Foundation Year for Medicine and Surgery Certificate of Higher Education - 2020 Entry


Entry Year

A Level Requirements
ABB see all requirements

Full time 1 Year(s)

Course Overview

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. For instance, you live in a low-income household or attend a school or college whose A level results are below average for state-funded schools in England.

(2) You are studying the right subjects at A level (including both Biology and Chemistry) and 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, such as Biological Sciences with Biomedicine, Biochemistry with Biomedicine or 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 complete 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.

Entry Requirements

Please note, the deadline for applications to the Foundation year for Medicine and Surgery is 15th October. Late applications will not be considered and overseas applicants are not eligible for this programme.

Lancaster Medical School considers applications to the Foundation year in a four 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 who fulfil certain widening participation criteria or those with significant extenuating circumstances. 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.

Other Qualifications

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.

Course Structure

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
  • Human Physiology

Your progression onto the MBChB Medicine and Surgery is dependent upon good academic performance across all 15 modules.



If you continue on to a medical degree, you can look forward to a career in clinical practice, research, public health and more. Medicine is a challenging but rewarding career that offers an enormous variety of possible career paths, almost 100% employment after graduation and excellent remuneration. As a doctor you will face the intellectual challenge of diagnosis, apply critical analytical and reasoning skills to decide on the best treatment for your patients, provide an empathetic and understanding ear to your patients and their families (often in times of great distress) and work effectively in a team with other healthcare professionals.  If you want to make a difference to patients’ lives, if you have an enquiring mind and an aptitude for science, and if you enjoy working with people, then medicine might be the career for you.

Most medical graduates work in clinical practice, either in hospitals or in the community. There are more than 60 different clinical specialities to choose from. All medical graduates that work in clinical practice must undertake specialist postgraduate training to prepare them for their chosen clinical speciality. Approximately half of all UK medical graduates work in general practice.

If you decide against a career in clinical practice, the transferable skills you will acquire will prepare you for a wide variety of possible careers in fields such as public health or medical research. 

Alternatively, transferring to and completing one of our Biomedicine degrees will open up doors in the pharmaceutical industry, the food industry, forensic science or 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.

Fees and Funding


Our annual tuition fee is set for a 12-month session, starting in the October of your year of study.

Our Undergraduate Tuition Fees for 2020/21 are:

UK/EU Overseas
£9,250 £22,550

Undergraduate tuition fees

For students starting at the University for the 2020 session, subsequent year’s fees may be subject to increases. UK fees are set by the UK Government annually. For international applicants, any annual increase will be capped at 4% of the previous year’s fee. For more information about tuition fees, including fees for Study Abroad and Work Placements, please visit our undergraduate tuition fees page.

Applicants from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man

Some science and medicine courses have higher fees for students from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. You can find more information about this on our Island Fees page.


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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The amount of time you spend in lectures, seminars and similar will differ from year to year. Taken as an average over all years of the course, you will spend an average of 12.8 hours per week in lectures, seminars and similar during term time.

A broad range of assessments methods will be used throughout the degree. As a guide, 68% of assessment is by coursework over the duration of the course.

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