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|Course Title:||Health Foundation Year|
|Course Duration:||4, 5 or 6 years|
|Who Can Apply:||UK or EU students from a broad range of backgrounds wishing to take a health degree at Keele. Overseas applicants should see the International Degree Programme for entry requirements.|
|Funding:||Student loan available, subject to eligibility|
|Fees:||Read more about fees|
|Progression:||Part of a full honours degree programme at Keele|
|Mode of Study:||A mixture of lectures, seminars, workshops, computer classes, computer exercises and laboratory classes together with independent study and revision.|
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- How to Apply
- Teaching & Assessment
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The Health Foundation Year offers an opportunity for students to enter a degree course in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences who do not meet the necessary criteria for direct entry. This is often because they have not studied the subjects required or because they have gained non-traditional qualifications. The course will provide you with the requisite science knowledge, enhance your study skills and give you an introduction to the employability skills required by health professionals.
In the ten years since the Health Foundation Year started, it has been successfully involved in the training of 20 Doctors, 32 Pharmacists, 11 Physiotherapists, 18 Nurses and 5 Midwives.
Degree Courses available with the Health Foundation Year
|For 2018 Entry|
Intended Progression Route
|UCAS Code||A-levels||Subjects NOT accepted||Alternative Qualifications||Additional GCSE requirements|
Grades of A*AA from three A levels taken at a single sitting.
General Studies and Critical Thinking.
We expect that the majority of applicants for this programme will not have studied sciences beyond GCSE. Biology is only accepted with other non-science A levels.
|Further information||5 A grades with minimum requirement of Maths and English Language at grade C or above|
|Midwifery*||B721||CCD||General Studies and Critical Thinking||Further information||5 GCSEs at grade C or above including English Language and Maths|
|Adult Nursing||B742||CDD or BC if only 2 A levels are studied||Further information||5 GCSEs at grade C or above including English Language and Maths|
|Learning Disability Nursing*||B762|
|Mental Health Nursing*||B763|
BBB if no Chemistry or Biology
or CCC if taken Chemistry or Biology
General Studies and Critical Thinking
|Further information||Minimum requirement of Maths and English Language at grade C or above|
Biology, Human Biology and PE (if one of these subjects is taken, direct application should be made to the degree course).
General Studies and Critical Thinking
|Further information||6 GCSEs at grade C or above including English and Maths|
|Radiography (Diagnostic Imaging)||B822||BBB||Biology, Chemistry, Physics||Further information||Minimum requirement of Maths and English Language at grade C or above|
|Social Work*||L502||86 - 104 UCAS points (any subjects)||General Studies and Critical Thinking||English grade C or level 2 equivalent and level 2 numerate qualification|
*Midwifery, Children's Nursing, Learning Disability Nursing, Mental Health Nursing and Social Work are not open to International Students
How to Apply
All applications must be made through UCAS.
You should apply for a specific course with a Health Foundation Year (see the codes below). You can discuss options with the Foundation Year Course Director before applying to Keele, but will not be able to change your choice of progression route within the Faculty of Health after accepting a place.
UCAS Honours programmes
B742 Adult Nursing
B731 Children's Nursing
B762 Learning Disability Nursing
B763 Mental Health Nursing
B822 Radiotherapy (Diagnostic Imaging)
L502 Social Work
Teaching and Assessment
The programme will be delivered through a lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops, computer classes, computer exercises and laboratory classes, the exact mix depending on the degree in question. In addition, you are expected to undertake a large amount of independent study and revision.
Lectures are normally 50 minutes long and consist of a member of staff talking to the whole class with the aid of PowerPoint presentations, whiteboards and other visual aids. Many lectures involve only teaching by the lecturer, although there is usually opportunity to ask questions. However, some lectures are more interactive and may involve activities for you to undertake.
Tutorials and seminars are small group sessions with a member of staff. Usually there is much more participation by students in these than in lectures. There is often opportunity for you to suggest the topics to be discussed, to ask questions and even to lead part of the session. Tutorials and seminars usually support the material delivered in the lectures; seminars often allow you and/or staff to introduce supplementary material.
Workshops are small group sessions based around an activity. These may be individual or group activities. A member of staff facilitates the session but the learning comes largely through the undertaking of the activity. Some workshops will complement the material delivered in the lectures rather than build on it directly.
Laboratory classes provide opportunity for you to perform experiments and other practical work under supervision.
In computer classes you complete tasks using a wide variety of computer applications. Members of staff are available to provide guidance.
Independent study includes revision, wider reading around the subject, preparation and writing of assignments, preparatory reading, preparation for tutorials, and developing skills to complement the material delivered in class. Reading lists are provided to help you direct your reading.
Assessment (The following list is representative of the variety of assessment methods used within the Health Foundation Year).
Unseen closed and open book examinations in different formats test students’ knowledge and understanding of the subject. Examinations may consist of essay, short answer and/or multiple choice questions.
Essays and reports allow you to demonstrate your ability to articulate ideas clearly using argument and reasoning skills and with close reference to the contexts and critical concepts covered in the modules. Essays also develop and demonstrate research and presentation skills (including appropriate scholarly referencing).
Class tests taken either conventionally or online via the Keele Learning Environment (KLE) assess students’ subject knowledge and their ability to apply it.
Research projects test your knowledge of different research methodologies and the limits and provisional nature of knowledge. They also enable you to demonstrate your ability to formulate research questions and to address them using appropriate methods.
Oral and poster presentations and reports assess your individual subject knowledge and understanding. They may also test your ability to work effectively as a member of a team, to communicate what you know orally and visually, and to reflect on these processes as part of your own personal development.
Portfolios may consist of a range of different pieces of work but routinely include a requirement that you provide some evidence of critical reflection on the development of your own learning.
Peer assessment: In some cases you will be involved in peer evaluation of other students’ work, particularly in group work. This helps you to take responsibility, improve your performance, and reflect on both your own work and that of others.
Course work assignments consist of short written pieces completed in your own time and provide the opportunity to test a range of deeper learning concepts; you are expected to make use of a variety of source material, as well as your lecture notes and text books etc., to complete these assignments.
Laboratory reports – structured pro formas and full lab reports are formal summaries of work carried out in the laboratory. They test your understanding of the practical aspects of the programme and develop the skills necessary to enable you to present and analyse your results, as well as explain the rationale behind an experiment, describe an associated replicable methodology and draw valid conclusions.
Contacts & Further Information
For further information, please contact:
Acting Head of Foundation Year Centre
Staffordshire, ST5 5BG
Tel: 01782 734478
As to be expected there will be additional costs for textbooks, an approved calculator, inter-library loans, potential overdue library fines and printing.
Students working in the chemistry and biology laboratories will be required to wear protective equipment. These can be purchased from the University for a total cost of about £15.
The programme for 2017/18 is listed below.
The Health Foundation Year is modular in structure and has been approved by the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences and the School of Social Science and Public Policy. You take a combination of modules to a total of 120 credits: core modules, those related to your intended degree programmes after your Foundation Year and some free choice. Modules are worth 10 or 20 credits.
The core modules include:
- Academic Development
- Communication Skills for Health Professions
- Personal Development for Health Professions
- Information Technology for Health
Modules related to particular degree programmes are set out in the table below.
General and Organic Chemistry for Health
and one of the following option modules:
Mechanics for Health
Learning Disability Nursing
Mental Health Nursing
Chemistry for Health Science
General and Organic Chemistry for Health
Basic Numerical and Computational Skills for Health
Radiography (Diagnostic Imaging)
Introduction to Ethics
You will take Foundation Year modules to a total CATS credit value of 120. In all cases progression is subject to passing all Foundation Year modules taken.
Except in the case of Nursing, progression to the next year of a particular degree programme at Keele depends on passing all modules and obtaining an average mark across the Foundation Year of at least 55%, together with additional threshold marks in specified modules, as follows:
|Medicine - pass Personal Development for Health Professions and obtain 70% in all other modules|
|Midwifery - pass Personal Development for Health Professions, obtain 100% in Clinical Numeracy and at least 60% in all other modules|
|Nursing (all routes) - pass Personal Development for Health Professions, obtain 100% in Clinical Numeracy and at least 50% in all other modules|
|Pharmacy - pass Personal Development for Health Professions and obtain 70% in all other modules|
|Physiotherapy - pass Personal Development for Health Professions and obtain 65% in all other modules|
|Radiography (Diagnostic Imaging) - pass Personal Development for Health Professions and obtain 60% in all other modules|
|Social Work - pass Personal Development for Health Professions and obtain 60% in all other modules|
|Transfer between routes within the Health Foundation Year is not permitted. If you pass the Foundation Year overall but do not obtain the requisite grades in all modules for progression to your chosen degree course, you are eligible to apply for transfer to degree courses in other faculties, subject to meeting the relevant prerequisites by the end of the year, but you may not transfer to other Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences courses.|
Paul Beaney'' I expected the course to provide me with a grounding in the core subjects required to be a competent medical student. It has certainly done this: I have learnt a lot about science, worked in laboratories, studied maths and general key skills. Some subjects have been more challenging and interesting than others but on the whole I have gained a lot of valuable academic experience from the course. Moreover, I am filled with greater self-confidence than I would have been otherwise.''
Medicine with Health Foundation Year 2015 - 16
"The foundation year provides necessary skills that are required to succeed at university and gives an advantage over other students when progressing onto the first year of any degree programme. Also it gives the chance to make many wonderful friends that can support you as you come to university and throughout the course and into the future. You will receive so much support from lecturers and especially from your learning mentor who will guide you through all aspects of the course".
Sophie Miller: Health Foundation Year 2014-2015, studying Midwifery
"The Health Foundation Year course has been an excellent experience overall as I believe it was most beneficial in preparing me for my first year. It has provided me with many skills and has given me an indication on what to expect of the upcoming year. This course has been invaluable in many different ways but especially in my development as a person as I have improved in areas I didn't expect to.
Our Course Information Documents (CIDs) are designed to give you all of the details you need to make an informed decision about what and where to study.