In a world of pandemics and environmental scares, the importance of Public Health professionals have peaked. Here we help you to pursue a career in Public Health via the UK below.
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What do I need?
Depending on the job you choose in the Public Health sector, certifications vary. Some jobs like Epidemiology require specialist degrees while in other jobs like Health Promotions, any health related degree could be useful in transition.
How to Stand Out?
Volunteer in your local community depending on where you are. Internships are also a viable option. Read more about that here.
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Further Education is considered Level 3 education in the UK (England, Northern Ireland and Wales). The most common further education route is A-Levels but it’s not the only option. There are coursework based courses like BTEC. To pursue a Bachelors degree you must complete this level of education first.
A-Levels are exam based courses. You can take from 3 A-Level subjects as most university courses require at least 3. For Public Health related degree courses, most universities would require A-Level Biology.
The other A-Level subjects you choose can be varied. However, you should assess your main interest and sectors you want to work in. This is mainly so you enjoy what you are studying and you are establishing a solid knowledge base. Nonetheless, it would be useful to take up an A-Level in Chemistry or Geography.
While A-Levels are a ticket to a university degree, it does not certify employment in various jobs within the Public Health sector. An undergraduate degree in Public Health, Environmental Health or other Health Related studies is the logical next step.
What qualifications do I need? A-level courses will usually require at least 5 IGCSEs (A*-C)/CSECs (Grades 1-3) . Mathematics and English Language passes are mandatory to possess. Qualifications like CSEC/IGCSE Science, Biology or Chemistry may be required. It is best to check the specific requirements of the university or college you intend to go to as the entry requirements may differ.
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The process of obtaining this qualification is more practical in comparison to the more theory based academic A-Level. You are assessed solely with coursework.
These qualifications are available at different levels and at Level 3, the diploma can be equivalent to up to three (3) A-Levels. BTECs can be taken alongside other qualifications (such as an A-Level) and can permit entry to university.
Universities will typically be interested in students with a science based background. Therefore a BTEC in Health and Social Care, Science, Biomedical Science, Applied Science etc are viable options.
What qualifications do I need? It depends on the BTEC diploma you’re pursuing. Level 3 BTEC diplomas will usually require at least 5 IGCSEs (A*-C)/CSECs (Grades 1-3). Mathematics and English Language passes are mandatory to possess as well. It is best to check the specific requirements of the university you intend to go to as the entry requirements may differ.
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But what if I’m over 18 and I have no Level 3 qualifications? We got you below.
Access to Higher Education
Access to Higher Education aka Access to HE, is tailored for students aged 19+ who intend to apply for an undergraduate course. These courses take one year, performing as a fast track to higher education.
Universities will typically be looking for students with a science based background. Access to Higher Education courses in Science, Life Sciences, etc. are among good options for subjects related to Public Health studies.
What qualifications do I need? Access to HE diplomas will usually require at least 5 IGCSEs (A*-C)/CSECs (Grades 1-3). Mathematics and English Language passes are customarily mandatory to possess as well. It is best to check the specific requirements of the school you intend to go to as the entry requirements may differ.
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Foundation Degrees & Foundation Years
Foundation courses can also be taken if your results/tariff points accumulated in a Level 3 qualification were not high enough to allow entry to a standard three-year Bachelors course.
The two foundation options are:
- Foundation Degree – a standalone qualification (1-2 years) equivalent to one or two years of a Bachelors degree.
- Foundation Year – is the first year of a four year degree consisting of one year foundation year then 3 years of a normal Bachelors degree. At the end of the four-year course you will receive the same qualification as a three-year degree.
For example, the University of East London offers BSc. Public Health with an integrated foundation year. Their BSc. Public Health degree sans the foundation year, requires around 112 tariff points (Grades BCC at A-Level) whereas the degree with a foundation year requires 64 tariff points.
To find Foundation courses, enter your area of study and search Foundation degrees here. In the filters select Foundation to only view Foundation courses.
All applications to undergraduate courses are done via UCAS. Undergraduate courses can come in the form of foundation degrees, HND or Bachelors level.
If you are unsure which sector of Public Health you want to work in, Combined/Joint Honours courses may be better suited to you. For Example: BSc. Public Health and Health Promotion, Environmental Health including Foundational Health, Business Management and Health & Wellbeing, Physical Activity and Health Promotion, Environmental Management and Sustainability etc.
How do I choose which degree or university?
With the copious choices given, it may make it difficult to decipher which is best for you.
To start narrowing it down, we suggest you first look at the entry requirements to the course and assess your existing or prospective exam/coursework results.
Next, have a look at the modules done by the university and assess if those are relevant to your career if you’ve already chosen. Also view the teaching quality at the university.
Tip: Some university courses offer an integrated placement year where you get the option to work in your industry (most times paid, depending on the job you secure). This provides you with at least one year of experience in your field prior to graduation.
To view all options and courses, enter your area of study and search courses here.
What qualifications do I need? It varies per university but largely universities require at least 112 tariff points. Grades in A-Level tend to be at least BBC. BTEC diploma grades required tend to be at least DMM. Check the entry requirements per course on UCAS. Some courses have foundation entry options which allows you to gain the qualification and continue the course with lower entry requirements.
If you already have an undergraduate degree and would like to make a career swap, or you would like to further your studies we’ve got options for you.
To progress in your career specialisation is key and a good method of doing this is through postgraduate study. Public Health is also offered at Postgraduate level so that can be your avenue to specialisation.
If you have never done a health related degree, volunteering or any means to generate experience while pursuing the postgraduate qualification would be key.
Similar to applying for an undergraduate degree, click here to view options and courses, enter your area of study and search courses. Filter options to Postgraduate. (Some postgraduate courses may not be listed on UCAS).
Possible technical routes into Public Health sector jobs can be found as a firefighter or an environmental assistant.
The following are technical developments to better improve your chances within a career.
On an apprenticeship, you’re employed to do a real job while studying for a formal qualification, usually for one day a week either at a college or training centre. By the end of your apprenticeship, you’ll hopefully have gained the skills and knowledge needed to either succeed in your chosen career or progress onto the next apprenticeship level. – Prospects
Find an apprenticeship in the UK click here.
The Clinical Exploration Program (TCI CEP) can be a great avenue for you to get experience with the Public Health industry. The program’s goal is to equip the next generation of health care professionals with a community oriented knowledge and takes place right here in the TCI.
TCI CEP provide you with the opportunity to shadow health care professionals in their work environment and they place you in rotation sites relevant to your interests. Some of their rotation sites include:
- Paradise Smiles
- TCI Government Ministry of Health
- TCIG Veterinarian
- Department of Environment and Maritime Affairs
Currently at university pursuing Public Health related studies? Volunteer with your lecturers to assist with their research to gain ongoing experience.
Unsure about what Public Health is, read our explanatory post here.