Foundation leading to BSc Health Sciences 

Course Overview

This programme is intended to cater for those who aspire to enrol on a health science based honours degree within the Cardiff School of Health Sciences, who have not achieved the required number of A-level points (A2 or their equivalent). It is also suitable for those who have studied A-level subjects (or their equivalent) in areas that do not provide the necessary background within the scientific disciplines required for the chosen Honours degree programme.

This programme is also intended to widen access and participation for ‘return to learning’ students who wish to embark upon a Science based honours degree.


Course Content

The programme will form an integral part of the following Honours degree programmes delivered within the Cardiff School of Health Sciences. Undertaking the foundation year will mean that the relevant full-time honours degree will take one extra year to complete. The foundation year will act as a year 0 and students wishing to undertake the foundation will apply for the relevant degree programme, using the relevant UCAS code for that programme and apply for entry point 0 on the UCAS website.

BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science
BSc (Hons) Complementary Therapies
BSc (Hons) Environmental Health
BSc (Hons) Food Science & Technology
BSc (Hons) Public Health Nutrition
BSc (Hons) Sports Biomedicine and Nutrition

Students can also undertake the foundation year if they wish to be considered for entry onto one of the following degree programmes. In this case, students should apply on UCAS using code B901:

BSc (Hons) Dental Technology
BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science
BSc (Hons) Human Nutrition and Dietetics
BSc (Hons) Podiatry
BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy

The foundation programme will develop your confidence and competence in acquiring the study skills required to embark upon a health science-based Honours degree, whilst introducing you to a basic bank of knowledge on which you can build, either by the process of self-study or in, further programmes of directed study.

The programme is modular in structure comprising a set of core modules:

Key Kills Core Module, worth 40 credits, covering:

  • Study Skills
  • Information Technology
  • Numerical Skills
  • Study Skills & Research Methods

Plus Science Core worth 80 credits covering Biology, Chemistry and Physics

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally have five GCSEs including Mathematics, Science and English Language (or Welsh First Language) plus one of the following:

  • 120 points from at least 2 A-Level qualifications or their equivalent at an appropriate standard for entry into Higher Education at Year 1, but in subject areas which fail to meet the entry requirements for their intended undergraduate degree programme.
  • 120 points from at least 2 A-Level qualifications or their equivalent in subject areas relevant for their intended undergraduate degree programme, but at a standard which fails to meet the entry requirements to Higher Education at Year 1.
  • Prospective students who do not meet the above criteria may be considered on an individual basis and may be called for interview.

For specific information on entry requirements, please refer to the UCAS website.

Key Facts

UCAS Code(s):
The foundation operates as a Year 0 to the following programmes listed below. Please refer to the relevant programme for the relevant UCAS code:

BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science
BSc (Hons) Complementary Therapies
BSc (Hons) Environmental Health
BSc (Hons) Food Science & Technology
BSc (Hons) Public Health Nutrition
BSc (Hons) Sports Biomedicine and Nutrition

The programme may also be considered for entry to the following Health Science based courses. In this case, use the UCAS code B901:

BSc (Hons) Dental Technology
BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy
BSc (Hons) Human Nutrition and Dietetics
BSc (Hons) Podiatry

Campus: Llandaff

School: Cardiff School of Health Sciences

Course Length: The foundation year will take one year (full-time) to complete, with an additional three or four (sandwich) years of full-time study required to complete the chosen degree programme.

Assessment:
Modules are assessed using a balanced approach of end of module examinations, short tests and assignment work.

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at http://www.ucas.com/

For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply

Selection Procedure:
Selection is normally made on the basis your UCAS application. In certain circumstances, applicants may, at the discretion of the programme leader, be requested to attend for interview.

Tuition Fees and Additional Costs:
For up to date information on tuition fees and additional costs relating to this programme please refer to www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/fees and www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/additionalcosts

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Student Recruitment Team on 029 2041 6044 or email courses@cardiffmet.ac.uk

For specific enquiries relating to the foundation year only, please contact the programme director:

Dr Paul Foley:
Email: PFoley@cardiffmet.ac.uk
Tel: 029 2041 6839

For enquiries regarding the individual degree programmes, please refer to the individual course pages for contact details.

See Also:
Cardiff School of Health Sciences Website

Student Life

Check out why Cardiff is such a great place to study

Accommodation

For more information about getting as place in halls.

Tuition Fees and Scholarships

View current tuition fees and what scholarships are available.

Open Days

Find out more about when you can visit us and book a place online.

Student Support Services

Advice on disability, careers, counselling, health and finance.

How to Apply

Find out how and when you should apply.

Library & Learning Facilities

Check out the library and learning facilities available to our students.

Sports Facilities

Click here for further information on sports facilities.

Students Union

Visit the Students Union website for more information.

Research  & Enterprise

Latest information on Research and Enterprise at the University.

Campuses & Travel

Information on how to find us including directions and maps.

Investing in your Future

Over £50 million planned investment in estates and facilities.