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Sciences Extended Degree - (Biology, Chemistry, Health, Psychology) - BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

This four-year extended degree includes a preparatory year (Year 0) that provides the knowledge necessary for entry on to one of our science or psychology-based BSc (Hons) courses. Aimed at those with little or no scientific background, the course is also suitable if you wish to change your subject area or for those whose secondary level science grades have not matched their expectations. In the most recent (2014-15) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

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This extended degree course is ideal if you’re keen to pursue a career in science or psychology but currently have little or no scientific grounding.

Some of your teaching and learning will take place in our £30 million Science Centre. There, you'll have access to our 280 state-of-the-art workstations, which will allow you to gain practical skills and work independently on different experiments. Taught by experts in the field, you’ll benefit from their years of experience within the industry.

During your preparatory year, you’ll gain the knowledge and key skills you need in biology and scientific studies by studying core modules that are essential for a career in science or psychology. You’ll also have the chance to study an optional module from a list of topics including biochemistry, and nutrition and sports science.

Once you have gained the core knowledge required, you’ll be ready to progress on to one of our Science or Psychology BSc (Hons) degrees, where you’ll study a wide variety of core and optional modules designed to give you the skills, qualifications and expertise necessary for a rewarding career. Depending on the course you choose, you may also have the option to undertake a work placement, giving you invaluable connections and practical industry experience.

This course is recognised by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). If you are eligible, funding for the preparatory year will follow the standard undergraduate funding regulations.


Assessment consists of progress tests, online tests, coursework, practical reports and presentations. You’ll also receive feedback throughout the course.

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

  • at least one A level at grade C (or a minimum of 32 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)

You may apply if you have Level 3 qualifications such as A level, BTEC Extended Diploma or Access to Higher Education qualifications with high UCAS points and grades, but not in the relevant subject areas (eg biology and chemistry) which are required to study BSc programmes in the School of Human Sciences.

If you meet the UCAS points criteria but who obtained a D (grade 3 from 2017) in English and/or maths at GCSE, you may be offered a University test in these areas.

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 2016/17 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 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday morning
    • all year (September start) - Friday afternoon
    • all year (January start) - Wednesday morning

    This module introduces students to key concepts of cell biology and human physiology to provide a foundation for subsequent study of biological subjects at Level 4.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday afternoon
    • all year (September start) - Friday morning
    • all year (January start) - Tuesday afternoon

    This module will introduce (i) the basic mathematical concepts needed to succeed on any science degree course; (ii) basic laboratory techniques related to life science modules, designed to support and re-inforce theoretical syllabus content; (iii) study skills to prepare students for future studies. The practical section will reinforce safe practice in the laboratory environment and introduce laboratory record keeping. The mathematics section will be taught using equations relevant to biology and chemistry to encourage connections between disciplines to be made. Supporting material will be available on-line; tutorial sessions will focus on practising mathematical techniques. Formative online pre-laboratory session questions will prepare the students in advance for the practical in question. Formative exercises in the form of minitests will be carried out during tutorial sessions to reinforce the previous lecture.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday morning
    • all year (January start) - Tuesday morning

    This module introduces students to key biochemical concepts to provide a foundation for subsequent study in the Applied Biology, Biomedical Sciences, and Molecular & Pharmaceutical Science subject areas at Level 4.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday afternoon
    • all year (January start) - Wednesday afternoon

    This module will introduce important ideas and concepts in fundamental chemistry that will allow students to study scientific subjects at level 4.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Friday afternoon

    The module is an introduction to psychology and research methods. It intends to provide a general introduction to and overview of the core areas of psychology, and provide an outline of ethical issues and research methods within psychology. The module will demonstrate the role of psychology not just within the academic setting but its role in today’s society and the world. This module will be understandable and comprehensive to a person with no or little sciences background.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Monday morning

    The module introduces students to the application of the science of nutrition and sport in health and disease. It intends to offer a general insight into each area; students will discover the key concepts of nutritional and sport science.

    The module will provide a greater understanding thereby allowing students with little or no sport or nutritional science background to progress to undertake a degree in Human Nutrition, Dietetics, Sport Science or Sports Therapy at level 4.

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The first year of this extended degree (Year 0) is a modular course that runs over two semesters. In each semester, all full-time students enrol on four modules. Year 0 can also be studied part-time over two years.

Year 0 (Level 3) core topics include:

  • Biology
  • Scientific Studies

Optional topics include (you select two of the following, depending on which degree course you wish to follow after Year 0):

  • Nutrition and Sports Science
  • Biochemistry
  • Introduction to Psychology and Research Methods
  • Chemistry

Modules in Year 1, 2 and 3 are determined by the pathway choice following completion of Year 0. Pathway choices include:

“It was very beneficial for me to study at London Metropolitan University as I am an adult student with a family and small children. The university timetable and the regulations suited me very well. I do not think I could have made it to this point if it were not for London Met. The lecturers were very helpful and friendly."

If you satisfactorily complete the preparatory year and reach the necessary academic criteria, you can progress to Year 1 of many of our science or psychology-based BSc (Hons) courses. Some degree programmes, such as our Dietetics and Nutrition BSc, and Biomedical Science BSc degrees, have higher entry criteria (in terms of grades obtained for topics on the preparatory year), and you may be required to attend an interview.

Completion of a science or psychology-related degree opens up a huge range of career options, as well as a route into further specialist training or postgraduate study. Our graduates are working as biotechnologists, sports coaches, clinical psychologists and many other professions in industries all over the world.

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 this initial year of study you will progress on to Year 1 of an undergraduate degree.

Many of our students benefit from fee reductions, bursaries or scholarships.

If you're planning to study an extended degree at London Met, you may be eligible for bursaries totalling between £1,000 and £5,000 across four years of study, and up to a total of £9,500 across four years of study if you are a care leaver.

Please check the details of our bursaries for extended degrees to see if you might be eligible.

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 2017. 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

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 from 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.

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