Undergradute student Tracey Utah studying in the George Green library, University Park. November 5th 2021.

Health Sciences with Foundation Year BSc

Medical School Building, Nottingham, UK

Course overview

If you don't meet the requirements for an undergraduate healthcare degree, our Health Sciences with a Foundation Year could be for you.

Tutors on our one-year foundation programme will help you develop your academic reading, writing, critical thinking, communication and scientific skills to prepare you for the next level of study.

Indicative modules


Year 1

Foundations in Biosciences


Year 1

Biological Communications, Digestion and Nutrition


Year 1

Body Systems, Energy and Metabolism


Year 1

Professional and Personal Development


Year 1

Foundations in Health Psychology


Year 1

Health Science Project

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About modules

The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer, but is not intended to be construed or relied on as a definitive list of what might be available in any given year. This content was last updated on Wednesday 6 March 2024.

Teaching is delivered through an equal mix of in-person and online methods.

A range of assessments will be used to assess your learning throughout the year.  Assessments could include MCQ exams, presentations and essays.


40 hours contact time and 40 hours online learning for each module

Our Foundation Certificate in Health Sciences prepares students for degree-level study at the University of Nottingham. The pathway is designed to allow progression to your desired undergraduate degree within the School of Health Sciences:

BSc Midwifery
BSc Nursing
BSc Physiotherapy
BSc Sport Rehabilitation
BSc Health Promotion and Public Health

Average starting salary and career progression

98.30% of undergraduates from the School of Health Sciences secured graduate level employment or further study within 15 months of graduation. The average annual starting salary for these graduates was £25,798.

HESA Graduate Outcomes (2017- 2021 cohorts). The Graduate Outcomes % is calculated using The Guardian University Guide methodology. The average annual salary is based on graduates working full-time within the UK.


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.

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers (Ranked in the top ten in The Graduate Market in 2013-2020, High Fliers Research).

Laboratory staff helping second year undergraduates in a chemistry lab session, Chemistry building, University Park. November 5th 2021.
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