Public Health - BSc (Hons) [Top Up] [Full Time]

Level 6 - Honours Degree or BTEC Advanced Professionals or NVQ Level 6 or Equivalent

Subject Area Health and Care

School Health, Childcare, Business and Science

Attendance Full-Time

UCAS Code  C2U8


The course allows you  to gain a critical theoretical knowledge in the salient current issues essential to public health professionals, in a UK and global context.

You will be prepared to approach emerging health threats from a critical analytical standpoint and be able to synthesise a large base of knowledge in their strategies for improving health.

The course allows you to begin specialising from the beginning in your own area(s) of interest, whilst achieving a core base of essential understanding. You are encouraged and supported to base their specialisation on populations currently underserved or failed by the health system.

Key subject areas:

  • ageing
  • mental health
  • sexual health
  • sexuality and health
  • epidemiology
  • health promotion strategies and methods
  • public health dissertation
  • statistical evidence
  • global health
  • global epidemics
  • society and health promotion.


This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: September 2018. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email
Duration: 1 Year
Venue: Rye Hill Campus

Work Guarantee

As part of our work ready guarantee you will engage in live projects with employers from across the health sector who will present you with a contemporary issue or emerging theme and you’ll work as a team to analyse the issue, explore and devise solutions and critically reflect on their impact.
You will also benefit from guest lectures from local employers, charities and professionals who work in the sector and have a first-hand understanding of modern public health.

Who the course is for

Those who interested in front-line, non-clinical public health and health promotion services.

Those who want to engage with Non-profit health promotion including the planning and operations of grassroots or ‘disease-based’ projects and organisations.

Qualification Gained

BSc (Hons) Public Health by NCG

How to Apply

Apply for September 2018

If you would like to study a degree at Newcastle College this September you can register your interest here. A member of the team will then be in touch with you to discuss your options.

If you are an international student please visit our international application section for further information about how to apply and entrance requirements. Additional start dates may be available please speak to our International Office on +44 191 226 6323 or email


Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.

Course Content

Semester 1 core modules

Public Health Introduction (current UK statistics, methodology and global context; key models and theories; key approaches).

Epidemiology Introduction (UK, Europe and International; epidemiological concepts and government approaches).

Public Health in Practice (the role of primary, secondary and tertiary care, the NHS and its historical context; non-profits and NGOs; substantive named case studies based on WHO, UNAIDS, NHS, PHE, HPA, CDC).

Research Methods

Semester 1 optional modules

Introduction to Health Promotion (key approaches; evidence bases and evaluation techniques; overarching comparison: UK/US/Canada).

Addiction (theories and models; UK specific problems; global comparators; case studies and the conflict between theoretical underpinning and evaluating ‘success’; alcohol/narcotics/sex and the impact on specific population groups).

Semester 2 core modules


Public Health and Populations (global contexts and trends; demography and disease profiles; social marketing)

Semester 2 optional modules

Mental Health (trends and epidemiology; current primary research; non-profits and their work; NHS context).

Sexual Health (epidemiology; conflicts between primary care and health promoters; at-risk population typology; young people).

Learning Methods

The course will be taught using a mixture of conventional lectures and seminars, supported by on-line resources and by directing students to outside sources of information. The course will further benefit from the use of case studies and close collaboration with practitioners.

Throughout the programme you will complete six modules, including an 12,000 word research dissertation which will be supervised by an individual tutor.

Assessment Methods

Assessment on the programme will be by means of individual projects, exams, presentations and assignments as well as an in-depth research project

Progression Opportunities

On-going academic study: MSc Public Health, MSc Health Promotion; MSc Sexual Health and related specialties

Career Opportunities

  • Public Health England
  • NHS (sexual health clinics; operations departments; marketing; front-line recovery services; Allied Health Professionals; health promotion; planning)
  • Health-focused non-profits (Mind, THT, MacMillan, Centrepoint)
  • Health Protection agency (now disbanded – government-directed equivalencies)
  • Think tanks: King’s Fund, Counterpoint
  • Marketing careers (social marketing)
  • Commissioned health programme and planning services

Entry Requirements

A relevant Foundation Degree or the Level 5 equivalent (HND, Diploma in Higher Education).

Applicants are normally expected to have achieved grade C in GCSE Maths & English Language or the Level 2 equivalents.
Mature students (age 21) will be considered only on the basis of relevant industry experience.
Applicants for whom English Language is not their first language are expected to achieve a minimum IELTS Score of 6.0 or the nationally recognised equivalent

A satisfactory DBS clearance will be required to undertake this programme and must be obtained within the first term of enrolment

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, contact Student Services, based in Armstrong House at Rye Hill Campus. If you need information in another format (e.g. large print) or another language, please ask.

Student Services
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Wednesday and Friday: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Monday - Friday: 8am - 4.30pm

Telephone Contact Centre
Monday - Thursday: 8.30am - 5pm
Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm

You can also contact us via the following:

In person: Student Services, Armstrong House, Rye Hill Campus, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA.
By phone: (0191) 200 4000 By fax: (0191) 200 4517 By minicom: (0191) 272 3304
By e-mail:
By post: Student Services, Newcastle College, FREEPOST NT920, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA (you do not need a stamp). 

Course Costs


Additional Course Costs

Higher Education courses

If you are interested in a Foundation Degree, Honours Degree or Postgraduate course you will be pleased to know that Newcastle College has some of the most competitive HE tuition fees in the country. Many people are eligible to apply for a tuition fee loan from Student Finance England to cover fees. For friendly advice please call our Student Services team on 0191 200 4000 for more information.