Health Foundation Year for Medicine

The Health Foundation Year at Keele was established to provide an alternative entry route into the 5-year medical degree programme for students who have the right level of qualifications but are without the chemistry or biology subjects at A-level that entry to the 5-year medicine course requires.  The course is also open to students with other level 3 qualifications and to graduates with non-science degrees.

The first Health Foundation Year students joined us in October 2006.  A good blend of students join the course each year, with varying backgrounds, nationalities, and reasons for wanting to study medicine:  some have come with nursing backgrounds, some with non-science degrees, others with humanities A-levels.

Students follow academic modules closely related to the principal medicine course which they will join once they have completed the year successfully.  The year also offers training in generic transferable skills including communication skills, counselling skills, IT and numeracy.  


Visit the university's Foundation Office webpages.

Rachel Jolley

Rachel Jolley

"The Foundation Year gave me the scientific (Chemistry) basis I needed to progress onto the principle course, it also had optional modules such as Active Anatomy which are beneficial when going on to study Medicine"

Barbara Studzinska

Barbara Studzinska

"I think it made my progress to medicine quite smooth because I gained relevant knowledge and felt more confident about myself."

Yan-Ling Wong

Yan-Ling Wong

"The Health Foundation Year gave me the opportunity to study Medicine from a totally non-science background and I fully enjoyed the course"

Victoria Twigg

Victoria Twigg

"Foundation Year offered us the chance to choose to study 'Active Anatomy,' a module which really gave us a good grounding in anatomy and proved its worth in the first year of Medicine"

Laura Lambert

Laura Lambert

"During the year I enjoyed the wide range of subjects including Chemistry and Biology, whilst also gaining valuable experience of the more personal modules"