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Environmental Health
Undergraduate course
BSc (Hons)

Environmental Health

International Scholarships available

Overview

With a responsibility for protecting public health and upholding the maintenance of healthy environments, environmental health practitioners play an important role in society. On this course, which is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, you will examine complex environmental health problems and learn how to formulate effective solutions. These solutions could involve enforcement, education or the issuing of advice while working in partnership with other agencies. You will be taught by environmental health practitioners experienced in key areas such as food safety and health and safety.



Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: 20% of our research in the Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care unit is world leading or internationally excellent.

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You will study food safety, health and safety, housing, environmental protection and public health. You will be taught in our state-of-the art science laboratories and acoustic facilities - this hands-on learning approach will allow you greater interaction with your lecturing staff and a greater understanding of the subject matter.

You will also have the chance to achieve professional registration with the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH). In order to do this you must undertake work experience, and meet the CIEH professional requirements. Work experience may be with a local authority environmental health department, or a relevant company in the private sector.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

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Course Features

  • Professional accreditations
  • Part-time study available
  • Sandwich year
  • Specialist facilities
  • Expert careers service
  • 24/7 Library
  • University accommodation
  • TEF Silver Award
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Entry Requirements

104
POINTS REQUIRED
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
UCAS Tariff Points: 104 points required. (Minimum 32 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Additional Requirements:
GCSEs:
You will require GCSE C Grades in Mathematics, English Language and the Double Science award or equivalent qualification. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 104 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.
International Baccalaureate: 24 Points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

UCAS Tariff Points:104 points required. (Minimum 32 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Additional Requirements:
GCSEs:
You will require GCSE C Grades in Mathematics, English Language and the Double Science award or equivalent qualification. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 104 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.
International Baccalaureate: 24 Points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.


More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

Andy Simpson

Careers

Andy Simpson
Health and Safety Manager Innovia Films Ltd

BSc (Hons) Safety, Health and Environmental Management

“"My tutors were extremely supportive. As a mature student I was quite daunted about returning to education after 18 years, but they made the transition easy for me. My studies have also been a great boost to my career, as I've just been promoted to Health and Safety Manager."

Teaching and learning

Gain the necessary expertise to start the journey to become a registered Environmental Health Practitioner. You will acquire a breadth of knowledge in Environmental Protection, Food Safety, Health and Safety, Housing, and Public Health. This will enable you to take a holistic view of the health impacts of stressors in any given setting, and select interventions to counteract them. The tabs below detail what and how you will study in each year of your course. The balance of assessments and overall workload is indicative and may be subject to change.
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You will take part in an induction programme to get you used to life as a university student, and develop the key skills relevant to your subsequent career. You will begin to explore the five intervention areas listed previously and gain an awareness of the role of environmental health practitioner.
Overall workload
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256 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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944 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Assessment proportions
Examination This could include a timed examination, take-away paper, formal presentation or viva-voce examination or a set exercise, quiz or multiple choice test.
27%
Practical This is an invigilated assessment of your practical skills and competencies, such as delivering a coaching session, or a school experience if you are training to be a teacher.
13%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
60%
Core Modules

Gain an introduction to environmental science and global environmental issues, with particular reference to the science underpinning the control of air, noise and water pollution.

Begin to understand of food hazards - microbiological, physical and chemical, the effects and controls in the food industry from raw materials to point of consumption. You will study the spread of disease and the causes of food poisoning, and look at the various ways of preventing contamination and spoilage and the principles and methods of preservation.

Explore the history of housing, the relevance of politics within housing, housing terminology and housing construction techniques. You will look at the history which leads to the formation of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), and cover the role that Environmental Health Practitioners engage within Housing across England. You will also build on your knowledge of construction principles, basic surveying, hazard identification and various ways of preventing ill health across housing.

Investigate and explore the development of Health and Safety within the Societal and Regulatory Framework.

Explore the skills required by an Environmental Health or Health and Safety Practitioner and the techniques and resources that will allow you to take control of your own learning.

Gain an understanding of the sociological and psychological concepts underpinning health, illness (including occupational illness) wellbeing and safety behaviours.

Advance your expertise by studying dedicated modules on the five intervention areas that include a focus on law. You will also develop your skills in research methods, and work on the formulation of your protocols for your Year Three research project.
Overall workload
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267 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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933 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Assessment proportions
Examination This could include a timed examination, take-away paper, formal presentation or viva-voce examination or a set exercise, quiz or multiple choice test.
47%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
53%
Core Modules

This module will support you in your development of the knowledge and skills required to enable you to carry out a research project at Level 6, including the formulation of a viable research proposal.

Further develop your understanding of the theoretical and practical approaches to promotion of public health. You will study the framework for practitioners to consider how to address contemporary health issues within many settings and situations

Gain an understanding of the standards applied to British Housing. You will study basic land law; tenancy law and legal interventions within the scope of housing. You will also look at practical elements of housing inspection and determine the options available to the individual and to local authorities to deal with individual and multiple substandard housing.

Develop your knowledge of how Health and Safety Legislation is applied in the workplace, and build your knowledge of the work based practice that supports the application of the legislative requirements

Build on your learning from Food Science and control, where you will cover in more detail of food safety management systems, current food safety legislation including the investigation of food complaints and food poisoning outbreaks, and the structure and design of food premises. You will also look at food inspection laboratory sessions on fish, shellfish and fruit, nuts, pulses and vegetables.

Explore the environmental and public health impacts of human activity, with particular reference to those caused by business, and consider how these impacts may be controlled through the application of appropriate legal, technical and organisational solutions.

Deepen your knowledge of the five intervention areas with aspects of public health woven into your studies. You will also complete an original independent study, showcasing your ability to put theory into practice and test your research skills. By the end of Year Three you should be able to apply your expertise to come up with solutions to complex problems.
Overall workload
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204 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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996 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Assessment proportions
Examination This could include a timed examination, take-away paper, formal presentation or viva-voce examination or a set exercise, quiz or multiple choice test.
17%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
83%
Core Modules

Examine the concept of risk as the product of actions and consequences. You will identify societal perceptions and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the practical skill of risk assessment. You will also identify and examine the cause and effect of workplace hazards.

This module builds on your learning from the Food Safety Law Practice module which includes professional policy and practice for food law enforcement, procedures, guidance and Codes of practice for food inspections, the inspection process and most appropriate action following intervention including the benefits of working with other professionals, organisations and agencies.

Gain an overview of strategic aspects connecting various housing policy themes in order to influence housing interventions in a wider and diverse public health context.

Carry out, in considerable depth, an extended and advanced piece of academic work on a relevant topic of interest to you, to develop your capacity for independent work and critical thought.

Develop a critical understanding of the theoretical, technical and legal principles underpinning policies and strategies for controlling the impact of pollution on the environment and public health.

This module allows you to review current environmental health theory, policies and procedures and to put them into practice to protect public health. You will also get involved in practical sessions on court proceeding, emergency planning, and interdisciplinary working and consider the role and influence of partner organisations.

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Hayley Robinson-Mitchell
Course Director
Our course has an excellent reputation and is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH). Taught almost entirely by Environmental Health and Health and Safety Practitioners including myself, we have excellent facilities, excellent employability rates and maintain close links with employers and placement providers.
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Fees & funding

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £9250. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.
See further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our Bursaries and Scholarships.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studi

Course specific

  • Access to the Food Laboratories to develop your practical food safety skills
  • Access to the Biomedical Sciences Laboratories housing modern IT and AV facilities, our new Biomedical Sciences laboratory provides important, contemporary facilities for our students, including a range of biochemical, microbiological, molecular and physiological analysis equipment

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific essentials

  • When undertaking work placement opportunities, you will need to pay for your travel expenses to and from that placement
  • You will need to pay for a student membership of The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health
    (Approximately £60 per year) for the Portfolio of Professional Practice module
  • Travel, accommodation and subsistence for educational visits
    (The nature and cost of these visits will vary from year to year).

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £12000. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.
See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studi

Course specific

  • Access to the Food Laboratories to develop your practical food safety skills
  • Access to the Biomedical Sciences Laboratories housing modern IT and AV facilities, our new Biomedical Sciences laboratory provides important, contemporary facilities for our students, including a range of biochemical, microbiological, molecular and physiological analysis equipment

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific essentials

  • When undertaking work placement opportunities, you will need to pay for your travel expenses to and from that placement
  • You will need to pay for a student membership of The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health
    (Approximately £60 per year) for the Portfolio of Professional Practice module
  • Travel, accommodation and subsistence for educational visits
    (The nature and cost of these visits will vary from year to year).

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

Facilities

  • Food Laboratories
    Food Laboratories

    Our labs will allow you to develop your practical food safety skills.

  • Library
    Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • Biomedical Sciences Laboratories
    Biomedical Sciences Laboratories

    Housing modern IT and AV facilities, our new Biomedical Sciences laboratory provides important, contemporary facilities for our students, including a range of biochemical, microbiological, molecular and physiological analysis equipment.

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

Location

City Campus

City Campus

It is not every university that can offer you the chance to study in the best tall building in the world. But we can. Our City Campus is home to such award-winning learning environments as Broadcasting Place, voted best tall building in the world in 2010. Other buildings include the Rose Bowl, home to our Business School, which was awarded Best Commercial Property Development in the 2009 Yorkshire Property awards. Just over the road from the Rose Bowl is the Leslie Silver building which houses one of our impressive libraries across five floors. The library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the year.

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