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Social Sciences and Humanities Extended Degree - BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

This course is designed to prepare students without traditional qualifications for degree-level study. It's an excellent way to get a real taste of a range of social sciences and humanities subjects (for example: health and social care, social policy, social work, education, criminology, media, journalism, community development) before deciding at the end of your first year which area you'd like to study at a higher level.

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This extended degree provides the background necessary for degree level study and is aimed at those who do not have the required qualifications for entry at level 4 and if you are undecided about the precise pathway that you would like to follow prior to graduation.

The course will engage your interest in a range of issues within the social sciences and humanities and will provide an exciting and stimulating environment. 

We will focus on improving your academic and study skills, boosting your confidence and unlocking your potential at level 3. This will provide an excellent foundation for developing higher level knowledge within a more specific subject field at level 4 and beyond.

This four-year extended degree is ideal for anyone looking for a career where they can make a difference in contemporary society. 


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:

  • for entry in the 2016-17 academic year: 100 or more UCAS points (or equivalent, eg BTEC National, OCR Diploma or Advanced Diploma)
  • for entry in the 2017-18 academic year: 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)

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.

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.

If you're studying full-time, each year (level) is worth 120 credits.

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:
    • autumn semester - Friday morning
    • autumn semester - Thursday morning
    • autumn semester - Wednesday morning
    • spring semester - Thursday morning
    • autumn semester - Tuesday morning
    • autumn semester - Monday morning
    • spring semester - Wednesday morning

    This module provides a theoretical and practical introduction to the analysis, evaluation and production of argument. It will introduce students to the process of developing and supporting ideas and beliefs by evaluating how others do this and by supporting them going through the process themselves. The module will explore the importance of different points of view and the complexity that surrounds many issues. It will provide opportunities for students to relate their understanding of critical thinking and their reasoning skills to academic practices in general and, more specifically, to their pathway studies.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester afternoon
    • spring semester afternoon
    • autumn semester morning
    • spring semester morning

    This module provides an introduction to the social sciences, humanities through examining key themes, approaches and concepts across the subject areas. These may include: the mass media, crime and deviancy, race and ethnicity; globalisation and the environment. How these affect students’ daily life and the interaction between these will be explored through the module. We will also examine them historically and cross-culturally, and as represented in literature and other media. Following this cross-disciplinary approach, in this semester students will start to focus on these themes as they apply to the subject area that interests them most. The content throughout this module will partly be dependent on the subject interests of the cohort.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester afternoon
    • summer studies afternoon
    • spring semester morning
    • summer studies morning

    This module provides an introduction to key themes and concepts within Social Sciences and Humanities.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester afternoon
    • spring semester afternoon
    • spring semester morning
    • autumn semester morning

    This module introduces students to the academic skills required for undergraduate study in the Social Sciences and Humanities.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester
    • autumn semester

    Students will acquire research skills through a guided research project. They will use these as a basis for producing a short report.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester afternoon
    • summer studies afternoon
    • spring semester morning
    • summer studies morning

    Students will be introduced to various key areas of current research within the area of social sciences and humanities. They will analyse this research, undertake further research and this will inform their research proposal. They will give an oral presentation based on their area of research interest.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • summer studies afternoon
    • spring semester afternoon
    • spring semester morning
    • summer studies morning

    This module develops students’ academic skills for the effective planning and production of an essay in the Social Sciences and Humanities.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • summer studies - Friday morning
    • spring semester - Friday morning

    This module aims to encourage students to examine a variety of economic, industrial, social and political issues that shape the experience of living in a global city. Weekly workshops, lectures and seminars will offer different dimensions of the variety of ways in which London offers contrasting experiences, competing interests or contested spaces, and these issues will be investigated further in seminar/workshops.

    This will be the first time students at level 3 attend formal lectures and seminars and they will be practising and developing key undergraduate study skills such as, note-taking, extended listening skills, pre and post lecture reading activities and reflective writing activities and understanding the etiquette of lectures.

    They will be asked in seminars to discuss issues raised in the lectures, and to engage in online activities and try out digital tools to help develop their digital learning skills. The assessment for this module will be for students to write reflectively in series of online activities and build up a digital journal on Weblearn. Success in this module depends upon regular attendance and active participation.

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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.

Successful completion of this preparatory year will enable you to progress onto the following courses. For careers options, please check the careers information for the courses concerned:

  • 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
  • Sociology and Social Policy - BSc
  • Youth Studies - BSc

In addition, the following courses may be applied for, but admission will be subject to test and/or interview:

  • Creative Writing - BA 
  • Creative Writing and English Literature - BA
  • Dance - FdA
  • Early Childhood Studies - BA
  • Early Childhood Studies - FdA
  • Journalism - BA
  • Journalism, Film and Television Studies - BA
  • Media, Communications and Journalism - BA
  • Montessori Early Childhood Practice - FdA
  • Public Health and Social Care - FdA
  • Social Work - BSc
  • Translation – BA
  • Youth Work - BSc

Graduation is possible in a range of areas including social sciences, criminology, media, journalism, English literature and creative writing and in community development and the social professions.

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.

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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