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Leeds Beckett University

Health & Society

UCAS Code: L439

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English Language and Maths Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.

UCAS Tariff

104

A minimum of 64 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Health policy

Prepare for a career in public health, helping people to lead healthier lives and live longer. Public health workers help to protect populations from disease and promote health so that people can go on to live long and healthy lives. You will explore the social model of health and the wider influences that impact on health and disease, such as education, poverty and geographical location.
By blending theory and practical work, you will gain the expertise required to address health inequalities and to face the challenges of working in public health and health promotion. Your learning will be guided by our public health academics who are engaged in the latest research to ensure your course is up to date, contemporary and relevant.
Through developing your confidence and capabilities as a public health worker, you will begin to use your own initiative as you analyse communities and populations, identifying threats to their health and designing interventions to address issues such as obesity, sexual health and drug and alcohol use.

You will gain the necessary practical and theoretical expertise to work in public health and health promotion in the UK and across the world, this course will allow you to develop a wide variety of transferable skills desired by many graduate employers, including communication, presentation, team working, planning, interpreting data and critical thinking.
You will be taught by experts who have practised across the world in the public health field. Your learning will be guided by our academic team, who have a vast range of practical, research and teaching experience, offering an interconnected insight into many areas of public health. The course team also form part of the Centre for Health Promotion Research (CHPR), established in 1997 and has grown to be a centre of excellence, nationally-regarded in the public health and health promotion fields. Through this, your course content will be research-led and relevant to contemporary practice.
Our guest lecturers deliver sessions to strengthen your theoretical knowledge, while you also have the option to engage with employers and develop your hands-on skills through professional practice or a voluntary placement. Our annual health and social careers fair will also help introduce you to a wide variety of local employers.

Modules

Year 1 Core Modules:
- Introduction to Epidemiology
- Introduction to Psychology for Health
- Introduction to Public Health and Health Promotion
- Introduction to Sociology of Health
- Professional and Academic Skills
- Understanding Communities

Year 2 Core Modules:
- Health Protection and Disaster Management
- Mental Health: Sociological Perspectives
- Policy and Politics of Health
- Practical Public Health and Health Promotion (placement)
- Research Methods for Health

Year 3 Core Modules:
- Health Promotion
- Contemporary Health Issues
- Global Health: A Social Determinants Perspective
- Leadership and Management in Public Health
- Dissertation

The Uni


Course location:

City CampusC

Department:

Health and Community Studies

TEF rating:
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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Sociology, social policy and anthropology

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
18%
Male students
82%
Female students
70%
2:1 or above
15%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

After graduation


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Health policy

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£17,000
low
Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
31%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

15%
Other elementary services occupations
13%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
9%
Customer service occupations

Just over 1,600 students graduated in social policy in 2015, which makes it one of the smaller social studies subjects. This is a popular subject at Masters level — 750 Masters in social policy were awarded last year - and so a lot of the more sought-after jobs in management and research tend to go to social policy graduates with postgraduate degrees. For those who leave university after their first degree, then jobs in social care (especially community and youth work) and education, the police, marketing and human resources and recruitment are popular — along with local government, although there are fewer of those jobs around than in the past. This degree is a bit less reliant on London for jobs than other similar subjects, so if you'd like to work outside the capital, it might be worth considering - although the jobs still tend to be in big cities.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Health policy

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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