School of Architecture and Built Environment

Environmental Health

BSc (Hons) Part-time 6 years, Full-time 3 years

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code B912
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  • Start Date(s) 19 September 2022
  • Award BSc (Hons)
  • Study Mode Part-time, Full-time
  • Course Length Part-time (6 years), Full-time (3 years)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School School of Architecture and Built Environment
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Why choose 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.

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 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.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

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.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

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

We are currently developing the Springfield Campus which will be Europe’s largest construction centre of excellence.  Join us as the exciting development takes shape and from 2019/20 students in the School of Architecture and the Built environment will be taught from the new campus.

Find out more about Springfield Campus.



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.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time Day and Evening £3050 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2021-22
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2022-23
Home Part-time Day and Evening £3100 per year 2021-22
Home Part-time Day and Evening £3120 per year 2022-23
Home Part-time £3100 per year# 2021-22
Home Part-time £3120 per year# 2022-23
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £12950 per year 2021-22
International Full-time £13450 per year 2022-23
International Part-time Day and Evening £6125 per year 2020-21
International Part-time Day and Evening £6475 per year 2021-22
International Part-time Day and Evening £6725 per year 2022-23
International Part-time £6125 per year# 2020-21
International Part-time £6475 per year# 2021-22
International Part-time £6725 per year# 2022-23

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

  • 96 UCAS points
  • A Levels - grades CCC / BCD, to include a Science subject.
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge Level 3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades MMM in Science
  • Access to HE Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits at Merit, to include 18 credits in Science

Use the UCAS Tariff calculator to check your qualifications and points

Students must usually have studied for a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, we will consider applications from mature students who do not have two years of post-16 study, where they have relevant work experience. Please see for further information.

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 at

English language requirements also apply

Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH)

Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) for the purpose of partially meeting the requirements for registration as an Environmental Health Practitioner with the Environmental Health Registration Board (EHRB).

Tuition Fees Loan (Home Fee Status):

Most students will be able to apply for a loans to pay for these subject to eligibility. To find out more information please refer to the government Student Finance website.

Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as having Overseas Fee status. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.


If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: See How to pay.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund.

for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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