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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.