If you want to study health sciences at degree level, but lack the entry requirements or confidence for university study, this one-year course is for you.
You should have a passion for science and the desire to work with the public in the healthcare sector.
You will gain a firm foundation in core subjects required to study a health science BSc at City, University of London.
You’ll also develop your confidence and study skills to excel in a university environment.
You will be studying in our School of Health 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 roles of different providers of health and social care services. Select five of our six Health Science BScs to learn more about and gain an insight into your future degree options.
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Teaching and assessment
This course incorporates a variety of teaching methods to encourage independent learning, giving you the skills required to succeed on an undergraduate degree programme within our School of Health Sciences.
You will learn through lectures, tutorials, seminars, laboratory work and our web-based virtual learning environment. You will benefit from our specialist learning spaces and laboratories.
Staff from the School of Health Sciences will deliver all teaching. The School has an excellent reputation with expert academics from a wide range of disciplines and professions, including:
- registered nurses
- speech and language therapists
- health and social care researchers
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, including essays, blog reports and presentations.
Theory examinations are used to ensure the core science concepts are understood and allow you to demonstrate your scientific knowledge. Coursework assessment permits you to spend time on compiling work, reflecting on the application of your studies and putting your knowledge into context. Feedback on your work will be provided to you.
This may be in a number of different formats including written feedback, discussion of feedback in a group, or individual oral feedback.
Fees and funding
Fees for year 2022/23
The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2022/ 23 academic year only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase, which is normally 2%.
Future finance loans
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.
Successful completion of the Introduction to Health Sciences programme means you’re guaranteed progression to one of the following degrees at City:
- 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
Applications for this course are now open.
Address: Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), Rosehill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3LZ
- from inside the UK 0871 468 0468
- from outside the UK +44 (0)871 468 0468
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- from inside the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0468
- from outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0468.
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