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BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care Extended Degree


Health and Social Care

About the course

If you're interested in a career in the health and social care sector, this extended degree develops the skills and knowledge you need to succeed.

Starting with a foundation year (Year 0/Level 3), this 4-year programme is ideal if you don't have traditional qualifications or meet the entry requirements for direct entry to the 3-year BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care.

The foundation year focuses on developing your academic and study skills for degree-level study, enabling you to take on the challenge of a degree with confidence.

Underpinned by current research, the course is informed by expected changes in the UK healthcare sector, including advances in healthcare technology, the UK's ageing population, quality concerns and the rising cost of providing healthcare.

Learning from expert teaching staff who are actively involved in research, you will acquire skills in observation, enquiry and critical analysis. As you progress, you will cover public health, health promotion, policy and ethical aspects of care, developing your ability to use evidence to inform your decisions.

All teaching is held at London Metropolitan University's Holloway campus. The foundation year is delivered by teaching staff from both City and Islington College and London Metropolitan University, with subsequent years delivered by teaching staff from London Metropolitan University. City and Islington College is a longstanding partner of the University.

In addition to London Metropolitan 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, e.g. BTEC Subsidiary/National/BTEC Extended Diploma
  • English Language and Mathematics GCSEs at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) 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.

Level 3 modules include:

  • Reflecting on Self and Society
  • Researching Discrimination
  • Social Issues in Context: Text to Essay
  • Researching Inequality
  • Principles of Health and Social Care Practice
  • Person Centred Care Approaches to Health and Social Care

Level 4 modules include:

  • Communicating with Different Client Groups
  • Culture, Society and Ethics
  • Research and Professional Practice

Level 5 modules include:

  • Contemporary Issues in Health and Social Care
  • Development for Employment
  • Health Promotion and Policy

Level 6 modules include:

  • Health Project
  • Leadership and Management in Professional Contexts
  • Homelessness and Housing Policy
  • Housing Issues and Housing Solutions
  • Urban Health

Modules at Levels 4, 5 and 6 may vary depending on the degree selected. The modules listed are for the academic year 2017/18 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (e.g. location and time) are subject to change.


Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week.


You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practicals. With small class sizes, you’ll enjoy quality contact time with lecturers, and the attention and support when you need it. In addition, you have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor. Contact time varies between modules, but typically comprises of around 2-3 hours contact per week for each module.

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars and other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities, including the library and HE hubs.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning hours, and assessment activity plus field trips (where relevant), with each credit taken equating to a total study time of around 10 hours. Your actual contact hours may depend on the course you study. An indication of how much time allocated to different activities is included within course specification.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes academics, professional practitioners with industry experience and technical officers.

Standard Additional Course Costs

Please see here for examples of extra costs that may be incurred. Please read this PDF for examples of extra costs that may be incurred. 


The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Some modules may contain at least one piece of practice or 'formative' assessment for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark.

There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and your final year major project. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Method of assessment

The balance of assessment by examination and assessment by coursework depends to some extent on the modules that form part of your course. The majority of the courses offered at the College use coursework as the main method of assessment. Further information regarding the methods of assessment for your course can be obtained from the Course Manager.


You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor. We normally aim to provide you with feedback on your assessment within 10 working days of hand-in.  


On successful completion of the foundation year, you can continue directly onto the Health and Social Care BSc (Hons) or the Health and Social Policy BSc (Hons).

Excellent career opportunities in the fields of health and social care are available to those with a BSc, including within the NHS, voluntary and independent sectors. Our graduates have pursued careers in mental health and medical rehabilitation, and as support workers in the NHS and for housing associations and charity organisations.

I would encourage others who want to study again, but feel afraid, to do it

Ivone Bailes

Ivone Bailes

Studied: Diploma in Health and Social Care

Now working as a Senior Nursing Assistant at Guy’s Hospital

Ivone was working as a chef in London and caring for her husband. At the age of 49, Ivone decided that she wanted to return to education and work in the health care sector.

Last year she enrolled on a Diploma in Health and Social Care at the College’s Centre for Health, Social and Child Care. Now she is working as a Senior Nursing Assistant at Guy’s Hospital.

She said: “The decision to come back to the College was completely life changing and the best I have ever made. I had lost my confidence and did not think at my age that I would get another chance to work in the health care profession. I am so happy and I would encourage others who want to study again, but feel afraid, to do it.”

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