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Environmental Health - BSc (Hons) Degree

Entry Year

This professionally accredited BSc (Hons) degree in Environmental Health at Cardiff Metropolitan University provides 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 degree programme for you.​

Why study with us?

What makes us stand out from the rest?

• We have excellent employability rates for graduates within public, private and independent sectors.

• Uniquely, our programme has triple accreditation by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health the Institution of Occupational Safety & Health (IOSH) and the Institute of Environmental Management (IEMA). This means students are able to gain graduate level membership *of each organisation and increase their potential employability prospects.

• We have excellent work based placement opportunities in both the private and public sector.

• Our teaching team consists of experienced practitioners from both public and private sectors. Our staff have obtained a range of accolades in relation to professional practice and teaching in Higher Education.

• Cardiff Metropolitan has been delivering environmental health and public health qualifications for over 40 years. Our BSc (Hons) Environmental Health degree has an excellent reputation and is one of the longest running in the UK.

  • 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 -

*Following the implementation of the IOSH Membership Review during 2021, IOSH conditions of membership require evidence of experience which will be required in addition to any accredited qualification. Graduate (Grad IOSH) membership will change its title to Certified member.

​Course Content​

Foundation Year (Year 0):

This programme can incorporate a foundation year (year 0), this can either be through a health sciences or social sciences route. 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 Health Sciences foundation year can be found by clicking here.

Further information about the Social Sciences 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:

The programme will begin with an introduction to Environmental Health in a global context, introducing students to historical and current environmental health challenges. You will also be taught all the key academic skills required to be able to study at degree level. You will learn about the determinants of health and environmental sciences before moving on to consider the role of the living and workplace environment on health including housing, health and safety and food safety. In the first year of the programme you will complete six modules:

  • Professional and Interprofessional Development 1

  • Food Safety Management
  • Determinants of Health
  • Workplace Environment
  • Environmental Health Sciences
  • Living Environment

Year Two:

In the second year you will develop your skills and knowledge and start applying them to tasks and situations you will be dealing with when you graduate. The principles and practices of public protection will be taught across all areas of environmental health. You will also get the opportunity to consider the role of data and the relevance of health promotion in managing health impacts from your work. You will be introduced to research methods and will choose a subject for your final project.  You will be assisted to secure and undertake a work placement as an embedded element of the course. 
The second year modules are:

  • Principles of Public Protection
  • Professional and Interprofessional Development 2
  • Research Methods
  • Assessing & Improving Population Health
  • Public Protection in Practice

Year Three:

In the final year you will consolidate your skills and knowledge by studying across four modules. You will undertake a large piece of supported independent study and develop your skills in health protection and the sustainable management of business to limit impacts on health and the environment. You will also undertake a capstone activity of designing environmental health interventions for health and sustainable development and evaluating these interventions utilising recognised tools and techniques. The final year modules are:

  • Health Protection Incidents
  • Applied Management Systems
  • Intervention for Health & Sustainable Development
  • Project.

Learning & Teaching

A variety of learning and teaching methods are used, such as lectures, seminars, visits, practical sessions, problem based learning, case studies and role-play exercises. All teaching is supported by the Moodle virtual leaning environment and Microsoft Teams, which helps students to access information when it is needed. Notes, reading and discussion boards are used to support student learning.

Through the degree programme contact time varies. Our teaching is mainly on-campus through workshops, seminars and lectures and these are supported by online activities and resources. Your learning time with the staff and your peers should be supported by self-dedicated study time. 

A personal tutor scheme supports students with academic and pastoral support from the first year onwards, and encourages students to set and achieve their academic and career goals through all years of the programme.

Teaching staff are all actively engaged with the Higher Education Academy with a number of members of staff receiving awards and recognition for their innovative teaching practice.


Assessment consists of a variety of forms including:

  • Coursework
  • Practical assessments
  • Presentations and posters
  • Group work
  • Peer assessment
  • Professional interview
  • Written examinations

All feedback on assessment is provided electronically and can take many forms including written, audio and video formats.

Additional feedback will be provided throughout the programme during taught sessions and personal tutor meetings.

At the beginning of each term students will be given details of the assessment programme for that term. This will include the precise nature and format of the assessment, the criteria for assessment and details of dates for submission of work.

Assessments have been written to closely resemble many day to day workplace situations. This provides students with hands on experience of what they will encounter before going into employment.

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 aims to provide 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 Safety, Health and Wellbeing and Masters of Applied Public Health, as well as a number of research studentships

Entry Requirements​ & How to Apply

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 96 - 104 points from at least two A levels (or equivalent). Typical offers may include​:

  • 96 - 104 points from at least two A levels to include grades CC; Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate considered as a third subject
  • RQF BTEC National Extended Diploma/Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma MMM - DMM​
  • 96 - 104 points from at least two Scottish Advanced Highers to include grades DD
  • 96 - 104 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers with 2 x H2 grades. Higher level subjects considered only with a minimum grade H4
  • 96 - 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 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’ or 'Foundation leading to BA/BSc Social 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.

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 Searchfor 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 Global Engagement 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

Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer into year 2 & 3

If you are interested in transferring credit from another institution to study at Cardiff Met for a course which accepts entry for year 2 and/or 3, you can find further information on this and information on how to apply on the RPL page. Please contact Admissions for any queries that you have on RPL.

Mature students

A mature applicant is anyone over the age of 21 who didn't go to university after school or college. Cardiff Met welcomes applications from mature applicants and further advice and information can be found here.

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, Henry Dawson: 
Tel: 029 2020 5786

Key Course Information

UCAS Code: B910
Foundation students should also use this UCAS code and apply for entry point 0 on the UCAS website.

Place of Study: Llandaff Campus

School: Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences

Course Length: Three years full-time or four years full-time including Foundation year.

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Degree Highlights

In this short introduction video, lecturer Henry Dawson tells us more about the degree in Environmental Health.

Meet the Team: Henry Dawson

Meet Henry Dawson, Senior Lecturer on the Environmental Health degree at Cardiff Met, who shares his experience and passion for the subject.

Graduate Profile

Hear from Environmental Health graduate Amy Anderson and how she achieved her dream career after studying with us.

How my Environmental Health degree at Cardiff Met landed me in a career I love

Graduate George blogs about how he was able to secure a job working for a Housing association as a Technical Officer.
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Following my passion for Environmental Health at Cardiff Met

Read why mature student Jade returned to education to study Environmental Health at Cardiff Met.
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How Environmental Health at cardiff Met made me a well equipped practioner

Jonathon blogs about how a year-long work placement whilst studying, set him up with the practical experience needed to become an Environmental Health Practitioner.
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Field Trip Abroad:Uganda

Environmental Health students visited Uganda, attending an Environmental Health conference, visiting the equator and having a few close encounters with the local wildlife!

in Wales for Health Professions*
*Guardian University League Table 2021
Overall Student Satisfaction*
*National Student Survey 2020

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