Medicine with a Foundation Year BMBS


Fact file - 2018 entry

Medicine with a Foundation Year | BMedSci
UCAS code
6 years full time UG (yr 1 foundation)
A level offer
Required subjects
Three A levels, studied over a two year period, including B grades in chemistry and biology with a pass in science practical tests, if assessed separately and excluding general studies, critical thinking, citizenship studies and global perspectives. At least five GCSEs at grade B, to include biology, chemistry, English language, 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.
IB score
28 (5, 5, 5 at Higher Level including biology and chemistry) 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 one to five: The University of Nottingham Medical School, Queen's Medical Centre and hospital trusts and general practices throughout the East Midlands

Course places


This is a one-year foundation course designed to widen access to medicine study. On successful completion you will automatically progress to the BMBS Medicine course.
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Please note: This course is open to UK applicants or those with refugee status only. Please check the additional criteria in the entry requirements tab below.

Highlights of medicine at Nottingham

  • Learn anatomy through experience of full-body dissection, an aspect of the course many students feel privileged to do
  • Complete an integrated BMedSci, allowing you to undertake a supervised research project in an area you find interesting without studying an extra year
  • Gain early interaction with patients through regular visits to general practices and hospitals
  • Have access to a catchment population of almost two million people across seven teaching hospitals and three counties, giving you contact with a wide-ranging patient community
  • Explore a specialty you find interesting in our Special Study module in the fourth year, allowing you to tailor your studies to your own career aspirations
  • Study and travel with an elective placement in your fifth year, allowing you to go anywhere in the world
What you will learn

While on the foundation year of this course, you will study all the important elements of biology and chemistry required for your studies in years one to five. In addition, you will cover key topics in health psychology and population health and have your learning set in clinical context where appropriate.

You will undertake learning in fundamental subjects including anatomy, microanatomy and microbiology.

Study skills tuition supports the practical work you do, developing key skills in writing, information gathering, data analysis and examination success to name a few. We’ll also prepare you for a smooth transition to the five-year course via sessions with new tutors and visits to the dissection suite.

Learning and assessment

In the foundation year, sessions are delivered mainly in small groups incorporating lab sessions, tutorials and workshops and gross and micro-anatomy sessions in the anatomy suite or using the virtual microscope. Assessment is tailored to give you experience of the format used in subsequent years. 

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The foundation year is taught at the Royal Derby Hospital Education Centre which is based on-site of one of the biggest hospitals in the East Midlands. It is a modern, purpose-built facility.

Graduate entry medicine, graduate entry nursing and medical physiology and therapeutics students also study here, creating a multidisciplinary community.

There is a hopper bus service that runs on a continual circuit between the Royal Derby Hospital Centre and main campus, University Park, throughout the day, every day (except bank holidays). This gives you the option of living in Nottingham or Derby.

For years one to three of the five-year course, you will spend the majority of your time studying in our Medical School based within the Queen’s Medical Centre (QMC) in Nottingham. The Medical School is adjacent to the main campus of University Park and the two campuses are linked by a pedestrian footbridge giving easy access to University Park’s facilities. Clinical placements will be in general practices and hospital trusts around the East Midlands.

Student support

All students have a personal tutor who will review your academic progress each semester and are also available to help with any personal matters. Your personal tutor will act as a gateway to the wider student support and development provision of the University.  

Mature applicants

We encourage applications from mature applicants. You should apply in the normal way through UCAS. There is various support available to you including peer mentoring and the Mature Students’ Network which organises social events throughout the year. Find out more on our mature students website.

Progression after year one onto BMBS Medicine (A100 five-year 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.

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.




Entry requirements


  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 (a letter from the home office is required).
  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.
  3. Applicants for this course must not meet the A level and GCSE grade requirements for the five-year BMBS Medicine (A100) course. 
A levels and GCSEs

BBC with B in biology and chemistry including a pass in science practical tests, if assessed separately, studied over a two year period. Excluding general studies, critical thinking, citizenship studies and global perspectives

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


Candidates must sit the UKCAT test before making their application through UCAS; for more information, please refer to the UKCAT website.

International Baccalaureate

28 (5, 5, 5 including 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

Extended project

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

Additional criterion

Applicants must normally be UK citizens, classed as a home student for fees purposes and living in a neighbourhood in the UK that is less advantaged in terms of income, education and other factors. Our online postcode tool will tell you if you’re eligible for the latter. Applicants from other countries may be eligible if you have ‘Indefinite Leave to Remain’ in the United Kingdom or refugee status at the point of making an application for this course.

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

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.




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.
Introduction to Microbiology

This course will provide an introduction to basic microbiology. It will cover fundamental aspects of the structure, growth, replication and significance of major groups of microbes with emphasis on bacteria and viruses. Nutritional and physical requirements for growth, propagation and measurement of growth as well as procedures for killing microbes will be dealt with. Students will also be introduced to the topics of infectious disease and the significance of microbiology to industry. In practical sessions students will learn aseptic technique, routine light microscopy, basic skills in handling, growing, isolating and identifying bacteria, and general safe laboratory techniques. The module has 42 hours of contact time.

Professional and Communication Skills

This module begins to introduce the process of personal and professional development of future doctors by requiring regular reflection, action planning and documentation of their progress through the Foundation Year. It also comprises an introduction to the areas of basic communication and clinical skills and professionalism through exploring lifestyle factors and their influence on health, the NHS and topical medical and ethical issues, health psychology and health promotion. The module develops research and study skills, academic writing, building resilience, communication and counselling skills, clinical skills, record keeping and information governance. The module has 42 hours of contact time.

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.

See modules for years one to five of the five-year BMBS Medicine course 

The following is a sample of the typical modules that we offer as at the date of publication but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Due to the passage of time between commencement of the course and subsequent years of the course, modules may change due to developments in the curriculum and the module information in this prospectus is provided for indicative purposes only.



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 2016, 99.6% of undergraduates in the school who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £27,958 with the highest being £40,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home undergraduates, 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.


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.


Key Information Sets (KIS)

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Students attend 8 placements during the first two years

How to use the data

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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