School of Health Sciences

Health Sciences with Foundation Year 

This foundation course strengthens your scientific knowledge to prepare you to apply for an undergraduate health sciences degree.

As a foundation student at Nottingham, you'll have access to all the same facilities and aspects of university life as degree students.

Full course details

What is a foundation year?

Student examining a model of a knee in a lecture theatre

Is the foundation year for me?

The foundation year could be ideal if you:

  • have not achieved your potential at school or college due to personal circumstances
  • are a mature student looking to return to education and have evidence of recent study
  • have good A levels but didn't study the subjects needed to apply for a health sciences degree 
  • have predicted grades below those needed to apply for a health sciences degree 

What and how will I study?

Our teachers have experience delivering classes to our undergraduate health science students.

They bridge the gap between school/college and university to develop your confidence and help you adjust to university life.

Through seminars, lab sessions, lectures and group discussions you'll develop the key scientific and professional skills needed for degree-level study. You'll also be introduced to case-based learning.


After the foundation year

You need to have an idea about which health sciences profession you would like to pursue before you apply for the foundation course. This should be highlighted in your personal statement.

Successfully completing the Foundation Certificate will strengthen your application for these courses at Nottingham:

Specific requirements apply, please see our progression requirements page for full details.

School of Health Sciences

B236, Medical School
Queen's Medical Centre
Nottingham, NG7 2HA

telephone: +44 (0)115 95 15559