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Health science foundation year pathway

On successful completion of the Health Science Foundation Year pathway you will progress on to your chosen degree programme from the list below:

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Course content

Along with three core Foundation Year modules, the pathway also includes three science-based modules.

Foundations of Life

Foundations of Life studies the hierarchy of life, starting with macromolecules, cell tissue, organ and organism structures and functions. It also considers the interactions of organisms as arranged in communities.

The Chemistry of Nature

will introduce students to the concept of chemical principles underlying the life in the animal, vegetable and mineral kingdoms. It will explore the atomic structure and properties of matter, the chemical reactions occurring in the human body and in Nature, the chemico-physical phenomena underpinning the constitution of the planet Earth and its atmosphere.

Principles of Physics and Mathematics

The module is divided into two components:

  1. Physical principles of Nature
  2. Mathematics (including principles of statistics)

The “Nature” component studies the principles of movement and energy, electricity and magnetism, and light. This component will also explore how these principles apply to our daily lives including human movement. The “Mathematics” component studies the fundamental concepts of mathematics and how they express the language in which Nature is written. This component also includes an introduction to statistics and its applications.  

Personal Learning Competencies

This module introduces the students to learning in HE and provides them with a framework for reflection and understanding of their own personal learning identity as well as tools for continuing educational success.

Taking a Professional Approach

This module will equip students with the knowledge, confidence and practical skills to help them to develop their employability skills.

Students will be introduced to the workplace through a short observation and will work independently and in groups to understand and recognise work-related success and build their own potential.

The Individual Project

This module is an opportunity for students to expand their knowledge in an area of their choice. Students will work closely with a supervisor to choose a topic of interest for investigation.

Alongside pursuing their interest in a topic, students will engage with academic research skills such as finding sources, building an argument and organising ideas, design and delivery of output, and will require planning, preparation, research and autonomous working. Students will produce a portfolio of work.

This module will also culminate in a small “conference” where all students showcase their findings. 


Please note: all information is correct at the time of publication. However, course content is regularly updated and this may result in some changes, which will be communicated to students before their programme begins. Modules listed may either be core or optional; you may not be able to study all your first choice modules.