Social Sciences and Humanities Extended Degree - BA (Hons)
Why study this course?
This four-year course includes a foundation year to prepare you for degree-level study if you don’t have the traditional qualifications usually required for entry. It's an excellent way to get a taste of a range of social science and humanities subjects including health and social care, social work, education, criminology, media, journalism and community development. At the end of your foundation year, you can decide which subject you'd like to study at a degree level, such as our Criminology and Law BA, Media and Communications BSc or Journalism BA.
The Social Sciences and Humanities Extended Degree BA begins with a foundation year that, if passed successfully, allows you to continue on to a related undergraduate course. This is helpful if you don’t have the required qualifications to start a full undergraduate degree and are unsure about the exact subject you’d like to study.
The first year of this course, Year 0, will engage your interest in a range of issues within the social sciences and humanities, such as social policy, media and criminology. Core modules you will study include Culture, Family and Power, Critical thinking and Reflecting on Self and Society.
These Year 0 topics focus on improving your academic and study skills, thereby boosting your confidence and unlocking your potential for further study. Successfully pass the foundation year, and you can continue onto study one of our many undergraduate degrees in a related field, including Youth Studies BSc, Sociology BSc and Criminology BSc.
The courses related your Social Sciences and Humanities Extended Degree make use of London Met’s many facilities, such as Journalism BA with its newsroom containing Apple Mac computers, flat screen TVs and video cameras, and the Translation BA with its interpreting suite. No matter what degree you choose, you’ll have access to our range of study areas, library facilities and computer rooms.
Courses may also include their own opportunities of work-related learning, study abroad options and professional accreditation. See below for the full list of degrees open to you and links to further information.
You are assessed in a variety of ways including group work, course work, presentations and portfolios.
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)
- GCSE English Language at grade C (grade 4) 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.
This course involves studying a range of topics over one year and will allow you to gain a taste of the degree subject you aim to progress onto at Year 1 (level 4). Part-time students are able to take this course over two years.
Topics at Year 0 (level 3) include:
- Culture, Family and Power
- Critical Thinking
- Media, Crime and Race
- Reflecting on Self and Society
- Researching Discrimination
- Researching Inequality
- Social Issues in Context: Text to Essay
- Studying London
Topics at Year 1, 2 and 3 (levels 4, 5 and 6) are determined by the pathway choice following the completion of Year 0 (level 3). See the career opportunities section for pathway options.
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Successful completion of the foundation year will enable you to progress onto the undergraduate course of your choice below.
- Community Development and Leadership BSc
- Criminology BSc
- Criminology and Community Policing BSc
- Criminology and Law BA
- Criminology and Psychology BSc
- Criminology and Sociology BSc
- Criminology and Youth Studies BSc
- Digital Media BA
- Digital Media Design FdA
- Education Studies BA
- Education Studies and English Literature BA
- English Literature BA
- Film and Television Studies BA
- Health and Social Care BSc
- Health and Social Policy BSc
- Media and Communications BSc
- Sociology BSc
- Youth Studies BSc
In addition, the following courses may be applied for, but admission will be subject to a test and/or interview:
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.
We're investing in an exciting, multimillion pound transformation of the London Metropolitan University campus, between 2016 and 2020. We’re moving all of our activity to one place, our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching locations 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
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.
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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