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

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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.

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More about this course

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.

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Course type Undergraduate
UCAS code CF11
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Entry requirements

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) 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.

Modular structure

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:

What our students say

“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."

After the course

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.

What is an extended degree?

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.

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

Apply to us for January 2019

Start a degree in the new year. Applying is quick and easy – simply call our January hotline on or apply to us 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.

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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