Cardiff Metropolitan University Environmental Health

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Cardiff Metropolitan University Environmental Health

Cardiff Metropolitan University Environmental Health

Environmental Health – BSc (Hons) Degree

Course Overview

A degree in Environmental Health at Cardiff Metropolitan University is more than just a degree.  It is an opportunity to study for five potential career opportunities within one discipline area.

Environmental Health includes occupational health, safety and wellbeing, environmental protection, housing, food safety and public health.  If you want to be a highly regarded professional in a career that will enable you to play an important role within society, then Environmental Health at Cardiff Metropolitan University is the programme for you.​

What makes us stand out from the rest? ​

  • We have excellent employability rates for graduates within public, private and independent sectors.
  • Uniquely, our programme is accredited by both the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health and the Institution of Occupational Safety & Health (IOSH) .  This means students are able to gain graduate membership of both organisations and increase their potential employability prospects.
  • We have excellent work based placement opportunities in both the private and public sector via the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health Student Training Directory and access to employers via our employability and work based learning module.
  • Our teaching team and is one of the largest dedicated teaching teams for any environmental health degree programme in the UK. Comprising of a Professor in Environmental Health, Doctor in Occupational Health and Safety, Doctor in Risk Perception, Five experienced Environmental Health Practitioners and a Chartered Health and Safety Practitioner.
  • We have been delivering environmental health and public health qualifications for over 40 years. Our BSc (Hons) Environmental Health programme has an excellent reputation and is one of the longest running in the UK.
  • We have excellent National Student Satisfaction scores averaging 95% over the last five years.​

Video: If you want to do a job that is challenging, fulfilling and makes a real difference to people’s lives then Environmental Health could be what you are looking for​. Watch this video from the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health and see for yourself –

Graduate Profiles: To find out more about where our grad​uates are now​, please click here​.

Course information on this page relates to September 2017 entry.

Course Content​

Foundation Year (Year 0):

This programme can incorporate a foundation year (year 0), for those stud​ents who aspire to enrol onto the first year of a science based honours degree programme within the Cardiff School of Health Sciences, who have not achieved the standard entry requirements, or who have not studied subjects that provide the necessary background within the scientific disciplines required to enter the first year of the chosen honours degree programme.

Students wishing to undertake the foundation year will apply for the degree programme they intend to progress to, using the relevant UCAS code listed on this course page and apply for entry point 0 on the UCAS website. As such, students following the foundation route will take an extra year to complete their honours degree.
Further information about the foundation year can be found by clicking here.


Throughout the course you will study core areas, comprising: Food Safety; Housing; Health & Safety in the Workplace; Environmental Protection and the underpinning themes of Public Health; Epidemiology and Risk Assessment.

Year One:
You are introduced to the underpinning themes of environmental and public health. You will be taught the general principles of law and science that will provide the legal and scientific framework within which environmental health practitioners operate. In addition you will undertake modules that will develop your communication and analytical skills.

Modules you will study are:

  • Foundation Law
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental & Public Health practice
  • Food Safety Management I
  • Built Environment
  • Research & Study Skills
  • Occupational Health & Safety 1

Year Two:
You will further develop your problem solving skills, by critically evaluating various strategies to remove the risk to health in core areas of environmental health.

Modules you will study are:

  • Occupational Health & Safety 2
  • Housing Law & Practice
  • Promoting Change and Managing Risk
  • Principles and Practice of Risk Assessment
  • Public Health Epidemiology
  • Professional Employability and Work Based Learning
  • Applied Research Methods
  • Environmental Protection
  • Applied Food Law
  • Practical Food Inspection

Year Three:
You will develop high level skills to critically evaluate policy and strategies in the key areas of environmental and public health, which culminates in a research project. This utilises original thought to demonstrate problem-solving skills in an area that requires an intervention.

The modules you will study are:

  • Managing Health Protection Incidents
  • Occupational Health & Wellbeing
  • Improving Health Safety and Environmental Performance
  • Influencing Policy for Health & Sustainable Development
  • Food Safety Management III
  • Environmental Health Intervention Development
  • Research Project.

Learning & Teaching

The structured application of various teaching methods throughout the programme, is intended to provide learning environments which are the most effective for the achievements of the course aims and objectives. Initially the emphasis will be placed upon the use of lectures coupled with seminars, which will include group discussion and workshops. These methods will be supported by guided individual study and field visits.

As you progress through your degree a variety of teaching and learning strategies are employed. These include lectures, tutorials, problem based learning, role play exercises around case studies and field visits/practicals. The aim is to develop personal initiative and responsibility for learning.

In order to meet the specific needs of those students who may not have undertaken any practical work experience, modules include significant utilization of scenarios taken directly from the working environment. These include visits, practical sessions, problem based learning, case studies and role-play exercises.

To assist in your training you will be actively encouraged to seek placements both within the public sector and in the private sector. The university has an excellent reputation for finding placements for students and we will endeavour to help in matching placements to your needs via the Student Training Directory and work based learning module. ​

Employability & Careers

Undertaking an Environmental Health degree is a pathway into a large number of careers.

Within the private sector the five disciplines of the degree open up a wide array of employment opportunities. These include consultancy, auditing and regulatory compliance roles within medium to large companies both in the UK and abroad.

Within local government, the profession of the environmental health practitioner is highly regarded and environmental health practitioners are employed by all local authorities throughout Britain. The armed forces and public health bodies also offer strong career options for environmental health practitioners.

Our graduates work in all the following areas: 

  • Local Authority Environmental Health Departments
  • Central government and its agencies (e.g. Food Standards Agency, Public Health Wales/England, Environment Agency, Health and Safety Executive)
  • Military service (Army, Navy and RAF)
  • Holiday & Travel companies
  • Large Retailers such as Tesco and Sainsbury’s
  • Private consultancy
  • Housing associations
  • Academia
  • Overseas
  • International Health Development.

Graduates from the course have a very high rates of employment. This is assisted by the strong reputation of the course and the integration of a Professional Employability module. This module provides meaningful work experience and assistance from leading industry professionals in developing strong CV’s, personal statements for job applications and the knowledge and aptitudes required for the job application process.

Opportunities for further study include the MSc Occupational Health Safety and Wellbeing and Masters of Applied Public Health, as well as a number of research studentships

Read more about recent Graduate Ali Mason and how studying BSc (Hons) Environmental Health helped get Ali’s career off to a great start: Ali Mason Graduate Profile.

For further Environmental Health Graduate​ profiles, please visit the Environmental Health department web pages.


Entry Requirements​ & How to Apply

Please note: The following entry requirements relate to September 2017 entry and use the new UCAS tariff.  Please refer to our Entry Requirements for further information on the new tariff, or contact Admissions if you have any questions.​

Foundation route:

Applicants should normally have five GCSEs including English Language (or Welsh First Language), Mathematics* and Science at grade C or above / grade 4 or above (for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England) plus one of the following:

  • 56 points from at least 2 A level qualifications or their equivalent at an appropriate standard for entry into Higher Education at Year 1, but in subject areas which fail to meet the entry requirements for their intended undergraduate degree programme.
  • 56 points from at least 2 A level qualifications or their equivalent in subject areas relevant for their intended undergraduate degree programme, but at a standard which fails to meet the entry requirements to Higher Education at Year 1.
  • Prospective students who do not meet the above criteria may be considered on an individual basis and may be called for interview.

For specific information on entry requirements or if your qualification isn’t listed, please either contact Admissions or refer to the UCAS Course Search.


Applicants should have five GCSEs including English Language (or Welsh First Language), Mathematics* and Science at grade C or above / grade 4 or above (for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England) plus 104 points from at least 2 A levels (or equivalent).  Typical offers may include​:

  • 104 points from at least two A levels to include grades CC; Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate considered as a third subject
  • QCF BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit​
  • 104 points from at least two Scottish Advanced Highers to include grades DD
  • 104 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers with 3 x H2 grades.   Higher level subjects considered only with a minimum grade H4
  • 102 points from the Access to Higher Education Diploma
  • Or ‘Foundation leading to BSc Health Sciences’​​

*For Welsh applicants sitting the reformed Mathematics GCSE, we will accept either GCSE Mathematics or Mathematics – Numeracy.

Exceptional entry route: We encourage applications from other other applicants who may not have the entry requirements but have relevant experience in an Environmental Health related sector. Please contact the programme director for details.

If you do not meet the above entry requirements, the ‘Foundation leading to BSc Health Sciences’ is available one year full-time and will provide you with a relevant qualification that will allow you to progress to this degree upon successful completion. For further information about the Foundation course, please click here.​

If you are studying combinations of the above or if your qualification isn’t listed, please either contact Admissions or refer to the UCAS Course Search for the entry requirements.Further information on our entry requirements, including qualifications from the EU can be found by clicking here.

International Applicants:
Before making an application, international students (those outside of the EU), should contact the International Office at Cardiff Met to discuss the necessary procedures in relation to studying with us. For further information visit

Selection Procedure:
Selection is on the basis of a completed UCAS application and where relevant an interview.

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044, email or Tweet us at @CMetAdmissions​.

For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme leader, Gayle Davis:
Tel: 029 2020 5786