Health Professions (Foundation Year) at Bristol, University of the West of England - UCAS

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Course summary

The Foundation Programme for Health Professions is year zero of selected degree courses in the Allied Health Professions and Nursing and Midwifery departments at UWE Bristol. If you don’t have formal relevant qualifications or meet the normal entry requirements, but can demonstrate relevant life experience and commitment to this area, we will consider your application. Spend a year getting a solid grounding in science and healthcare-related topics on this springboard into higher education. Study areas of human biology, psychology, sociology and research, and get the knowledge, skills and confidence you need to take the next step in your education and career. Most of the teaching takes place at the City of Bristol College, although you’ll also be taught at our Glenside Campus. The teaching staff understand what’s required to succeed at the next level and the course is designed to get you academically and mentally ready. After passing this Foundation year, you’ll get a guaranteed place on one of the following UWE Bristol degrees: BSc(Hons) Diagnostic Imaging BSc(Hons) Occupational Therapy BSc(Hons) Paramedic Science BSc(Hons) Physiotherapy BSc(Hons) Radiotherapy and Oncology BSc(Hons) Sport Rehabilitation BSc(Hons) Nursing (Adult Nursing) BSc(Hons) Nursing (Children's) BSc(Hons) Nursing (Learning Disabilities) BSc(Hons) Nursing (Mental Health) BSc(Hons) Midwifery Unfortunately, we are unable to accept applications from international students (overseas fee status) due to funding arrangements.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

The Foundation course is aimed at individuals who may have few or no relevant formal qualifications but who can demonstrate a clear commitment to pursuing a career within their chosen profession. Personal, professional and educational experiences will be considered to determine motivation and ability to progress onto the degree course. UWE Bristol makes Contextualised Offers for our main degrees as well as Foundation courses, so please check which level of entry is right for you. Please note, this course is not available to International applicants. If you are interested in a Foundation programme to join our degrees in this subject area you can apply through our International College. Selection process Applications will be reviewed and those demonstrating an understanding of, and commitment to a career in their chosen field will be shortlisted for interview. Personal statements for applicants shortlisted for interview will: • Clearly identify the specific pathway they wish to follow from the list below. • Show you are interested in and have an insight into the profession you are applying for. • Tell us why you want to study your health or social care course. • Show us that you are motivated and prepared for a career in health or social care. • Tell us about your relevant experiences, including any clinical visits. • Explain why you would be a caring, competent and compassionate health or social care professional. • Visit the relevant professional body website to get a deeper understanding of the issues facing your profession. • Demonstrate that your personal values and behaviours reflect the NHS Constitution. • Demonstrate correct spelling and grammar. Watch our video for top tips on writing a healthcare personal statement ( and download our health and social care personal statement guide ( Before applying, you should decide which route through the Foundation course you would like to study: • BSc(Hons) Diagnostic Radiography • BSc(Hons) Midwifery • BSc(Hons) Nursing (Adult) • BSc(Hons) Nursing (Children and Young People) • BSc(Hons) Nursing (Learning Disabilities) • BSc(Hons) Nursing (Mental Health) • BSc(Hons) Occupational Therapy • BSc(Hons) Paramedic Science • BSc(Hons) Physiotherapy • BSc(Hons) Radiotherapy and Oncology • BSc(Hons) Sport Rehabilitation All applications received on or before the UCAS deadline are considered equally, however, due to the volume of applications received, and to ensure that all applications are given equal consideration, you may attend an interview in December or January but may not receive your decision until May via UCAS or through the UWE applicant portal. If you haven't received a decision after your interview this means that the University is still considering your application. We appreciate your patience during this time and would like to remind you that if you applied through UCAS and have received offers from any other Universities, you will not lose these offers before your UCAS Reply Deadline. Paramedic Science and Physiotherapy pathways will be using a staged admissions process known as a 'gathered field' approach. This is to make sure that the admissions process is fair to applicants. 'Gathered field' here means grouping applications together and is used when the candidate quality and the level of interest in the course exceeds the number of interview places available. If you apply before the UCAS deadline you can expect to hear from us by the end of February with an update on whether you have been invited to interview.  It is recommended that you visit the relevant department in your local hospital for the profession you are interested in to gain some insight into your chosen course. In addition, it would be beneficial for you to obtain some work experience, paid or voluntary, in the workplace.

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Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 does not apply and all convictions, including those which are spent, must be disclosed. This is in accordance with the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975. If you are offered a place, you must undergo a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check and will be required to complete a Disclosure Application form. All information will be treated in confidence and only taken into account when absolutely necessary.

Health checks

You must be in good health and up-to-date with all routine immunisations that are required for working in health and social care settings. If you are offered a place on this course, you will be required to complete an Occupational Health questionnaire and attend any subsequent medical assessment if required. You will also be required to confirm your status in respect of a number of infectious diseases (tuberculosis, measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, varicella, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, HIV antibodies) and be prepared to have all required vaccinations. Please note that the list of required vaccinations may change, in response to advice from the Department of Health. If your vaccinations are not up-to-date, this will affect your ability to continue on your course. If you have any concerns with regards to vaccinations please raise this at the point of application.


Suitability for the course will be determined through a short informal interview, which will involve staff from both City of Bristol College and the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences. You will also be asked to complete a numeracy and literacy assessment.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

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Health Professions (Foundation Year) at Bristol, University of the West of England - UCAS