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Please note: the deadline for applications for this Foundation Year programme is 15th October 2017.

The Foundation year is designed for students who are not eligible to apply directly to the Medicine & Surgery degree programme. For example:

  • If you are studying the right subjects at A-level (including both Biology and Chemistry), are not predicted AAA or above but have serious mitigating circumstances that have had a significant impact on your A-level performance.
  • If you are studying the right subjects at A-level (including both Biology and Chemistry), are not predicted AAA or above but you attend a school or college whose A-level results are below average for state-funded schools in England.

Please see the academic entry requirements for more details about how we consider mitigating circumstances and school contextual data.

The course is designed to prepare you for successful progression onto the 5 year undergraduate medical degree programme. At the end of the Foundation year, you will also 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; Introduction to Biomedical Science; Genetics; Hormones and Development; Infection and Immunity, and Human Physiology. 

The 15 modules are arranged into three units and your progression onto the Medicine & Surgery degree is dependent upon good academic performance in all three units.

If you fail to meet the academic criteria for progression onto the medical degree, you may still be eligible to progress onto a number of other degree programmes offered by the Faculty of Health & Medicine (for example, Biological Sciences with Biomedicine; Biochemistry with Biomedicine; Biochemistry with Genetics)