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Health Care Foundation Year

Foundation Year

School - School of Health and Society

Subject area - Health and Wellbeing

UCAS Code: B986 - BSc (Hons) Health Care with Foundation Year

Start Dates(s): September


Year one of a four-year degree


UK - £6,000 (for Foundation Year)

In Brief:

  • Intensive modules which provide the requisite background for specific honours courses for those without the necessary qualifications
  • Ideal if you're returning to education or seeking to develop your career in a new direction
  • A chance to sample the different areas of health at university level before making a final choice of honours courses
  • An interview will be required for admission onto this course

Course Summary

The Foundation level aims to provide understanding of the key subjects in health care at level 3 in order to meet the prerequisites for level 4 study in the associated degree programmes. The Foundation Year of the four-year programme aims to provide understanding of the key subjects in health to meet the prerequisites for study on the associated degree programmes (see Course Details).

The key areas of study will be effective communication and study skills combined with fundamental subjects in health. Students will be introduced to basic theories and concepts within the disciplines to provide a basic knowledge in all related subject areas.  

This will be achieved by providing modules on health care and theoretical studies to explore the multiple facets of the care related to health care practice these being physical and mental health. The Foundation Year will introduce and review the concepts underpinning health, illness and the life continuum related to physical and psychological illness; it will introduce the concept of evidence based practice and focus on reflective practice.

Course Details

The aims of the programme are to:  

  • Improve understanding in essential areas of biological sciences necessary for progression onto health degrees.
  • Develop factual, theoretical knowledge, skills and understanding necessary for progressing onto a degree programme.
  • Develop analytical, critical and problem solving skills in health subjects.
  • Develop IT skills.
  • Develop communication and study skills.
  • Develop reflective skills.

Following completion of the Foundation Year, you will progress on to year one of your selected degree for the remainder three years of your course.

Course Structure

This programme prepares students to study on the following University undergraduate programmes. Where the progression requirement to Level 4 is higher than a pass and/or it includes additional entry requirements these are indicated below. Should the attainment mark stipulated below not be achieved, the student will be asked to choose a course from programmes that do not require a higher entry (the default programme). Students who fail to pass the course in the first instance will also be moved to a course not requiring higher entry before being offered a final attempt to pass.


  • Study Skills (20 credits)                        
  • Working in Healthcare Settings (20 credits)                        
  • Foundations in Physical Health (20 credits)                        
  • Foundations in Mental Health (20 credits)                        
  • Communication in Healthcare (20 credits)                        
  • Numeracy (20 credits)

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
GCSE GCSE English Language, mathematics and science at minimum of grade C. If you are currently studying towards GCSE qualifications in England and you will be awarded from 2017 you will be required to achieve a minimum of grade 4.
UCAS tariff points 64 points
GCE A level Typically two grade Cs
BTEC National Diploma MPP (BTEC Extended Diploma), MM (BTEC Diploma)

Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

An applicant who does not possess one of the qualifications which satisfies the General Academic Entry Requirement may be considered through the Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) (both Certified Prior Learning and/or one Prior Experiential Learning) as per the University’s Admissions and Retention Policy.

Additional entry requirements

Applicants must satisfy both the University’s General Entry Requirement and the specific entry requirements.The General Entry Academic Requirements are as per the University’s Admissions and Retention Policy detail for Foundation Certificate/level 3 of CertHE/DipHE/Bachelor’s Degree.

There is a requirement for personal statements, satisfactory DBS and Occupational Health check, satisfactory references and interview for the following courses - BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult, Mental Health, Child and Young Person).

English Language Requirements

This course is not suitable for international applicants.

Fees and Funding


Tuition fees for Home/EU students beginning their course in September 2018 will be announced as soon as they are confirmed by the UK Government. Tuition fees for 2017 were £9,250 per annum for Home/EU students; we expect this figure to rise slightly for 2018.

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £6,000 (for Foundation Year)

Fees 2018-19

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £8,450

Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Please view the relevant degree programme under the 'Course Details' tab to view the fees for the remainder years of your course.

Scholarships & Bursaries

We offer awards to help you study including:

  • Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Scholarship
  • Salford Student Bursary

For more information please see our funding section.


A blended learning approach will provide the foundation to the teaching and learning strategy by way of seminars, masterclasses, action learning, guided independent study, simulation and workshops. Theoretical learning will be complemented by field of practice and level specific seminar group facilitation, discussion, dissemination and formative feedback.


You will be assessed during the Foundation Year through a combination of exams and coursework.

To find out more about assessment on the remainder three years, please visit the relevant course page using the links under the 'Course Details' tab.


As a graduate (and potentially qualified staff nurse in your chosen field of practice) you will be able to apply for a job in either an acute setting such as a hospital or in the community. You may want to work within the NHS or in the public and private sectors for example, a ward, a health centre, a prison, a care home or a hospice.

To find out more about employment opportunities for each of the individual degree programmes, please visit the relevant course page using the links under the 'Course Details' tab.


Our Clinical Practice areas are located in the Mary Seacole Building on the second floor. There are four rooms designed to give the look and feel of a hospital environment. The rooms are furnished with patient's beds, lockers, chairs, sinks and curtains as well as audio-visual equipment, internet and a teaching area.

We also have a number of clinical skills rooms that enhance student learning from taking blood pressure, to giving CPR and more complicated procedures. Along with nursing skills rooms where you can practice in a ward situation, there are basic skills rooms for sessions such as moving and handling.

Patient Simulators

The patient simulation laboratory provides you with the opportunity to tackle real-life scenarios in a safe and supported environment. Set up like a hospital ward, the lab contains hi-tech patient simulators that can mimic everything from the common cold to a major heart condition.

The equipment includes:

  • Emergency Care Patient Simulators: Anatomically correct, feature-rich mannequins, which can be used for the physical demonstration of various clinical signs including bleeding, breathing, blinking eyes and convulsions.
  • iStan Patient Simulators: A step up from the ECS, the iStan adds an essential human element to patient simulation. It moves, breathes, can cry out or moan with pain, providing a realistic patient for you to practice on
  • Pedia Patient Simulator: A complete reproduction of a six-year-old child enabling you to practice paediatric scenarios
  • Baby simulator: This mannequin makes it possible to interact with our most vulnerable patients - in a safe, realistic learning environment

All the simulation equipment can be linked up to some very hi-tech computer and audio-visual aids. Groups of students get to role-play a wide range of different scenarios, with a lab coordinator observing, running and intervening in the scenario remotely.

Sophisticated computer equipment can also provide detailed physiological information for each of the simulators under observation. The lab will help you develop the clinical skills you need but also the high level communication skills that will make a real difference to your patients.

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