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Public Health

A career that starts with care

This undergraduate pathway will give you the knowledge, values and skills you will need to continue your studies on the Public Health degree or one of the registered Nursing degrees.

Key information

Undergraduate course


  • Foundation (4 Years)
  • First Year (3 Years)


  • September


  • Cambridge

Public Health Overview

Our foundation course provides the knowledge, values and skills you will need to pursue a career in public health and health care services.  In this type of profession, it isn’t just about what you learn: it’s also about who you are. You will need qualities such as patience, honesty, sensitivity, tolerance, persistence, integrity, sound judgement as well as excellent communication skills.

As a student, you will study across a broad base of transferable knowledge and skills areas, becoming skilled in critical analysis and problem-solving, supporting you to understand how to manage, support and drive forward health care services, organisations and communities.

Students will also be introduced to the core skills necessary to succeed in higher education, including thinking critically, researching and referencing appropriately, demonstrating appropriate numeracy and ICT skills.  In addition to these fundamental study skills, Students will be given an introduction to the various scientific disciplines underpinning the life sciences, including the social sciences. Fundamental mathematical skills will be covered in order to support students’ other subjects and give them confidence in manipulating data.

Pathway progression

Successful completion of this degree will lead to the award of the following from ARU:
Public Health – BSc (Hons) – Chelmsford campus.


– UK or EU settled/pre-settled students: If you are a UK student or EU settled /pre-settled student, upon successful completion of the Foundation Year, and attainment of Level 2 English (if you don’t already hold GCSE grade 4 or above), you may wish to apply for one of the following courses, for which you’ll need to be successful at interview.

Your application for a course that is regulated by a professional body such as the Health Care Professions Council or the Nursing and Midwifery Council, will be dependent on your successful and timely completion of the University’s selection process for that specific programme, which will include an interview, satisfactory DBS check and occupational health assessment. For more information on the interview processes for these courses please click on the following link: Professional course university application process – ARU.

If you are unsuccessful at interview, but have successful passed the year, you can remain on the Public Health degree.

– International students who are interested in progressing on to one of the above courses are recommended to apply for the standalone International Foundation in Healthcare.

How to apply

We recommend that students on Public Health with Foundation Year, who wish to apply for a professional degree (Nursing or ODP), make their applications before the 26th of January, of the year they wish to study, to ensure they have equal opportunity to be considered for the programme.

Apply using the Internal Transfer Form, with the name of the course and campus you wish to apply for.

You’ll be offered a choice of interview dates. We Interview based on values, read more information on the Interview process.

If you are offered a place, you need to accept your place via Evision, it will be on the condition that you complete your Foundation Year and meet the conditions of your offer.

Course Structure

Interactive Learning Skills and Communication (ILSC)

This Element has been designed to help students develop their academic literacy, and research and communication skills in preparation for undergraduate study. The areas of reading, writing, speaking, and listening will be covered. ILSC also helps students understand the institutional culture, practices, norms and expectations of the UK higher education.

A subsidiary aim of this Element is to ensure that students develop transferable skills of effective and professional communication to support ongoing study, as well as providing a basis to foster career and life-building skills.

Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

No previous technical experience is required for this Element, which provides students with an introduction to practical ICT skills. This foundation will be needed for academic success across many areas of higher education. The students will use industry standard office productivity software and techniques to produce presentations, written assignments, and charts and tables in spreadsheets.

Alongside practical skills, fundamental topics surrounding technology use will be discussed, together with societal and ethical perspectives. The Element will enable students to discuss the main challenges facing society and consider the implications of their technology use.

By the end of the Element, students should have sufficient mastery of the Microsoft Office productivity suite to allow them to plan and produce presentations, use functions and write formula to display, format and analyse quantitative data and produce written assignments to a standard appropriate to higher education.

Critical Thinking

This is an element created to address problem-solving and the critical assessment of information. Critical thinking is in high demand by employers, introducing it at level 3 allows the student to apply and develop their capability throughout the course of their studies, building the confidence to work independently throughout a students’ degree. Students will learn how to determine the reliability/fallacy of ideas and documents which should enable them to be more effective researchers and writers.

Core Maths

This is an element designed to develop basic numeracy skills needed at University. Students will practice various mathematical manipulations and apply these concepts to real-life situations. The subjects covered are a range of arithmetic skills, algebra, solving equations, probability and basic statistics in order to help students be successful in their future studies.

Preparing for a Career in Caring (with additional intercultural content)

This is an element designed for students entering courses in the health and social care fields. Students will address current events and common situations in the healthcare sector. Students will learn about the structure and types of healthcare provision in the United Kingdom. Students will discuss communication skills, especially as they apply to interviews or professional presentation skills that students will encounter later in their course.


This is an element which will discuss the complexity of ethical theory and practice. Students will be encouraged to use critical thinking and research to discuss descriptive, normative, and analytic approaches to ethics and ethical problems. Students will look at a variety of applications spanning a range of contexts within the humanities, technology, business, medical and legal ethics to understand ethical behaviour in varying contexts.

Biology - Physiology

This is an element designed to learn about the body, its functions, and systems. This course is designed to give a foundation knowledge of organ systems and different regulatory systems. Students will learn to classify organisms and their major components.


This is an element where students will learn about the brain and psychosocial contexts within the humanities and sciences. Students will look at how research has informed theories about how we think and behave, and how this applies in a variety of contexts. By applying psychological principles to current events and common situations, students will gain greater understanding of human actions and motivations.

Social Work England, the Health Care Professions Council, or the Nursing and Midwifery Council, will be dependent on your successful and timely completion of the University’s selection process for that specific programme, which may include an interview, satisfactory DBS check and occupational health assessment.

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