The University Foundation Programme

Medicine

Introduction

The Medicine Pathway is designed to prepare UK/EU and international students for a place at medical school. This course covers the essential elements of biology, chemistry and mathematics as well as the more specialised areas of human anatomy, pathology, genetics and pharmacology. Alongside these core science subjects; students will also gain:

  • an appreciation of what it means to be a medical professional
  • an insight into technological advances in medicine
  • an understanding of medical ethics

From day 1, we help our students to prepare for university entrance interviews which is an important element of admission to Medicine at university.  Students will carry out in-class discussions on current medical affairs, gaining knowledge of a wide range of topics to talk about when applying for medical school.

Experienced and dedicated teachers on the Medicine Pathway help students to develop strong study skills and effective communication techniques, which are essential for success in their medical studies and beyond.

Who is this course for?

  • Students who currently hold high school diplomas, A-levels or IB but would like to strengthen their application for medical school
  • Students who do not currently meet the academic requirement to apply to medical school through UCAS
  • Students who have not studied biology or chemistry, but have strong grades in their high school diplomas or A-levels
  • Students who did not pass the UKCAT/BMAT examinations and would like to build on their existing knowledge before re-applying for         medical school

University Destinations

Initially students will be eligible to make direct applications to the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Features of this medical school: 

  • Internationally recognized medical qualification - MB, BCh, BAO (Hons) - (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, Bachelor of Obstetrics)
  • No entrance exam (no UCAT/BMAT)
  • Direct application (not through UCAS)
  • Each year RCSI have 220 non-EU places available
  • World renowned, ranked among the top 2% of universities worldwide
  • Has Europe’s largest, cutting edge, clinical simulation facilities
  • Located in the heart of Dublin - the vibrant and friendly capital of Ireland

Upon achieving an A overall on our Medicine Pathway, students can apply to the 5-year medical course at RCSI. For those students who finish with a B overall, they can still apply to RCSI medical school for their 6-year medicine with foundation year.

Course Structure

Please see below for an overview of the Course Structure. The course is delivered over 3 terms and consists of interactive classroom learning, tutorials and frequent laboratory sessions. There will be several progress tests throughout the course and an end of term examination, for each module, will take place at the end of each term. In addition, students are required to complete coursework and practical laboratory sessions.

Entry requirements

In order to be considered for our Medicine Pathway, students need to have graduated from High School. Check the table below for the grade/score requirements for your qualification type. In addition, students will need to have an overall IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6 in Reading and Writing.

Qualifications Type

  • GCSE / High School Certificate or equivalent

5 A*-B Grades overall 

With at least A in Chemistry, and B in Biology & Mathematics

B in English Language or IELTS 6.5

  • Baccalaureate / High School Diploma

Overall 16*

With at least 16 in Chemistry, Biology & Mathematics

(*17 in the Iranian High School Diploma)


What other degree subjects you can progress to?

This medical foundation course will prepare you to apply to medical school, but if you change your mind during the year our Medical Foundation pathway is also accepted by many universities offering different degree subjects. This UFP course can also lead to Biochemistry, Biological sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Molecular Genetics, Nutrition, Neuroscience, Pharmacology, Pharmacy, Physiology and Physiotherapy. It’s good to know you’ve always got back up options!

Term 1

Minor Modules

These modules are compulsory:

Core Mathematics (Pure & Statistics)

Information Technology

Communication Skills & IELTS

Introductory Biology

Introductory Chemistry

Introduction to Studying Medicine

Students will also have weekly Tutorials with Dr. Diaper with preparation for University Applications

Term 2 & Term 3

Major Modules:

The following are all compulsory modules for this pathway:

Biology

Chemistry

Medical Science (including Human Anatomy & Physiology; Pathology; Pharmacology; Medical Imaging Techniques; and Introduction to Clinical Practice)

Students will also choose one additional module from the following:

Psychology

Quantitative Methods

Further Mathematics

Physics

The UFP Medicine Pathway consists of interactive classroom learning, tutorials and frequent laboratory sessions. There will be several progress tests throughout the course and an end of term examination, for each module, will take place at the end of each term. In addition, students are required to complete coursework and practical laboratory sessions.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for students who want to be in London and prepare themselves for a place at medical school. They will get the benefit of a specially tailored course, and also a great support team to help them apply for well-respected universities and institutes.

We're seeing more and more students who want to pursue a medical career, so we knew that we really needed to design a syllabus specifically for them; one that would include the extra elements needed to start their journey towards becoming medical practitioners. To be able to offer this course, with its unique features, is very exciting for us." 

Mr. Kaveh, UFP Course Director

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