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Health and Social Care (including foundation year) - BSc (Hons)

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Why study this course?

This Health and Social Care (including foundation year) BSc degree is designed for those who want to progress their career in health and social care, but don’t meet the entry requirements for the undergraduate course. On completion of this four-year degree you’ll graduate with the same award and title as students on the three-year health and social care course.

The foundation year will develop your academic study skills, which will prepare you for successful further study at undergraduate level. In the subsequent three years, you’ll focus more on the issue and practices within health and social care, gaining practical skills that will allow you to enter management and leadership roles in the sector.

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More about this course

On our Health and Social Care (including foundation year) BSc, you’ll consider principles, knowledge, values and policies that underpin good health and social care practice and explore the formal and informal mechanisms required to promote good practice by individuals in the workforce.

Throughout your degree there will be opportunities to work on your abilities outside of the classroom. We offer a number of workshops to help our students improve their academic skills, such as essay writing, and also increase their career prospects with workshops on interview and application practice. An academic tutor and mentor will be assigned to you and they will guide you through your time at the university, ensuring that you settle in and perform to the best of your ability.

The foundation year will be shared with students from different degree specialisms. This will be the perfect opportunity to explore different academic interests and work with students who have different perspectives on a wide range of topics within social professions and social sciences. During this year you’ll focus on developing your academic and study skills that will enable you to take on the challenge of a degree with confidence. You’ll also explore the importance of critical assessment, consider the importance of different views, and be guided through the process of researching, planning, drafting and proofreading your essay.

You’ll take one specialised module that will introduce you to the study of health and social care, preparing you for the subsequent three years of your degree.

After the foundation year, you’ll join students starting on the three-year degree and study the same content. Visit the Health and Social Care BSc page to learn more about the course content for the three-years after your foundation year. If for any reason you find that you’d like to switch your degree specialism after the foundation year, there will be flexibility to do so.

Assessment

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

Professional accreditation

This course is fully validated by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH).

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Course type
Undergraduate
UCAS code L504
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Entry requirements

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)

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2019/20 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:

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

    This module aims to:
    1. clarify what is meant by critical thinking, reasoning and argument
    2. explore the importance of examining knowledge critically in academic practice
    3. provide the opportunity for students to apply their understanding to academic practices in their particular pathways
    4. develop students’ critical thinking and reasoning skills so that they are able to assess, appreciate and defend a variety of beliefs and values, in particular:
    • encouraging students to consider the importance of different points of view
    • encouraging students to recognise the complexity surrounding many issues
    • developing a rational approach to analysing and evaluating argument
    • developing the skills needed to form and defend well-reasoned arguments, both orally and in writing

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

    This module aims to:
    1. Introduce the use of sociological theories to explore the relationship between society and individuals.
    2. Provide opportunities for reflection on relevance of key theories to individuals and contemporary society.
    3. Extend academic and independent reading skills and understanding of key terminology.
    4. Develop academic speaking (discussion and presenting skills).
    5. Develop digital skills by the use of the VLE and production of presentation aids.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester

    This module will follow a task based approach involving a process of critically examining an issue, historical or current. Students will be involved in the process of identifying an issue and conduct research into it to gain a critical understanding.

    There is a focus on collaborative group work during which students explore a past and/or potential intervention to the issue.

    Students will critically reflect on the process and their own learning.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester
    • summer studies

    This module aims to:

    1. To introduce students to the study of media, crime and ‘race’.

    2. To enable students to develop their reading and seminar skills and to respond critically and analytically to a range of texts.

    3. To enable students to search, find and use appropriate digital resources, and further develop and consolidate academic skills to enhance their learning experience.

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

    This module explores introductory ideas around the themes of self and society, in order to:
    - introduce students to academic study in the Social Sciences and Humanities at H.E level
    - encourage students to reflect on their own identities, as well as their skills and qualities and how they might further develop them through their H.E studies
    - introduce and develop academic literacy, critical thinking and analytical skills through engagement with and production of a range of short Social Science and Humanities themed texts
    - introduce reflective practice and support students to become effective, self-aware learners
    - introduce and develop digital literacy skills
    - develop organisational, planning and time management skills
    - guide students to constructively use feedback to improve academic work

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

    This core module aims to enable students to:
    • Investigate the basic principles of research
    • Critically analyse published research
    • Develop and practise research skills
    • Develop writing skills required for effective report writing
    • Develop strategies to use feedback to improve writing

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

    This core module aims to enable students to:
    • Increase their knowledge and awareness of current research in their subject area
    • Source and critically analyse published research in their area of interest•
    • Further develop and practise research skills
    • Further develop writing skills required for effective report writing
    • Further develop strategies to use feedback to improve writing

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

    This module aims to:

    - Improve academic literacy through essay writing and feedback in the context of Social Science and Humanities debates
    - Develop critical analysis and evaluation of academic source material
    - Select and integrate source material appropriately in academic writing
    - Develop students’ voice in academic writing
    - Integrate reflective practice throughout the essay writing process
    - Further develop organisational, planning and time management skills
    - Guide students to constructively use feedback to improve academic work

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Year 1 modules include:

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

    The module aims to help students to develop their understanding and application of key communication skills, recognising the importance of these core skills for effective working in contemporary health and social care settings, and also developing students’ reflective skills in relation to their own personal development.

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

    This module aims to:
    - Introuduce relevant legislation, professional frameworks, codes of practice and official guidance in all areas of social inequalities
    - Understand diverse identities and explore issues of stigmatisation, labelling, stereotyping and discrimination
    - Consider that experience will be mediated by class, race, gender, culture, language, sexual orientation, age and disability through reflecting on their own identities and experiences
    - Develop an understanding of the concepts of ethical & anti-oppresive practice and diversity in their sphere of work and to reflect on their own practice in seeking to address inequalities

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

    This module aims to introduce students to the historical and contemporary contexts of healthcare, public health and social care whilst investigating current health and social care policies and legislation and its application to the organisation and delivery of health and social care.

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

    This module aims to:
    - Develop student’s academic study skills and digital literacy.
    - Introduce students to research within the health and social care context
    - Make connections between work based and academic knowledge and develop skills in all aspects of academic discourse
    - Consider the professional skills required within health and social care including communication, teamwork, partnership working and an anti-bias approach
    - Develop an awareness and understanding of the cultures, principles and values that underpin practice within health and social care

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Year 2 modules include:

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

    This module aims to enable students to:
    - Develop an understanding of contemporary issues in relation to health and social care
    - Discuss the global, cultural, economic and political context of health and social care issues
    - Examine developing perspectives on contemporary issues in health and social care, such as professional and service-user/lay perspectives
    - Explore the role of social factors in relation to contemporary issues in health and social care
    - Develop critical thinking and analysis on contemporary issues

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

    This module aims to enable students to:
    - Undertake a work-based placement
    - Apply prior knowledge and relate specific knowledge and skills to real-life situations in a work environment
    - Develop new capabilities and skills relating to employment
    - Engage in personal and professional development planning

    The module is structured in two distinct stages in order to enhance student employability. During the first semester, students will engage with a number of activities, both in seminars and individually, designed to help clarify career goals and identify personal and professional developmental needs associated with these goals. The second semester will be devoted to students working in placement during which time they will be able to focus on specific identified learning needs.

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

    This module aims to:
    • Introduce students to professional codes of ethics and underlying ethical concepts and methods of ethical decision-making
    • Provide students with a critical understanding of different ethical approaches to moral dilemmas in a range of practice-based professional contexts
    • Provide opportunities for students to critically engage with current debates about ethical decision-making in professional practice
    • Enable the development of skills in moral reasoning that can be applied in practical contexts
    • Provide a foundation for understanding approaches to social research and evidence based practice
    • Facilitate the development of research skills and knowledge for professional and academic development in a range of practice-based professional contexts

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

    Provide students with an understanding of the principles of health promotion
    Enable students engage with the design and delivery of health promotion initiatives
    Provide students with and understanding of how health promotion initiatives and health outcomes are shaped by health policy
    Enable students to explore health policy and health promotion in challenging settings
    Enable students to investigate a range of health promotion approaches in a range of social, cultural and economic contexts

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Year 3 modules include:

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

    The aim of the module is to develop students’ awareness of current contemporary issues in health and social care and to facilitate an ability to critically evaluate the impact and importance of these issues for providers and service users, as well as service provision, professional development and wider health and social care environment.

    The module aims are to:
    Provide students with a foundation for understanding and analysing contemporary health and wellbeing topics related to health and social care in the context of current policies and practices.
    Enable students to identify public health policy issues arising out of political, economic, historical, cultural, social and technological changes.
    Provide an understanding of the policy frameworks within which the cultural needs in relation to health and wellbeing are recognised and responded to.
    Enable students to engage with the principles, organisation and the delivery of contemporary issues, sensitive services and meeting the unmet needs of diverse population.
    Enable students to examine the usefulness and limits of different approaches, frameworks and practical solutions to tackle health inequalities in relation to the particular contemporary health and wellbeing topic related to health and social care.
    Enable students to examine the role of service providers, service users, policy makers, community groups, voluntary and statutory agencies in ensuring inclusive health and wellbeing of population.

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

    - To provide students with an understanding of approaches to research and evaluation
    - To enable students to engage with research methods and findings related to their profession
    - To enable students to integrate and apply the skills and knowledge base underpinning their professional education in a sustained piece of independent academic work (Project)

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

    The Module explores key concepts, approaches, skills and styles relevant to leadership and management practices and examine how these are affected by changing trends in professional settings. Explore issues of leadership and management in the context of recent changes in organisational structures, management styles and service priorities. Analyse the pursuit of quality and efficiency in service provision and examine how it can best be managed and contrast managerial, professional and stakeholders’ perspectives. Examine ethical issues arising from different leadership and management approaches across professional sectors.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Friday morning

    This module focuses upon the main research methodologies used in the study of health, preparing students for their own research projects as well as enabling them to read and critique the research of others. This module builds on a level 5 module (SH5000) and aims to further develop and enhance the research knowledge and skills addressed at level 5. Key issues related to user involvement within research will be considered within contemporary policy and political contexts.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Thursday morning

    The module examines the history of housing policy in the UK, focussing in particular on the shift to neo-liberal housing policies from the 1980s. Key contemporary housing issues and the key causes of the current ‘housing crisis’ in London and the UK are examined.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Thursday morning

    The module aims to:
    1. Place changes in housing management in the context of wider social, economic and organisational changes;
    2. Introduce the key practical issues facing housing professionals, and good practice in addressing these issues;
    3. Identify ways in which housing service users and community workers can challenge poor performance and get involved in service improvement;
    4. Examine the benefits and challenges of partnership working in dealing with housing issues;
    5. Explain current discussions on the balance of rights and responsibilities for social housing tenants and other local residents.

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

    The module aims are:
    • To introduce the notion of urban health crisis and the controversy of health and healthcare in urban settings
    • To identify key trends in the patterns of health and healthcare in urban settings
    • To consider the impact of urban conditions (wider determinants of health) on the health of Londoners and other urban dwellers elsewhere
    • To examine key challenges to the organisation and delivery of healthcare services in London and other global cities in the backdrop of globalisation
    • To understand relevant policy developments in relation to health and healthcare in London and other urban settings

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After the course

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.

What is a degree with foundation year?

This is a four-year degree course with a built-in foundation year (Year 0). It's the perfect route into university if you can't meet the necessary entry requirements or don't have the traditional qualifications required to start a standard undergraduate degree. You'll graduate with a full undergraduate degree with the same title and award as those who studied the traditional three-year course.

Additional costs

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

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You don't have to wait until September to start this course at London Met – why not start in January?

If you're a UK or EU student, you can simply call our January hotline on or complete our fast-track online application form.

If you're an international student, you'll need to complete our standard online application using the "Apply direct" button.

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 looking to study part-time should apply direct to the University. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, please be aware that you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.

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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