What Will You Study

The Foundation Year for Medicine and Surgery (UCAS code A900) is for those who are not eligible for the MBChB Medicine and Surgery (UCAS code A100).

You may be eligible for Lancaster Medical School’s Foundation Year for Medicine and Surgery if:

(1) You are studying the right subjects at A-level (including both Biology and Chemistry), are not predicted AAB or above and fulfil certain widening participation criteria.

(2) You are studying the right subjects at A level (including both Biology and Chemistry), are not predicted AAB or above but you attend a school or college whose A level results are below average for state-funded schools in England.

(3) You are studying the right subjects at A-level (including both Biology and Chemistry), are not predicted AAB or above but have serious mitigating circumstances that have had a significant impact on your A-level performance.

Please see our academic entry requirements for more details about how we consider widening participation criteria, school contextual data and mitigating circumstances.

On the one-year Foundation Year, you will study 15 modules and your progression onto the MBChB Medicine and Surgery is dependent upon good academic performance across all 15 modules. If you fail to meet the academic criteria for progression onto the MBChB, you may be eligible to progress onto a number of other degree programmes offered by Lancaster University’s Faculty of Health and Medicine (for example, Biological Sciences with Biomedicine; Biochemistry with Biomedicine; Biochemistry with Genetics).

At the end of the Foundation Year, if you do not progress onto the MBChB or another degree programme at Lancaster University, you will be awarded a Certificate in Higher Education.

On this one-year course, you will take a total of 15 modules covering a range of subjects including: Anatomy and Tissue Structure; Biomedical Science; Genetics; Hormones and Development; Infection and Immunity; and Human Physiology. Your progression onto the MBChB Medicine and Surgery is dependent upon good academic performance across all 15 modules.