Keele University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Medicine with Foundation Year

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Course summary

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At Keele University, we’re proud to be consistently ranked in the Top 3 UK universities for student satisfaction, which is testimony to the safe, supportive and welcoming campus we hope you’ll soon call home. The course will provide you with the requisite science knowledge, enhance your study skills and give you an introduction to the employability skills required by health professionals. The Foundation Year is a well established and successful course which offers progression onto the full range of health degrees at Keele. The Foundation Year for Medicine is a gateway route into medicine for students from some under-represented groups. This course offers standard medical training with the addition of a foundation year (a total of six years). Students entering the Foundation Year will undertake a range of modules and at the end of the foundation year will need to achieve 70% or above in all these modules in order to progress to the five-year MBChB programme. By the end of this course you will have transformed your skills and knowledge to equip you to practise in the evolving healthcare environment. You’ll gain a deep understanding of the scientific foundations of medicine, enabling you to develop high levels of clinical expertise. The course is designed to ensure you meet the necessary standards in terms of knowledge, skills and attitudes that new doctors need, as identified by the General Medical Council in ‘Outcomes for Graduates’. At Keele, we put an emphasis on feedback to help you improve your knowledge, understanding and performance of medical practice. The modern, highly-integrated medical curriculum combines a range of learning strategies, including contemporary science, early clinical experience, integrated communication and clinical skills teaching, practical sessions, including dissection, problem-based-learning (PBL), lectures and seminars. You will gain experience through clinical placements in primary and secondary care settings and in the community sector. Inter-professional learning and student interests are fostered throughout this programme. You’ll get the opportunity for intercalation to pursue an additional qualification in a medicine-related subject that interests you in further depth. You could study at Bachelor’s level after second year or Master’s level after fourth year. You can focus on scholarship and research, publish scientific papers and present at conferences.

Course details


For a list of indicative and likely optional modules please visit the course website.

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications at this time. Please contact the provider to find out more.

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 October

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

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Course codeA104
Institution code K12
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level BBC Including Chemistry or Biology. A pass in the science practical endorsement is required.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM National Extended Diploma must be in Applied Science, Health & Social Care, or Sport & Exercise Science.
Access to HE Diploma Not accepted
Scottish Higher BBBBB Two Advanced Highers at grade B including Biology or Chemistry are also required.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DM A Level Chemistry or Biology at grade B is also required, including a pass in the science practical endorsement.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) D Two A Levels at grade B including Chemistry or Biology are also required, including a pass in the science practical endorsement.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 A minimum of five full GCSEs at grade B/6 including double/ triple-award sciences or three separate sciences . A minimum of grade C/5 is required in English Language (including a pass in speaking and listening) and Maths.

Applicants must meet widening participation criteria as well as the academic entry requirements. Please see the link below for further information.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

Additional entry requirements

Admission tests

Health checks

A satisfactory health check will be required for successful candidates.


Our selection process requires candidates to be interviewed before any offer can be made. Our interviews usually take the form of multiple mini-interviews (MMIs), where candidates undertake a series of short interview stations. However, during the 2021 entry cycle we will be using online interviews. Please see webpages for full details:


Candidates who progress from the Health Foundation Year onto year 1 of the degree course will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service check (Enhanced plus Barring Lists). Please see webpages for full details:

University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT)

SJT Band 1, 2 or 3 and overall score in top 80% of cohort.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £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 Foundation Year at Keele University - UCAS