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Medical Sciences (Foundation Entry) BSc (Hons)

This three-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 StudiesMPharm (Hons)**, Biomedical Sciences and Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy*** 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, students continuing with BMed Sci will continue to study at Burnley campus and students on other programmes will transfer to the Preston Campus.

*The School of Medicine wishes to increase access to medical education and support the development and sustainability of regional workforce. From 2019, the MBBS is open to international students and limited number of UK students and so competition for progression to this programme is very high. Weighting will be given to UK Widening Participation students wishing to apply for MBBS (see our webpage for further information).

** Subject to successful interview

*** See progression routes for specific entry criteria for each programme.

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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)*, integrated Masters Physician Associate Studies (MPAS), MPharm, Biomedical Sciences and Dental Hygeine and Dental Therapy programmes after first year. See progressions section for entry requirements.
  • During the first year, you will be supported with finding voluntary work or work shadowing opportunities in related settings including charitable organisations to assist with your future study choices
  • Some modules in first year is aimed at the development of enhanced English Language or scientific communication

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Key Information

  • Duration:

    3 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 2019/20

    Full-time: Full-time: The fee for the first year of the course will be £5,500 (UK/EU). Fees for years 2 to 3 will be £11,100* (UK/EU) per year.

    International students: The fee for the first year of the course will be £19,000. Fees for years 2 to 3 will be standard Undergraduate International fees thereafter.
     

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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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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.

Course Overview

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 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

During the three 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 will study the mechanisms of clinical and pathological conditions at both clinical and molecular levels. You will 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 will 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.

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Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

The Medical Sciences degree at UCLan is a ‘gateway’ course offering a core science foundation. You will 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.

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 65% or above overall on Year 1 of the programme, plus expected to achieve 70% or above in Biological and Chemical Systems module
  • Will have met or expected to meet all other stated entry requirements for the programme

You can apply for the BSc. Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy if you satisfy the following criteria:

  • Expected 65% or above overall on Year 1 of the programme, with 70% or above in the Body Systems module
  • Will have met or are expected to meet all other stated entry requirements for the programme

You can apply for the BSc. Biomedical Sciences if you satisfy the following criteria:

  • Expected 60% or above on year 1 of the programme
  • Will have met or are 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, please read through this information carefully before you apply for your visa).

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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.

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ACCOMMODATION

International Students – 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

Whilst accommodation is single-room, the room may be 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.

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.

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UK Students – Burnley Campus Please contact privateaccommodation@uclan.ac.uk for information about accommodation.

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Important Information

Contact Us

This course is based in the School of Medicine
Telephone us for further information +44(0)1772 892400
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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 Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2018/19 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.