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The University of Wolverhampton

BSc (Hons)Environmental Health

Why choose this course?

Protection of public health is the key principle underpinning the work of Environmental Health Practitioners (EHP) whether that is investigating a food poisoning outbreak or accident at work, through to noise problems, housing issues and contamination of the environment.

The course will:

  • Develop multidisciplinary knowledge and understanding of the vital and complex areas of environmental health.
  • Provide practically-based experiences to develop the personal and professional knowledge and skills to allow graduates to become Environmental Health practitioners

This is a practice – based course with the integration of practical case studies, visits and real life examples throughout the course through to develop the ability to make informed decisions, within the legislative framework to protect health and promote well-being.

Environmental Health

Students carrying out routine food hygiene inspection in a large catering kitchen.

Find out more about our Environmental Health course in the below video featuring our staff and students.

What happens on the course?

Year 1

Through a variety of learning activities, year 1 provides an exciting introduction to the broad scope of environmental health including human health, natural environment and public health. You will also develop key skills for effective study throughout your course such as IT, laboratory and field work and report writing skills.

Students inspecting food traders at Bearded Theory music festival

Students inspecting food traders at Bearded Theory music festival

Year 2

You will focus on law and practice in food safety, health and safety, housing and environmental protection. Using case studies and scenarios you will learn about enforcement and criminal investigation techniques. Field trips and site visits will help to transform students into Environmental Health Practitioners.

Placement Year

There is an optional but strongly recommended placement year to develop practical skills, professional competence and may involve working in local authorities and/or the private sector.

Final year

You will develop a multi-disciplinary approach required for environmental health practice through case studies, complex investigation and inspection of premises. During this year you have the opportunity to undertake an independent research project in an area of interest.

Why Wolverhampton?

Environmental health - a gateway to a global career!

This course is focussed on employability. Students gain academic, practical and professional skills with 85% of students either in work or studying six months after graduating. Graduates go on to become Chartered Environmental Health Practitioners working in either the public or private sectors both in the UK and overseas. This role is incredibly varied and includes:-

  • Inspecting food businesses
  • Investigating complex work related accidents
  • Protecting the public from industrial noise, contaminated land and tackling poor air quality
  • Ensuring the safety of rented houses
  • Investigating outbreaks of disease and food poisoning
  • Gathering evidence and preparing cases for court

To enter this profession you have to study a course accredited by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health and we are the only accredited undergraduate course in the Midlands currently offering places.

This is a practice based course with a variety of visits including:-

  • Inspecting food traders at music festivals
  • Harrods/Waitrose/Marks and Spencer
  • Construction sites
  • Carrying out mock trials/interviews under caution

You will learn many professional skills e.g. how to Investigate and gather evidence; draft reports; interpret and apply the law.

Lecturing staff include highly respected and experienced practitioners teaching contemporary issues giving you the best start to your career.

Hear why our students choose Wolverhampton

Career path

The course is the first stage in becoming an Environmental Health Practitioner (EHP). As an EHP you will be able to pursue a career in areas such as food safety, housing, health and safety, environmental protection and public health within local authorities or in the private sector (food industry, retail, consultancy, government organisations and travel industry). Typically you could enjoy a varied career as a Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner working in one of over 400 local authorities although there are many other career options including:-

  • Health and safety consultant/manager
  • Food safety manager/auditor
  • Food and safety manager/auditor working for travel companies in the UK and overseas
  • Health Protection Practitioner for Public Health England
  • Legal Trading Manager
  • Noise and acoustics
  • Policy advisor

You can earn:-

  • Environmental Health Practitioner £29,000 - £46,000
  • Food/health and safety consultant/manager £25,000 - £60,000
  • Trading Law Manager £50,000-£60,000

Students gaining hands-on experience using sophisticated environmental noise monitoring equipment.

Environmental Health

Watch our video above featuring a recent graduate and why employers choose our graduates.

What skills will you gain?

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Critically analyse the implications of biological, chemical, physical, social and psychosocial stressors on human health in relation to food safety, health and safety, housing, environmental protection and public health
  • Apply the legislative framework related to environmental health.
  • Collect, critically appraise data and information to make informed decisions and formulate appropriate solutions.
  • Demonstrate cognitive and communication skills in relation to the application of knowledge and judgment to identify and make effective interventions to protect public health.
  • Develop personal and professional development skills through engagement with self-managed and reflective learning.

Who accredits this course?

The course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) and the first stage in becoming a registered Environmental Health Practitioner. To obtain registration, students must complete an Experiential Learning Portfolio and complete professional assessments.

Entry requirements

2017 Entry

  • GCSE English and Maths at grade C+/4 or equivalent.

Plus either

  • A Level should be a minimum of BB or CCE to include one science subject.
  • For applicants studying an Access to Higher Education Diploma in Science you must pass 60 credits, at least 45 of which are at Level 3, of which 18 Level 3 credits must be in Science at 'merit' or 'distinction' credits.
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma MMP.
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here

  • Successful completion of the foundation year of our BSc (Hons) Science and Engineering with Foundation Year guarantees entry on to this course
  • Successful completion of the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering guarantees entry on to this course

Other Requirements

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see for further information.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course

Course fees and finance

2017/8 Home/EU International
Full time £9,250 £11,475

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2017/8. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 321137

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

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