Edge Hill University Medical School has announced the launch of a Foundation Year for Medicine, starting in 2019.
The one-year course will prepare students to enter the five-year medical degree that starts in 2020. The Foundation Year is for students from the region who have the right A-level qualifications, but need to reach a higher academic standard before they can start on a degree in Medicine.
Applications will be through UCAS with a deadline of October 15th 2018.
Professor Clare Austin, Director of Medical Education, said: “The Foundation Year is a fantastic opportunity for people with the aspiration to become doctors, whose circumstances may have held them back. We want to recruit people with the potential to become part of a new generation of doctors and the Foundation Year is an important part of making that happen.”
To apply for the course applicants will need 120 UCAS Tariff points including A-level Biology and Chemistry at Grade B or above, or equivalent, plus at least five GCSEs at Grade B or Grade 6 or above including Biology, Chemistry, English Language and Mathematics. In addition applicants must meet widening participation criteria as detailed here.
“This is a brand new opportunity for students studying Biology and Chemistry A-levels, which they may not have considered before as they progress through college or Sixth Form,” said Clare.
“Unlike most degrees, applications for medicine need to be in by October 15th so anyone thinking the Foundation Year might be for them is advised to do their research over the summer to be ready to apply promptly in the autumn. Coming to an Open Day is the best way to find out more: they are a great way to find out about the course, university life and practicalities such as accommodation and finance.”
The new Edge Hill University Medical School is one of only three new free-standing medical schools in the country, with a mission to develop a new generation of doctors who understand the needs of the local communities and can drive forward new models of care.
Successful completion of the Foundation Year at the required pass mark enables progression onto the five-year MBChB medical programme at Edge Hill University which commences in 2020.
Undergraduate medical education delivered by all universities is subject to a GMC approval process and the MBChB programme at Edge Hill University is due to complete the required stages of that process for September 2020 entry.
Anyone interested in the Foundation Year can find out more at the Edge Hill University Open Day on Saturday June 16th.