Medicine with a Foundation Year BMBS

   
   
  

Fact file - 2017 entry

UCAS code:A108
Qualification:BMedSci
Type and duration:6 year UG (yr 1 foundation)
Qualification name:Medicine with a Foundation Year
UCAS code
UCAS code
A108
Qualification
Medicine with a Foundation Year | BMedSci
Duration
6 years full time UG (yr 1 foundation)
A level offer
BBC 
Required subjects
Three A levels, studied over a two year period, including B grades in chemistry and biology with a pass in practical assessments and excluding general studies and critical thinking. At least five GCSEs at grade B, to include biology, chemistry, english, maths and physics (or science double or triple award); applied science is not accepted; UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT): candidates must sit the UKCAT test before making their application through UCAS; for more information, please refer to the UKCAT website www.ukcat.ac.uk 
IB score
28 (5 in biology and chemistry at Higher Level) including a minimum of five grade B GCSEs to include biology, chemistry, physics (or dual science), maths and English language
Course location
Foundation year: Royal Derby Hospital. Years 1 to 5: The University of Nottingham Medical School, Queen's Medical Centre and Hospital Trusts throughout the East Midlands
Course places
25
School/department

 

 

This course may still be open to international applicants for 2016 entry. Please visit our international pages for details of courses and application procedures from now until the end of August.

Overview

This course provides an overview of important elements of biology and chemistry required for your later years of study. You’ll be fully supported with a tutorial system and your learning will be set in a clinical setting where appropriate.
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Recruiting for Values

The School of Medicine values are linked to the NHS Constitution and underpin our courses.  We expect medical students and applicants to demonstrate professional behaviour and attitudes consistent with these values.

The Course

The six-year A108 Medicine with a Foundation Year Course has been designed to widen access to higher education.

If you want to study medicine but do not meet the normal requirements for entry onto A100 Medicine Course, both at A level and GCSE level and haven't studied at a higher education institution, this course could be the route to achieving your ambition. 

You must also meet certain widening participation criteria (please see "entry criteria").

This course is for students who have not been to university previously.

Find out more about our teaching, including an example first-year timetable on our school website

Progression after year one onto A100 (5 year medicine course)

Students who successfully meet the progression requirements of the Foundation Year will then join year-one students on the five-year A100 Medicine course.

Notes

  1. Please be aware that you must be a United Kingdom student living in the UK. If your home country is not the United Kingdom but you are living in the UK, you must have indefinite leave to remain in the United Kingdom at the time you make your application, or have refugee status.
  2. Students who have already attended university are not eligible to apply for this course. If you are studying for a degree, or have completed a degree, you should apply to the A101 Graduate Entry Medicine Course.
 

Entry requirements

A level: BBC with B in biology and chemistry including a pass in practical assessments, studied over a two year period. Excluding general studies and critical thinking.

GCSE: Minimum of 5 grade B's including grade B in biology, chemistry and physics (dual science or triple science), maths and English language, studied over a two year period.

UKCAT: candidates must sit the UKCAT test before making their application through UCAS; for more information, please refer to the UKCAT website www.ukcat.ac.uk 

International Baccalaureate: 28 (5 in biology and chemistry at Higher Level) including a minimum of five grade B GCSEs to include biology, chemistry, physics (or dual science), maths and English language

If your GCSE profile, and your predicted or achieved grades at A level, meet the A100 academic requirements then you should apply for that course only and not A108.

If either your GCSE profile, OR your predicted grades at A level, meet the A100 academic requirements then you must be studying at a school without a tradition of high academic achievement as well as living in a neighbourhood that is less advantaged (see Group A below) and meet at least one criterion from Group B below. 

Extended project: while we appreciate the value of the extended project, we will not make it a requirement of any offer.

Additional criteria

Students must also fulfil the criterion from Group A and at least one criteria from Group B.

Group A

  • Living in a neighbourhood that is less advantaged in terms of income, education and other factors (we use a postcode tool to assess this).
 

Group B

  • Are, or have previously been, in local authority care/looked after. (A confirmation letter from the Local Authority is required).
  • Living in a household with an income of no more than £35,000. Confirmation of current Child Tax Credit or an equivalent means-tested benefit (such as the new Universal Credit system; documentary evidence required).
  • Currently a sole carer of a parent/s, or if living away from home being the sole carer of a sibling. (A confirmation letter from your school is required). 
  • Currently have refugee status (A letter from the Home Office is required).
 

English language criteria

  • IELTS 7.5 (no less than 7.0 in any element)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) 67 (minimum 55)
  • Certificate of Proficiency in English:Grade B

Students who require extra support to meet the English language requirements for their academic course can attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education (CELE) to prepare for their future studies. Students who pass at the required level can progress directly to their academic programme without needing to retake IELTS. Please visit the CELE webpages for more information.

Flexible admissions policy

In recognition of our applicants’ varied experience and educational pathways, The University of Nottingham employs a flexible admissions policy. We consider applicants’ circumstances and broader achievements as part of the assessment process, but do not vary the offer from the grades advertised as a result of these. Please see the University’s admissions policies and procedures for more information.  
 

Modules


Typical Year Zero (Foundation Year) Modules
Cells and Tissues
This module considers the particulars of cell and tissue biology. You will explore a number of topics including: prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell structure and function, organelles, biological membranes, cell division, transport across membranes, and tissue types. For this module you will have a blended mix of taught classes, laboratory practicals, independent study exercises and e-learning, totalling around 30 hours of contact time in the autumn semester.
 
Organic Chemistry
This module considers the particulars of organic chemistry. You will consider the role of carbon in living things. You will consider the structure of carbon compounds such as alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, arenes, alcohols, aldehydes, ketones, and carboxylic acids.  For this module you will have a combination of taught classes, laboratory practicals, completion of workbooks, e-learning and self-directed learning, totalling 21 hours in the autumn semester.
 
Biological Molecules
This module is concerned with biological molecules. The content covered in this module includes: water, carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids, protein, nucleic acids, vitamins, and minerals. For this module you will have a mix of taught classes, laboratory practicals, completion of workbooks, e-learning and self-directed learning totalling 30 hours in the autumn semester.
 
Human Genetics
This module considers aspects of medical genetics. You will consider genetic variation, inheritance, mutation, cloning and gene therapy. For this module you’ll have a combination of taught classes, completion of workbooks and e-learning totalling 21 hours over the course of the autumn semester.
 
Inorganic Chemistry
In this module you will consider the particulars in relation to inorganic chemistry. You will consider atomic structure, the periodic table and periodicity, acids, bases and salts, solutions and suspensions, chemical reactions, enthalpy of reactions and oxidation and reduction. For this module you will have a mix of taught classes, laboratory practicals, completion of workbooks, e-learning and self-directed learning, with contact time totalling 78 hours over the course of the year.
 
Study Skills
This module relates to the practical skills needed to help you with your studies and in your future career. This module will cover skills including: information gathering, recording information, data analysis, time management, effective scientific writing and laboratory reports, referencing, computer skills, and examination success. For this module you will have a mix of taught classes, workbooks, e-learning and self-directed learning, with contact time totalling 21 hours of contact time over the course of the year.
 
Health, Behaviour and Society
This module is related to the particulars of health, behaviour and society. The content covered in this module includes: health psychology, health promotion, and coping with illness. This module also considers lifestyle factors and their influence on health including exercise, diet, tobacco, alcohol and stress. For this module you will have a blended mix of taught classes, completion of workbooks, and self-directed learning totalling 21 hours of contact time over the course of the year. 
 
 
Biochemical Processes
This module is concerned with biochemical processes. For this module you will consider enzyme structure, enzyme function, DNA replication, protein synthesis, and cellular respiration. For this module you will have a combination of taught classes, laboratory practicals, completion of workbooks and e-learning, with a total contact time of 27 hours over the spring semester. 
 
Body Structure
This module is concerned with body structure. You will be introduced to anatomy, organs and organ systems including alimentary canal, blood vessels, brain and spinal cord, heart, kidney, liver, and lungs. You’ll also be taught about the peripheral nerves, reproductive organs, and the skeleton and muscles. For this module you will have a blended mix of taught classes, completion of workbooks, e-learning and self-directed learning, totalling 36 hours of contact time. 
 
Body Processes
This module is concerned with body processes. You will cover topics including: absorption, filtration and reabsorption in the body, chemical digestion, gaseous exchange, immune response, muscle contraction, and nerve impulses. In this module you will have a combination of taught classes, laboratory practicals, completion of workbooks and e-learning, totalling around 26 hours of contact time over the spring semester.
 
 


We offer a wide range of modules for each of the five years, together with optional modules for Year two and for the Year three Research Project.

Typical modules for years one to five of the A100 Medicine Course are listed here and click on the 'modules' tab.

 

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. The above list is a sample of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.

 
 

Careers

At the end of the six year undergraduate course you will receive your BM BS degree, which is a primary medical qualification (PMQ).  Holding a PMQ entitles you to provisional registration with the General Medical Council, subject only to its acceptance that there are no Fitness to Practise concerns that need consideration.  Provisional registration is time limited to a maximum of three years and 30 days (1125 days in total).  After this time period your provisional registration will normally expire. 

Provisionally registered doctors can only practise in approved Foundation Year 1 posts:  the law does not allow provisionally registered doctors to undertake any other type of work.  To obtain a Foundation Year 1 post you will need to apply during the final year of your undergraduate course through the UK Foundation Programme Office selection scheme, which allocates these posts to graduates on a competitive basis.  So far, all suitably qualified UK graduates have found a place on the Foundation Year 1 programme, but this cannot be guaranteed, for instance if there were to be an increased number of competitive applications from non-UK graduates.

Successful completion of the Foundation Year 1 programme is normally achieved within 12 months and is marked by the award of a Certificate of Experience.  You will then be eligible to apply for full registration with the General Medical Council.  You need full registration with a licence to practise for unsupervised medical practice in the NHS or private practice in the UK.

Although this information is currently correct, students need to be aware that regulations in this area may change from time to time.

There is some discussion about whether to remove provisional registration for newly qualified doctors.  If this happens then UK graduates will receive full registration as soon as they have successfully completed a BM BS degree.  It should be noted there it is very likely that UK graduates will still need to apply for a training programme similar to the current Foundation Programme and that places on this programme may not be guaranteed for every UK graduate.

In addition the GMC has announced that from 2022, the students graduating in that year onwards will be required to undertake the UK Medical Licensing Assessment (UKMLA). 

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2014, 99% of first-degree graduates from medical courses who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £27,645 with the highest being £50,000.*

*Known destinations of full-time home and EU first-degree graduates, 2013/14.

Postgraduate medical education

Find out more about after training opportunities in the East Midlands region after graduation.

Careers Support and Advice

Studying for a degree at The University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take. Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.

Have a look at our Careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.  

 
 

Fees and funding

Scholarships and bursaries

The University of Nottingham offers a wide range of bursaries and scholarships. These funds can provide you with an additional source of non-repayable financial help. For up to date information regarding tuition fees, visit our fees and finance pages.

Home students*

Over one third of our UK students receive our means-tested core bursary, worth up to £2,000 a year. Full details can be found on our financial support pages.

* A 'home' student is one who meets certain UK residence criteria. These are the same criteria as apply to eligibility for home funding from Student Finance.

International/EU students

The University of Nottingham provides information and advice on financing your degree and managing your finances as an international student. The International Office offers a range of High Achiever Prizes for students from selected schools and colleges to help with the cost of tuition fees.

 
 
 

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This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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