Medicine with Foundation Year (Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery)

Medicine with Foundation Year (Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery) MBBS

Do you have the potential and aspiration to become a doctor, but do not yet have the qualifications required to apply directly to our 5-year Medicine course? Then join our MBBS with a foundation year.

The MBBS Medicine with a foundation year is a 6-year programme. The foundation forms the first academic year, and on successful completion you will automatically progress to our 5-year MBBS Medicine course at our Preston campus.

In the foundation year, you will learn fundamental biomedical sciences and mathematics that later in the course you will apply to normal human body functioning and then later the disease state, plus scientific communication skills.

The first year of this 6-year programme is taught at the UCLan National Centre for Remote and Rural Medicine at our Westlakes campus in Whitehaven, Cumbria

Eligibility: This 6 year MBBS programme is for international students only. Please see below for entry criteria.

Key Information

  • Duration:

    6 Years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • Award Type:


  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston, Burnley and Westlakes (Campus code: Preston: U, Burnley: A, Westlakes: W)

  • Start Date:


  • Foundation route into MBBS Medicine for students who do not yet hold the academic qualifications to study a 5-year programme.
  • After successful completion of the foundation year, you will progress to the 5-year MBBS
  • First year of the course taught at the UCLan National Centre for Remote and Rural Medicine at our Westlakes campus in Whitehaven, Cumbria

Course Overview

Foundation Entry year

Level 3

  • XYC001 Biological and Chemical Systems
  • XYC002 Body Systems
  • XYC003 Investigative Skills using Mathematics

Level 4

  • XY1004 Scientific Communication
  • XY1005 Case Study Approach to Scientific Problem Solving
  • EF1501 English for Professional & Academic Development 1
  • EF1502 English for Professional & Academic Development 2
  • EF1337 English for Medical Sciences


The first year of this course is classroom based with no clinical placement.

Progression to 5-year MBBS at the Preston campus

 Successful completion of 120 credits that must include:

  • A minimum of 65% in module XYC001
  • With an average of 70% across all of the XY modules
  • IELTS or equivalent of 7.0 in all areas

More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

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Fees 2020/21

Full-time: Year 1: £17,500; Years 2-6: £40,500 for the first year of study, to increase each year in line with UK Retail Price Index

Fees for international students

Entry Requirements

Open only to international applicants


ABB (or equivalent) at A-level (at least two science subjects to include Chemistry and a third academic subject). For those applicants with international qualifications, we would expect these to include the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Sciences (to include Chemistry and at least one other science subject).
Students must be able to provide evidence of sustained academic achievement (GCSE or equivalent to include English Language B or higher) with a broad study of Science and Math up to the age of 15-16. English as medium of instruction will not be accepted for any student.


International applicants will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English through the attainment of one of the following qualifications: IELTS with a minimum of 7.0 in all of the component scores (listening, reading, writing and speaking) or equivalent. English as medium of instruction will not be accepted for any student.
Applicants must successfully pass a multiple mini interview (MMI). Applicants who have passed at least 6 out of 8 MMI stations will be ranked according to score and offers made to the top ranking applicants until the required number of places has been filled. A small number of applicants who perform exceptionally well at MMI may be made an early offer. (NB UCLan reserve the right to offer an alternative interview under exceptional circumstances such as the recent Covid-19 pandemic)

The UK government imposes strict limits on the number of places available to home (UK/EU) students on the MBBS programme. If you are holding an offer for the UCLan MBBS programme, and your status changes from an international student to a home (UK/EU) student, the offer will lapse and you will not therefore be automatically entitled to accept your offer or take up your place if you have already accepted your offer. You will therefore need to reapply for the course as a home (UK/EU) student. Please note that because of the UK government restrictions referred to above, different entry criteria may apply for home (UK/EU) applicants and places may not be available for the same academic year. If you are already enrolled on the programme and your international status changes (e.g. because of an error in the original assessment of your status), it is likely that you will have to withdraw from the programme. The University will provide you with appropriate support and advice during this process. Application for home (UK/EU) places on the UCLan MBBS programme is a highly competitive process.

Progression to MBBS 5 year programme at the Preston campus

 Successful completion of 120 credits that must include:

  • A minimum of 65% in module XYC001
  • With an average of 70% across all of the XY modules
  • IELTS or equivalent of 7.0 in all areas


International Students

View our entry requirements for your country

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DBS Checks

This course will involve you working with vulnerable groups of individuals, including children. In order to ensure that the University offers places on their programmes to suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). We will be able to guide you through this process once you have been offered a conditional place of study at the University of Central Lancashire.

It is important to note that should your Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prove to be unsatisfactory for the purpose of the course you have applied to, your offer of a place for that course may be withdrawn. If you have already enrolled on a course and your DBS check subsequently discloses a criminal conviction, you may be required to withdraw from the course even if you have already started. If you are aware that your DBS check will disclose a previous conviction, please contact the course leader for advice as not all convictions may preclude you from continuing with the course.

Further Information

Our Westlakes Campus if fully equipped with a human anatomy room, featuring life modules and a virtual dissection Anatomage table, lecture theatre and seminar rooms, library with full access to the School of Medicine library catalogue and social spaces.

Further Course Information

We aim to produce graduates educated to the highest UK standards and who will become effective, safe and knowledgeable doctors wherever in the world they practice medicine. The course is designed to achieve the learning outcomes as laid down by the General Medical Council (GMC) and will be delivered using the latest blended educational methods. Our aim is to enable you as a new graduate to confidently and competently approach your first working day as a safe, effective and compassionate, qualified doctor.

This will be an exciting and stimulating course. Medicine is a challenging profession but also very rewarding, exciting and stimulating. The MBBS programme places considerable emphasis on developing your expertise in a whole range of practical areas, including clinical, communication, observation, team-work and leadership.

In the first year of the MBBS with Foundation, you will learn fundamental biomedical sciences and mathematics that later in the course you will apply to normal human body functioning and then later the disease state, plus scientific communication skills.

There are three themes underpinning the UCLan MBBS curriculum that run throughout the final five years of the programme:

  1. Evidence Informed Practice of Medicine (EIPOM)
  2. Integrated Science and Clinical Medicine (ISCM)
  3. Medical Skills and Quality Care (MSQC)

Years 2-6 of the programme focus on early patient contact and we have eliminated the traditional divide between pre-clinical studies and clinical years, which means that you will start seeing patients from your very first term. The final year of study comprises a series of workplace-based learning attachments comprising the final Transition to Clinical Practice.

For more details on the final 5 years of this programme visit our MBBS web page.


Clinical placements:

Year 1 is a classroom based year. Clinical placements will commence in year 2 of the programme.

Graduate Careers

There are multiple options available upon graduation from the MBBS programme. Successful completion of the course will enable you to meet core requirements as a Junior Doctor and allow you to apply for provisional registration with the General Medical Council. All UK graduates are eligible to apply to the UK Foundation Programme. Entry onto this programme requires an applicant to have the right to work in the UK and involves a highly competitive process with other UK graduates. Places on this programme are not guaranteed for every UK graduate.

There are also a number of postgraduate training routes available to UCLan MBBS graduates and our Transitions Lead will work with you on a prospective and proactive basis, from early in training, to facilitate onward working across the globe. If you have a country specific enquiry regarding postgraduate training and working after the MBBS programme please contact us on must highlight to students who wish to work in Singapore and Thailand after graduation, that there are some issues with this and so we would advise you contact us prior to application for further information.

Information from the GMC regarding the Medical Licensing Assessment (MLA)


Once you enter year 2-6 of this programme, our clinical education partners include:


The General Medical Council (GMC) recognises UCLan as one of the bodies to award primary medical qualifications.

How to Apply

International (Non EU) Applications

Applications are still open for 2020 entry.

International applications can also be made via UCAS or can be submitted directly using our online application form.

In order to process your application, we will require:

  • Copies of your completed academic qualifications
  • Evidence of English Language proficiency. If you cannot send us a completed English Language qualification or test, we will accept official evidence that you have booked a test such as IELTS.
  • One satisfactory academic reference – this must include predicted grades if you are still studying
  • Personal statement
  • Transferable Skills Statement (TSS)*, guidance can be found here. (Please note the School of Medicine has suspended the TSS requirement for applicants during the current COVID-19 pandemic.)
  • A copy of your passport (photograph page) and any visas you hold or have held to be in the UK

When applying directly through the UCLan website please choose UG FT non UK/EU at UCLan.

Please note that the UCAT is not required for entry to the MBBS Programme.

View our application process

Occupational Health

All applicants must obtain a satisfactory occupational health check as part of the application process. Find out more in our ‘Additional Guidance for Applicants’ document below.

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Important Information

This course is based in the School of Medicine

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: | 2020 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course 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.