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Foundation Programme

Health Professions

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2018/19
Course code:
B900
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Department:
Allied Health Professions
Campus:
Glenside Campus, City of Bristol College
Duration:
One year
Delivery:
Full-time
Programme leader:
Fiona Douglas
Key fact:
Get the grounding to progress to the first year of degree courses run by the Allied Health Professions or Nursing and Midwifery departments at UWE Bristol.

Page last updated 29 September 2017

Introduction

Why study the health professions?

To progress in a career in health, you need formal qualifications.

Starting with a year's foundation is a way to build your knowledge of health topics, science and research, so that you can then progress onto a degree programme and take your career forward.

Why UWE Bristol?

The Foundation Programme for Health Professions is year zero of selected degree courses in the Allied Health Professions and Nursing and Midwifery departments at UWE Bristol.

If you don't have formal qualifications or meet the normal entry requirements, but can demonstrate relevant life experience and commitment to this area, we will consider your application.

Spend a year getting a solid grounding in science and healthcare-related topics on this springboard into higher education. 

Study areas of human biology, psychology, sociology and research, and get the knowledge, skills and confidence you need to take the next step in your education and career.

Most of the teaching takes place at the City of Bristol College, although you'll also be taught at our Glenside Campus.

Both sites have outstanding learning facilities, and you'll be taught by an inspirational, supportive team, who'll help you get ready for your degree course. 

The teaching staff understand what's required to succeed at the next level and the course is designed to get you academically and mentally ready.

You'll engage with students already studying healthcare degrees to get a better understanding of what's involved.

Staff will be on hand to offer practical support and give informal advice on your career options.

Where can it take me?

After passing this Foundation year, you'll get a guaranteed place on one of the following UWE Bristol degrees:   

BSc(Hons) Diagnostic Imaging

BSc(Hons) Occupational Therapy

BSc(Hons) Physiotherapy

BSc(Hons) Radiotherapy and Oncology

BSc(Hons) Nursing (Adult Nursing)

BSc(Hons) Nursing (Children's)

BSc(Hons) Nursing (Learning Disabilities)

BSc(Hons) Nursing (Mental Health)

BSc(Hons) Midwifery

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Structure

Content

You will study:

Foundation Human Biology

Human Anatomy and Physiology

Communication and Study Skills

Managing Numerical Data

Social Sciences

Combined Sciences

Research Basics

Introduction to Evidence in Practice.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

Using lectures, demonstrations, laboratory work, tutorials, small group work and interactive online learning sessions, we'll ask you to actively participate, and take responsibility for your own learning, to get the most from the course.

Develop the key skills and knowledge, including the science foundation, you need to do an undergraduate degree, or progress to a professional course.

Learn about using research in evidence-based professional practice, and develop your investigative skills.

Learn effective study and self management approaches.

Develop self awareness, self direction and sensitivity to the needs of others.

Understand the values you need to work in health, such as respecting diversity.

Develop your interpersonal skills, so you can work and communicate well in a team.

You'll be supported by a personal tutor at college, and get vocational support and guidance from lecturers at UWE Bristol.

You'll have your own learning contract, which you and your personal tutor will jointly develop and agree.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Assessment

You'll be assessed using a mixture of formal examinations, oral presentations, written tests, assignments, project, laboratory reports and your learning portfolio.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Features

Study facilities

Most of the teaching takes place at the City of Bristol College, Ashley Down Centre. You'll also be taught at UWE Bristol's Glenside Campus.

Benefit from a wide range of resources there, including seven Learning Resource Centres housing over 55,000 study materials. You can also use the InfoTrac service to access journals online.

The Glenside healthcare library is one of the best in the country, with a huge selection of books, audio-visual materials and specialist health and social care software packages.

The course has a practical focus and our advanced Skills Simulation Suite gives you excellent opportunities to demonstrate and practise your professional skills.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.

Careers

Careers / Further study

Once you pass your foundation year, you'll get a guaranteed place on one of the following degree courses, opening up an exciting range of career options on graduation:

BSc(Hons) Diagnostic Imaging

BSc(Hons) Occupational Therapy

BSc(Hons) Physiotherapy

BSc(Hons) Radiotherapy and Oncology

BSc(Hons) Nursing (Adult Nursing)

BSc(Hons) Nursing (Children's)

BSc(Hons) Nursing (Learning Disabilities)

BSc(Hons) Nursing (Mental Health)

BSc(Hons) Midwifery

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Fees

Full Time Course at City of Bristol College

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee8000
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1000

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year450

Supplementary fee information

Additional costs are for items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs.

Entry

Typical offers

  • English Language Requirement:

    If your first language isn't English, you'll need to meet the minimum English language requirement score of the degree course you want to get onto. See the relevant course page to find that information.

Entry requirements

The Foundation course is aimed at individuals who may have few or no formal qualifications but who can demonstrate a clear commitment to pursuing a career within their chosen profession. Personal, professional and educational experiences will be considered to determine motivation and ability to progress onto the degree course.

All applicants are considered on an individual basis.

Please note we do not accept deferred entry applications for this course.

Additional selection criteria

As well as meeting the academic entry requirements, you should meet the following selection criteria:

Interview - Suitability for the course will be determined through a short informal interview, which will involve staff from both City of Bristol College and the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences. You will also be asked to complete a numeracy and literacy assessment.

Health Assessment/Declaration - You must be in good health. If offered a place, you will be required to complete a health questionnaire, prior to progression to the degree course, and must be prepared to undergo a medical examination if necessary.

Disclosure of Criminal Background - The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 does not apply and all convictions, including those which are spent, must be disclosed. This is in accordance with the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975. If you are offered a place, you must undergo a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check and will be required to complete a Disclosure Application form. All information will be treated in confidence and only taken into account when absolutely necessary.

Completing the application form - We will be looking for students committed to their chosen career. You should demonstrate in the 'personal statement' section of the application form your motivation and enthusiasm for your chosen career, that you have good interpersonal skills, any IT experience and any relevant work experience that you have gained to date.

How to apply

Before applying, you should decide which route through the Foundation course you would like to study: Adult Nursing, Children's Nursing, Learning Disabilities Nursing, Mental Health Nursing, Midwifery, Diagnostic Imaging, Radiotherapy, Occupational Therapy or Physiotherapy .

It is recommended that you visit the relevant department in your local hospital for the profession you are interested in to gain some insight into your chosen course. In addition, it would be beneficial for you to obtain some work experience, paid or voluntary, in the workplace.

Please see the general information about applications.

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