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    1. 2021
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Introduction to Health Sciences

Entry Year:
This one-year full-time programme provides an introduction to clinical and professional healthcare, and offers an alternative entry route onto health-related BSc (Hons) courses within our School of Health Sciences.

Key information

Start date

September 2021

Academic year dates


One-year foundation, full-time.


Full-time: £9,250 *


Full-time: £15,300 **


Full-time: £15,300 **

UCAS code



Northampton Square

Who is it for?

This course has been designed for students with an ambition to study healthcare at BSc level. You should have a passion for science and will enjoy a future working with the public and colleagues across the healthcare sector.


This Introduction to Health Sciences programme will provide you with a thorough education in the core components required to study one of the following health-related BSc (Hons) programmes at City, University of London:

  • BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing
  • BSc (Hons) Child Nursing
  • BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing
  • BSc (Hons) Radiography (Radiotherapy and Oncology)
  • BSc (Hons) Radiography (Diagnostic Imaging)
  • BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy
  • BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Science

You will develop a range of key transferable skills needed to work effectively within the current and future health and social care environment.

In addition, the programme will provide a supportive environment, which fosters academic and personal development and uses appropriate learning resources. The programme will enhance the development of your interpersonal skills and uses a variety of appropriate teaching and learning methods, to provide education and training that is relevant, intellectually challenging and enjoyable.

You will be studying within our School of Health Sciences which has a strong reputation for delivering healthcare courses, ranking 1st in London for Medical Technology, including Radiography, 1st in London for student satisfaction in Nursing, and 2nd in the UK for student satisfaction in Aural and Oral Sciences, including Speech and Language Therapy (Complete University Guide 2021).

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements


  • ‘A’ Level: 64 UCAS points from 2 A levels (grades CC)
  • We do not accept A levels in General Studies or Critical Thinking

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma:

  • MMP (Health and Social Care, Applied Psychology, Learning and Development, Sport and Exercise Sciences, Applied Science or Medical Science only. Contact the admissions team at City, University of London for details.
  • International Baccalaureate (IB): 24 points

In addition, the following is required:

  • GCSE: Must have passes in English Language and Mathematics grade 4 (C) at GCSE.
  • Applicants would normally be required to have a further three passes at grade 4 (C) at GCSE in any subject, any applications that do not meet these requirements are welcome and will be reviewed on an individual basis.
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths and English will be considered.

Access to HE Diploma

Pass in a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma in a Nursing, Health, Science, or Social Care subject NOT Nutrition or Paramedic Studies with full award (60 credits) of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at Level 3 including 18 credits at Distinction. Applicants must also hold either GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C (4) or above, or Functional Skills English and Maths at Level 2. Other equivalent English Language and Mathematics qualifications will be reviewed on an individual basis.

Tier 4 visa applications

We welcome applicants on Tier 4 visa applications. If you have any queries we recommend that you speak to the admissions tutor before applying.

Other suitable qualifications

Applications are considered from students with a wide range of backgrounds. Prospective students who do not meet the entry criteria may be considered on an individual basis and should contact our Admissions Office. We welcome applicants on Tier 4 visa applications. If you have any queries we recommend that you speak to our Admissions Office before applying.

English requirements

If your first language is not English, we will require evidence of English language proficiency. Minimum requirements are:

IELTS (Academic): 7.0 overall with at least 7.0 in Writing, 7.0 in reading, 7.0 in Listening and 7.0 in Speaking.

TOEFL iBT: 94 overall with at least 27 in Writing, 24 in reading and Listening and 23 in Speaking sections.

For more information you can visit TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition

Visa requirements

International Students (EEA and Non EEA) coming to study in the UK, may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study. The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • EEA nationals joining the programme in 2020 and EEA nationals joining from January 2021
  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Applications for 2021/22: You can apply via the central UCAS applications system that supports all undergraduate applications within the UK for both home and overseas students.

It is recommended that you submit your application as early as possible. Offers will be made after the 29th January 2021.

The School of Health 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.

For more information, contact City, University of London:

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7040 5000.

in London for Medical Technology (Complete University Guide 2021)
in London for student satisfaction in Nursing (Complete University Guide 2021)
in the UK for student satisfaction in Aural and Oral Sciences (Complete University Guide 2021)
During your course

More about fees

* The fee for this course will be £9,250 for each year of study for the duration of your studies.

** The institution reserves the right to increase your tuition fees annually to take account of the institution's increased costs of delivering educational services. The increase will normally be 2% but this is kept under review with reference to the RPI. If the institution intends to increase your tuition fees you will be advised of this alongside the published entry fee.


Explore up-to-date information about funding options, available financial support and typical living costs.

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 the City Finance website.

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 midwifery, nursing, radiography, speech and language therapy, social work or 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 Midwifery, 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.

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Academic facilities

You will benefit from excellent facilities, which include a range of purpose built clinics and laboratories on campus.

Find out more about our School of Health Sciences facilities and state-of-of-the-art Clinical Skills Centre.


Course timetables are normally available from July and can be accessed from our timetabling pages. These pages also provide timetables for the current academic year, though this information should be viewed as indicative and details may vary from year to year.

View academic timetables

Please note that all academic timetables are subject to change.

Student support

We offer an extensive support network during your time here at City, University of London – from Learning Support (including disability support) and counselling to financial and career advice – leaving you free to enjoy every opportunity campus life has to offer.

Find out more about the different types of student support available.

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Course content and assessment

To make sure that you can begin or continue your studies with us during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have reviewed and adapted our courses to ensure a safe learning environment for our students and staff. We have modified the way some of our courses are delivered, with many programmes being made available online.

Contact us to find out more about how our programmes will be delivered.

Teaching and learning

This course incorporates a variety of teaching methods, encouraging independent learning and equipping you with the skills required to succeed on an undergraduate degree programme within our School of Health Sciences. You will learn through a variety of different techniques including lectures, tutorials, seminars, laboratory work, clinical practice, 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, radiographers, speech and language therapists, biologists, health and social care researchers and optometrists.


At City, we recognise that one way of assessing does not suit everyone so we use many different techniques to ensure we gain the very best from our students. Assessment on the Introduction to Health Sciences programme is through a variety of methods.

Methods of assessment include: closed book summative examinations (i.e. written exams which may include multiple choice questions, short answer questions or essays) and coursework (e.g. writing or assessing a report, preparing a presentation). Theory examinations are utilised 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 feedback in a group, or individual oral feedback.



Module 1: Introduction to Science Related to Health Care (30 credits)

You will be introduced to some of the concepts and principles of science that inform health care. This will prepare you for future health science studies at BSc level.

Module 2: Academic Skills (30 credits)

You will receive thorough preparation in the academic skills you will need for successful study at university level.

Module 3: Key Skills in Health Sciences (15 credits)

You will develop your knowledge of the main sources of research evidence and data in relation to health and social care. This will enhance your intellectual and practical skills in the collection, interpretation, and evaluation of such data in preparation for future studies at BSc level.

Module 4: Personal and Professional Development (15 credits)

You will develop as an independent and reflective learner. This will enhance your ability to work effectively and collaboratively with others.

Module 5: Introduction to the Healthcare Professions (30 credits)

You will learn about the roles of different providers of health and social care services. You will have the opportunity to select five out of the eight BSc health related programmes on offer for taster sessions related specifically to that discipline.

The programme specification contains more information on how the course is organised, the requirements for progression for each part and credits required for awards.

After you graduate

Career prospects

The Introduction to Health Sciences offers an introduction to clinical and professional healthcare. The course provides you with an introduction to the appropriate knowledge, skills and values to meet the changing needs of complex healthcare in the 21st century across a range of healthcare disciplines. Successful completion of the Introduction to Health Sciences programme provides several career routes:

1. You will be eligible to progress on to one of the following health related BSc (Hons) undergraduate programmes at City, University of London (subject to meeting entry criteria):

  • BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing
  • BSc (Hons) Child Nursing
  • BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing
  • BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care
  • BSc (Hons) Radiography (Radiotherapy and Oncology)
  • BSc (Hons) Radiography (Diagnostic Imaging)
  • BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy
  • BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Science

Entry criteria :

  • Achieving >60% overall with no failed modules
  • Attendance >80% in all modules
  • Successful admissions interview *
  • Satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Please note, that for clinical BSc programmes an Occupational Health clearance for the relevant profession will also be required. A clinical visit form will also be required for BSc Radiography programmes.

2. It will provide you with an additional qualification to your academic achievements and CV for the application to higher education courses at other institutions nationwide.

Guidance will be made available to students who do not meet the admission criteria for BSc programmes via the Careers Service at City University of London.

* You are required to pass the selection process.