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

Attendance Full-Time

UCAS Code  C2U8


The course allows you to gain a critical theoretical knowledge in the 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 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 2021. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email
Duration: 1 Year
Venue: Parsons Building, Rye Hill Campus

Work Ready 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


Applications for full-time degrees at Newcastle College University Centre need to be made through UCAS. You can visit our institution page on UCAS here.

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

Course Content

Semester 1

Core Modules

Public Health Introduction
This module explores 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

Optional Modules

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

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.

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 online 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, you can contact Student Services by using the LiveChat function on this page, by emailing or by telephoning 0191 200 4000. We are currently open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.


Course Costs

Higher Education courses

Newcastle College’s tuition fee for full-time undergraduate UK and EU students studying a degree starting in 2019 is £9,000 per year. Students can choose to pay their tuition fees upfront or take out a Tuition Fee Loan from the Student Loans Company, which currently defers payment until individuals earn over £25,000 per year after graduation. Students can apply for student finance by registering their details at or alternatively they can apply for student finance on their UCAS application form.