Keele University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Medicine with Foundation Year

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Course summary

Foundation Year Our Foundation Year provides an excellent alternative route to Keele, providing a unique opportunity to better prepare for your chosen degree, and with guaranteed entry onto your undergraduate course once you successfully complete your Foundation Year. This extra year of study can improve your academic skills, expand your subject knowledge, give you a better understanding of higher education and, perhaps most importantly of all, build your confidence. On the Keele Foundation Year, you'll study on campus, joining our undergraduate community from the outset, with access to all the facilities and support that you'd get as an undergraduate student at Keele. Please note, we do not currently offer this Foundation Year for international students. Medicine Medicine at Keele delivers an innovative curriculum underpinned by the three core themes identified by the General Medical Council: Professional Values and Behaviours, Professional Skills, and Professional Knowledge (GMC, 2018). Ranked 4th in England (Guardian University League Table, 2022). Studying Medicine MBChB at Keele you will develop the necessary knowledge and clinical skills to become a doctor who practises with competence and compassion.

  • 4th in England for Medicine (Guardian University League Table, 2022 and Complete University Guide, 2022)
  • Over 100 weeks spent on clinical placement in primary care and hospital settings across Staffordshire, Shropshire and other adjoining counties
  • Years 4 and 5 each spent at distinct bases: large teaching hospital (Staffordshire) and district general hospital (Shropshire)
  • Benefit from diverse teaching methods including problem-based learning (PBL), other small- and large-group learning activities, and dissection
  • Strong student engagement opportunities through our Medical Student Council
Medicine at Keele adopts a modern, spiral, highly integrated curriculum that combines a range of learning strategies, including early clinical experience, integrated communication and clinical skills teaching, practical activities (including dissection), problem-based learning (PBL), lectures and seminars. Additionally, inter-professional learning with other health students including nursing, midwifery, paramedic science, physiotherapy and radiography, are fostered throughout the programme. We are committed to listening, responding and supporting our students to become well-rounded, competent clinicians. Through forums such as our Medical Student Council, we recognise the value of our students' contribution to development and progression of our curriculum and the student experience. To ensure you graduate as a confident and competent clinician, you will study a range of topics including:
  • Professional and ethical responsibilities
  • Patient safety and quality improvement
  • Diagnosis and medical management
  • Prescribing medication safely
  • The health service and healthcare systems
  • Health promotion and illness prevention
* About Keele* Keele University was established in 1949 by the former Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University. Founded to meet the needs of a changing world, Keele has always had a pioneering vision to be a different kind of university. We excel in both teaching and research, with some of the most satisfied students in England, and research that is changing lives for the better at a regional, national and global level. Our beautiful 600-acre campus is one of the biggest in Britain – but all the most important services and facilities are on your doorstep, with accommodation, teaching spaces, facilities including a medical centre, sports centre and pharmacy, and a range of shops, eateries and entertainment venues – including the Students’ Union – clustered around the centre.

Course details


For a list of indicative modules please visit the course page on the Keele University website

How to apply

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

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

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

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Additional entry requirements

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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. For 2022 entry we plan to use face to face interviews again. However, in the event that travel restrictions are imposed as part of the country’s ongoing response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we reserve the right to conduct interviews remotely via video conferencing. 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). You must meet fitness-to-practise requirements in order to progress. Please see webpages for full details: This route is no longer open to graduates, or students who have already commenced or completed another HE programme, or overseas candidates. All candidates will be required to complete a Roles and Responsibilities Form detailing their work experience as part of the selection process.

University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT)

We exclude candidates with a total UCAT score lower than 2280 or a situational judgement test (SJT) result in band 4.

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Fees and funding

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Additional fee information

Please note, our fees for 2023 entry will be available soon. Although we review our fees annually and these may change, our 2022 entry fees are available on our website:
Medicine with Foundation Year at Keele University - UCAS