also available in 2017
see all requirements
see all requirements
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. 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 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.
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).
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.
The academic entry requirements will depend on your individual circumstances. Please visit the Lancaster Medical School webpages for detailed information about the academic entry requirements.
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. BMAT registration opens on 1st September and the deadline for registration is before the UCAS application deadline (1st October). 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 2018/19 entry fees have not yet been set.
As a guide, our fees in 2017 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:
Lancaster University's priority is to support every student to make the most of their life and education and we have committed £3.7m in scholarships and bursaries. Our financial support depends on your circumstances and how well you do in your A levels (or equivalent academic qualifications) before starting study with us.
Scholarships recognising academic talent:
Continuation of the Access Scholarship is subject to satisfactory academic progression.
Students may be eligible for both the Academic and Access Scholarship if they meet the requirements for both.
Bursaries for life, living and learning:
Students from the UK eligible for a bursary package will also be awarded our Academic Scholarship and/or Access Scholarship if they meet the criteria detailed above.
Any financial support that you receive from Lancaster University will be in addition to government support that might be available to you (eg fee loans) and will not affect your entitlement to these.
For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page
Please note that this information relates to the funding arrangements for 2017, which may change for 2018.
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.