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BSc (Hons)

Medical Sciences (Foundation Entry)

3 Years
September 2022
Campus Taught

Our foundation entry course in Medical Sciences is a ‘gateway’ course which will prepare you to progress onto highly competitive graduate entry medicine, dental therapy, physician associate or pharmacy courses, as well as other professional programmes.

At the start of this three-year Medical Sciences programme you’ll be based at our fantastic Burnley Campus*. You will learn how the systems of the body, from the cellular level upwards, work together to maintain normal function and health, while also developing language and communication skills specific to the medical field. Our team of dedicated and experienced staff will help you to transition successfully to higher education study.

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 research methods and how to conduct a research project successfully.

This course offers a foundation stage for our Medical Sciences degree, with the possibility of applying to progress to a wide range of other courses outlined further below. 

Why study with us

  • Our School of Medicine was ranked as the Top Medical School in North West England (The Guardian University Guide 2021)
  • This is a gateway route offering a core science foundation programme specifically designed to give you the best chance of graduate entry into a health related degree or career.
  • This unique course focuses on both academic achievement and training in clinical and communication skills.

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What you'll do

  • You’ll be taught at our fantastic Burnley Campus in an innovative environment, with state-of-the-art models, imaging and a 3D virtual dissection table
  • You’ll be taught in classes with high staff to student ratio, allowing for individualised learning and support.
  • During the foundation year, you’ll be supported with finding voluntary work or work shadowing opportunities in related settings to assist you with your future study choices.

Module Overview

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

Visit our Burnley Campus

Come and discover why our Burnley Campus is the perfect place for you at our upcoming Study and Apprenticeship Event in July. You can ask current students about their experiences, talk to academic staff and discover our facilities.

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Future careers

This foundation entry programme will prepare you to progress onto our full honours degrees. Following this, the clinically-relevant scientific knowledge acquired on our BSc (Hons) Medical Sciences degree will prepare you as a highly competitive candidate for entry onto graduate entry medicine, dentistry, physician associate, pharmacy and other professional study programmes.

This course will also create opportunities to competitively apply for careers in healthcare related industries or scientific research.

Graduates from our full honours degree programme will also be strong candidates for further postgraduate study at MSc, MPhil and PhD level, along with jobs within healthcare, clinical and scientific industries

Academic expertise

Fees and Funding

First year£5,500 for the foundation year
Full-time£11,100 per year for years 1 and 1
First year£19,500 for the foundation year
Full-time£20,550 per year for years 1 and 1
First year£19,500 for the foundation year
Full-time£20,550 per year for years 1 and 1
First year£6000 for the foundation year
Full-time£11,100 per year for years 1 and 1
First year£14250 for the foundation year
Full-time£21600 per year for years 1 and 1

Scholarships and Bursaries

We have a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

Select your country and see eligibility information and how to apply by selecting more info on the cards below.


This course is based in the School of Medicine located in the Faculty of Clinical and Biomedical Sciences

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information

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