The Foundation Programme is a 1-year course designed to provide students with the essential skills and academic grounding to meet the entry requirements for our 2-year BSc in Biomedical Sciences and provide a foundation to apply for medical or dental school.
A unique feature of this course is that in the second term some teaching is conducted via Problem Based Learning, giving students an experience of this method of learning before applying for medical or dental school.
It is taught at the University of Buckingham’s brand new campus in Crewe, Cheshire in North West England.
The University has, in partnership with Apollo Hospitals Group, acquired the former Manchester Metropolitan University’s campus at Crewe, Cheshire. The campus is a short, 10-minute walk from the train station and off Junction 16 of the M6 motorway. The main campus is 40 acres and includes all the facilities of a modern university campus.
Student accommodation is just a five-minute walk from the main campus at the newly constructed Booth Hall, offering 695 rooms. You can explore Booth Hall further on the Manchester Metropolitan website. Please note, prices for accommodation are subject to change.
The Foundation 1-Year programme may be suitable for you if you:
Are a UK student who has not taken the usual entry qualifications for a medical or dental degree programme (i.e. you do not have A-levels in Biology and Chemistry or have not achieved the required grades).
Are a capable EU student with at least 12 years of schooling in your own country.
Are a suitably experienced mature student (i.e. an individual who has been working in a non-science environment and would like a change of career, or would like to refresh your scientific background).
Are an international student with good high school grades.
Each applicant is considered on a case-by-case basis, and an interview may be required.
Please note: If your actual grades fall below these requirements, please contact us to discuss further as we may be able to look into your circumstances and the possibility of an individual plan.
Academic requirements will vary from one country to another so please contact us for more details.
If English is not your first language, we will ask you to obtain a recognised qualification showing an overall level equivalent to 6.0 IELTS with at least 5.5 in all components of the test.
The course offers students a strong understanding of medical science taught at foundation level. You will take the following modules:
English & Academic Skills (L2) (Optional, Sept-Dec)
Biomedicine I: Genes, Cells & Development (L3)
Chemistry I: Atoms, Molecules & Reactions (L3)
Measurement in the Life Sciences I (L3)
Medicine, Disease & Society (L3)
Biomedicine II: Tissues, Systems & Regulation (L3)
You can apply directly using our online application form – all you need to do is click the ‘apply’ button at the top of this page.
Help and support
If you need any help making your application or if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by email, or by phone on +44 (0)1280 820227. We are available between 09:00 and 17:00, Monday to Friday.