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Course summary

Want to start your journey to become a doctor, but don't meet the traditional entry requirements? Depending on your circumstances, our Medicine with a Foundation Year course could be your route to achieving your ambitions. The welcoming foundation year offers you small class sizes and a chance to form close relationships with your fellow students. This support network will, upon successful completion, transfer into the early years of the medicine course. You'll be taught by experienced teachers in a medical school with 50 years' experience training doctors and an excellent reputation for teaching and research. At Nottingham, we'll help you gain the clinical skills, knowledge and confidence to lead people through some of life’s most significant times. Two degrees in one You'll undertake a supervised research project in your fourth year, leading to the award of an integrated Bachelor of Medical Sciences (BMedSci) without needing to study for an extra year. You'll then continue into your final years putting your learning into practice on placements at hospitals and GP surgeries to earn your BMBS. Full-body dissection We're one of the few medical schools in the UK who help you learn anatomy using full-body dissection. Case-based learning A case-based learning course which makes use of real patient scenarios and focuses you on their key clinical points. Great community Medical students at Nottingham join an active student community. The student-led medicine society puts on regular events throughout the year and provides support in the form of peer mentoring and more. Broad range of expertise You'll be able to explore a broad range of research areas as part of your studies alongside national and international leaders in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), cancer research, mental health technology and more.


This course is split into three phases: foundation year, the early years and the clinical phase. You’ll spend your first year as a medical student at the Derby Medical School. You’ll build your knowledge and confidence in medical sciences, along with the intellectual, professional and practical skills required to succeed on the five-year medicine course. You’ll learn in purpose-built facilities and be part of a small group of students, allowing you to develop relationships with your year group. Upon successful completion of your end of year exams, you’ll transition onto the five-year medicine course. In your second year, you'll move to the Medical School at Nottingham and being the early years phase. During this phase, you’ll develop an understanding of the scientific and professional basics of medicine. You'll be taught subjects based on clinically relevant topics and patient examples. Areas of study include, but are not limited to: respiratory, cardiovascular, cancer, musculoskeletal systems, gastrointestinal medicine, renal, endocrine, reproduction, and Central Nervous System. From year one, topics studied in lectures, seminars, clinical skills, and anatomy suites are supplemented by patient interactions in hospitals or primary care settings. This part culminates in a research project and will see you graduate with a BMedSci degree after year three. During the final two years of your course, you’ll undertake a series of immersive placements at hospitals and GP surgeries. You’ll cover a range of specialities and experience medicine in different care settings, giving you a broad understanding and experience of how differently the NHS functions and cares for patients. This part will see you graduate with a BMBS, enabling you to work as a doctor on the UK Foundation Programme after you graduate. For the most up-to-date module information and full details, please visit the course page on our website.

Assessment method

You'll be assessed through a variety of assessment methods, including: practical exams, coursework, clinical exams, logbooks, case studies, presentations, and a workplace-based assessment.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

This course is only open to students who are living in the UK and have UK home status, indefinite leave to remain or refugee status (with a letter from the home office as evidence) at the time you make your application. You must also meet the following criteria: The University's contextual admissions criteria Do not meet the standard or contextual entry requirements for the five-year Medicine course Have not already attended university You cannot apply to both the five year Medicine course and the Medicine with a Foundation Year course. If you meet the entry requirements for the five-year Medicine course, you must only apply for the five-year Medicine course.

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Additional entry requirements

Admission tests

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

We must be confident in your conduct, health and ability to be professional and interact safely with patients. As part of your application you will be required to have an occupational health assessment and a disclosure and barring service (DBS) check. This will take place after an offer we have made has been accepted by you.

Health checks

We must be confident in your conduct, health and ability to be professional and interact safely with patients. As part of your application you will be required to have an occupational health assessment and a disclosure and barring service (DBS) check. This usually takes place around May or June for offer holders. We are able to accept pre-existing DBS checks as long as they meet the enhanced criteria check and are registered on the Update Service. If we have any serious concerns we will not offer you a place, and reserve the right to revoke offers should serious concerns arise before starting the course.


You will be required to have an interview. This usually takes the form of Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI). For 2024 entry, interviews will be completed online using Microsoft Teams. Interviews are offered to candidates based on scores as calculated by our selection process. The percentage threshold varies from year to year based on the number of applicants. If you meet the entry requirements for the course and have completed the Nottingham Pathways to Medicine Programme, Lincoln Summer School, the Nottingham Potential Summer School or the Nottingham Sutton Trust Summer School, you will be considered for the interview stage without having to go through the UCAT/GCSE scoring stage of our selection process. The fast track to interview is also available for elite athletes if the minimum entry requirements are met. If you are eligible for the fast track to interview you will still need to sit the UCAT and achieve Band 1 to 3 on the Situational Judgement Test. You will also need to meet the contextual requirements of the course.


Work Experience: Applicants are usually expected to complete regular work experience when applying for medicine. This can be: Volunteering in a care related setting Volunteering with disadvantaged groups Paid employment in a job working with the general public Please note, we are not expecting any work experience to have taken place or be ongoing after March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Your application for 2024 entry will not be negatively affected if you’ve been unable to complete any work experience you had planned. We will however be looking for knowledge of the profession and an understanding of the scope of the role and we may ask about this during your interview. If possible we'd advise that you speak to someone working in the NHS to ensure you are making an informed choice about your career in medicine. We expect you to demonstrate a commitment to caring for people and a realistic idea of what working as a doctor entails. Any students considering a gap year should use their time constructively either by working or further preparing yourself for a future career in medicine. Deferral requests: Requests to defer must be received by 1st May in order to be considered. Deferral requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT)

All applicants must take the UCAT (University Clinical Aptitude Test) in the same year you are applying. We do not accept the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) for this course. Applicants who achieve a Band 4 in the Situational Judgement Test in the UCAT will not be considered. For more information, please refer to the UCAT website

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)7.5with no less than 7.0 in any element
PTE Academic79with a minimum of 76 in each component
Cambridge English Proficiency191 with no element below 185
Cambridge English Advanced191 with no element below 185

If your home country is not the UK, but you moved to the UK (with indefinite leave to remain) within two years before taking GCSE English Language or equivalent and did not achieve Level 6 then we will accept one of the alternative qualifications listed.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Medicine with a Foundation Year at University of Nottingham - UCAS