MBChB Medicine with Foundation Year

Join an integrated Foundation Year that enables you to gain an understanding of key concepts within the field of medicine and meet the required academic level to progress to our MBChB Medicine degree.

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    UCAS Code: A110
    Course Length: 6 Years Full-Time
    Start Dates: September 2020, September 2021
    Subjects: Medicine
    Location: Edge Hill University
    Example Offers: BBB (A Level)
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    Please note, this programme is closed to further applications for September 2020 entry.

    The MBChB Medicine with Foundation Year is an integrated 6-year programme where you will complete a Foundation Year before progressing onto our MBChB Medicine degree, subject to passing all assessments and meeting course requirements. The information below describes the Foundation Year only. The curriculum for the subsequent five years is as outlined for MBChB Medicine.

    The Foundation Year for Medicine is aimed at students from the North West of England who have the potential and aspiration to become doctors. It is for anyone who has studied the A levels needed to join our MBChB Medicine degree but whose background may mean it is less likely that they will be able to meet the academic requirements for direct entry. You must satisfy certain widening participation criteria to be eligible to apply.

    The programme prepares you for the rigours of studying medicine, with a curriculum focused on health in the community. You will engage in disciplines such as health systems and public health, sciences for medicine, and working in multi-disciplinary teams in health care. Personal and professional development, including communication and interpersonal skills, is another key strand of the programme, with professionalism a core feature and integrated throughout. Opportunities for clinical and community learning will be supported by work experience, voluntary work or work shadowing to develop your understanding of the people within the local community where care is provided.

    Please note, this Foundation Year does not normally lead to an award or qualification in its own right, however successful completion of the Foundation Year at the required pass mark enables progression onto the MBChB Medicine programme at Edge Hill University.

    In common with all new UK medical schools, Edge Hill University Medical School is subject to successful progress through the GMC’s rigorous quality assurance processes. We have successfully completed several stages of this process and will now be subject to ongoing review. The final-stage assessment and approval for the award of a UK medical degree is at the end of the first complete delivery of the course. The University of Liverpool will act as our contingency school during this time. 

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    In Depth

    What will I study?

    A child smiles while senior doctor checks his heartbeat.You will study subjects that underpin five core themes within the Foundation Year, which will prepare you to progress to the MBChB Medicine.

    Adopting a non-modular approach, the Foundation Year curriculum has the following themes throughout the year long programme:

    • Science for Medicine: basic biomedical sciences; anatomy and physiology of the human body (system approach); structure and function of the human body related to health and illness;
    • Clinical Perspective from a Multi-Disciplinary Team Approach: acute illness – national and local proactive approaches; long-term conditions in the general and local population; the basic principles of patient safety; multi-disciplinary team perspectives; National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines; General Medical Council (GMC) competencies;
    • Professional and Personal Development: personal and professional attitudes; legal and ethical principles of the profession; professionalism; reflection; leadership and management principles; placement learning; mentoring and coaching;
    • Communication for Clinical Practice: different styles and methods of communication; barriers to effective communication; communication skills with patients, colleagues and carers; written and academic communication for practice; models and theories of communication; patient-centred communication;
    • Health, Health System and Public Health: definitions of health and ill health; concepts of health; social determinants of health; public health; individual, community and population perspectives and approaches; health data sources and health and disease patterns; trends in health data at individual and population level; health and social care needs of the local community; psychological and social context of health and illness; the role of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other international agencies.

    You will gain perspectives on clinical and community learning through work placements, where you will be supported to reflect on and learn from these experiences. Professional behaviours and development are integrated throughout the course.

    On successful completion of the Foundation Year, you will progress to Year 1 of the MBChB Medicine degree.

    How will I study?

    The Foundation Year is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, science-based practicals, clinical skills workshops, tutorials and work experience opportunities within local healthcare settings. You will be responsible for travel and parking costs while attending your work experience.

    Although the weekly direct contact time may vary, you can typically expect to attend sessions for 2.5 to 3 full days a week, with the remaining time for academic and personal tutor support and independent study. Students will be required to access learning materials via an electronic smart device.

    How will I be assessed?

    During the Foundation Year, you will be assessed through a combination of presentations, a portfolio, reflective essay, case-based assignments, Observed Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) and multiple choice/short answer examinations.

    Who will be teaching me?

    The Foundation Year programme team includes medical practitioners, bio-medical scientists, public health specialists, psychologists, nutritionists, multi-disciplinary professional registrants, NHS placement providers and clinical experts from local healthcare settings.

    A variety of service users, carers and expert guest lecturers will also contribute to the delivery of the programme to cover particular specialist themes.

    A Great Study Environment

    A student in white laboratory overall watches as liquid is poured into a funnel.The Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine is one of the leading providers of education and training for health and social care professionals in the North West of England.

    Offering some of the best facilities for health, social care and medicine students in the country, the outstanding teaching and learning resources include leading edge clinical skills facilities, an 860-seat lecture theatre, and a variety of teaching rooms and social learning spaces.

    The faculty is also home to a thriving research culture which includes a series of staff and student conference programmes, guest lectures and seminars, as well as active research groups.

    The existing clinical skills and simulated learning facilities are undergoing expansion in 2019. A new multi-professional clinical learning centre will offer a variety of simulated environments from home, through primary and/or emergency care, to secondary care and beyond. This will enable you to undertake practical scenarios in realistic settings.

    Entry Criteria

    Entry Requirements

    Grades BBB at A Level are required. These must include Biology and Chemistry and one other subject.

    While Biology and Chemistry are both required at Grade B or above, where Grade A or A* is achieved in either Biology or Chemistry (or both Biology and Chemistry), the third A Level subject will be accepted at Grade C or above.

    A Levels in General Studies, Critical Reasoning, Citizenship and Key Skills will not be accepted.

    You will also need at least five GCSEs at Grade B or Grade 6 or above (or equivalent) at the time of application, including Biology, Chemistry, English Language and Mathematics. GCSE Double Science Awards, at Grades 6-6 or B-B or above, will also be accepted in lieu of separate GCSEs in Biology and Chemistry.

    Acceptable equivalencies to A Levels are listed under Example Offers below.

    You must be aged 18 or above on the first day of the course. The programme will typically begin in mid-September although the exact date will vary for each academic year.

    The Foundation Year is a widening participation initiative for local students. To be eligible to apply, you must:

    • Have lived in the North West of England (Lancashire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Cumbria) for at least one year prior to the start of the course.

    You must also meet one of the following requirements:

    1. Have attended a non-selective state secondary school for GCSEs where the Attainment 8 score is below the English average. For September 2020 entry, GCSE performance in 2018 will be considered according to the Department for Education performance tables at compare-school-performance.service.gov.uk;
    2. Have attended a non-selective state secondary school for GCSEs and either live in an area with a postcode in quintile 1 or 2 in the POLAR4 young participation index or in a neighbourhood with a high level of multiple deprivation with an Index of Multiple Deprivation decile of 4 or below. You can check your postcode against the POLAR4 young participation index at org.uk/data-and-analysis/postcode-searchand against the Index of Multiple Deprivation at imd-by-postcode.opendatacommunities.org.

    In addition, you must meet one of the following criteria:

    • Live in a low-income household with a combined income below £35,000;
    • Have parents who did not go to university or who do not have a higher education qualification;
    • Be, or have previously been, in local authority care;
    • Be the sole carer of a parent or sibling;
    • Have refugee status;
    • Be a member of the travelling community;
    • *Live in an area with a postcode in quintile 1 or 2 in the POLAR4 young participation index. You can check your postcode at officeforstudents.org.uk/data-and-analysis/postcode-search;
    • *Live in a neighbourhood with a high level of multiple deprivation, with an Index of Multiple Deprivation decile of 4 or below. You can check your postcode at imd-by-postcode.opendatacommunities.org.

    *Applicants who have used essential criteria number 2 above, may not tick these same criteria as their additional item.

    Applicants should provide details regarding how any checked widening participation criteria are met and will be expected to provide evidence of this at a future date, prior to the offer of a place being made.

    If your GCSEs were achieved at an educational institution which does not have Attainment 8 data, this will be considered on an individual basis. Please contact us in advance of applying to ensure you are eligible.

    Applicants will be required to take the UCAT Medical Admissions Test prior to application. UCAT scores and Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) form part of the selection process. UCAT scores can only be used to support an application if they were achieved in the calendar year prior to your intended year of entry.

    If you accept a formal offer from Edge Hill you will need to submit a Declaration of Health in respect of physical and mental fitness. You may be contacted by the University’s nominated Occupational Health Service provider and/or be required to attend an appointment with them to confirm that you can meet the fitness to practise requirements to enter the programme.

    You will also be required to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure indicating that you meet the mandatory criteria of ‘Clearance to Work with Children and/or Vulnerable Adults’.

    Further information about the Declaration of Health and DBS Enhanced Disclosure will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

    Example Offers

    You can satisfy the A Level criteria by achieving one of the following combinations:

    • Grades BBB including Biology and Chemistry and one other subject;
    • Grades ABC including Biology and Chemistry, with one of these subjects at Grade A or above and the other at Grade B or above, as well as one other subject at Grade C or above.

    The following are also accepted for this programme:

    • A Level / BTEC Combination: BB at A level and D in single BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma or National Award. BB at A level must be obtained in both Chemistry and Biology and D in BTech Diploma;
    • International Baccalaureate: 32 points to include Chemistry and Biology at higher level, one other subject at higher level and three standard level subjects. Each subject must be passed with a minimum of 5 points.

    We will not accept applications from graduates for the Foundation Year.

    Applications from mature students are welcomed. There is no requirement for the academic qualifications in the entry criteria to have been completed in the past two years.

    If you have any queries about whether your qualifications will satisfy the entry criteria for this programme, please email medicineadmissions@edgehill.ac.uk and we will be happy to advise you.

    Selection Process

    Stage 1: Application Screening Against the Standard Academic Criteria

    All applications will be screened to determine whether they meet the standard academic criteria. Applications which do not meet the minimum eligibility and academic criteria will not be progressed to the next stage.

    Stage 2: UCAT Ranking

    Applicants who meet the minimum academic criteria will be ranked according to their UCAT scores. A UCAT threshold will be set depending on the number of interviews to be held.

    Applicants who meet the UCAT threshold will be invited to interview. The UCAT threshold set by the University may differ from year to year as it is dependent on the scores achieved by those who apply to us in each admissions cycle. Any candidate scoring within band 4 in the Situational Judgement Test will be automatically rejected.

    Stage 3: Interview

    All candidates who progress from stage 2 will be required to attend interview.

    The interview will take the form of Mini Multiple Interviews (MMI) which will assess the following (mapped onto good medical practice):

    • Understanding and motivation for wanting to join the MBChB programme at Edge Hill University;
    • Verbal communication skills;
    • Integrity/probity;
    • Teamwork/leadership;
    • Empathy and compassion;
    • Awareness of current health challenges;
    • Ethical awareness;
    • Awareness of self and others;
    • Prioritisation/decision making;
    • Interpretation of data.

    Stage 4: Scoring

    A score will be given for performance at each MMI station and individual scores combined. Applicants will be ranked according to their overall MMI score and offers made to the top students (for approximately 15 places).

    Offers will be made to candidates who have the highest combined scores subject to satisfactory references. The personal statement and reference will be used to allow us to distinguish between borderline applicants.

    Additional Requirements

    As outlined in the entry criteria, if you accept an offer from Edge Hill you will be required to complete a Declaration of Health questionnaire and may be contacted by the University’s nominated Occupational Health Service provider and/or be required to attend an appointment with them.

    You will also be required to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure indicating that you meet the mandatory criteria of ‘Clearance to Work with Children and/or Vulnerable Adults’.

    Admissions Policy

    Our admissions policy for this programme is available to download at www.edgehill.ac.uk/medicineadmissions.

    Career Prospects

    What are my career prospects?

    Upon achievement of the required pass mark for the Foundation Year, you will progress to our five-year MBChB Medicine programme. Successful completion of an approved MBChB leads to a Primary Medical Qualification, entitling student doctors to provisionally register with the General Medical Council (GMC), subject to meeting any additional GMC criteria such as the Medical Licensing Assessment (MLA) which is currently in development and may be introduced from 2022.

    Future career opportunities are excellent. GMC registration is recognised the world over and following registration as a doctor you can pursue a career in a variety of settings, including general practice, psychiatry and acute care.

    Those students who do not progress to medicine will be supported to progress to a diverse range of alternative programmes which enable professional registration or introduce you to applied health and social care.


    Tuition Fees

    If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this programme in academic year 2020/21, the tuition fee will be £9,250 per annum.

    The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

    Financial Support

    Subject to eligibility, UK and EU students joining this MBChB degree with Foundation Year can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK and EU students enrolling on the programme may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

    For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining this programme in academic year 2020/21, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2020/21 guide at www.edgehill.ac.uk/medicinefinance2020.

    Enhanced financial support may be available for students from Low Participation Neighbourhoods to enable their engagement with interview, selection and admission costs.


    Ten scholarship winners sitting together in a lecture theatre at the Scholarship Awards Evening.Edge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective full-time undergraduate students.

    These scholarships aren’t linked to academic success and celebrate determination, talent and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance, sport or volunteering.

    An additional scholarship, which you may qualify to receive, rewards outstanding grades and is available to eligible UK and EU students.

    To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/scholarships.


    How to Apply

    Apply online through UCAS at www.ucas.com.

    Please note, the application deadline for Medicine programmes is earlier than for many other courses. All applications must be made through UCAS by 15 October of the year preceding entry.

    Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyucas to find out more about the application process.

    Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

    Visit Us

    If you are considering applying to study at Edge Hill University, the best way to gain an insight into student life is to discover our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day. You can view dates and book your place at www.edgehill.ac.uk/opendays.

    Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, you can find out more about all of our events for prospective students, including monthly campus tours, at www.edgehill.ac.uk/visitus.

    Request a Prospectus

    If you would like to explore our full range of degrees before you apply, you can order an undergraduate prospectus at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradprospectus.

    Get in Touch

    If you have any questions about this programme or what it’s like to study at Edge Hill University, please contact:

    For further information about the Medical School, please visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/medicalschool.

    Course Changes

    Expand All This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented in the past two years.

    19th November 2019 - Change to Entry Requirements

    Entry criteria updated to clarify that students must be aged 18 or above on the first day of the course. The programme will typically begin in mid-September each year although the exact intake date will vary.