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:
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).
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma:
In addition, the following is required:
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.
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.
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
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:
For more information see our main Visa page.
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.
* 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.
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.
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.
Please note that all academic timetables are subject to change.
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.
Chat to our current students and read their blogs to gain an insight into studying at City and learn more about our undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
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.
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.
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):
Entry criteria :
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.