also available in 2018
A Level Requirements
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Full time 1 Year(s)
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.
You may be eligible for the 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 AAA or above, but have serious mitigating circumstances that have had a significant impact on your A-level performance.
(2) 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.
(3) You are studying the right subjects at A-level (including both Biology and Chemistry), are not predicted the grades for direct entry to Medicine and fulfil certain widening participation criteria.
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).
At the end of the Foundation year, if you do not progress onto the medical or other degree programme, you will be awarded a Certificate in Higher Education.
Please note, the deadline for applications to the Foundation year for Medicine and Surgery is 15th October. Late applications will not be considered.
Lancaster Medical School considers applications to the Foundation year in a five stage selection process. More details of this process can be found on the Lancaster Medical School website.
Our entry requirements have three components: the Biomedical Admissions test (BMAT), academic qualifications, and non-academic criteria.
Only certain applicants are eligible to be considered for the Foundation year: those with significant mitigating circumstances; those who attend a state school or college whose examination results are below average; or those who fulfil certain widening participation criteria. Please visit the Lancaster Medical School webpages for detailed information about the eligibility requirements.
A Level ABB
Required Subjects A level Biology and Chemistry
GCSE: requirements will vary depending on individual circumstance but all applicants must have achieved grade B (or grade 6) in Core & Additional Science (or Biology, Chemistry and Physics), Maths and English.
International Baccalaureate 32 points overall with 16 points from three Higher Level subjects, which must include both Biology and Chemistry
BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Distinction in Applied Science including sufficient Biology and Chemistry content
All applicants must take the Biomedical Admissions test (BMAT). You must register to be able to take BMAT and registration is separate from the UCAS application process. More information about BMAT, how to register and how to prepare for the test can be found on the BMAT website.
No applicant will be offered a place without being interviewed in person. The Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI) will usually be held in January and February. The exact timing of the MMI days will vary from year to year but we aim to give applicants two weeks’ notice of their MMI date. More information about our interview process can be found on the Lancaster Medical School website.
Detailed module information for this undergraduate programme will follow shortly. However, if you have any questions please contact the department.
If you continue on to a medical degree, you can look forward to a career in clinical practice, research, public health and more. Alternatively, transferring to and completing one of our Biomedicine degrees will open up doors in the pharmaceutical industry, the food industry and forensic science and research institutes.
Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, you also graduate with the relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.
We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2019/20 entry fees have not yet been set.
As a guide, our fees in 2018 were:
Some science and medicine courses have higher fees for students from
the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. You can find more details here:
For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page
An initial Criminal Record Bureau check is paid for by the University but any subsequent checks will be paid for by the student. Any travel costs will need to be accounted for by the student, such as travel to and from GP and community placements and any travel to and from Furness General Hospital and Lancaster at weekends. Students are also expected to purchase a stethoscope at a cost of £59, a scientific calculator at a cost of £6 and smart clothes for their clinical placements.
Students also need to consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation it may be necessary to take out subscriptions to professional bodies and to buy business attire for job interviews.
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