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 Studies, MPharm (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.
Burnley or Westlakes (Campus code: None)
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 £9,250* (UK/EU) per year.
International students: The fee for the first year of the course will be £17,500. Fees for years 2 to 3 will be standard Undergraduate International fees thereafter.
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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
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.
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:
Students with IELTS of 6 will study:
Students with IELTS of 5.5 will study:
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.
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 are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.
You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.
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.