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Medical Sciences (Foundation Entry) BSc (Hons)

This four-year course offers a foundation stage for the Medical Sciences degree, with the possibility of applying to progress to our Medicine (MBBS) programme*, integrated Masters in Physician Associate Studies or MPharm (Hons) programmes after the first year. International students will be taught during year 1 at our Westlakes Campus in Whitehaven and UK students will be taught at the UCLan Burnley Campus. Following year 1, all students will transfer to the Preston campus where tuition will continue on all programmes.

*The School of Medicine wishes to increase access to medical education and support the development and sustainability of regional workforce. Consequently UK/EU applicants who wish to progress to medicine (MBBS) in 2018 will need to live in the North West of England and we will look favourably on those applicants who meet additional widening participation criteria. For further information, contact  Course Enquiries.

Year 1 will provide you with a range of transferable and academic study skills, improved scientific communication skills and optional English language tuition if required.

The Medical Sciences degree at UCLan is a ‘gateway’ course offering a core science foundation. You’ll become a competitive candidate for graduate entry medicine, dental, physician associate, pharmacy or other professional programmes. It's unique in providing a foundation for many clinical disciplines which you may not find on other similar courses. It focuses on both academic achievement and the development of a strong student personal profile as well as training in clinical skills and clinical communication skills, required by many professions.

The high staff: student ratio allows for individualised learning and support and during the first year you’ll be provided with voluntary work or work shadowing opportunities in related settings to assist with your future study choices.

During year 1 of the programme you will have the option to study additional English language modules if required to meet progression requirements, or scientific communication modules.

Students with IELTS of 6.5 and UK students will study:

  • Case based approach to scientific problem solving
  • English for Medical Sciences

Students with IELTS of 6 will study:

  • Scientific Communication
  • English for Professional & Academic Development 2
  • English for Medical Sciences

Students with IELTS of 5.5 will study:

  • English for Professional & Academic Development 1
  • English for Professional & Academic Development 2
  • English for Medical Sciences

Medical Science 1

Medical Science 2 

Medical Science 3


During the 4 year Medical Sciences programme you will learn how the systems of the body, from the cellular level upwards, work together to maintain normal function and health, whilst developing language and communication skills specific to the medical field. We will help you gain insight into how scientific understanding, critical thinking and communication skills are fundamental to effective healthcare.

You’ll study the mechanisms of clinical and pathological conditions at both clinical and molecular levels. You’ll also learn how the evidence base for science and medicine is developed and begin to explore into research methods and how to conduct a research project successfully. In your final year you’ll have the opportunity to learn the mode of action and the use of drugs together with the most advanced technologies in therapeutics. The final year projects are designated in current areas of interest in clinical and scientific research to give you the opportunity to demonstrate your capacity in integrating everything you have learnt to generate solutions to problems.

Our team of dedicated and experienced staff provide academic and pastoral guidance helping students make a successful transition to the UK higher education system.

Highlights of the course:
  • A ‘gateway’ course to prepare you becoming highly competitive candidates for graduate entry medicine, dental, veterinary, Pharmacy, Physician Associate, or other professional programmes
  • A unique course in providing a foundation and application within all clinical disciplines not offered on other ‘gateway’ courses. It focuses on both academic achievement and the development of strong student personal profiles and training in clinical skills and clinical communication skills, required by many professions
  • Additional possibility of a route to the UCLan medicine (MBBS)*,  or integrated Masters Physician Associate Studies programme or Mpharm after the first year.
  • During the first year, you will be provided with voluntary work or work shadowing opportunities in related settings including charitable organisations to assist with your future study choices
  • The first is aimed at the development of enhanced English Language or scientific communication
Opportunities

During year 1, you will be provided with voluntary work or work shadowing opportunities in related settings including charitable organisations to assist with your future study choices. You will also be supported in your progression to further programmes with career guidance opportunities.

Progression

During Year 1 you can apply for the five-year UCLan Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) if you satisfy the following criteria:

  • Expected to achieve a grade of 70% or above on Year 1 of the programme
  • Will have met or expected to meet all other stated entry requirements for the MBBS programme
  • Other general entry requirements may be applied for MBBS progression and students should check the website for updates or contact our Course Enquiries Team for the most up-to-date information

You can also consider our Masters (Hons) of Physician Associate Studies if you satisfy the following criteria:

  • Expected to achieve a grade of 60% or above on Year 1 of the programme
  • Will have met or expected to meet all other stated entry requirements for the programme

Additionally, you can consider our MPharm (Hons) if you satisfy the following criteria:

  • Expected to achieve a grade of 60% or above overall on Year 1 of the programme, plus expected to achieve 65% or above in Biological and Chemical Systems module
  • Will have met or expected to meet all other stated entry requirements for the programme

**Please note that completion of Year 1 of this programme does not guarantee automatic progression to our Medicine, Masters of Physician Associate Studies or Pharmacy programmes.

VISA AND IMMIGRATION ADVICE

For visa and immigration advice please visit the international webpages.

This information is for prospective students who have not yet joined UCLan. The information is correct at the time of publication; please read through this information carefully before you apply for your visa.

ACCOMMODATION INFORMATION

International Students Bsc (Hons) Medical Sciences Foundation Entry – Westlakes Campus 

There is available accommodation at Summergrove Halls, adjacent to the Campus. They provide excellent quality rooms in 3 residential halls within the site. The rooms are of a good size and each bedroom is fully furnished with an en-suite shower room. There’s access to 10mb WIFI with the option to upgrade. Facilities include:

  • Catered or self-catering options
  • On-site catering and dining room
  • A fully equipped fitness studio with a range of newly installed fitness equipment and separate male and female change rooms, charged at a daily or monthly rate
  • Self-service laundry
  • Ample free parking

Find at out more at www.summergrovehalls.co.uk/

Please note, the contract for accommodation is made directly between the student and Summergrove. UCLan cannot accept any responsibility for that contract. Whilst accommodation is single-room, the room maybe on a mixed sex corridor, with shared catering and relaxation facilities. Local shops are within driving distance, with the town of Whitehaven 2.5 miles away.

More accommodation can be found via other local letting agents – find out more at www.rightmove.co.uk/estate-agents/Whitehaven.html

UK Students Bsc (Hons) Medical Sciences Foundation Entry – Burnley Campus

Please contact privateaccommodation@uclan.ac.uk for information about accommodation

Key Information

  • Duration:

    4 Years

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

  • UCAS Code:

    AA90

  • Campus:

    Burnley or Westlakes (Campus code: None)

  • Start Date:

    September

  • Fees 2018/19

    Full-time: TBC

  • View 2017/18 Fees

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 80 UCAS Points. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement.

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Pass
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Merit
Pass Access Course: 80 UCAS Points
IELTS: 6.0 or 7.0 if you wish to progress to MBBS/MPAS
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

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Course Overview

Year 1 and 2

Compulsory:

  • Biological and Chemical Systems
  • Body Systems
  • Investigative skills using Mathematics

Optional:

  • Scientific Communication
  • Case based approach to scientific problem solving
  • English for Professional & Academic Development 1
  • English for Professional & Academic Development 2
  • English for Medical Sciences
     

 

  • Integrated Medical sciences
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Anatomy and Physiology

Year 3 and 4

  • Immunology
  • Anatomy and Physiology II
  • Research in Medical Sciences
  • Clinical Communications and Medical Skills

 


 

  • Neuroscience
  • Medical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
  • Research Project
  • Molecular Medicine

 

Late Applications

DBS Checks

This course will involve access to children and/or vulnerable adults. You will be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB) and we will guide you through this process.

Important Information

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

* Tuition Fees

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.