Health Promotion

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About the course

This course is for anyone who has a role in preventing ill health and promoting good health and well being. It is ideal for people who work in voluntary organisations, Health centres, Care homes or Day centres, Young people's settings, Leisure/fitness centres, Pharmacies, GP Surgeries and Hospitals.

This Foundation Degree in Health Promotion and Public Health 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.

This course will give you a really 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.  You will use theories, research and practices from both the social sciences and bio-medical sciences. You will be taught how to improve health through communication, education, economic, political, social and environmental change.

UCAS code

  • L512
  • You must apply for this course through UCAS.  Apply via
  • The university code for Canterbury Christ Church University is C10

What you will study

You will study 120 credits in each year, making a total of 240 credits.

Level 4 - Year 1

  • Introducing academic and work-based learning
  • Social context of health
  • Contemporary health and lifestyles
  • The communication of health information
  • Health and environment
  • Psychosocial aspects of health and group work

Level 5 - Year 2

  • Understanding evidence based practice
  • Working to promote health
  • Health inequalities
  • Understanding health psychology
  • Health promotion
  • Protecting Health


Assessment methods are varied and include written work, presentations, self-reflection and portfolios of work-based tasks.  For each module you will be asked to complete assessment equivalent to 4000 words.

Entry requirements

  • GCSE English and Maths at A*- C or Level 2 equivalent
  • At least 1 A level or Level 3 equivalent
  • You must be working (either paid or voluntary) in a relevant setting for 15 hours per week such as public health, health improvement or promotion, health care, social care or community development
  • You must provide a confirmation letter that you have these hours from your employer
  • Enhanced DBS clearance - you do not need to undertake this programme but your work setting may require this

Costs and loans

  • The student loan is available for this course
  • You will have access to library facilities and online journals but may wish to purchase books to support your studies
  • Other costs you may incur: Printing and binding of assessed, Travel costs visiting the university campus for partnership events


  • The course is made up of taught lectures, independent study time and tutorials
  • Students will be introduced to key topics and concepts during the modules but are required to engage with additional wider reading and research to enhance their chance of success on the programme
  • 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.

Moving forward

  • Upon successful completion of the foundation degree, you will be awarded the FdSc Health Promotion and Public Health
  • You may be able to join Year 3 at Canterbury Christ Church University's campus to work towards either a BSc Health Studies, BSc Health Promotion or BSc Public Health. Progression is not automatic.
  • You will be eligible to apply for public health practitioner jobs and work towards your professional registration
  • 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 likely to be very useful to them. 

  • You could apply for jobs where you are working within a statutory, voluntary or private sector team 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 for more information on possible career avenues.

Enrol from 24 August

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