Medicine with Health Foundation Year Keele University


At Keele University, we’re different. Nestled in 600 acres of countryside in the heart of the UK, we have a big campus but a small and cosmopolitan community. We’re proud to be ‘University of the Year for Student Experience’ in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017, in addition to having been ranked No.1 in the National Student Survey 2014-2016. This is because it’s more than green and lovely, it’s a place of research and academic excellence too.

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 Health Foundation Year is a well established and successful course which offers progression onto the full range of health degrees at Keele.
The Health Foundation Year offers an opportunity for students to enter a degree course in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences who do not meet the necessary criteria for direct entry. This is often because they have not studied the subjects required or because they have gained non-traditional qualifications. The programme of modules is tailored to the student’s chosen degree route.

After you have completed your Health Foundation Year, you could progress on to the Medicine 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.

  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery - MB ChB

  • Study mode

    Full-time including foundation year

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Start date

    28 September 2019

  • Duration

    6 years

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

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code A104
Institution code K12
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level A*AA Three A-levels at grades of A*AA are required. A-level combinations should not include Chemistry. A-level Biology is acceptable if combined with non-science A-levels. The combination of Maths and Physics is acceptable with another non-science subject. Applied Sciences is accepted.
Chemistry must not have been taken at AS- or A-level. We expect that the majority of applicants for this programme will not have studied sciences beyond GCSE.
Any science A-level (Biology, Physics) completed since 2017 must include a pass in the practical endorsement: without this endorsement the qualification will be judged to have been failed, regardless of the headline grade.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D*DD
Access to HE Diploma D: 45 credits
P: 15 credits
GCSE/National 4/National 5 A minimum of five full GCSEs or equivalent level-2 qualifications at grade A (or 7), with a minimum of grade C (or 4) required in English language and maths. A minimum of five Scottish National 5 qualifications at grade A, with a minimum of grade C (or 4) required in English language and maths.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 35 points Three grade 6 passes at IB Higher Level and grades of 6, 6, 5 at Standard Level are required. Subjects must not include Chemistry. Points awarded for the Extended Essay or Theory of Knowledge are not taken into account.
Scottish Advanced Higher AB Two Advanced Highers (not including Chemistry or Biology) must also be achieved at minimum grades of AB. Scottish Highers are also required at grades of AAAAB, not including Chemistry or more than one other science.

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Additional entry requirements

Admission tests

Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT)

This test is required if you are an overseas applicant. Applicants who fulfill the entry requirements will be ranked on BMAT for interview.

The UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT)

This test is required if you are a Home/EU applicant. We exclude candidates who are in the bottom 20% nationally or with an SJT score in Band 4

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

A satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check (Enhanced plus Barring Lists) will be required for successful candidates.

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 take the form of multiple mini-interviews (MMIs), where candidates undertake a series of short interview stations.
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All Home/EU candidates will be required to complete a Roles and Responsibilities Form detailing their work experience as part of a selection process.
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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 * Year 1
England £9,250 * Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 * Year 1
Scotland £9,250 * Year 1
Wales £9,250 * 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.