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Medicine with a Foundation Year

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

These must include a B in both biology (or human biology) and chemistry. We do not use predicted A level grades and do not score A levels, AS levels, or equivalent as part of our selection process. However, any offers made will be conditional on meeting the A level requirements. A pass is normally required in science practical tests, where these are assessed separately. However, due to the pandemic and the uncertainty of practical tests taking place, this will not required for 2022 applicants. We will not accept citizenship studies, critical thinking, general studies, or global perspectives. You must study three A levels for two years and meet the entry requirements, however you can take an extra A level a year earlier or later if needed to meet the entry requirements or recommended by your school or college. Please note we do not usually accept A levels which have taken three years to complete. We do not accept A Level resits for this course.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

M2,M2,M3

including M2 biology and chemistry. GCSE qualifications or equivalent are required.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

We require a minimum of 5 GCSEs at Level 6 (B). These must include maths; English language; and chemistry and biology or double science if you have not taken the individual science subjects. You will need a minimum of Level 6 in both maths and English language. You will also need a minimum of Level 6 in both chemistry and biology or Level 6,6 in double science When selecting for interview, GCSE grades are scored and allocated points. We score a maximum of 6 GCSEs including the required subject grades. We do not accept any GCSE resits for this course. We do not accept applied science, short course GCSEs or functional skills for English and maths. GCSEs taken over multiple years may be accepted for home schooled students as long as they meet the entry requirements.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

28

with 555 at Higher level including biology and chemistry, excluding core component. If you are taking IB maths we will accept either qualification taken at standard or higher. GCSE or middle years (or equivalent) qualifications are required as outlined under the GCSE requirements.

Scottish Advanced Higher

B,B

in biology and chemistry. This qualification is acceptable when combined with Scottish Higher grades BBBCC including English language, maths and the sciences.

Scottish Higher

B,B,B,C,C

including English language, maths and the sciences at grade B. This qualification is acceptable when combined with Advanced Higher grades BB in biology and chemistry.

Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)

C

This qualification is acceptable when combined with A level grades BB in biology and chemistry. GCSE qualifications or equivalent are required.

UCAS Tariff

96-123

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About this course


Course option

6.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subjects

Pre-clinical medicine

Clinical medicine

Want to start your journey to become a doctor, but don't meet the traditional entry requirements?

Depending on your circumstances, the Medicine with a Foundation Year course could be your route to achieving your ambitions.

The welcoming foundation year offers you small class sizes and a chance to form close relationships with your fellow students. This support network will, upon successful completion, transfer into the early years of the medicine course.

You'll be taught by experienced teachers in a medical school with 50 years' experience training doctors and an excellent reputation for teaching and research.

At Nottingham you'll get the clinical skills you need for a successful career in medicine and still have time to enjoy your university experience.

**Two degrees in one**

You'll undertake a supervised research project in your fourth year, leading to the award of an integrated Bachelor of Medical Sciences (BMedSci) without needing to study for an extra year. You'll then continue into your final years putting your learning into practice on placements at hospitals and GP surgeries to earn your BMBS.

**Full-body dissection**

We're one of the few medical schools in the UK who help you learn anatomy using full-body dissection.

**Case-based learning**

You'll learn using case-based learning, making use of real patient scenarios and focusing on key clinical points

**Great community**

Medical students at Nottingham join an active student community. The student-led medicine society puts on regular events throughout the year and provides support in the form of peer mentoring and more.

**Broad range of expertise**

You'll be able to explore a broad range of research areas as part of your studies alongside national and international leaders in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), cancer research, mental health technology and more.

Modules

Year one

In your first year, you'll study all the important elements of biology and chemistry required as a foundation for your future studies.

In addition, you will cover key topics in professionalism and communication and study subjects including anatomy, microanatomy and microbiology. Your learning is set in a clinical context where appropriate.

This year is predominantly studied at the Royal Derby Hospital.

Year two

In your second year, you'll move to the Medical School at Nottingham and develop an understanding of the scientific and professional basics of medicine. You will then study themes based on overarching clinical problems such as respiratory and cardiovascular medicine, the musculoskeletal system, and cancer.

There is also the opportunity to reinforce your learning through hospital and general practice visits.

In the spring semester, students usually have the chance to study an optional module, looking into specific topics in a bit more depth.

Year three

Your third year continues your theme-based teaching, looking into a variety of other clinical problems. In each semester you will usually be able to take an optional module to suit your personal interests.

Year four

Your fourth year begins with a supervised research project in an area of your choice and an accompanying Research Methods module to help with the project. You're also able to take two optional advanced medical science modules. This will lead to being awarded the BMedSci.

Following your project, you'll move into the final years and begin the Clinical Phase.

Final years

Your final two years form the majority of the Clinical Phase. This is a rotation of a series of six-week placements in major teaching hospitals and primary care. The experience you gain in these years will provide you with the professional knowledge, skills, values and behaviours to succeed.

In both years you'll have the option of student-selected modules, which can be carried out at home or abroad. These end with a six-week placement of your choice and a medical assistantship to prepare you for your foundation year training.

For the most up-to-date module information and full details, please visit the course page on our website.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University Park Campus

Department:

School of Medicine

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

56%
low
Pre-clinical medicine
56%
low
Clinical medicine

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Medicine (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

82%
Staff make the subject interesting
80%
Staff are good at explaining things
71%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
90%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

67%
Library resources
79%
IT resources
74%
Course specific equipment and facilities
30%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

47%
UK students
53%
International students
27%
Male students
73%
Female students

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Pre-clinical medicine

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£30,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
med
Employed or in further education
99%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

97%
Health professionals
1%
Information technology technicians
0%
Teaching and educational professionals

Medical degrees are some of the most difficult courses to enter, but very nearly all graduates go on to good, well-paid and secure careers in health. If you're taking a shorter pre-clinical course, you'll need to continue on to further medical training to complete an accredited qualification, which explains why a high proportion of those grads are 'in further study' six months later. And at the moment, the UK is short of doctors and we have upped the number of places available, so demand remains high.

Clinical medicine

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£30,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
med
Employed or in further education
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

98%
Health professionals
0%
Teaching and educational professionals
0%
Business, research and administrative professionals

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Medicine and dentistry

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£36k

£36k

£45k

£45k

£50k

£50k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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