Health Foundation Year for Medicine

In 2020 we shall be offering an exciting new gateway route into medicine for students from some under-represented groups. This course offers standard medical training with the addition of a foundation year (a total of six years). Students entering the Health Foundation Year will undertake a range of modules and at the end of the foundation year will need to achieve 70% or above in all these modules in order to progress to the five-year MBChB programme.

Note: This route is no longer open to graduates, or students who have already commenced or completed another HE programme, or overseas candidates.

Applicants must meet the following Essential Criteria from Group 1 and 2 to be considered for this route. The Admissions Office will check that applicants meet the criteria from Group 1 from data supplied in the UCAS application. Applicants must provide evidence of meeting at least one of the Group 2 criteria at the point of application.

Group 1: Essential Criteria
  • Ordinarily resident in the UK
  • Attended a non-selective maintained school for GCSEs and A-levels
  • Attended a school with an attainment 8 score below national average (level set on an annual basis).
  • For schools without an attainment 8 score we will consider schools where the % of students on free school meals is above the national average OR if this is not available, we will consider POLAR 4 data, quintile 1 of the school.
Group 2: Any one of the following*
  1. Parent(s) or guardian in receipt of means-tested benefit(s)
  2. Time spent in local authority care (more than three months) within the last five years (i.e. in Years 9–13)
  3. Eligibility for free school meals at any point in Years 9–13
  4. Receipt of 16–19 bursary for purpose other than meals
  5. Receipt of UCAT bursary

*Evidence of meeting these criteria will be required at the point of application

In addition: 
  • Students on the Keele Steps2Medicine scheme or those leaving local authority care will be eligible for consideration for this route and should include this information in their UCAS application.
  • Applicants from military families will be considered if they have attended a non-selective school and meet the academic criteria.


We advise applicants to read these pages in conjunction with our Medicine admissions pages.

Qualification Requirement
GCSEs 5 GCSEs at grade B/6, including double/triple-award science or three separate sciences (including a pass in practical endorsement)
minimum of C/5 in maths and english language (including a pass in speaking and listening)
A levels   BBB from three A levels including chemistry or biology
BTECs DDM in BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science, Health & Social Care, or Sport & Exercise Science
or DM in BTEC Diploma plus B in A level (chemistry or biology)
or M in BTEC Foundation Diploma plus BB in two A levels (including chemistry or biology)
or D in BTEC Extended Certificate with BB at A level (including chemistry or biology
Scottish Highers    Advanced Higher: minimum of BB from two subjects (including biology or chemistry)
Higher: minimum of BBBBB and
National 5s: 5 x B including sciences; minimum of C in maths and english language

Applicants must achieve an SJT in Band 1, 2, or 3 and overall score in top 80% of cohort:

Applications must be made through UCAS by the deadline of 15 October:

Eligible applicants will be selected based on the marking of the Roles & Responsibilities (R & R) form.