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Health and Social Care Extended Degree - BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

Delivered at Holloway, the largest of the University’s campuses, the foundation year of this four-year alternative route into higher education is taught in partnership with City and Islington College. This programme is ideal if you don’t have traditional qualifications or can't meet the entry requirements for the degree level Health and Social Care BSc (Hons). It will support you to develop the confidence, knowledge and skills required for a career in the health and social care sector.

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In the foundation year, also known as year 0, we will boost your knowledge and skills to take on the challenge of a degree with confidence. Experienced lecturers will engage your interest in a range of health and social care issues, creating an exciting and stimulating environment to improve your academic and study skills.

The extended degree is informed by current and expected changes in the UK healthcare sector, given the UK’s ageing population, advances in healthcare technology, quality concerns and the rising cost of providing healthcare.

All teaching will be held at London Metropolitan University. Year 0 will be delivered City and Islington College staff and your subsequent years will be delivered by teaching staff from London Met. Our teaching is underpinned by current research and you’ll be taught by research-active teaching staff and experts in the health and social care sector, acquiring skills in observation, enquiry and critical analysis under their guidance. As you progress, you'll cover public health, health promotion, policy and ethical aspects of care, and develop your ability to use evidence to inform your decisions.


You'll be assessed through seen examinations, short answer papers, practical reports and reviews, case studies, group assessment projects, presentations, essays and health profiles.

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • at least one A level (or a minimum of 40 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC
  • Subsidiary/National/BTEC Extended Diploma)
  • English Language and Mathematics GCSEs at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent)

If you are a mature student with significant work experience, you are invited to apply for this course on the basis of the knowledge and skills you have developed through your work.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2017/18 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 0 modules include:

  • Reflecting on Self and Society (core, 15 credits)
  • Researching Discrimination (core, 15 credits)
  • Social Issues in Context: Text to Essay (core, 15 credits)
  • Researching Inequality (core, 15 credits)
  • Principles of Health and Social Care Practice (core, 30 credits)
  • Person Centred Care Approaches to Health and Social Care (core, 30 credits)

"Great teaching team with the willingness to support students to achieve results and to have an impact on the community. Again, the course is current and highly relevant to the health and social care industry. It has good job prospects in both private and public sectors. For example, I have been able to secure a work placement with a
reputable NHS institution through the course-related job and employability fairs organised by the university for students."

Health and Social Care BA (Hons) graduate

Year 0 is designed to provide a perfect foundation for your progression to the Health and Social Care BSc (Hons) degree. Students can also move on to the University’s Health and Social Policy BSc (Hons).

Successful completion of your degree offers excellent career opportunities in the fields of health and social care. This may be within the NHS, voluntary or independent sectors. Our graduates have found careers in mental health and medical rehabilitation, and as support workers in the NHS, housing associations and charity organisations.

Extended degrees provide applicants with an alternative route into higher education. If you do not have traditional qualifications or cannot meet the entry requirements for an undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing an extended degree. Extended degrees include a Year 0, which is also known as a foundation year. Once you successfully complete your first year of study you will progress into Year 1 of an undergraduate degree.

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2018. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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How to apply

Applying for September 2017

UK/EU students wishing to begin this course studying full-time in September 2017 should apply by calling the Clearing hotline on .

Applicants from outside the EU should refer to our guidance for international students during Clearing.

Part-time applicants should apply direct to the University online.

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.

All applicants applying to begin a course starting in January must apply direct to the University.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

Fees and key information

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