Course overview Introduction to Health Sciences
If you want to study health sciences at degree level, but lack the entry requirements or confidence for university study, this course is for you.
This one-year course provides an entry route into one of the six BSc health programmes available at City, University of London. These are:
- BSc in Adult Nursing
- Children's Nursing
- Mental Health Nursing
- Radiography (Radiotherapy and Oncology)
- Radiography (Diagnostic Imaging)
- Speech and Language Therapy.
You should have a passion for science and the desire to work with the public in the healthcare sector.
You’ll also develop your confidence and study skills to excel in a university environment.
You will be studying in our School of Health & Psychological Sciences which has a strong reputation for delivering healthcare courses, so you can be assured of high quality training and support.
Over the course of one year, you will study five core modules to prepare you to progress to a health sciences degree.
Introduction to Science Related to Health Care
Discover the concepts and principles of science that inform health care.
Develop the academic skills you will need for successful study at university level.
Key Skills in Health Sciences
Learn about sources of research evidence and data in relation to health and social care.
Personal and Professional Development
Enhance your ability to work effectively and collaboratively with others.
Introduction to the Healthcare Professions
Learn about the different roles of nurses, radiographers, speech and language therapists in workshops, lectures, simulated activities and full-day taster sessions to broaden your knowledge, understanding and skills of your desired profession.
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Teaching and assessment
This course incorporates a wide variety of teaching methods to encourage independent learning, giving you the skills required to progress onto your chosen BSc programme.
You will learn through lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops and full-day taster sessions delivered through a blend of face-to-face and online platforms.
A broad range of staff, from the School of Health & Psychological Sciences, will deliver the teaching content, including:
- registered nurses
- speech and language therapists
- medical doctors
- scientific researchers
and many more.
At City, we recognise that one way of assessing does not suit everyone so we use many different techniques to ensure we get the best from our students.
Assessment on the Introduction to Health Sciences programme is through a variety of methods including:
- Written exams which may include multiple choice questions, short answer questions or essays.
- Coursework-based assessments include essays, blog reports and presentations.
Students will have mock assessments where they will receive constructive and detailed feedback from their lecturers to help them identify areas of improvement and better prepare for their final assessments.
Fees and funding
Fees for year 2023/24
The tuition fees indicated are for the 2023/24 academic year only. Fees for each subsequent year of study are subject to an annual increase to take account of City's increased costs of delivering educational services. This increase will be 5% for each subsequent year of study. You should expect your fee to increase by this amount and budget accordingly.
Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit our finance pages.
You are able to apply for funding for the duration of this course, as well as for a maximum 3 years of funding for a Bachelors degree if you choose to progress your studies (notwithstanding the exceptions outlined below). Please be aware that should you fail a year of the Bachelors degree and need to repeat, you would not be eligible for funding for that one repeat year.
If you have more than one previous year of HE study, i.e. completed qualifications in addition to this course, you may not be entitled to the full 3 years of funding for a Bachelors degree if you wish to progress onto either the BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care or the BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Sciences.
If you already hold a Cert HE or have more than one previous year of HE study, i.e. completed qualifications in addition to this course, there is currently an exception for students progressing onto a pre-registration course in an Allied Health Professionals subject, including:
- speech and language therapy
- social work
- operating department practice.
To be eligible for the exception you must not already be professionally registered in the profession of the subject being studied. If eligible, your previous study will be disregarded when calculating entitlement to student funding. For example, students with a Cert HE will be eligible for 3 years of funding plus an additional year should they need to repeat, i.e., no different to students with no previous HE study.
This applies to Introduction to Health Sciences students progressing onto any of the BSc Nursing, BSc Radiography, or BSc Speech and Language Therapy courses.
This also applies to students who progress on the integrated Master in Speech and Language Therapy programme after year 2 of the BSc Speech and Language Therapy course as this is treated as an undergraduate programme for Student Loan Company purposes.
This information is correct as of June 2019, the Student Loans Company may change its regulations yearly so you are advised to check eligibility for funding prior to accepting a place on the course.
Some of our degrees may involve additional expenses which are not covered by your tuition fees. Find out more about additional expenses.
Upon successful completion of the Introduction to Health Sciences programme and meeting the progress criteria, students can proceed into any one of the following BSc programmes at City, University of London:
- BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing
- BSc (Hons) Children's Nursing
- BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing
- BSc (Hons) Radiography (Radiotherapy and Oncology)
- BSc (Hons) Radiography (Diagnostic Imaging)
- BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy.
Graduates of these degrees enjoy strong employment prospects, many progressing to rewarding roles in the NHS and private sector.
How to apply
Once applications open you will be able to apply through your school or college using the Apply system, which enables you to submit your application directly to the UCAS website.
You can apply to up to five universities or institutions on the form. The UCAS code for City, University of London is C60.
Please take care to enter the correct course code when applying, particularly for subjects with a Foundation year or with BEng (Hons) and MEng (Hons) or BSc (Hons) and MSci (Hons) options.
UCAS has implemented an 'invisibility of choices' policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each institution can see only their entry and not those of other institutions you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities.
You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £26.50 application fee. If you want to apply to City, University of London only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £22.
The School of Health & Psychological Sciences Admissions team have put together some handy tips and advice about the application process, you can also contact them to organise a drop-in session for additional advice and support.
When to apply
To start the Introduction to Health Sciences programme in September 2023, please ensure that you complete and submit your UCAS application by 25th January 2023.
However, we still consider applications up until 30th June 2023, 4pm.
Address: Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), Rosehill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3LZ
- from inside the UK 0371 468 0468
- from outside the UK +44 330 3330 230
For callers with hearing difficulties:
- from inside the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0371 468 0468
- from outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0371 468 0468.
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