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Top Up - Public Health and Community Studies BA (Hons) Degree


Public health is high on the government’s agenda, with a focus on promoting health and wellbeing for all groups in society through lifestyle, social, economic changes at individual, community and national level. It is about improving the lives of others by preventing health problems before they happen. This course gives skills and knowledge to help you make a real difference to communities. There is no doubt that this is a demanding and challenging area to work in but the opportunity to bring about positive changes people’s lives means you will be making a huge difference.


The Public Health and Community Studies degree has been designed to help provide you with the skills you may need to excel in a multidisciplinary community environment. You should also learn how to work effectively in the support of a variety of agencies, groups of people and individuals in promoting their health and well-being.

Working in public health involves analysing factors that influence our health and wellbeing, including social, environmental, cultural, economic, political and structural factors. This work provides opportunities to contribute to reducing the causes of ill health and improving people’s health and wellbeing. The community studies aspect aims to provide employment opportunities in developing and strengthening communities within the public, private and voluntary sectors.


  • Developing Cohesive Communities
  • Promoting Healthy Communities
  • Researching Communities and Health
  • Research Project

On successful completion of the programme you should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Developing cohesive communities – this module aims to develop your awareness of community development theories and practice to develop your understanding of community work. The importance of social cohesion to build healthier communities will be examined with the skills and processes involved in successful and effective community development work;
  • Promoting healthy communities – this module aims to develop your awareness of the community is an important setting for health promotion. Analysis of the many influences on health that operate at a community level, highlights opportunities for health empowerment and building up the capacity of communities to participate in meeting their health needs;
  • Researching and assessing communities and public health – this module aims to develop your awareness of research methods and processes that are used to study health or social factors in communities to enable you to consider in more depth an appropriate research methodology for you to research an area of their choice with confidence;
  • Research project for public health or community studies – you will undertake an independent investigative piece of research after you have formulated a research question of your choice and interest. As part of this project you will demonstrate an ability to work independently using a high level of organisational skills as well as demonstrating awareness of issues of health and safety, ethical considerations and time management.


This course will be taught through a variety of methods – lectures, tutorials, self-directed learning, textbooks, module webs, scenario-based learning sets, professional libraries and resources, journals and case studies, seminars, discussion forums and peer-to-peer learning.


Assessments will take the form of individual and group coursework, which is vocationally relevant. The wide range of assessment techniques used at CU Coventry will ensure that you have every opportunity to demonstrate your skills and knowledge in full.

There are no traditional final examinations to worry about. Instead, we willassess your learning through course work and phase tests. Assessmentstake place during and at the end of each six-week block.


As a full-time student a normal learning block will mean that you get 18 hours of teaching each week in groups of approximately 25-50 students. Depending on the course you have chosen, you will attend morning (9.00-13.00) or afternoon (14.00-18.00) sessions. You will also need to attend one two-hour tutorial each week.

Entry Requirements

UK/EU Students

Level 4 and 5 qualifications (Foundation Degree or HND) and 260 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English.

If you don’t fulfil the entry criteria your application may be considered on an individual basis, taking in to account any work experience, other qualifications and/or any training you have completed. Please call or email for further information.

International Students

To apply for this course as an international student you must:

  • Meet the above entry criteria with either UK or equivalent qualifications.
  • Be trained to English language proficiency level IELTS 6.5.


Full-time course is: £6,009 per year

For the academic year 2017/18, each six week block will cost £1,502.25. A full academic year is made up of four of these blocks, so this means that a normal full-time year is £6,009. This covers some of your learning materials, access to the CU Coventry Library & Learning Services, all your classes and online tutorials. 

The part-time course fee is dependent on how many modules you choose to study in an academic year.

You can study up to four blocks in one academic year or study at a slower pace (usually three academic blocks per year). Please note if you do study at a slower pace you will need to re-enrol to complete your studies in the next academic year.

For the academic year 2017/18 each block for part-time students will cost £1,502.25. Therefore, the total fee per stage of your qualification if completed in the academic year 2017/18 is: £6,009.

International course fees is: £8,725


As a full-time student or part-time student resident in the UK or EU, you can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees at CU Coventry from Student Finance England.  


You can make your application in two ways:

• If you’re interested in a full-time course your application must be submitted via UCAS. Once you’ve registered you can start the application process; you’ll need our unique institution code C85, the code for your preferred course and the campus code 5.

Part-time/International Students

If you're looking to apply for a part-time or International course you can submit your application directly to CU Coventry via our online application form.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

Successful completion of this BA (Hons) could mean your chances of employment are improved and the level at which you enter the jobs market could mean you have a higher salary. It prepares you for employment in a wide range of settings including health and/or social care, local authorities, public health and the voluntary and community sectors. Opportunities can be found in a variety of areas that address the wider determinants of health, such as education, housing, and transport by developing public health approaches to promote health. Working with marginalised communities and vulnerable groups creates great opportunities for health promotion and health development through addressing health inequalities and tackling the damaging effects of smoking, alcohol, drugs or poor nutrition, within multi-agency partnerships, in line with many contemporary government initiatives.


We plan to support you on your journey from student to graduate and hopefully employment by facilitating and encouraging work placements and internships to help you stand out from other graduates.

Sandwich years and placements give you the opportunity to gain further insight into the industry or career you are seeking to follow. This enables you to contextualise the theoretical models and concepts discussed in the classroom in the work place. Furthermore, if you choose to take advantage of a placement or sandwich year this version of the degree will help to increase your employment prospects by acquiring skills and gaining an understanding of what employers expect of graduates.


Modules within the programme include units based on the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB) level 3 Certificate in Counselling and a certificate in First Aid. Upon successful completion of these elements you will have the opportunity to complete this professional qualification, should you wish to do so.

Course code:

  • 1 year full-time; 14 months part-time (UK/EU only)

  • Top-up Courses

Course type:
  • Full time
  • Part time


Contact Details:

CU Coventry

+44 (0) 24 7765 8787