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Course Handbooks

Your Course Handbook is where you can find vital information about submitting assignments, mitigation and a range of other important issues.

Course Handbooks for the 2020/21 academic year will be published on this page in due course. If your Course Handbook is not published yet, please check back soon. All Course Handbooks will be published prior to the course induction.

Bachelor of Science with Honours Environmental Health, Level 5, 2020/21 - Course Handbook

Bachelor of Science with Honours Environmental Health
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Welcome to the Course

Hello and Welcome to Leeds Beckett University.

This handbook provides you with information that you will need on your course. You should find it helpful when you first start, when you are preparing for assessment and at any time that you need help or advice in connection with your studies here. You will also receive a Module Handbook for each module you study on your course. The module handbooks give details of the teaching sessions, the learning outcomes and the assessment details. The Safety and Environment Health course team is looking forward to working with you this year and we hope that your time studying with us at Leeds Beckett University is both enjoyable and successful. On behalf of our University and the whole course team, I would like to wish you well in your studies.

Hayley Robinson Mitchell

Course Director

Welcome to your course in the School of Clinical and Applied Sciences. Whether you are a new or returning student I am delighted to be able to welcome you into the 2020/21 academic year.

The year ahead will contain success, challenge, and personal growth for you, and the School’s team of dedicated academics, learning officers and administrators are here to help you to achieve your potential.

Our School has a broad range of disciplines; including Biomedical Sciences, Sports and Exercise Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Nutrition & Dietetics and Safety and Environmental Health teams.
However, our academic teams work collaboratively - drawing on each other’s expertise to support learning, undertake professional practice and consultancy, and delivery internationally recognised, societally impactful research.

Throughout the year ahead please do take time to let us know what you are enjoying and what you find valuable – but also please let us know if there are things we could do differently to improve your experience through feedback to your Course Director, at the School Forum or through the module evaluation and surveys.

I wish you every success for this academic year!

Dr Duncan Sharp

Dr Duncan Sharp, Dean of School

Welcome to Leeds Beckett Students’ Union!

Here in the SU we’re here to support, connect and represent you! Whether it’s gathering feedback on how you’re finding Uni, running in an election to become a full-time officer or joining a society, the SU’s got your back! Below you can find information on a few of our services including the advice service, student voice and how to be a course rep. If you’ve any questions on what the SU is, how it can support you or want to share feedback and have a rant, please feel free to message us. You can follow us on social media by searching LeedsBeckettSU on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the most up to date information.

My role as your Education officer is to support and represent you. If you have feedback you’d like to pass on, want to chat about a campaign idea or about the many things on Disney+, then you’ve found your one stop shop gal! I’m a student just like you and study Speech and Language Therapy, for a fun fact, drop me a message, you can find me on Facebook by searching ‘Sherry Iqbal’
I’m really looking forward to meeting you (virtually!) and wish you the best! See you around.

Sherry Iqbal, Education Officer, LBSU


This Handbook contains important information about Leeds Beckett University’s planned approach to course delivery and assessment in 2020/21. You should read this web page carefully so that you are aware of any changes that affect your course.  

The University is informed by Government and Public Health England (PHE) Covid-19 advice and guidance for maintaining a Covid-secure learning and working environment. We have made arrangements to continue to provide a high-quality educational experience in a way that protects the safety and wellbeing of both students and staff. We are engaging closely with Leeds Beckett Students’ Union to inform the arrangements and will also be informed by feedback provided by our individual students. 

Government and Public Health England advice and guidance continues to evolve, so the arrangements for delivery of your course and use of the campus may need to change during the academic year to continue to protect students and staff.

The taught content advertised at each level of study, or its equivalent, will be delivered across the academic year 2020/21.  We have identified an appropriate mix of blended learning – a mix of face-to-face, on-campus, online and digital content and teaching and learning for each subject, reflecting what will maximise learning as well as supporting more vulnerable learners and enabling the university as a whole to minimise transmission risk.

Covid-19 social distancing measures will be implemented during 2020/21 for teaching, learning, assessment and student support.  

In the event of further government lockdowns, either local or national, we will prioritise digital and online learning and support to enable students to continue with their studies. 

If there is an easing of Covid-19 restrictions, we will continue to provide blended delivery for teaching block 1 or semester 1 in 2020/21. We will keep teaching blocks 2 and 3 or semester 2 under review, informed by Public Health England advice. We may revert to different proportions of on-campus learning and online learning delivery later in the academic calendar year or a later teaching block.  Learning will remain accessible for students who are unable to attend on campus sessions. 

How we will communicate with you

We have sent information to new and continuing students on the plans for delivery of your course in 2020/21, the academic calendar (teaching block delivery or alternative) applicable for your course and the options available to you, to enable you to make informed choices. 

As the situation evolves, further information on local course delivery arrangements will be provided to you in emails and on the University’s Covid-19 microsite

In addition to the course specific information set out in this Handbook and the above communications, the University’s Covid-19 microsite contains information for students and applicants, including information relating to University accommodation and University facilities and services.  The Covid-19 microsite is regularly reviewed and updated as the situation, advice and planning evolve.

Key terms and conditions

Further important information for applicants and students is available on our Information for Applicants and Students website. This includes information about the student contract, fees and funding, your rights of cancellation, the student protection plan and the University complaints process.  It is essential that you read the information on this webpage carefully as it sets out the rights and obligations that form the contract between you and the University and information about how to make a complaint.

Location of delivery

In academic year 2020/21, it is planned that your course will be delivered via a blend of online and digital learning and on-campus teaching and learning, with the necessary Covid-19 social distancing and other measures in place on campus informed by the Government and Public Health England advice and guidance. 

Information on how blended teaching and learning will be delivered and the location of any on-campus delivery is provided in subsequent sections of this Handbook entitled ‘Location(s) of Delivery’ and ‘Teaching and Learning Activities’.

Information on the delivery of placements and other off-campus learning opportunities is provided in subsequent sections of this Handbook entitled ‘In-Year Work Placement Information’ and (if applicable to your course), ‘Sandwich Placement Information’.

Course Fees 

Course fees and additional course costs are confirmed in your offer letter. Course fees are presented to you annually through the online enrolment process. Other additional costs remain as published on our original Online Prospectus information in addition to the areas of costs outlined below and in the updated 2020/21 Course Specification for your course.

The course will be delivered via a blended approach that includes online teaching and learning, digital learning and on campus sessions.  If a further lockdown is necessary then delivery will be continued and supported via online and digital learning. Students are advised that they will need a personal digital device for this purpose. The University’s wide range of student support services available for students also includes a laptop loans scheme. Students may wish to bring an existing personal device or purchase or lease a laptop or similar device for their personal use which would be an additional cost.  The costs of this would vary depending on your individual requirements but can be in the region of £400-800 depending on the device. 

The University has developed a means-tested Covid-19 Financial Assistance Package to support students to acquire a laptop should this be needed. Students may also apply for a living expenses fund for unexpected personal hardship as a result of the Covid-19 Crisis. 

Students will need to follow the Public Health England advice and any specific national requirements for maintaining personal safety and hygiene to protect themselves and others from the Covid-19 risks. These personal safety measures such as the wearing of face coverings will be an additional cost that students need to consider. 

Where PPE is an essential requirement for the nature of the course you are undertaking this will be detailed below.   

Policies, Standards and Regulations 

Covid-19 social distancing measures will be in place for teaching, learning, assessment and student support in 2020/21. This means that there will be operational requirements and protocols in place for the way in which your course is delivered and the way in which University activities, facilities, and spaces operate which students and staff will need to follow.   

In the event of further government lockdowns either local or national in response to Covid-19, we will prioritise digital and online learning and support to enable students to continue with their studies. We may need to implement approved emergency Covid-19 pandemic academic regulations to take account of the impact of Covid-19 general extenuating circumstances. 

Details of the policies and regulations which are relevant to you are available in the ‘Policies, Standards and Regulations’ section of this Handbook.  

Sandwich Placements, Other Placements and Other Off-Campus Learning Opportunities 

Covid-19 response measures are likely to impact on the arrangements for placements, field trips, volunteering and other off-campus activities. If available, these are likely to operate with appropriate social distancing arrangements.  Employers may reduce the availability of placement or volunteering opportunities due to the impact of Covid-19 on their operations.

The availability or type of placements with employers, study abroad or volunteering opportunities, may be restricted. The University follows the UK Government‘s Foreign and Commonwealth travel advice and is also informed by any specific in-country international travel restrictions or requirements.  

The University’s current position is that we will not facilitate outward (from UK) international/overseas placements, study abroad or volunteering activity in 2020/21. This is to protect students and minimise the risk of you being stranded abroad in the event of a lockdown and the introduction of national/local travel restrictions. We will only consider international placements for students whose domicile address is in the country of their placement. 

Inward Erasmus study (from other EU countries to the UK under this scheme) will be supported where these align with the teaching blocks academic calendar delivery dates. There may be other national or international travel restrictions or quarantine measures or specific work-place Covid-19 measures that impact on these opportunities.  

Should the Covid-19 response and alert level be amended any activity may also be subject to Covid-19 employer, local or in-country requirements applicable at the time of the placement/activity. We will keep the position under review for teaching blocks 2 and 3 or semester 2, informed by Public Health England and the UK Government‘s Foreign and Commonwealth travel advice.
Students will have access to advice and support from the University careers and employability team during their studies via the online resources and support.

Further information on placements or other off-campus learning opportunities applicable to your course is provided in the ‘In-Year Work Placement Information’ and (where relevant) ‘Sandwich Placement Information’ sections below.

Professional Accreditation or Recognition Associated with the Course

We will prioritise face-to-face teaching and practical teaching to meet any requirements of relevant professional, statutory and regulatory bodies (PSRB) if your course includes these elements. This will ensure that your course retains its full professional status. 

Where applicable, specific information on applicable professional statutory or regulatory body recognition or requirements for your course is summarised in the ‘Professional Accreditation or Recognition Associated with the Course’ section below.

Teaching and Learning Activities

The way we will deliver this course and teaching, learning and assessment activities in 2020/21 will be informed by Public Health England advice and guidance on Covid-19 secure requirements and the need for social distancing for the protection of students and staff. 

You will experience a blended approach to learning for 2020/21; this is a mix of face-to-face, on campus online, and digital content, teaching and learning. 

We are working within the government 2 metre social distancing measures for Teaching Block 1 so we are not planning to deliver large-group teaching on campus throughout 2020/2021. This will ensure that maximum space will be available for small-group teaching.

In most cases, the taught content will also be available online so you can still access it if you are not able to attend campus due to the pandemic (for example, due to self-isolation, shielding or travel restrictions). There will be digital content and recorded lectures available online to support students who may be unable to travel to campus. In some circumstances, other formal taught sessions may also be recorded. 

In the event of a further government lockdown in response to Covid-19, we will prioritise digital and online learning and support to enable students to continue with their studies and study towards achieving any specified professional statutory and regulatory body accreditation requirements where this applies.  

If there is an easing of Covid-19 restrictions, we will continue to provide blended delivery for teaching block 1 or semester 1 in 2020/21. We will keep teaching blocks 2 and 3 or semester 2 under review, informed by Public Health England advice (see Introduction section above).

Further information on local course delivery arrangements will continue to be available from your School. 

Learning Support

Our approach to delivering student support in 2020/21

Given the planned social distancing measures in place on campus for 2020/21 to ensure safe delivery of services for students and staff, some of the arrangements for student support will be accessible online. 

We are committed to ensuring you continue to have opportunities to access the learning and wellbeing support that you need over the forthcoming year. General learning spaces, including access to libraries, will be available to be booked online; and where specialist space is needed, this will either be provided: as normal; created in newly adapted spaces; or replicated as part of an enhanced suite of online resources.

We want to provide a safe environment for students and staff, so on-campus delivery of student support services will be limited. This may mean that campus-based school offices will operate within defined core office hours.  However, full access to advice, learning support and specialist services will be delivered via telephone, email, video calls and online live chat.  The Students' Union will also be implementing social distancing arrangements for student advice services. 

Access to Library support in 2020/21

The Library offers access to thousands of resources via MyBeckett or theLibrary website which also provides full details of all our services. 

In response to Covid-19, and the need for social distancing for the protection of students and staff, the libraries will be available via a booking system in 2020/21 for students to study, access PCs and laptops, printer/ copiers, and other equipment, and to use the books and journals.

Further information on Library support is available in the ‘Library and IT Support’ section of this Handbook. 

Range of Support Services Available

There is a range of support for disabled or vulnerable students. Any student with a disability, who may or may not have declared this to the University and wishes to discuss their learning support for the year ahead or their status as a Covid-19 extremely vulnerable person, should contact their Disability Adviser for their School who is based in Student Services to discuss their support needs in the first instance.  The service contact details are or telephone 0113 812 5831. Students who are classed at Covid-19 Extremely Vulnerable (i.e. you have received a Shielding Letter from the NHS) but who do not regard themselves as disabled, and have not registered with the Disability Team, should discuss any support arrangements they may need, directly with their Course Director and if resident in halls, their Residential Life Team.

Further information is available in the ‘Support for Disabled Students’ section of this Handbook. 

Information on the support available from your School and other Services is available in the ‘Key Contacts’ and ‘Learning Support’ sections of this Handbook. 

In order to provide you with information on student services support in 2020/21 in response to the changing Covid-19 position, updated information will be provided on our University Covid-19 microsite.

Key Contacts & Keeping in Touch

You will be allocated an Academic Advisor as soon as possible after teaching commences. This person will offer you help and support and we will endeavour to keep your Academic Advisor the same person throughout your study with us.

Patricia Stead


Phone number: 00 44 (0)113 81 23352

Office location: Calverley building, room 615, City campus

The Course Rep will be appointed from your cohort in induction week and their details posted on MyBeckett.

To contact your academic librarian email or ask at the Advice desk on the ground floor of the Leslie Silver library. You can telephone on 0113 812 1000.

The contact details of other key services, such as the Student Advice Hub, Disability Support, Library, Money, Careers, Students' Union Advice Service and Students' Union Student Voice Team can be found on the Students web page.

Academic and administrative staff at our University use your student email address to contact you. It is important that you check this account regularly. You can forward emails from your student email address to a preferred personal email address, however, quarantine and spam filters needed by our University mean that emails sent from external email addresses may be delayed, blocked or deleted. It is therefore important that your student email address is the only email address that you use to contact University staff. Information on how to access your student email address can be found on the Library Student IT Support page here).

Please make sure that you inform your Course Administration team whenever you change your address and contact details. It is important that you also update your records yourself. You can do this via the My Account/Update my Data tab on MyBeckett. This will ensure we can always contact you in an emergency, and that you receive any important University communications that we may need to send you.

We will inform you of class activities and course notifications, including any cancellations via an announcement so it is important you regularly check your student email inbox.

Skype for Business is a communication tool for staff and students:

  • Make calls using audio, video and instant messages across the University community.
  • Create and participate in group online meetings to support project assignments.
  • Available across University devices and personal mobiles via a free downloadable app.
  • Fully integrated with the Office 365 suite already used by staff and students.

Further information is available on the Library's Skype for Business web page for students. 

MS Teams is part of the Office 365 suite used by staff and students for communication and collaboration: 

  • Access via MyBeckett on University devices and personal mobiles via a free downloadable app.  
  • Participate in online meetings and video conferencing in groups or one-to-one.  
  • Work on shared content, ideas, projects and online learning.  

Further information is available on the Library's MS Teams FAQ web page.

Your course team will advise how Skype for Business will be used on your course and make guidance available as required.

Timetable Information

This course will be scheduled using a teaching block or semester-based delivery. The 2020/21 academic calendar and term dates are available on our Academic Calendars web page.

Taught sessions will normally be scheduled and included in your timetable. This will include on-campus sessions that you should attend. In 2020/21, depending on your course, this may also include scheduled online teaching and learning sessions where student engagement is required at a specified time and tutor pre-recorded lectures and scheduled discussion sessions. Module information will be made available online by the school for enrolled students.

Timetables will be made available to students during induction week via:
1. The Student Portal (MyBeckett)
2. The Leeds Beckett app

You should discuss any difficulties relating to your engagement with timetabled sessions with your Course Administrator.

The School Forums, where students raise feedback on their academic experience, are scheduled into all students’ timetables. Any student can attend but only Course Reps are expected to be in attendance.

Course Overview

The aims of the programme are to:

Provide a programme of study that will equip graduates with the knowledge, skills and experiences necessary to commence the process leading to registration as an Environmental Health Practitioner working in the public or private sector, and the development of the competencies expected by their organisation. Implicit within this aim is that graduates will have qualities of confidence, self-awareness, independent critical judgement, reflection, leadership and the ability to work as part of a team. Additionally, students will have acquired a breadth of technical knowledge that will enable them to take a holistic view of the health impacts of stressors in any given context and to be able to select appropriate interventions within a broader framework. They will also have developed the skills and qualities required to enable them to be lifelong learners who are able to attain and subsequently maintain the knowledge required to underpin competence in their area of work.

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Have acquired a broad knowledge base relevant to the Environmental Health profession;
  2. Have developed the ability to investigate, critically analyse and evaluate a range of information in order to generate appropriate solutions to practical problems;
  3. Have developed the capabilities of self-learning and motivation to become reflective thinkers who are able to take responsibility for their personal and career development including enhancing their knowledge and skills to the level required to attain and subsequently maintain competence as appropriate to their area of work;
  4. Be able to work effectively both independently and as part of a team with all sections of the community, and to have developed sufficient knowledge of the activities of related professional groups to be able to work productively with them;
  5. Possess the capability to adapt to rapidly changing demands in the technological, professional and performance requirements of Environmental Health;
  6. Be able to continue the process that will lead to competency in the field of Environmental Health and to registration as a Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner.

On successful completion of Level 5, you will:

  1. Have developed a sound knowledge of the legislative and ethical frameworks and technical controls relating to each of the main areas of Environmental Health practice;
  2. Be able to apply knowledge and skills to the investigation and solution of simple problems in each of the main areas of Environmental Health practice;
  3. Be ready to play an active and supportive role within any placement or other professional activity undertaken;
  4. Have acquired the knowledge and skills necessary to conduct a piece of independent research;
  5. Have further developed interpersonal skills and the skills necessary to become a self-directed learner.

Assessment & Feedback

Please note the exam/assessment periods in the academic calendar and make sure that you are available during those periods. Further details of your schedule of examinations can be found on your timetable once the examination schedule is released. Coursework submission deadlines can normally be found on MyBeckett, on course noticeboards or in individual Module Handbooks/other module guides, and will be at 13.00 on the published deadline, unless otherwise stated.

Disabled students requiring adjustments to assessments and/or examinations should contact Disability Advice at the earliest possible opportunity to discuss their support requirements. In order for adjustments to be identified and implemented in a timely fashion we urge all students to register with us as soon as possible, as we cannot provide adjustments at short notice.

For further information visit Disability Advice or email us at or call us on 0113 812 5831. Please also see Disability Advice on the ‘Support’ tab in MyBeckett for further information.

It is important for your progression and achievement that you submit all work for all assignments in a timely manner. It is also important that you keep copies of all work submitted until after you have graduated. You should also keep any receipts confirming the submission of assignments. In the event of your submitted work being lost you may be required to produce a copy of the work and submission receipt. If you are unable to do so, your work will not be marked.

It is important to note that submitting all assignments is a requirement of your course. Should you experience extenuating circumstances which prevent you from submitting on time please make yourself aware of the Mitigation and Extenuating Circumstances process. Without any form of extenuating circumstances, standard penalties apply for late submission of assessed work. Full details of the penalties for late submission of course work are available in section 3.12 of the Academic Regulations. Please check the penalties that apply to this course as some Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body requirements may mean that different penalties apply.

If you have been recommended ‘flexibility around deadlines’ as a reasonable adjustment in a Reasonable Adjustment Plan, your Course Administrator will be able to advise you of the process.

You may be required to submit your written work via Turnitin; further information on Turnitin is available.

Assessed work will normally be returned with appropriate feedback within four weeks of your submission. Each Module Handbook will provide you with specific guidelines on how and when you will receive feedback on your assessments. Feedback will be provide either by returning the hard copy of the work with a hard copy feedback or via Turnitin. Cohort feedback may also be provided via individual modules on MyBeckett. Formative feedback is also given face to face by the tutor during teaching sessions and via face-to-face and online in the form of quizzes and tutorials.

Results from module assessments and decisions on progression to the next level of study (e.g., from Level 4 to Level 5 of an undergraduate degree) or awards (if you are in the final level) are available on the Results Online.

Results will appear within Results Online five working days after the date of the Progression and Award Board meeting (the meeting where your end of level outcome will be decided) or the Module Board meeting (the meeting where modular outcomes are decided).

If you are unsure about when you might receive your results or have queries relating to your results, you should contact your Course Administrator.

The University recognises that, from time to time, students may encounter issues which may prevent them from being able to submit or take assessment. Where this is the case, students may be able to submit their 'extenuating circumstances' for consideration. Please see the Mitigation and Extenuating Circumstances web page for further information.

If you have not passed a module at the first attempt you will be eligible for re-assessment. See your Module Handbook for details of the relevant re-assessment process (e.g., whether it is coursework, an examination, a presentation or other form of assessment/when it will take place/what the deadline is). You will be advised via Results Online of your options for re-assessment. You are advised to contact your Course Director, Course Administrator or Academic Advisor for any necessary clarification.

Details about our Appeals process can be found on the Appeals web page.

Academic integrity means intellectual honesty and is part of good academic practice. Further information can be found on our Academic Integrity web page.

Teaching & Learning

For module information and teaching and learning activities for part-time delivery please contact your Academic School.


Level 4

The need to lay solid foundations in the contributory disciplines to Environmental Health means there is significant emphasis on traditional teaching methods such as lectures, practical’s and tutorials, and delivery of content via the VLE. However, strategies such as structured debate, case study discussion, problem-solving exercises, group work and independent study are also used at this Level.

Level 5

By Level 5 emphasis moves towards a greater responsibility on students to take a more active part in the learning process, and there is a significant amount of practical work at this level in the areas of Environmental Protection and Food Safety. Traditional teaching methods are still used to deliver content, but these are complemented by class discussions and exercises, online activities etc. There is also an increasing requirement for students to be able to demonstrate the application of their developing technical knowledge to the solution of practical problems.

Level 6

An important feature of Level 6 is the Honours Project where students are able to negotiate the topic for their research, and are then required to carry out a piece of independent work under the guidance of a supervisor. There is some use of lectures and the VLE to deliver further content, but again these are complemented by other approaches.

Another feature across all the levels is the inclusion of work-based activities some of which are embedded within the modules and which are designed to provide students with an “authentic” experience. For example, at Level 6, students are required to carry out a number of risk assessments in the Sensible Risk Management module, and as part of the Professional Practice (BEH) Module have to engage in an Emergency Planning simulation exercise and a Mock Trial in which most of the roles are taken by students.

For 2020/21, much of the delivery will be online, but we are aiming to ensure that the principles outlined above are maintained such as providing opportunities for students to engage with each other, and in work-related learning. For this reason, we will be seeking to run as many as possible of our online sessions at set times, and will expect students to attend and contribute just as they would for a scheduled session in a classroom. We will also be aiming to deliver as many of the practical sessions as possible with the exception of the Practical Food Inspection tuition which will have to be deferred to the following year. We will seek through the Induction sessions which will run at the start of the Academic Year to provide support and training in the Online Tools that we will be using, and in ensuring that you can get the most out of these sessions.

Level 5


Teaching Block 1

Core (Y/N)

Environmental Management (Part 1)


Health and Safety Law in Practice


Understanding the Research Process (Part 1)


Teaching Block 2

Core (Y/N)

Environmental Management (Part 2)


Food Safety Law and Practice


Understanding the Research Process (Part 2)


Teaching Block 3

Core (Y/N)

Housing Law and Practice


Public Health


Level 6 Core Modules (2021/22 for FT students and 2022/23 and 2023/24 for standard PT students)

Environmental Control Strategies

Honours Project

Housing Policy & Practice

Professional Interventions Food

Professional Practice

Sensible Risk Management

The assessment balance and overall workload associated with this course are calculated from information provided about each of the core modules. They have been reviewed and confirmed as representative by the Course Director.

A standard module equates to 200 notional learning hours, which may be comprised of teaching, learning and assessment, placement activities and independent study. The sandwich placement year spent out of the University is not included in the calculation as it is optional and not credit bearing. Modules may have more than 1 component of assessment.

Level 4 is assessed by coursework predominantly with some examinations and practical assessments.

Level 5 is assessed by a broadly even mix of coursework and examinations.

Level 6 is assessed by coursework predominantly with some examinations.

Overall Workload

Level 4

Level 5

Level 6

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

256 hours

267 hours

204 hours

Independent Study

944 hours

933 hours

996 hours





Although most of your teaching will be online during 2020/21, we are aiming to deliver some practical classes. Full details will be provided as soon as they are available. Module delivery will be managed via MyBeckett where you will be able to access live teaching sessions, recorded teaching sessions and a range of supporting material, links to further reading etc. As far as is possible, teaching sessions will be delivered as “timed/live” events. We are also trying to maintain our normal policy of restricting teaching to specified days of the week but for on Campus events, this will be subject to space being available.

Coursework assessments will run as planned, but all submissions will be online and there will be no requirement to submit hard copy. For presentations, you will be asked, if possible, to present online using Microsoft Teams. Examinations will run online at specified times.

Details of School academic staff can be found on the School of Clinical & Applied Sciences Website.

Attendance & Absence

The University expects you to attend and fully contribute to all mandatory sessions on your timetable as set out in your student contract. Engagement in your lectures, seminars and practicals is an important part of your learning - contributing both to the University community and the learning experience of your fellow students on the course.

We monitor your engagement at the University as regular attendance and academic achievement are closely linked. Moreover, by monitoring your engagement and attendance we can identify students who may need our guidance or support at an early stage to help them progress in their studies. This is part of our commitment to ensuring an excellent education and experience and supporting your success at Leeds Beckett.

The University does understand that from time to time there is good reason why you cannot attend a class, and in this instance you must contact your School office to let them know.

Please note that any attendance reports can be shared with you and your Course team. You might be asked to contact your School office so that appropriate academic or pastoral support can be offered, should your attendance record give cause for concern.

Our most important aim is to support your studies, but we are also required to report attendance to various external bodies such as the Student Loan Company and the Home Office. There are measures in place for students who seek to falsely register either their own or fellow students’ attendance.

Our Attendance Policy is available under ‘Student Contract’ on the Student Regulations web page.

Please note that if your course carries professional accreditation or recognition, there may be additional course-specific attendance requirements detailed elsewhere in this handbook.

You must notify your Course Administrator if you are absent for more than one day (for example for an interview, emergency unforeseen circumstances, or for compassionate leave). If you are going to apply for mitigation you will need to provide written evidence of the reason for your absence.

Please note that if your course carries professional accreditation or recognition, there may be additional course-specific absence reporting requirements detailed elsewhere in this handbook.

If you are unable to study due to Covid-19 (coronavirus) symptoms, please see the guidance available on our Covid-19 web page.

If you are unable to study because of another illness for more than 14 consecutive days (including weekends), you must provide us with a Fit Note.

You can send a digital copy of your Fit Note to your Course Administrator, and then send the original by post.

If you are absent through illness on the day of an examination or assignment deadline and you intend to apply for mitigation, you must also provide us with details as possible. Your submission for mitigation may be made online and the circumstances surrounding it may be self-certified unless your period of absence is prolonged. Generally, all absences of 2 weeks or more will require the submission of verifiable documentary evidence. For more information on ‘fit to sit’ and mitigation please visit our Mitigation web page.

Please note that if your course carries professional accreditation or recognition, there may be additional course-specific absence reporting requirements detailed elsewhere in this handbook.

Campus-based students who suspect they may have, or have been diagnosed as having a serious infectious disease such as Mumps, TB, measles, meningitis or chicken pox should not attend campus and notify their Course Director or Course Administrator as soon as possible giving information regarding which groups of students (and/or colleagues and clients on placements) you have been in contact with and when. For diseases such as Mumps, TB or meningitis, your doctor will notify the West Yorkshire Public Health Protection Team who may also wish to speak to you (or your family) to determine if others require screening or medication. You should follow advice given by the hospital or your GP about when it is safe to return to University. Further information is available on the Student Wellbeing web page.

For guidance on what to do if you have symptoms of Covid-19 (coronavirus), please visit our Covid-19 web page.

If you are thinking about changing course or withdrawing from your course, further information can be found on our Student web pages

International Students

Please be aware that our university fully complies with University Kingdom Visas and Immigration (UKVI) policy at all times. There are legal reporting requirements for all students in the UK on a Student visa, and full attendance is mandatory for all students on a Student Visa. Failure to meet UKVI attendance requirements could lead to your academic sponsorship being withdrawn and your visa being revoked. Students on a Student Visa need to be aware of their responsibilities whilst in the UK, please see or our Student Immigration Advice and Compliance web page for full information.

For up to date information about visas, immigration issues and other matters relating to international students, please visit the International Students’ web pages on the Students website ( or contact the International Student Advice Centre on

Professional Accreditation or Recognition Associated with the Course

Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH).

Students successfully completing the accredited course will be eligible to apply for Graduate Membership of CIEH.

Permission has been granted for the following exceptions to the University’s Regulations:

In order to meet the requirements of the accrediting body (CIEH) and achieve the award with accreditation

a. All modules will be classed as Professional and must be passed (40% minimum),
b. The assessment for Professional Practice also serves as the Integrative Professional Assessment (IPA) and will be graded on a pass/fail basis.

Please note that under its new accreditation arrangements which apply to students entering the course from Autumn 2020, the CIEH no longer requires students to complete the IPA in order to obtain an accredited award. During 2020/21 we will be initiating the University process to change the form of assessment for the Professional Practice module and consequently to delete this exception. This change will be implemented in either 2022/23 or 2023/24 depending on whether the CIEH is willing to allow it to also apply to students who entered the course in Autumn 2019. Formal student consultation will take place as part of this process.

Students who fail to achieve the above requirements but who do meet the University’s requirements for the award of BSc (Honours) will receive the Target Award, but it will be classed as non-accredited, and they will not be eligible to progress towards registration as a Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner.

In addition, the course subscribes to the Leeds Beckett University Fitness to Practise Policy and Procedure. Students are required to comply with the University Regulations relating to Fitness to Practise. The Fitness to Practise Policy and Procedure can be found by following this link.

'In Year' Work Placement Information

The work placement is optional and you are responsible for making your own arrangements should you wish to undertake a placement or practical work experience.

Optional Placement taken between Level 5 and 6.

Not specified.

Skills, Employability & Graduate Opportunities

The course is designed to enable you to develop the full range of skills required to become and Environmental Health Practitioner. There is particular emphasis on problem solving and communication skills. You will also be encouraged to develop an ability to direct your own learning, to manage time and tasks, and to operate effectively both independently and as a member of a team.

You will have opportunities to gain recognition during your time at Leeds Beckett University for the extra activities you do in addition to your studies, including volunteering, student societies, playing in our University sports teams and being a Course Representative.


Enterprise skills are germane to the work of Environmental Health Practitioners as they are required to deal with complex scenarios involving human as well as technical issues, and to propose innovative solutions to problems. Therefore, there is significant emphasis on the analysis of scenarios in delivery and assessment throughout the course, which is why this attribute has been identified as being developed or assessed in almost all modules. There is progression through the course in terms both of the complexity of the scenarios used and the knowledge and skills required to propose solutions, such that by Level 6, students will be required to demonstrate to a high level the full range of skills required including the ability to synthesise complex human and technical information (Sensible Risk Management), and an ability to prioritise both within the solution of a specific problem and when confronted with multiple problems simultaneously (Professional Practice (BEH).

Digital Literacy

There is an expectation that an Environmental Health Practitioner will have very well developed word processing skills to enable the production of reports etc., together with some familiarity with other packages such as Excel. Through the induction process and the New and Developing Practitioner module at Level 4, students will be encouraged to reflect on their learning needs in this area, and if necessary will be directed towards support through the Skills for Learning Programme. The New and Developing Practitioner module also provides specific support with the use of PowerPoint as part of the preparation for the presentation element of the assessed Portfolio. Reinforcement of these skills is fostered through a requirement for students to demonstrate them in the assignments they produce.

Also, once in practice, graduates will be heavily reliant on Web-based sources for legal and other technical information, and it is important to develop skills in searching for, identifying and retrieving appropriate documents. Many of the modules include requirements to obtain this type of information. During Level 4, students are directed towards these information sources, e.g. through the provision of links via the VLE, and where necessary, are supported in using them. Through Levels 5 and 6, they are expected increasingly to identify and locate them for themselves, although some direction continues to be provided, e.g. through the VLE. In parallel with this, students are also required to develop skills of searching, identifying and retrieving information from the academic literature, and there is specific support for this in the Understanding the Research Process module at Level 5. These skills will then be consolidated at Level 6, especially in the Honours Project.

Other aspects include electronic communication, use of statistical packages, and use of monitoring equipment, e.g. in acoustics. The first of these is fostered in various ways including use of discussion boards, e.g. Law and Safety Management at Level 4, and provision of e-tutorial support, e.g. Food Science and Control at Level 4. Where these features are introduced for the first time, specific instruction in their use is provided. The Understanding the Research Process module at Level 5 includes tuition in the use of SPSS, and tuition in the use of specialist equipment and associated software is provided through the practical sessions in the Environmental Protection modules at Levels 4, 5 and 6.

Global Outlook

It is implicit within the work of an Environmental Health Practitioner that they need to be prepared to deal with issues that have a global dimension ranging from the effects of global warming to an imported pest in a crate of fruit. In addition, it is important to engender within the students an awareness that the major public health problems of the 19th century have not been eradicated but have been controlled in the Western World through the implementation of measures such as improved sanitation, and this can be best achieved by reference to situations where such measures are not yet in place. Another aspect where a Global Outlook is important is in relation to consideration of legislation. Obviously, there has to be a significant emphasis on UK legislation, and whilst Brexit may reduce the need to consider the European Framework, this will still remain significant, both because of the nature of the work of an Environmental Health Practitioner and because EU Legislation will continue to have a substantial influence on UK Laws for many years to come. Moreover, both the presence of International Students on the course, and the fact that UK students need to develop the skills required to be able to update their knowledge of legislation, demand that attention is paid to the universal principles on which legislative systems are based. Finally, as Environmental Health Practitioners must be able to work with all sections of UK society, it is necessary to ensure that students are aware of diversity in respect of race, culture, faith etc.

The course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) and is designed to prepare students for a career as an Environmental Health Practitioner.

Training in and assessment of the CIEH Practical Food Inspection examination are provided during Level 5 of the course in association with the Food Safety Law and Practice module, but the assessment only fulfils the CIEH requirement and does not contribute towards the award. The CIEH has made very recent changes to the traditional professional registration requirements and is promoting a pathway, which will lead to becoming a Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner. See the link below for further details.

Traditionally, the majority of graduates have obtained employment in regulatory enforcement with Local Authorities, and this continues to be a major destination. Local Authority destinations include Wakefield Metropolitan District Council, Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council, Harrogate and Craven Councils.

However, an increasing number are now being employed in the Private Sector, e.g. with major supermarket chains such as Asda (Walmart) and Morrison’s, where they are valued for their knowledge and skill across multiple intervention areas. In addition, many graduates have obtained employment as consultants advising and auditing a range of companies as private sector organisations take on Environmental Health Practitioners to enable them to ensure that they are compliant with regulatory requirements.

The Course Team actively encourage the students to maximise their opportunities to gain relevant experience from any part-time work they engage in, through helping them to identify both suitable opportunities, and ways in which they might be able to engage in appropriate activity whilst at work. All such opportunities that the Course Team are aware of, are advertised to the students, typically via the MyBeckett Course Group.

Learning Support

If you have a question or a problem relating to your course, your Course Administrator is there to help you. Course Administrators work closely with academic staff and can make referrals to teaching staff or to specialist professional services as appropriate. They can give you a confirmation of attendance letter, and a transcript. You may also like to contact your Course Rep or the Students’ Union Advice team for additional support with course-related questions.

Your Academic Advisor will be an academic member of staff who teaches you on your course. Your Course Director will make sure that you are given the contact details of your Academic Advisor at the beginning of each year, usually in your course induction. Further details on the role of your Academic Advisor are available on the Academic Advisor web page.

The Student Advice Hub Team can support with a number of practical elements of University life. When you first arrive at University, they produce your first Student ID card and any replacements you require during your studies. When you commence your studies, they can provide you with bank letters, so that you are able to open and maintain student bank accounts, and Confirmation of Enrolment letters that you might need for a range of purposes. Current students and graduates can also request transcripts from the Student Advice Hub.

As you progress with university life, the Student Advice Hub Team are able to provide information in relation to any element you might need help with. If you have a question and you’re not sure who to ask, please get in touch. If the team aren’t able to answer your query directly, they will ensure you can access the most appropriate team to offer help.

If you need help with more complex queries or concerns, their trained advisers also support students with 1-1 appointments, providing a safe, confidential and non-judgmental space to talk about your circumstances and identifying support that you can access within and outside of the University. You can book an appointment with an Adviser on MyHub.

Ordinarily, members of the Student Advice Hub in the Student Hubs on the ground floor of the Rose Bowl and Leslie Silver at City Campus and in Campus Central at Headingley. However, due to Covid-19, and in the interests of the health and safety of our students and staff, for a period of time this service will support you digitally via live chat, email, video calls and online resources. Their telephone number is 0113 812 3000 and you can contact them via e-mail on Appointments can be booked via the Student Advice Hub Team web page, all of which will be delivered virtually.

Within MyBeckett you will see two tabs (Support and Opportunities) where you can find online information and resources for yourselves. The ‘Support’ tab gives you access to details of services available to give you academic and personal support. These include Library Services, the Students’ Union, Money advice, Disability advice and support, Wellbeing, International Student Services and Accommodation. There is also an A-Z of Support Services, and access to online appointments/registration.

The ‘Opportunities’ tab is the place to explore the options you have for jobs, work placements, volunteering, and a wide range of other opportunities. For example, you can find out here how to get help with your CV, prepare for an interview, get a part-time job or voluntary role, take part in an international project, or join societies closer to home.

Support for disabled students is available from our Disability Advice team. Support is available for students with a range of disabilities including:
• epilepsy, diabetes and IBS
• depression, anxiety and eating disorders
• dyslexia, dyspraxia, and AD(H)D
• Autism Spectrum Conditions
• Mobility difficulties
• Sensory impairments

Support is individually tailored depending on the nature of your disability and the demands of your course. We would encourage you to contact us as early as possible to enable us to implement any adjustments you may need. If you have a disability and have not previously declared it, please fill in the registration form (which is also available via the Disability Advice web page) or contact the Disability Advice team on 0113 8125831 or email

More information on disability advice is available under the Academic and Personal Support sections of the ‘Support’ tab in MyBeckett, and on the Disability Advice web page.

Disabled students can also access the Disability Resource Areas in each library and the support provided by the Library Learning Support Officer. More information is available on the Library website.

The Library

The Library offers 24/7 support for your studies. You can access thousands of resources via MyBeckett or the Library website which also provides full details of all our services.

Library Academic Support

The Library Academic Support Team can help you develop your academic skills such as critical thinking, academic writing and analysing data, and research skills such as how to find, use and evaluate information for your studies. The team liaises with your lecturers to provide the information resources you need for your subject and to arrange academic skills sessions to support you in your studies.

The team maintains a number of websites to support your learning:

  • In your Subject guide, you'll find a variety of information resources which have been selected as a good starting point for research in that area.  These are available on the Skills and Subject Support web page or via the Course or Support tabs in My Beckett.
  • On the Skills for Learning website, you’ll find online resources covering topics such as essay writing, research and time management, plus information to help you reference and avoid plagiarism, alongside details of online workshops that are designed to help you succeed in your assessments.  The Skills for Learning website can be found on the Library website or via the Library or Support tabs in My Beckett.

Library and Student IT Advice Service

The Library and Student IT Advice Service team can answer your queries on borrowing, finding information, passwords, Office 365, online meetings, saving your work, MyBeckett and more:

  • online (including 24/7 chat) via the Contact Us web page
  • by phone - 0113 812 1000 (24/7 IT support)

They also have a wide range of short tutorials available on the Library’s YouTube channel.


Wi-Fi on the University campus is provided by eduroam, a secure wireless network, which also allows you Wi-Fi access if you visit other universities. To connect:
1. Select eduroam from available Wi-Fi
2. Your login details are:
Username: e.g.,
Password: your normal university password
*Android Users: Select under Phase 2 Authentication – MS-CHAPv2
Help is available on the Library’s Wi-Fi web page.

Microsoft Office 365

You are provided with free access to Office 365 and the latest version of Office can be downloaded from the IT tab in MyBeckett or from All students who are registered for a qualification at Leeds Beckett University are eligible and you can use the subscription for the duration of your course. For instructions and more information, please see the Office 365 support page.


OneDrive Leeds Beckett is your individual file storage with 1TB of storage space. With OneDrive you can access and share your files across your devices. This is accessible on University PCs and off-campus through Office 365 portal. See the Saving your Work pages on the Library website for more information.

Leeds Beckett RemoteApp

The Leeds Beckett RemoteApp gives you access to a range of specialist software for your course on your personal devices. See the RemoteApp page on the Library website for more information.

Media Equipment – free loans

You can borrow high-end Media Equipment for free. Browse, reserve and collect equipment ranging from GoPros to Remote Presenters from the ground floor of the Shelia Silver and Headingley Libraries. Further information is available on the Media Equipment web page.

The Students’ Union Advice Service offers free, independent, non-judgemental advice and guidance to all Leeds Beckett Students. This can include advice on any problems you might have whilst on your course including all the Academic Regulations (Mitigation, Extensions, Complaints, Appeals, Disciplinary procedures and Academic Integrity). We can also give advice on any issues you may have with your housing including disrepair, contract checking and issues with deposits. We can also advise on student funding and debt.

We will listen to your problem and outline what options are available to you, so you can make an informed decision on what to do.

Hopefully you will never need us but just remember we are here for you if you do.


Tel: 0113 812 8400

The Students’ Union Student Voice & Insight Team works together with the Education Officer to effectively represent students’ academic interests.

We provide support, training and ongoing development to c.1000 Course Representatives, who are elected by you to represent you whilst you study at Leeds Beckett, and facilitate the School Forums where any student can raise feedback about their academic experience at Leeds Beckett and discuss changes that have occurred as a result of student feedback with University staff.

Unsure who your Course Rep is? Maybe you’re interested in becoming a Course Rep or have feedback about your academic experience? Drop us a message on the details below:


Tel: 0113 812 8400


MyBeckett, the portal and virtual learning environment provides:

• access to your modules and timetables;
• your reading lists and email account;
• your personal storage area on our University IT servers;
• information on where to look for academic or personal support (Support tab);
• information on opportunities such as jobs, careers, part-time work, placements and volunteering (Opportunities tab)
• access to Library and student IT advice

Further information and support for using MyBeckett can be found on the MyBeckett Support Pages.

Equipment and Facilities provided by Leeds Beckett University to support the BSc (Hons) Environmental Health course can be divided into those provided by the School of Clinical and Applied Sciences, and those managed by the University.

Facilities Provided by the School

Laboratory and Practice Facilities

The School of Clinical and Applied Sciences has a wide range of specialist laboratory and practice facilities whose operation is supported by two teams of Learning Officer staff under the leadership of Unit Managers. You will have the opportunity to make use of both the Multidisciplinary Laboratory and the Acoustics/Food Inspection Facility. Access to facilities operated by other schools can also be arranged. For example, the Wood- and Metal- Working Workshops may be used to gain realistic experience of risk assessment.

The Multidisciplinary Laboratory was opened in Spring 2010 and can accommodate up to 106 students carrying out a range of Biomedical and Environmental Science experiments. It provides a modern flexible space for up to four different classes running simultaneously and benefits from state-of-the-art IT and AV facilities. This laboratory will be used for practical and project work in the areas of Microbiology and Environmental Protection and Food Inspection.

The Acoustics/Food Inspection Facility is a dual-purpose space which was refurbished in 2013. The Acoustics facilities comprise, a reverberation room, an anechoic chamber, and a hearing test booth, and are used for practical and project work in the Environmental Protection area. The central open space is designed to provide a hygienic environment to teach food inspection. It features a seamless, non-slip floor, stainless steel fittings foot operated hand wash facilities and an insectocutor, together with walk-in fridge and freezer units for storage of samples. Food Inspection is primarily taught at Level 5 in association with the Food Safety Law and Practice module.

In association with tuition in the Food Safety area, you may also make use of the Nutrition Laboratory on PD9.

Laboratory equipment, some of which is portable, has been selected to support students in a variety of learning situations, including timetabled laboratory classes, and project work which may be carried out on- or off-site. In particular, the Acoustics Laboratory is equipped for the measurement and analysis of noise in a wide range of situations. Key areas of interest are the investigation and solution of environmental noise problems, the assessment of workplace exposure to noise and vibration, and the measurement of various acoustic properties of buildings.

Learning Technology Support and Electronic Resources

The School has a dedicated unit to support technology-enhanced learning through provision of information, training and support services to help staff get to grips with pedagogic and technical issues involved in the design and delivery of technology-enhanced learning. The Unit also provides hands-on support and development services to staff who wish to develop resources for online delivery, along with advice and mentoring on using the University's Virtual Learning Environment (Blackboard) and related tools.

Because of the nature of the subjects being studied, students are required to make significant use of material obtained from websites for Government Departments, e.g. The Department for Communities and Local Government:, and the Department of Health:, and Government Agencies such as the Health and Safety Executive:, the Food Standards Agency: and the Environment Agency:

Other well used sources of policies, reports, case studies etc. include the: the Business Link website: and The Criminal Justice System website: The latter also carries useful interactive learning materials

Two key online sources of information for the Public Health area are the World Health Organisation, and the UK National Statistics web site:, whilst in the Health and Safety area significant use is also made of video resources from sites such as Discovery Channel, American Chemical Safety Board and Columbia BC Work safe. An example of the use of these videos to promote classroom activity is accident scenarios. These videos which are produced by the Chemical Safety Board of America are analysed to determine cause and resolution: The Columbia BC Work safe website also provides similar material.

Centrally Provided Facilities

The annual financial allocation for library materials and information access was approximately £2 million (for 2015-16). A Collection Development Strategy describes how these funds are allocated in discussion and agreement with the Schools and provides information on how LLI stores, arranges and facilitates access to the wide variety of information and learning resources to support the curriculum.

Academic Librarians are responsible for the identification and selection of materials to support courses and research in their subject area and work closely with faculty colleagues to develop Academic Librarian Annual Reports which highlight strengths, weaknesses and priorities for development in each subject area. Separate funding is available to support projects such as Patron Driven Acquisition and Beckett Books Extra whereby students can suggest books for the Library to add to stock.

Our Resource List System provides access to module resource lists for students and academic staff. It allows for the collation, presentation and updating of online resource lists, facilitating student access to a single source of up to date information relating to the resources they need to support their studies. Resource lists can be tailored for individual modules by adding tags, commentaries and other features. Usage data from the system allows us to ensure provision of book and other resources in suitable numbers across courses. All module and course leaders are asked to provide a copy of the full, current resource list for their module(s) to their Academic Librarian for use in populating the system.

The Library purchases a range of quality electronic and print resources to support the curriculum, numbering over 450,000 items for 2015-16, in addition to guiding users to high quality free content, for example journals published on an open access basis. Information and learning resources are acquired in electronic format in preference to print, wherever possible, enabling simultaneous multi-user access 24/7 from both on and off campus.

No library can meet all the needs of its clientele and The Library works with other libraries to enable access for Leeds Beckett students and staff; for example, the SCONUL Access provides access to resources in over 140 institutions across the country. An Interlibrary Loan service is available to staff, research students, taught masters students and undergraduates working on dissertations to facilitate access to information resources not held by The Library and support is given to students and staff to use the British Library Document Supply Centre at Boston Spa.

Libraries and the Learning Environment

Integrated library, computing and media facilities are provided in libraries based on each of our University’s campuses at City Campus and Headingley. Some facilities are also available in the Carnegie Stand and Pavilion.

LLI aims to maximise choice and flexibility in the way in which students and staff learn by providing a range of study environments, off-campus support, online access and dispersed facilities. The Library opens 24/7 every day of the year providing almost 2100 study places of which 70% are IT enabled with either PCs or laptop plug in points. A “PC Availability” service available via the Library’s mobile website or viewed on plasma screens enables students to easily identify unoccupied PCs. Wireless networking is available throughout both libraries and wireless enabled laptop PCs are available for loan from Audio Visual Loans.

A service to off campus users (Offsite) offers a package of services to support students who are seldom required to attend classes on campus. This includes postal loans, journal articles, enquiries, and referral to libraries near to where they live. A “Pay-to-Post” service also enables any student to have an item from stock or photocopied journal article posted to them.

The i-Print system is installed across our University, offering multi-functional devices including an environmentally friendly scan to email option and the option to send to print from home computers or personal laptops. Students are able to load credit onto their Campus Cards to pay for their printing and photocopying, either by Kiosk within each Library or online. Our University’s reprographics service, The Print Room, also offers document finishing and poster printing services to students and staff.

Technologies for Learning

As an integral part of Libraries and Learning Innovation, Technologies for Learning supports a number of student facing learning and information services, providing administration, user support and training. These services include:

Our University’s Virtual Learning Environment, supplied by Blackboard and branded as MyBeckett, supports our University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy, providing a range of online facilities and tools to support staff and students in the provision of flexible online learning and communication. MyBeckett also provides portal access to integrated announcement, email and group communication tools to facilitate communication across the university community. All students have an email account and calendar facilities provided by Google in partnership with the University which are also available via mobile devices.

The Library Management System from Sirsi Dynix, providing catalogue access for users to a wide range of print and electronic materials including books, journals, multimedia, electronic books and journals held in The Library’s physical and electronic collections.

The Resource Discovery Tool, “Discover” supplied by EBSCO, providing single search access for users to the majority of information sources available through the University Library services and beyond.

The Library Website, providing access to information and resources available through the Library alongside information about services, help and support and academic liaison.

The Leeds Beckett Repository, supplied by Intrallect, providing access to research papers produced by staff of the University and to a range of open educational resources for use in learning and teaching. This is allied with a Current Research and Information System supplied by Symplectic providing for organisation and analysis of research content within the University.

The Copyright Clearance Service providing not only advice and expertise on copyright legislation but also a digitisation service to support staff in making online readings available to students.

Help, Support and Skills Development

Alongside the provision of library, information and IT help services in person, LLI works in partnership with colleagues in other universities to provide help by telephone and chat 24 hours a day, 365 days a year alongside a single email address. More complex enquiries can be referred to specialists, such as Academic Librarians, who have subject specialisms and are responsible for evaluating electronic information sources, as well as providing training and tutorials.

Students registered with Leeds Beckett’s Disability, Dyslexia and Assessment Centre can benefit from the specialist help of a Learning Support Officer based at each campus library. Students can book one-to-one appointments or take advantage of informal drop in sessions. There is a Disability Resource Area in each Library containing adaptive software and hardware which will assist users with disabilities.

All new students are offered an induction session and follow up digital literacy teaching complemented by online guides, web pages and online tutorials to inform students of relevant resources and activities to support their programme of study. Academic Librarians provide tailored information and literature searching sessions to students as part of their courses and offer a programme of drop in information workshops for students. Online learning objects allow students to independently learn and practice their information skills and test their progress.

Skills development is increasingly recognised as making a significant contribution to the careers of graduates in terms of the achievement of their full educational potential and adding value to their lifelong learning through preparing them for employment and/or career progression. The Library has a strong commitment to teaching digital and information literacy skills and the encouragement and development of truly independent learners and is increasingly embedding information skills teaching within the curriculum.

Skills for Learning

Skills for Learning provides online resources, services and publications to enable students to develop their academic skills. Skills for Learning was established within LLI to support the transition to higher education, raise student achievement, improve retention, and help to attract new students. It actively promotes the graduate attributes of digital literacy, enterprise skills, and a global outlook.

The Skills for Learning website offers a wide range of generic learning and teaching resources on topics that include: academic writing, group skills, research, maths, critical awareness and reflective skills. Students can use the website independently; academic staff also use it in teaching sessions and VLE modules. All the website resources have been produced by Leeds Beckett University.

Skills for Learning also provides workshops, customised classes, and group and one-to-one tutorial support in academic communication, maths and IT. In addition, Skills for Learning publishes a series of student guides on essential academic skills and regular podcasts on key topics.

Jobs and Careers provide resources to support student employability principally through ERoL (Employability Resources On-Line) in X-Stream, and the on-line Futures Workbooks. They take the students on a career journey from making career choices, researching careers, volunteering, applying for work experience and jobs, psychometric tests, assessment centres and interviews. Additionally an overview of jobs overseas, visa requirements and vacancies are provided via Going Global Learning Objects are available to support academic staff in the delivery of employability.

Student Voice

We are committed to working in partnership with you and the Students’ Union to provide you with an inclusive, safe and engaging learning environment which is conducive to study for all our students and our staff. An important element of your time studying with us is your engagement in developing your learning. Your engagement and attendance on your course enables you to further your learning and supports your achievement, course completion and aspirations for the future. There is an expectation that students will attend, engage in their learning and submit for assessment. We provide support for you to maximise your time studying with us and to develop your learning, skills and abilities to support you in your chosen career path.

We seek active participation by all our students in the continuous enhancement of our courses and through our monitoring, annual review and enhancement processes. These are formal processes used by our University for assuring the academic standards and quality of your course and its continuous improvement. These processes utilise your feedback, External Examiners’ reports, feedback from staff and others, data relating to student outcomes on the course and student surveys to reflect on areas of good practice and areas for further enhancement. We invite all students to participate in a range of opportunities to provide us with feedback on your course and modules. This may include discussions with staff, focus groups, and meetings (e.g. with Course Representatives or with staff) and formalised student surveys e.g. mid module reviews, end of module evaluations and specific course or other surveys such as the Student Barometer, National Student Survey and Destination of Leavers in Higher Education Survey. We utilise the outcomes of these surveys to benchmark our courses nationally and to inform annual course enhancements.

Informal feedback is also welcome at any time either via your Academic Advisor or module tutor or via your Course Representative. Our partnership with you enables us together to make the most of your learning experience with us and to enhance the quality and reputation of your course. You can find out what actions have been taken in response to your feedback through your Course Representative, the Students’ Union, your tutors or through the Library.

Course Representatives are student volunteers who represent your views at course level, in formal and informal meetings with academic and support staff online and follow up on actions that have occurred as a result of student feedback at School Forums. Details about being a Course Representative are available on the Students web pages. The Students’ Union oversees Course Representatives and more information is available on the Students’ Union website.

You have the opportunity to become an elected Course Representative working in a voluntary capacity with students, the Students’ Union, the Course Director and members of the course team and our University. The Course Director, working in partnership with our Students’ Union, enables the process for election and appointment of Course Representatives. The Students’ Union provides training and development for Course Reps and supports their engagement in enhancement activities. Being a Course Representative provides an opportunity for you to enhance your own learning and the development of relevant professional and employability skills in parallel with your studies.

As a Course Representative you would play an important role in:
• acting as a point of contact and advocate for students on your course and in supporting their active engagement;
• gathering feedback from students on your course to inform further enhancements to the quality of your course and the student experience;
• enabling dialogue and good communication between students and staff on the course;
• working with the Course Director, members of the course team and the Students’ Union to enhance your course;
• facilitating and engaging in meetings about your course; and
• being an ambassador for your course.

Further details about Course Representatives are available on the web pages above and in our University’s Academic Regulations.

We invite all students to participate in a range of opportunities to provide us with feedback on your course and modules. This may include discussions with staff, focus groups, and meetings (e.g. with Course Representatives or with staff) and formalised student surveys e.g. mid module reviews, end of module evaluations and specific course or other surveys such as the Student Barometer, National Student Survey and Destination of Leavers in Higher Education Survey.

We are committed to providing a high quality experience for all our students. We welcome comments and compliments from students, and find them valuable for on-going improvements to our provision. Comments and compliments about your course can be raised with your Course Representative or directly with your Course Director or Academic Advisor.

If you have a specific complaint about an act or omission of our University, you may be able to make a complaint under the Student Complaints Procedure. In the first instance, you should raise the matter as soon as possible with the member of staff most directly concerned, or with the person who can best resolve it. If this does not resolve the matter, or if the complaint is too serious to be addressed in this way, then you should make a formal complaint in writing. Information about how to make a complaint, including the student complaints procedure and a complaints form, is available on the Students web pages

General Information

Bachelor of Science with Honours Environmental Health

Bachelor of Science Environmental Health*

Diploma of Higher Education Environmental Health*

Diploma Environmental Health* **

Certificate of Higher Education Environmental Health*

Certificate Environmental Health* ***

* Not accredited by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH).

** Non-standard Contained Award. 120 credits at Level 4 or equivalent plus 60 credits at Level 5.

*** Non-standard Contained Award. 60 credits at Level 4.

Leeds Beckett University

Level 6 of the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications, with 120 credit points at each of Levels 4, 5 and 6 of the UK Credit Framework for Higher Education (360 credits in total).

Part-time delivery is usually at half the intensity of the FT equivalent course, although there may be flexibility to increase your pace of study to shorten the overall course duration. Some modules may be delivered in a different sequence to that defined within this information set, but the modules offered within each level are consistent.

City Campus, Leeds (plus location of work placement, if applicable)

The work placement is optional and you are responsible for making your own arrangements should you wish to undertake a placement or practical work experience. The location will be dependent on the opportunities available at the time.

Course fees and additional course costs are confirmed in your offer letter. Course fees are presented to you annually through the online enrolment process. If you have any queries about your tuition fees, please visit our Course/Tuition Fees Payment web page or contact Ongoing queries relating to additional course costs may be discussed with your Course Administrator.

Policies, Standards & Regulations

Key University regulations and policies can be accessed on the following web pages:

• Academic Regulations (including assessment regulations) are available on our Academic Regulations web page
• The Student Contract is available on our Student Regulations web page
• The Student Charter is available on our Academic Regulations web page (Section 20)

Other Student regulations and University policies, including Safety, Health and Wellbeing policies, are available on our Student Regulations web page

You should also familiarise yourself with our Zero Tolerance Report and Support web page regarding sexual harassment and assault, and also the Report & Support web page regarding racial harassment.

Permission has been granted for the following exceptions to the University’s Regulations:

In order to meet the requirements of the accrediting body (CIEH) and achieve the award with accreditation

a. All modules will be classed as Professional and must be passed (40% minimum),
b. The assessment for Professional Practice also serves as the Integrative Professional Assessment (IPA) and will be graded on a pass/fail basis.

Please note that under its new accreditation arrangements which apply to students entering the course from Autumn 2020, the CIEH no longer requires students to complete the IPA in order to obtain an accredited award. During 2020/21 we will be initiating the University process to change the form of assessment for the Professional Practice module and consequently to delete this exception. This change will be implemented in either 2022/23 or 2023/24 depending on whether the CIEH is willing to allow it to also apply to students who entered the course in Autumn 2019. Formal student consultation will take place as part of this process.

Students who fail to achieve the above requirements but who do meet the University’s requirements for the award of BSc (Honours) will receive the Target Award, but it will be classed as non-accredited, and they will not be eligible to progress towards registration as a Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner.

In addition, the course subscribes to the Leeds Beckett University Fitness to Practise Policy and Procedure. Students are required to comply with the University Regulations relating to Fitness to Practise. The Fitness to Practise Policy and Procedure can be found by following this link.

The External Examiner assures that you are assessed fairly in relation to other students on the same course and also that the standard of your own award is comparable to similar courses taken by students in other higher education institutions within the UK. The External Examiner(s) provide an annual report for your course. External Examiner reports are available on our External Examiner Reports web page, which is accessible via the Course Information link on the Students home page.

The details of the External Examiner for this course are as follows:

  • Mr Adam Choonara, Middlesex University
  • Mrs Justine Wilkinson, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Health / Environmental Studies, Northumbria University.

Module Information

The Course Administrator can provide you with the module information for your course, or tell you where to locate the details. This includes a description of module content, how the module will be taught and how you will be assessed.. In most cases, you will be provided with a module handbook at the start of the module or one will be made available to you In My Beckett

This page was last modified: 25/08/2020

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