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Foundation Programme

Health Professions

This course is open for applications

About this course

Entry year:
2017/18
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:
The Foundation Course for Health Professions is an immersive programme designed to give you the knowledge, skills and confidence required for seamless transition to the first year of a degree course run by the Allied Health Professions or Nursing and Midwifery departments at UWE Bristol.

Page last updated 3 March 2017

Introduction

Why study Foundation Programme Health Professions?

The Foundation Course for Health Professions is Year zero of your degree course in the Allied Health Professions or Nursing and Midwifery departments at UWE Bristol. Primarily designed for mature students with few or no qualifications, or those who do not meet the normal entry requirements for an undergraduate BSc(Hons) degree, this unique course will give you a springboard into higher education. 

Why study our course?

Underpinned by a solid science and healthcare-related foundation and covering areas of biology, psychology, sociology and research, the Foundation Course for Health Professions will give you the knowledge, skills and confidence required to progress. The majority of teaching will take place at the City of Bristol College, supplemented by study at the University's Glenside Campus, with both sites offering outstanding learning facilities. This immersive course is taught by an inspirational team in a highly supportive environment and will provide you with tailored preparation for a seamless transition to your degree course. After satisfactorily completing the Foundation year you will progress onto 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) Adult Nursing

BSc(Hons) Children's Nursing

BSc(Hons) Learning Disabilities Nursing

BSc(Hons) Mental Health Nursing

BSc(Hons) Midwifery

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.

Real world experience

The teaching staff have a genuine understanding of what is required to succeed at the higher level and the course is focused on ensuring academic and mental preparation. Throughout the year, you wil lbe able to engage with students already studying healthcare degrees to gain a better understanding of what's involved, and staff will always be on-hand to offer practical support and informal advice on future career options.

Where it can take you

Successful completion of your foundation year will result in a guaranteed place on a named degree course run by the Allied Health Professions or Nursing and Midwifery departments at UWE Bristol.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Structure

Content

The Foundation course is full-time and the majority of the teaching takes place at the City of Bristol College, Ashley Down Centre. There will also be some study undertaken at the Department of Allied Health Professionals Glenside Campus in Bristol.

You will study the following modules:

  • 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

A variety of learning methods are employed. These include lectures, demonstrations, laboratory work, tutorials and small group work. The developmental nature of the courses requires active participation and will move you towards taking responsibility for your own learning.

The course aims to develop:

  • The skills and knowledge, including a solid science foundation, to undertake an undergraduate degree.
  • The core skills and knowledge to progress to a professional course.
  • An understanding of the use of research in relation to evidence based professional practice.
  • The skills to facilitate the progressive development of investigative skills.
  • Effective study and self management approaches.
  • Advancement and promotion of a value base that respects diversity.
  • Enhancement of key and transferable skills.
  • Self awareness, self direction and sensitivity to the needs of others.
  • Appropriate interpersonal skills, to enable effective integration and communication within a team.

Throughout the Foundation course, you will be supported in a study of the above in a number of ways including:

  • A personal tutorial scheme at City of Bristol College.
  • Vocational support and guidance from lecturers from the Department of Allied Health Professionals.
  • Negotiation and discussion of the contents of a learning contract with a personal tutor.
  • Support from module leaders and joint course co-ordinators.

For more details, see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Assessment

The course utilises a range of assessment strategies, including formal examination, oral presentations, written tests, assignments, project and laboratory reports, along with the creation of a portfolio of learning.

For more details, see our full glossary of assessment terms.

Features

Study facilities

You will learn through lectures, tutorials and practical classes, as well as interactive online learning sessions. City of Bristol College, Ashley Down Centre offers a wide range of resources, including seven Learning Resource Centres housing over 55,000 study materials. You can also use the InfoTrac service to access journals online. At UWE Bristol, 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 inter-professional skills simulation suite provides excellent opportunities for demonstrating and practicing professional competencies.

Careers

Careers / Further study

Successful completion of your foundation year will result in 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) Adult Nursing

BSc(Hons) Children's Nursing

BSc(Hons) Learning Disabilities Nursing

BSc(Hons) Mental Health Nursing

BSc(Hons) Midwifery

Award-winning careers service

Our award-winning careers service will help you develop your employment potential through career coaching and a vacancy service for internships, along with placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity, plus support for entrepreneurial activity and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience 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) Fee7500
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)938

Indicative Additional Costs

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

Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those you could reasonably expect to incur during your studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Further information about fees and funding.

This course can only be taken as an integrated first year before progressing on to one of the specified three or four year degree courses. Please note, this Foundation year is funded by Student Finance. The government has proposed changes to funding for NHS courses in 2017/18. If the government proposals are accepted, you will not be entitled to funding from the NHS BSA.

EU/overseas applicants

Contact Admissions and International Development for further information.

Entry

Typical offers

  • English Language Requirement:

    If your first language is not English, you should meet the minimum English Language requirements score of the course to which you hope to progress.

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

UCAS Extra: We welcome applications through UCAS Extra for this programme from 25 February until 4 July 2017. Responses to UCAS Extra applications will be given within 14 working days.

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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