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Medical Sciences (Foundation Entry) BSc (Hons)

Medical Sciences (Foundation Entry) BSc (Hons)

School of Medicine

UCAS Code

AA90

Level

Under- graduate

Campus

Burnley, Westlakes

Contact UCLan

University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 895024
Email: international@uclan.ac.uk

  • Duration:

    4 Years

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    AA90; Short form: BSc/MSI

  • Campus:

    Burnley, Westlakes (Campus code: None)

  • Start Date:

    September

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

Designed for UK and international students, 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* or the integrated Masters in Physician Associate Studies 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.

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 School of Medicine  wishes to increase access to medical education and consequently UK/EU applicants who wish to progress to medicine (MBBS) in 2017 or 2018 will need to meet widening participation criteria. For further information, contact Course Enquiries.

Entry Requirements 2017/18

80 UK tariff points or equivalent, including at least 2 science courses to Year 12 study and GCSE grade C in Maths or equivalent. English language requirement for international and EU students: IELTS of 6.0 with no sub score lower than 5.5, or equivalent.

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.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

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

 

Year 2

  • Integrated Medical sciences
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Anatomy and Physiology

Year 3

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

Year 4

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

 

Further Information

Medical Science 1

Medical Science 2 

Medical Science 3

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 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

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.

ACCOMMODATION INFORMATION At WEST LAKES 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

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 after 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
  • Year 1 aims to the development of enhanced English Language or scientific communication
  • You will be taught in a small, culturally diverse group offering unparalleled access to staff and facilities.
  • Some sessions will be taught by doctors and clinicians as well as science and language teachers.
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.


Course dates

Enrolment and Welcome Week: 9th January 2017
Teaching commences: 11th January 2017
Course end date: 28th July 2017
September 2017: details available shortly

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

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

Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

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

Apply Now

You can apply through UCAS to start in September 2017 until 30th June

Contact Us

+44(0)1772 892400

cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

Fees 2017/18

Full-time: Years 1: £17,500 per year (International), TBC (UK)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

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.

Learning Environment and Assessment

International students will spend the first year of the course at the UCLan Westlakes Campus, set in rural West Cumbria, an area of outstanding natural beauty in the Lake District region. The campus is near Whitehaven, a small town by the sea. The town has both local train and bus services to larger towns, and a one hour train ride to Carlisle will put you on the west coast mainline for travel to Scotland or London and all towns in between. In the local area are some of the most outstanding areas of natural beauty in the UK and the Lake District National Park.

Home students will spend the first year of the course at the UCLan Burnley Campus. Burnley is a thriving market town situated in the heart of East Lancashire, and 25 miles from Preston. It is within an hour’s drive of Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester and boasts a highly skilled manufacturing sector. The town has breath-taking Pennine views, surrounded by moors that attract walkers, bikers and tourists. The University Campus is just five minutes’ walk from Burnley town centre where you can find a modern shopping centre, multi-screen cinema, bowling alley, leisure centre, art gallery and plenty of nightlife.

Students based at Westlakes and Burnley campuses will have academic and pastoral support from the School of Medicine team based at the Campus and will be able to link into the student services at the Preston City campus. Students completing their first year successfully will continue their studies at the School of Medicine in Preston.

The School of Medicine maintains a high staff to student ratio allowing for individualised learning and excellent student support. Feedback to students is timely and constructive. This feedback policy works alongside our commitment in listening to students’ voice so that we are in constant dialogue with students to ensure that student opinions are valued and acted upon promptly.

Teaching and learning is delivered via lectures, tutorials, case-based and problem-based learning, laboratory practicals, seminars and tutor-assisted learning. You will be taught in a small, culturally diverse group offering unparalleled access to staff and facilities. Some sessions will be taught by doctors and clinicians as well as science and language teachers.

The University at its main Preston Campus has invested in state-of-the-art facilities to ensure a high quality student learning experience. One of the many examples of technology-enhanced learning is the use of virtual dissection tables during anatomy sessions. The use of this virtual learning tool dramatically changes the approach of practical anatomy teaching sessions, providing students with a realistic experience of whole body dissection whilst at the same time avoiding many of the disadvantages of conventional methods. Our teaching and research laboratories are also equipped with the latest technologies in molecular genetics, cell biology, physiology, drug formulation development and many more.

Work Experience

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

Progression

During Year 1 you can apply for the

  • 5-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*
     
  • 4-year UCLan integrated Masters in 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

If you satisfy these criteria you will be invited for an interview and thereafter complete the same highly competitive admissions’ process as all the other applicants. Please note that completion of Year 1 of this programme does not guarantee an automatic progression to these programmes.

Graduate Careers

If you continue on the BSc Medical Sciences, your scientific knowledge alongside your transferable skills development will prepare you to become highly competitive candidates for entry onto undergraduate medicine, dentistry, veterinary, physician associate, pharmacology, optometry and other professional study programmes. Graduates from the course will also be highly competitive candidates for further postgraduate study at MSc, MPhil and PhD level.

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