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Bachelor of Science with Honours Environmental Health Degree Apprenticeship, Level 4, 2020/21 - Course Handbook

Bachelor of Science with Honours Environmental Health Degree Apprenticeship
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Welcome to the Course

Hayley Robinson-Mitchell

Hello and welcome the Degree Apprenticeship in Environmental Health.

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 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 we would like to wish you well in your studies.

Hayley Robinson-Mitchell
Course Director

NB: We are expecting a visit by Ofsted in the academic year 2020-21 to review apprenticeships at the University. We will receive 48 hours’ notice of a visit and as soon as a visit is confirmed, we will email all apprentices and employers. Visits can last 2-5 days. Preparations for the visit are ongoing and it is important you understand about your involvement in an Ofsted visit to help in these preparations. You can be involved in a number of ways, e.g., all apprentices are asked to complete an online Ofsted questionnaire, some teaching sessions are observed, you could be invited to meet the inspectors to discuss the apprenticeship and your experiences, and you may be visited at work (often a virtual meeting). Ofsted also asks to see samples of apprentices' assessments. Please see the appendix below for more details. If you have any queries on the preparations for the visit, please contact me.


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

Your apprenticeship offers you a great opportunity to gain valuable skills and knowledge, both at work and at the University, that will ensure you are fully competent in your chosen field and enable you to progress further with your career.

All successful apprenticeships are built on strong relationships between the Apprentice, their employer and the University, in particular the Course Team. These colleagues are there to support you on your learning journey and so you will work closely with them to make sure you get the most out of this exciting experience. It is essential that you keep your employer and Course Team fully up-to-date with any matters relating to your attendance, any support you might need and any other challenges you come across.

As you will be aware, all Apprentices sign a number of documents before starting their apprenticeship, including a Commitment Statement which provides details of the apprenticeship requirements that have been agreed to by yourself, your employer and the University. This key document will follow you through your apprenticeship and will allow you to see your progress and identify areas you might want to strengthen. Please refer to the Commitment Statement and contact your employer and/ or Course Team if you have any questions about the apprenticeship.

An important part of all apprenticeships is for Apprentices to spend at least 20% of their working time “off-the-job”. This time is typically spent in University but it may also include learning activities in your workplace, but outside you normal day-to-day activities. This learning will ensure you gain the necessary skills and knowledge for your career role. You will need to keep track of this off-the-job learning but your employer and Course Team will help you with this. In addition to informal contact, there will be opportunities for you to formally discuss your off-the-job learning, and general progress/ issues, at meetings between your employer, the Course Team and yourself, these are referred to as Tripartite Reviews, and these are a requirement of all apprenticeships. Details of your Tripartite Reviews, and other ways to access support at work and University, will be recorded in your Commitment Statement.

Introduction

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. Working closely with apprenticeship employers, 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 from apprenticeship bodies 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 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 you to continue with your studies. 

Courses are being taught in either three teaching blocks or two semesters. 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

As part of the Admissions and Enrolment process, we have sent information to new and continuing apprentices 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/ apprentices 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 and is available at: www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/covid19/

Key terms and conditions

Before you start your apprenticeship, you are required to sign an Apprenticeship Agreement and Commitment Statement, documents that outline the key terms and conditions of your apprenticeship and provide links to other sources of information.  It is essential that you carefully read these documents and are clear on what is required from you, your employer and the University.  If you have any questions regarding how Covid-19 could affect your apprenticeship please refer to the Covid-19 microsite Degree Apprenticeships page that may provide you with an answer or contact your employer, your Course Director or the Apprenticeship Team (apprenticeships@leedsbeckett.ac.uk). 

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’. 

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.  

Placements and Other Off-Campus Learning Opportunities 

If your course involves placement(s) outside the workplace, Covid-19 response measures are likely to impact on the arrangements for placements. 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. 

For more information about how your placements are planned and current updates please contact your Course Director or your Placement Team, contact details in the apprenticeship commitment statement. 

Students will have access to advice and support throughout their apprenticeship from the University careers and employability team during their studies via the online resources and support.

Change of Circumstances

Apprentices may find that throughout their apprenticeship they experience changes in their circumstances. The ESFA (Education and Skills Funding Agency) has clear guidance about the support available and the requirements that need to be met when an apprentice’s circumstances change. This guidance includes changes in personal circumstances where the apprentice may need to take a ‘break in learning’. Where apprentices are made redundant or change employer. This also includes where apprentices have been ‘furloughed’. Government guidance is evolving continuously to support apprentices in response to Covid-19. 

If you think you may face or are facing any of these changes in circumstances or would like to discuss your apprenticeship in general, please contact the Apprenticeships Team on 0113 812 4500 or by email at apprenticeships@leedsbeckett.ac.uk for up to date advice, support and guidance. 

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 from apprenticeship bodies 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.   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. 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 the Library 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 disabilityadvice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk 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

During your apprenticeship you will be supported by a range of staff at work and University, including a Workplace Mentor. Your Workplace Mentor will be a key contact for you at work and will help you in a number of ways, such as identifying relevant learning opportunities and to help you succeed with these. More details of your Workplace Mentor, and other support options, will be listed in your Commitment Statement.

Pat Stead

Tel: 0113 81 23352

Email: P.A.Stead@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Email: caaslibrary@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Phone number: 00 44 (0)113 812 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.

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 apprenticeship are to:

Provide a programme of study that will equip graduates with the knowledge, skills and experiences necessary to commence the process leading to a career 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 apprenticeship, apprentices will:

  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.

These learning outcomes collectively reflect the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours (KSBs) required to become a competent Environmental Health Practitioner, as defined by the sector in the Apprenticeship Standard.


During your apprenticeship you will develop Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours (KSBs) that have been identified by employers and subject experts across the country as being essential in ensuring you are fully competent in your specialised role. These KSBs are built into the modules you will study as part of the apprenticeship and will be developed through a range of learning activities at work and at University.

1. Knowledge

Criteria

Modules

Duties (See Section 4)

K1: The complex political and corporate environment in which the organisation operates and own role in this

New and Developing Practitioner (L4)

Professional Practice (L6)

1, 2, 10, 13

K2: The legislative framework and technical application of relevant Acts, regulations, guidance and codes of practice eg. the Environment Act, Environmental Protection Act, the Health and Safety at Work Act, Public Health Acts, Building Act, Food Hygiene Regulations, Housing Acts, Police and Criminal Evidence Act, data protection legislation, anti-social behaviour legislation etc

Law and Safety Management (L4)

Environmental Management (L5)

Food Safety Law and Practice (L5)

Health and Safety Law in Practice (L5)

Housing Law and Practice (L5)

Professional Practice (L6)

Environmental Control Strategies (L6)

1, 8, 10, 11, 14

K3: The role of the environmental health service in leading on and contributing to the wider public health agenda and the health, safety and wellbeing of local communities

Psychosocial Context of Health (L4)

Public Health (L5)

Professional Practice (L6)

Housing Policy and Practice (L6)

1, 8, 10, 13

K4: The procedures and practices involved with carrying out evidence and risk-based inspections, audits and investigations

Sensible Risk Management (L6)

Professional Practice (L6)

Professional Interventions Food (L6)

Housing Law and Practice (L5)

4, 6, 8, 9

K5: The full range of statutory and non-statutory interventions to control, mitigate and reduce risk

Environmental Management (L5)

Food Safety Law and Practice (L5)

Health and Safety Law in Practice (L5)

Housing Law and Practice (L5)

Housing Policy and Practice (L6)
Environmental Control Strategies (L6)

Professional Interventions Food (L6)

Professional Practice (L6)

Sensible Risk Management (L6)

3, 4, 6, 7, 8

K6: The procedures and practices involved in taking a range of enforcement actions

Housing Law and Practice (L5)

Housing Policy and Practice (L6)
Environmental Control Strategies (L6)

Professional Interventions Food (L6)

Professional Practice (L6)

Sensible Risk Management (L6)

4, 6, 8, 14

K 7: The procedures and practices involved with granting permits, licences and authorisations

Environmental Management (L5)

Housing Law and Practice (L5)

Environmental Control Strategies (L6)

Housing Policy and Practice (L6)

Professional Practice (L6)

11, 12

K8: How to liaise and communicate appropriately with a variety of sources including clients, partner agencies, the public and the media

New and Developing Practitioner (L4)

Psychosocial Context of Health (L4)

Public Health (L5)

Professional Practice (L6)

1, 2, 3, 6, 9, 12, 13

K9: The relevance and interpretation of complex/scientific reports, technical guidance, analytical data, research and other forms of evidence

Environmental Management (L5)

Housing Law and Practice (L5)

Public Health (L5)

Understanding the Research Process (L5)

Honours Project (L6)

Environmental Control Strategies (L6)

6, 7, 12, 14

K10: The concepts of hazard analysis and risk assessment and their practical application in environmental health

Law and Safety Management (L4)

Food Science and Control (L4)

Health and Safety Law in Practice (L5)

Housing Law and Practice (L5)

Professional Practice (L6)

Sensible Risk Management (L6)

4, 5, 6, 10

K11: Concepts relating to the natural world, its key biological and ecological systems and how this may affect and be affected by humans; sustainability of resources and their impact on climate and health

Environmental Science (L4)

Psychosocial Context of Health (L4)

Public Health (L5)

5

K12: The human world and communities; human made structures, industry and services

Environmental Science (L4)

12

K13: How social, cultural, emotional and psychological factors influence environmental health and the health of the public

Public Health (L5)
Psychosocial Context of Health (L4)

Housing Policy and Practice (L6)

9

K14: Concepts of health and disease and how these are measured and assessed

Public Health (L5)
Psychosocial Context of Health (L4)

5

K15: Environmental stressors and how they impact on different environments and communities

Environmental Science (L4)

Psychosocial Context of Health (L4)

Public Health (L5)

5, 9

K16: The impact of lifestyle choices on the health of individuals and communities

Public Health (L5)

Housing Policy and Practice (L6)

13

K17: The principles of environmental microbiology

Food Science and Control (L4)

5

K18: Theories of epidemiology of a range of communicable and non-communicable diseases and their practical application in environmental health

Food Science and Control (L4)

Psychosocial Context of Health (L4)

Public Health (L5)

Food Safety Law and Practice (L5)

Professional Practice (L6)

5

K19: Anatomy and physiology and how human function can be affected by biological, toxicological and mechanical effects

Public Health (L5)

5

K20: The concepts and principles of leadership and application to own practice

New and Developing Practitioner (L4)

Professional Practice (L6)

6, 13

K21: A range of quantitative and qualitative data gathering methods and how to appraise and select the optimum method

Environmental Management (L5)
Food Science and Control (L4)
Environmental Science (L4)

Understanding the Research Process (L5)

Honours Project (L6)
Environmental Control Strategies (L6)

7

K22: The limits of own scope of practice and when to seek advice from others

Food Safety Law and Practice (L5)

Professional Practice (L6)

1, 2,

K23: Principles of safeguarding and how to apply them to self and others

Professional Practice (L6)

3, 9

K24: The principles of collecting evidence for monitoring, investigations and enforcement purposes including seizure and detention powers, formal sampling procedures and exhibit referencing

Public Health (L5)

Food Safety Law and Practice (L5)

Professional Interventions Food (L6)

Professional Practice (L6)

6, 7, 24

K25: Techniques to investigate and resolve complaints

Environmental Control Strategies (L6)

Housing Policy and Practice (L6)

Professional Practice (L6)

Professional Interventions Food (L6)

Sensible Risk Management (L6)

9, 10


2. Skills

Criteria

Modules

Duties (See Section 4)

Provide specialist, professional and technical environmental health advice and guidance to a range of stakeholders such as residents, businesses, property owners, government agencies and partnersS1:

“Technical Intervention Area” Modules

(All Levels)

Psychosocial Context of Health (L4)

Professional Practice (L6)
Public Health (L5)

1, 12

Plan, undertake and lead inspections, audits and other forms of investigations across the breadth of environmental health mattersS2:

Food Safety Law and Practice (L5)
Environmental Management (L5)



Sensible Risk Management (L6)
Professional Practice (L6)
Professional Interventions Food (L6)
Housing Policy and Practice (L6)
Environmental Control Strategies (L6)
Housing Law and Practice (L5)
Health and Safety Law in Practice (L5)

4, 6, 8, 9

Evaluate applications and grant relevant licences and permits eg. environmental permits, HMOs, caravan sites, skin piercing, tattooists etcS3:

Housing Policy and Practice (L6)
Environmental Control Strategies (L6)
Housing Law and Practice (L5)
Environmental Management (L5)

11, 12

Negotiate with and influence a range of stakeholders in relation to a range of environmental health mattersS4:

Psychosocial Context of Health (L4)
New and Developing Practitioner (L4)

Food Safety Law and Practice (L5)

Professional Practice (L6)
Professional Interventions Food (L6)

2, 12

Identify, evaluate and communicate environmental health risks and risk management solutions to a range of stakeholdersS5:

Psychosocial Context of Health (L4)
New and Developing Practitioner (L4)

Public Health (L5)

Professional Interventions Food (L6)

Professional Practice (L6)

Housing Policy and Practice (L6)

Sensible Risk Management (L6)

2, 3, 5, 8, 12

Ensure all activities are undertaken in accordance with relevant legislation, guidance and codes of practiceS6

Environmental Management (L5)

Health and Safety Law in Practice (L5)
Food Safety Law and Practice (L5)

Housing Law and Practice (L5)

Professional Interventions Food (L6)

Professional Practice (L6)

4, 5, 8, 12

Infer and apply a range of legislation related to environmental health, eg. the Environment Act, Environmental Protection Act, the Health and Safety at Work Act, Food Safety Act, Housing Act, Public Health Act, Police and Criminal Evidence Act, data protection legislation, anti-social behaviour legislation etcS7:

Professional Practice (L6)
Housing Policy and Practice (L6)
Environmental Control Strategies (L6)

Professional Interventions Food (L6)

Sensible Risk Management (L6)

1, 2, 3, 8

S8: Employ a range of research, analytical and problem-solving techniques to resolve environmental health issues through creative and critical thinking, devising practical solutions and applying problem solving strategies

Understanding the Research Process (L5)
New and Developing Practitioner (L4)

Honours Project (L6)

Professional Practice (L6)

1, 4, 6, 10

S9: Critically evaluate and analyse evidence and information

Understanding the Research Process (L5)
Public Health (L5)

Honours Project (L6)
Professional Practice (L6)

5, 7

S10: Formulate judgements and decisions based on the evidence available and applied knowledge eg. on acceptable levels of pollution emissions, water data, acceptable levels of noise etc

“Technical Intervention Area” Modules

(All Levels)

7, 10, 12

S11: Manage objective measurement and analysis of scientific information to determine the appropriate course of action eg. noise measurement, air emissions etc

Environmental Science (L4)

Environmental Control Strategies (L6)
Environmental Management (L5)
Food Science and Control (L4)

Honours Project (L6)

7

S12: Appraise, implement and communicate relevant interventions eg. enforcement actions

“Technical Intervention Area” Modules

(All Levels)

Public Health (L5)

Professional Practice (L6)

4, 6, 8

S13: Produce accurate records and reports and where appropriate, recommend interventions, including the collection and handling of evidence with a view towards legal proceedings

Environmental Control Strategies (L6)
Environmental Management (L5)
Environmental Science (L4)

Professional Interventions Food (L6)

Housing Law and Practice (L5)

Professional Practice (L6)

4, 5, 12, 14

S14: Assess and deal effectively with difficult and confrontational situations

Professional Practice (L6)

9

S15: Participate in health promotional activities in high priority environmental health areas eg. shisha, smoking, obesity, food safety etc

Public Health (L5)
Psychosocial Context of Health (L4)

13

S16: Implement effective decision making, exercising discretion, initiative and independence within the scope of own role

Professional Practice (L6)

1

S17: Communicate and influence effectively with a diverse range of stakeholders including spoken and written communication skills, presentation skills, giving advice and guidance / mediating / negotiating and persuading, handling private and sensitive information (eg. data protection)

Psychosocial Context of Health (L4)
New and Developing Practitioner (L4)

Professional Interventions Food (L6)

Housing Policy and Practice (L6)

Professional Practice (L6)

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 13

S18: Use a range of standard IT packages to undertake for example, word processing activities, produce reports and input / analyse data

Environmental Science (L4)

Food Science and Control (L4)
Law and Safety Management (L4)

New and Developing Practitioner (L4)

Understanding the Research Process (L5)
Environmental Management (L5)

Environmental Control Strategies (L6)

Honours Project (L6)

14

S19: Work as part of a multi-disciplinary and/or multi-organisational team and collaborate to achieve successful outcomes

New and Developing Practitioner (L4)

Food Safety Law and Practice (L5)

Housing Policy and Practice (L6)

Professional Interventions Food (L6)

Professional Practice (L6)

1, 2, 3, 6, 9, 11, 13

S20: Lead activities relating to environmental health matters

Professional Practice (L6)

6

S21: Carry out sampling and collect evidence for monitoring, investigations and/or enforcement purposes in accordance with legislation and current guidance

Environmental Science (L4)

Food Science and Control (L4)

Professional Interventions Food (L6)

Environmental Management (L5)

Environmental Control Strategies (L6)

4, 6, 7

S22: Examine and assess compliance with conditions

Professional Interventions Food (L6)

Professional Practice (L6)

11

S23: Plan, organise and prioritise workload to meet deadlines

New and Developing Practitioner (L4)

Professional Practice (L6)

3, 6


3. Behaviours

Criteria

Modules

Duties (See Section 4)

B1: Be positive, creative and innovative within complex environments in professional practice

Understanding the Research Process (L5)

Professional Practice (L6)

Honours Project (L6)

3, 4, 13

B2: Be adaptive to a changing operational and political environment

Public Health (L5)

Professional Practice (L6)
Housing Policy and Practice (L6)
Environmental Control Strategies (L6)

Professional Interventions Food (L6)

Sensible Risk Management (L6)

1, 13

B3: Be collaborative with a diverse range of stakeholders

New and Developing Practitioner (L4)

Psychosocial Context of Health (L4)

Professional Interventions Food (L6)

Professional Practice (L6)

1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

B4: Be self-motivated and committed to leading own professional development

New and Developing Practitioner (L4)

Professional Practice (L6)

13

B5: Be assertive in appropriate situations to communicate and influence effectively

Professional Interventions Food (L6)

Professional Practice (L6)

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

B6: Show discretion in professional practice

Professional Practice (L6)

1, 2, 4, 7. 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

B7: Be resilient and self-aware

New and Developing Practitioner (L4)

Professional Practice (L6)

4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

B8: Operate with dignity and respect, maintaining impartiality/fairness/quality

Professional Practice (L6)

Professional Interventions Food (L6)

2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

B9: Champion own organisation’s values and goals

Professional Practice (L6)

1, 2, 3, 4, 9, 13


4. Occupation Duties as Set out in the Environmental Health Degree Apprenticeship Specification

1

Provide informed professional technical / specialist advice and guidance to a range of stakeholders on environmental health matters including health and safety, food safety, private sector housing, environmental protection and public health

2

Communicate with a range of stakeholders using a range of methods and tools

3

Collaborate with partner agencies to ensure effective environmental health interventions

4

Inspect and audit premises, vehicles, processes etc and carry out other forms of intervention

5

Identify hazards, assess risks to human health and communicate solutions on a range of environmental health matters

6

Lead investigations across the range of environmental health matters and take appropriate follow up action in line with statutory requirements

7

Obtain and analyse scientific data and interpret results in accordance with relevant standards to determine corrective action

8

Identify instances of non-compliance with environmental health legislation and determine the most appropriate action which may include enforcement

9

Identify and investigate complaints relating to environmental health

10

Apply a range of analytical and problem-solving techniques to resolve environmental health issues

11

Assess, interpret, issue and monitor relevant licence and registration requirements including environmental permits

12

Act as a consultee in relation to planning and licensing applications

13

Act as an advocate for promoting and improving the health, safety and wellbeing of the public

14

Maintain accurate records and produce reports, including the preparation of evidence for court, where appropriate

Assessment & Feedback

20% off-the-job learning requirement has been quantified on the basis of Apprentices working for 45 weeks a year at 37 hours per week giving a total for 4 years of 6660 hours.  This means a minimum of 1332 hours should be spent in off-the-job learning. minimumIn line with ESFA funding rules, the

The Table below shows the breakdown of study time at each level between scheduled activities and independent study.  The final row indicates the number of hours required to achieve the notional study time for each level.  It is assumed that much of the additional learning will be acquired by the Apprentice as a result of on-the-job activity, but some voluntary study will also be required.

 

Level 4

Level 5

Level 6

Scheduled Teaching Learning and Assessment

256

269

204

Course Tutorials, Induction, Tripartite Meetings etc.

37

70

35

Project Work

 

 

190

Directed Independent Learning

120

90

70

Total Off-the-Job Learning

413

429

499

Voluntary Study/On-the-Job Learning

787

771

701

Individual modules typically have between 24 and 36 hours contact time dependent on the nature of the activity, e.g. whether there is practical work scheduled.

The levels will be scheduled as follows:

Level 4: Year 1 October to September – 12 months.

Level 5: Year 2 October to Year 3 May – 20 months.

Level 6: Year 3 June to Year 4 September – 16 months.

All Apprentices are required to complete an End Point Assessment (EPA) before they can successfully pass the apprenticeship. Before an Apprentice can attempt the EPA they must satisfy a number of criteria, which are referred to as Gateway Requirements. Once they have met the Gateway requirements, the Apprentices undertake the EPA tasks which are designed to test the Apprentice’s KSBs and their overall competency.

EPAs will be assessed by an outside organisation (EPAO) or by someone within the University who has not been involved in the delivery of the apprenticeship.

The Apprenticeship grade will normally be based on the EPA, for example, if you achieve a Merit in the EPA you will be awarded a Merit in the Apprenticeship.

You are advised to contact your Course Director with any questions relating to the EPA.

All apprenticeships in England are required to include an End-point Assessment (EPA) to test that apprentices have demonstrated all the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for full occupational competence as specified in the nationally approved Apprenticeship Standard. As this is an Integrated Apprenticeship, Leeds Beckett University will also be the end-point assessment organisation.

The EPA will only be arranged, once the employer is satisfied that the apprentice is consistently working at or above the level set out in the occupational standard and the pre-requisite gateway requirements have been achieved.

For those on the Environmental Health Degree Apprenticeship this is:

Achievement of 340 credits of the integrated BSc (Hons) degree in Environmental Health from the
on-programme apprenticeship formally confirmed prior to the gateway progression.
(The final 20 credits of the degree will be attributed to end-point assessment)

The EPA consists of 2 assessment methods.

The individual assessment methods will have the following grades:

Assessment Method 1 – Written Exam - graded pass/fail

Assessment Method 2 – Professional Discussion - graded merit/pass/fail

Performance in the EPA will determine the overall apprenticeship grades of merit/pass/fail.

Assessment Method 1: Written Exam

This assessment is very similar to the IPA currently run by the University in the Professional Practice (DA) module on the BSc(Hons) Environmental Health course.

Apprentices must evidence achievement of the knowledge and skills assigned to this assessment method. The examination allows assessment of knowledge and skills that are not likely to be evidenced in the professional discussion. The examination will enable the apprentice to draw on their knowledge and experiences.

In the event of re-sits or re-takes the apprentice will be presented with a different scenario. The EPA will be offered every six months. If the EPA is not passed the student will sit at the next available opportunity.

The University as the End Assessor will ensure the End Assessment complies with the requirements and guidance in the Apprenticeship Standard accessed here.

https://haso.skillsforhealth.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/2019.10.21-L6-Environmental-Health-Practitioner-ST0714-Assessment-plan-V3.pdf.

Preparation for Successful Completion of the EPA

The EPA marks the culmination of the on- and off-the job learning the knowledge and skills required will be developed throughout the Apprenticeship. However, students will be specifically supported in their preparation in the Professional Practice (DA) module with its strong focus on development of practitioner skills and integration of information across the areas of Environmental Health. As part of this module students will also engage in a number of special activities including simulated outbreak investigation, and participation in a Mock Court activity. In addition, a number of other assessment tasks will support their preparation, and some examples are listed below:

Environmental Management, Level 5 - Open-book scenario-based examination;

Professional Interventions Food, Level 6 - Report on a Food Premises Inspection;

Sensible Risk Management Level 6 – Portfolio of Risk Assessments.

Support will also be provided through the weekly tutorial programme and there are also plans to arrange a workshop on interview skills to be delivered by an Environmental Health Practitioner who is currently an assessor for the CIEH Professional Interview.

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.

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 disabilityadvice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk 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 3.11 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.

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 system.

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

As part of the apprenticeship you will undertake a wide range of off-the-job and on-the-job activities, at work and at the university. Off-the-job learning is defined as activity which is undertaken outside of the normal day-to-day working environment and leads towards the achievement of the apprenticeship. This can include training delivered at your workplace but must not be delivered as part of your normal working duties. You will spend at least 20% of your paid working hours doing off-the-job activities.

The off- and on-the-job learning activities work together and collectively enable you to develop the KSBs that are required to successfully complete the apprenticeship’s End-Point-Assessment (EPA) and determine your competency as an Environmental Health Practitioner. Your employer and course team will offer support and guidance throughout your apprenticeship, providing you with the necessary learning opportunities and helping you to make the connections between the different activities you will undertake.

Examples of on-the-job learning:

  • Food Safety Inspections
  • Private Sector Housing Inspections
  • Investigation of Statutory Nuisance
  • Involvement in public health initiatives
  • Investigation of accidents
  • Advice and Education to businesses and members of the public
  • Attending meetings
  • Writing a range of communications to businesses and members of the public
    Examples of off-the-job learning
  • Lectures on food safety hazards and controls, Food Safety Law and practical food inspection
  • Lectures on Private Sector housing, Public Health, Professional Practice, Health and Safety.
    Lectures and Laboratory sessions on Environmental Protection
  • Mock Court, Emergency Planning events and Outbreak Investigation events.

Outline of Teaching and Learning Approaches by Level

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 Virtual Learning Environment (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.

To help you integrate your learning on- and off- the job learning, the latter will include some work-related activities. 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 (DA) Module engage in an Emergency Planning simulation exercise and a Mock Trial in which most of the roles are taken by students.


This information is correct for apprentices progressing through the programme within standard timescales. Apprentices who are required to undertake repeat study may be taught alternate modules which meet the overall apprenticeship learning outcomes. Details of module delivery will be provided in your timetable.

Level 4 Core Modules 2020/21

Environmental Science
Food Science and Control
Introduction to Housing
Law and Safety Management
New and Developing Practitioner
The Psychosocial Context of Health


Level 4

Scheduled Teaching Learning and Assessment

256

Course Tutorials, Induction, Tripartite Meetings etc.

37

Project Work

Directed Independent Learning

120

Total Off-the-Job Learning

413

Voluntary Study/On-the-Job Learning

787


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 and employer 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, the Home Office and the Apprenticeship funding body, the Education and Skills Finding Agency (ESFA). 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.

You are advised to review your Commitment Statement to ensure you are clear on who to contact in your employment organisation and University if you will be absent.

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

You are advised to review your Commitment Statement to ensure you are clear on who to contact in your employment organisation and University if you will be absent due to illness.

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, general student information can be found on our Student web pages.

However, as you are an Apprentice, you are advised to contact your employer and the Course Director to ensure you are clear on your options.

Professional Accreditation or Recognition Associated with the Course

Chartered Institute of Environmental Health.

Students successfully completing an accredited course will be eligible to apply for Graduate Membership of CIEH and commence the process leading to Chartered Practitioner status.

Leeds Beckett University has achieved Recognised Partner Status with the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) and is therefore eligible to have its Environmental Health provision accredited.

Accreditation was granted in 2020.


Skills, Employability & Graduate Opportunities

Through involvement in the course students experience, develop and/or are assessed in a range of work related transferable skills:

  • Technical Skills, using technology rich environments for academic study and personal and professional development
  • Organisation and Planning
  • Group/interpersonal within the course cohort and with wider groups of professionals and service users and carers through e.g., inter-professional learning workshops
  • Data collection and interpretation
  • Theory and Principles, Analysis and Reflection
  • Application and reflection, Synthesis and Evaluation
Creativity. Students are encouraged to apply theories and processes creatively to solve problems and create enterprising solutions.

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.

Graduates can continue their professional development by registering on the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health Chartered Practitioner Programme.

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 studentadvicehub@leedsbeckett.ac.uk. 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 disabilityadvice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

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

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., c1234567@leedsbeckett.ac.uk
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 office.com. 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

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.

Email: suadvice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Tel: 0113 812 8400

www.leedsbeckettsu.co.uk/advice

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:

Email: studentvoice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Tel: 0113 812 8400

www.leedsbeckettsu.co.uk/officerteam

Resources

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.

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. Students on the course 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, students 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
University IT Services provide support for staff and students in respect of the IT infrastructure (hardware and software), whilst support for use of the VLE is provided by a dedicated team based in Libraries and Learning Innovation. Support for the development of online materials can be provided by the Distance Learning Unit and also by staff within the University’s Centre for Learning and Teaching.

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 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.


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.

In addition to the University processes listed above, as an Apprentice, you also have the right to make enquiries or raise concerns outside of the University. Full details of these options can be found in your Commitment Statement.

General Information

Bachelor of Science with Honours Environmental Health Degree Apprenticeship

Bachelor of Science Environmental Health

Diploma of Higher Education Environmental Health

Diploma Environmental Health

Certificate of Higher Education Environmental Health

Certificate Environmental Health

*Contained awards are not accredited by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH).


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).

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

City Campus, Leeds/Apprentice’s Workplace.

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 Fees@leedsbeckett.ac.uk. 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.

The following regulatory exceptions will apply.

To satisfy the requirements of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health for accreditation of the course, all modules must be passed.

The Professional Practice (DA) module at Level 6 will be assessed via the End-Point Assessment (EPA) which must be carried out and graded as specified in the End-Point Assessment Plan.

For successful completion of the Degree Apprenticeship, a minimum mark of 70% is required for the Examination Component and the Professional Discussion Component must be passed.

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

Appendices

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


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