Health Studies (Public Health) with Foundation Year - BSc (Hons) *

Attendance:
Full Time (4 years)
Starting:
September 2018
Campus:
Fees:
£9,250 per year for UK/EU Full Time 2018 entry

Are you interested in a job in health or social care, but don't want to work in nursing or a clinical setting? Our specially designed Health Studies degree with a foundation year will set you up to choose from a number of related careers such as Healthy Lifestyles Officer or a Community Cohesion Researcher.

This course will also appeal if you want to make an impact on issues affecting the health of the population, individuals and local communities - like poverty, pollution, poor housing, access to good quality, affordable food and health inequalities.

Tailor your Health and Life Sciences Degree

When you successfully complete your Foundation Year, you will be able to progress onto a range of Undergraduate courses at the Birmingham City School of Health Sciences and School of Nursing and Midwifery. These include:

  • BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences
  • BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography
  • BSc (Hons) Health Studies (Public Health)
  • BSc (Hons) Medical Ultrasound
  • BSc (Hons) Midwifery
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing - Adult
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing - Child
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing - Learning Disability
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing - Mental Health
  • BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice
  • BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science
  • BSc (Hons) Radiotherapy
  • BSc (Hons) Social Work
  • BSc (Hons) Speech & Language Therapy

Why choose a foundation year course?

By studying a foundation year in Health and Life Sciences, your first year will be spent learning a wide range of broad subject areas which then open up opportunities for you to specialise further in your next year –  which would be the first year of a full degree programme. 

You will study very broad subjects in your foundation year, which is designed to prepare you for a range of courses and not just one particular BSc degree. 

So although you are studying a BSc in a specific course – BSc Health Studies (Public Health) – the foundation year sets you up for a number of other possible degrees starting the following year. It may be that you don’t end up doing a degree in precisely the same subject as your foundation year.

This flexibility is one of the great things about the foundation year category - Health and Life Sciences, allowing you to find out more about your interests and talents before focusing on a three year degree. The foundation year also helps us at BCU to make sure we help to match you to the degree that fits you best.

Please note: entry requirements for degree course

Upon completion of your Foundation Year, if your chosen course is regulated by a professional body such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council, Health and Care Professions Council or the National College for Teaching and Leadership, you will be required to successfully complete the University’s selection process for the specific programme which will include an interview in order to proceed onto year one of the full degree programme. Entry onto year one of the degree programme will also be subject to a satisfactory DBS and Occupational Health Assessment if these are required for your chosen programme. 

Subject to approval

 

This course is in the final stages of design and is due to be reviewed and approved to meet our quality standards. The course starts in September 2018.

How to apply

You can apply for this course on UCAS.

Apply online now

This course is not open to International students

Subject to approval

The content of this course has been refreshed and updated to make sure you graduate with the skills employers need in an ever-changing job market.

Our quality control experts are currently reviewing the content and we anticipate receiving formal approval shortly.

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Facilities

Birmingham City University is one of the largest providers of nursing, health care and non-clinical health education in the UK, with more than 7,000 students. That means if you choose to study here, you will have access to some of the most advanced training and education facilities available.

The course is based at our City South Campus, where we offer a state of the art collection of advanced learning tools and practice/simulation facilities.

We have facilities around simulation and state of the art learning technology and many other tools, like our unique SPACE (Skills Practice and Care Enhancement), an innovative practice area all students can access outside of lecture time to use equipment and resources to practise a wide range of skills in a safe, welcoming and supportive environment.

Take a virtual tour of our skills suites at Seacole

In a sector where new techniques are constantly being discovered, we work hard to ensure that students learn using the most up-to-date equipment available. These include the only mock operating theatre in an English university and a cutting-edge radiography virtual clinical training facility, virtual ward and virtual case creator.

Mary Seacole Library

The Seacole library, based at City South Campus, is one of the UK's largest specialist health education libraries. The state-of-the art facility offers an extensive range of range of information and reference materials set out in a relaxing environment, conducive to studying. There are comfortable seating areas, group study areas, a silent study area and private study rooms.

You will have access to all of the University’s libraries, including the main Kenrick Library on the City North Campus, which is open for almost 90 hours a week and holds more than 320,000 books, 2,000 print journals and carries more than 4,000 electronic journals online.

Computer Facilities

The Seacole building houses a large open access IT Suite which comprises of 96 PCs, full colour printers, photocopiers and scanners. Our PCs utilise the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:

  • Fast (unrestricted) internet connectivity
  • Ability to save files to USB, DVD & CD
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Research and statistical software
  • Storage space which can be accessed from any PC across the University and from home

Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.

The IT Suite offers extended opening hours and is supported by a specialist Open Access Assistant during term time. In addition to the open access PCs within the IT Suite, there are 12 networked student PCs available within Seacole library.

Paula Smith

Ms Paula Smith

Senior Lecturer (Subject Lead) Public Health and Wellbeing Programme Leader BSc (Hons) Public Health/BSc (Hons) Health Studies (Public Health)

Paula Smith brings a wide range of experience, knowledge and skills to her post including:

  • Practitioner roles - Public Health/Health Promotion practice
  • Policy and Research in third sector organisations
  • Academic Research funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Economic and Social Research Council
  • Consultancy as part of Kilbride Smith Partnership focusing on health inequalities, health overview and scrutiny, community regeneration and health strategies.
  • Teaching and training in a variety of settings including Birmingham City University (as a Visiting Lecturer); De Montfort University and the University of Birmingham
  • Working with vulnerable groups
  • Complementary therapist – working with the Social and Emotional Development Department at Hereward College to develop and deliver a complementary therapies service for students with physical and learning disabilities.

Aldo Mussi

Tutor, Health Promotion / Public Health

Aldo trained in Earth sciences and social sciences, and has been a qualified teacher for over 25 years. He has worked in industry, education and as a VSO in Malawi, before spending 12 years in the NHS in various health promotion/public health teams. His particular interests are in Community Development and Sustainable Development.

For the last 10 years he has applied his experience to teaching BSc and MSc students here at BCU. Aldo is an Assessor for the West Midlands pilot of the UK Public Health Register for practitioners, and continues his involvement in health promotion/public health practice via his voluntary activities.

Dr Phil Shelton

Senior Lecturer/Placement Co-ordinator, Public Health and Health and Well-Being

Phil teaches health sociology and research methods. He is Placement Co-ordinator for BSc (Hons) Health and Wellbeing (Nutrition Science) and BSc (Hons) Public Health. he has trained as an Assessor for the Public Health Practitioner Scheme (UKPHR).

Phil's interest in student placements is extended into his current research project on Students’ Advising Students on Placement Success.

Dr Paul Allen

Senior Lecturer/Subject Quality Coordinator

I have teaching interests in Health Policy, Health Economics, Sociology of Health and Qualitative Research Methods. I teach on a range of undergraduate, professional and postgraduate health courses. Part of the team for the new BSc (Hons) Public Health. 

Angela Hewett Staff profile

Dr Angela Hewett PhD, CPsychol

Senior Lecturer in Health Psychology/Programme Lead MSc Public Health

Angela specialises in health psychology and has a keen interest in gender and health. She is particularly interested in women’s reproductive health psychology. She also has experience of working in practice as a Health Promotion Coordinator, with a focus on mental health promotion.

Angela is interested in differences in various indicators of health and wellbeing across cultures, and has researched in Norway, the United States, Canada and the UK.

Lynda Stobert

Senior Lecturer MSc Public Health

Lynda Stobert is the Programme Director to the MSc Public Health Programme and is also the module lead for the Social Science and Public Health module delivered on the course. She has extensive experience in teaching healthcare and public health students across a range of modules related to the sociology of health and illness, the sociology of the body and health inequalities.

She is an experienced qualitative researcher and has recently contributed to a HTA-funded study in women’s healthcare (qualitative arm of the study concerned with women’s experiences).

She is a part of the team that will also deliver a BSc Public Health from September 2013.

Lynda is a member of the British Sociological association and is also an assessor with the United Kingdom Public Health Register (UKPHR).

Olatunde Aremu

Dr Olatunde Aremu

Lecturer in Health Economics and Management, and Enterprise Lead, Public Health and Therapies

Dr. Aremu specialises in Health Economics and Management and Population health. Dr. Aremu completed doctoral training at Karolinska Institute, Stockholm. He has more than 15 years’ of experience spanning MedTech consulting, Public Health, clinical practice and academia. Dr. Aremu has held a couple of postdoctoral academic research fellowships and lectureship positions. During these periods,  he worked across a range of funded research and commissioned reports both as a co-investigator and grant holder. Prior to coming to academia, Dr. Aremu was the European Lead, Evidence Generation - HEOR Medical Device and invitro diagnostics for a globally renowned Consulting firm.  

Dr Kate Thomson

Associate Professor

Dr Kate Thomson is Director of Postgraduate Research Degrees for Health and leads on all aspects of recruitment, oversight and student experience for PhD (Health). She is also a member of the Public Health & Therapies department. 

Kate completed her postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham with a PhD on learning disability services and welfare development in Russia. She has more than 15 years’ experience of teaching health policy, sociological aspects of health and research skills at undergraduate, postgraduate and post-qualifying levels. Her main interests lie in health and welfare systems, global health and sociological public health. 

Dr Anne Robbins

Senior Lecturer, Public Health

Anne's background is in public health and health promotion, on research based projects at a local, regional and national level. This has been within the NHS, Local Authorities, BBC and National Charities.

She has undertaken a wide range of research and consultancy appointments on health promotion and public health which have focused on qualitative research and multiagency collaboration. Key areas of interest include communication and community engagement.

Isabella Nyambayo

Isabella Nyambayo

Lecturer in Nutrition Science

Isabella joined Birmingham City University in 2014 as Lecturer in Nutrition Science.