What Will You Study

The Foundation year for Medicine and Surgery is designed for students who are not eligible to apply directly to the A100, Medicine and Surgery, programme. On successful completion of the Foundation year, you will progress automatically onto the 5 year Medicine and Surgery programme. At the end of the Foundation year, you will also be awarded a Certificate in Higher Education.

You may be eligible for the Foundation Year for Medicine and Surgery if:

(1)     You are not studying the right A-level subjects for direct entry.

(2)     You are studying the right subjects at A-level (including both Biology and Chemistry) but have serious mitigating circumstances that have had a significant impact on your A-level performance.

(3)     You are studying the right subjects at A-level (including both Biology and Chemistry) but are not predicted AAA and you attended 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.

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. Your progression onto the Medicine and Surgery degree is dependent upon good academic performance across all 15 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 and Medicine (for example, Biological Sciences with Biomedicine; Biochemistry with Biomedicine; Biochemistry with Genetics).