the workplace. It will include information about jobs within public health, how to work towards professional registration and opportunities for further degree level study.

Health inequalities

This module aims to build on your learning about the social reasons for poor health. It looks at how health or ill health is patterned according to factors such as where we live, where we are born, our gender and our ethnicity.

Understanding health psychology

This module is designed to introduce you to psychological theories that try to understand people’s health-related behaviour such as smoking, eating or physical activity. You will be asked to reflect on your own health-related behaviours and those of others.

Health promotion

We will aim to help you to understand what health means in more depth, and to show you how to plan ways of promoting the health of individuals and small groups. You will be encouraged to use your learning to think about how health could be improved within your workplace or local community.

Protecting health

This module focuses on how we protect people’s health from communicable diseases, chemical incidents and hazards. Examples might include measles, ebola, body piercing, SARS or food poisoning. You will be encouraged to learn about how your own health, and the health of others in your local community and workplace, is protected.

Your qualification may help you to gain promotion within your existing field of work. Many workplaces are being asked to make their own contribution to preventing disease and promoting good health in their local community, and your expertise is potentially likely to be very useful to them. 

You could apply for jobs where you are working within a public/health promotion team that is working on one of the following areas: 

  • Improving people’s health e.g. advising people about changes to their lifestyle, working on a health campaign.
  • Protecting people’s health e.g. promoting safety in the workplace or keeping the local population safe from infectious diseases or environmental hazards.
  • Working with information e.g. collecting, understanding and explaining information about health. This could be about health risks to a particular group of people or general health and wellbeing for the whole population.
  • Teaching and researching e.g. investigating public health issues, teaching about health and wellbeing or carrying out research to understand more about a specific health issue.
  • Maintaining and raising standards e.g. making sure that services are safe, effective and good quality.
  • Leadership, planning and management e.g. developing policies, leading on projects to improve people’s health, and measuring how well it has worked.

These jobs are often located within the local authority or community NHS services.

Visit www.healthcareers.nhs.uk for more information on possible career avenues.

On successful completion of the Foundation Degree in Health Promotion and Public Health you may be able to join Year 3 at the University’s Canterbury campus to work towards either a BSc Health Promotion, BSc Public Health or a BSc Health Studies. At this point, you would be eligible to apply for public health practitioner jobs and work towards your professional registration.  


The 2017/18 annual tuition fees for this course are:

Full-time  TBC  N/A
Part-time  N/A  N/A

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.


Please read the 2017/18 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2017/18 tuition fees and year on year fee increases

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) Yes, if the trip contributes to the course (whether it is part of an optional or compulsory module), but not including food and drink. Yes, if the trip is not an essential part of the course but is offered as an enhancement or enrichment activity, or for a student’s personal development.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Composition of the course

Each module comprises 30 hours of teaching in the classroom, normally 5 hours per week over 6 weeks. You will be required to take two modules at a time.

In order to complete six modules in Year 1 and six modules in Year 2 you will study in College for two days a week for six terms/two years. You will have Christmas, Easter and Summer breaks. In addition, for each module, you are expected to carry out 20 hours of work-based learning and 150 hours of independent study.

Normally assessments are submitted a few weeks after the teaching for the module has finished.

The programme requires you to have regular meetings, as a class and individually, with the College’s work-based facilitator who will visit you in your workplace. You will also be assigned to a personal tutor for general academic and pastoral support.

Academic input

The teaching staff and work-based facilitator are employed by, and based at, Bromley College.

They are supported by lecturers, senior lecturers and principal lecturers from the team that lead the BSc Health Studies/Health Promotion and Public Health degrees at Canterbury Christ Church University.

An experienced University Senior Lecturer is the academic link tutor to the programme, which means that they work closely with the programme director at Bromley College to ensure that all standards and processes meet University requirements.

The University lecturers will contribute 30% of the teaching during 2016 to 2017, and 20% of the teaching thereafter.

Canterbury Christ Church University, has over 30 years’ experience in designing and leading health promotion and public health courses.

You will be asked to complete assessments for every module. These will include:

  • Written assessments such as essays and reports
  • Reflections about your health promotion or public health knowledge or competences
  • Portfolios of work-based tasks

You will be supported by your module leaders, particularly within your first module, Introducing Academic and Work-based Learning, to help you to undertake your assessments. This includes a practice essay and a practice presentation. 

Most modules will include tutorial time so that you can bring a plan of your work and discuss it with your lecturer, or this can be provided by appointment. 

You will need the support of your employer for your work-based learning. They will need to send a confirmation letter that you have a ‘placement’.

In addition, you will normally have a certificate to show that you have attained Level 2 in literacy and numeracy.

The programme has been developed with the support of Louise Holden, Public Health Workforce Development Manager for Kent, Surrey and Sussex, Claire Cotter, who is leading the public health passport project for Public Health England, and Professor Linda Jones, Bromley Health Improvement Services, Bromley Health Watch and the Bromley NHS Patient and Public Involvement Team.

Fact file

UCAS code

  • L512

Institutional code

  • C10


  • 2 years full-time


  • September 2017

Entry requirements

  • Either you will be working with people in the statutory sector for at least 15 hours per week within one of the following areas: public health, health improvement or health promotion, health care, social care, community development.

    Or you will be working with people, in a similar type of activity in a voluntary capacity, for 15 hours per week. The College will decide whether your voluntary work is suitable for this programme and check that it will provide appropriate work-based experiences.

    More entry requirement details



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