Foundation Programme in Science: Health Science

Course overview

Entry requirements

  • Entry requirements (2020 entry)
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Develop your knowledge and understanding of key health science topics such as human anatomy and mathematics for health scientists

Opportunity to progress onto an audiology, optometry or psychology undergraduate programme at Aston

Study at a University rated Gold for Teaching Excellence (TEF, 2017)

Prepare yourself for future university level study with our professional skills module

Course summary

Our Foundation Programme in Science: Health Science is tailored to provide you with the skills and knowledge required to progress onto a health science undergraduate degree programme. On successful completion of the programme, you’ll be eligible to apply to an audiology, optometry or psychology course here at Aston University.

Entry requirements for 2020

Course duration

  • Foundation programme only: 1 year
  • Foundation + 3 year  BSc : 4 years
  • Foundation + 4 year BSc (including placement) or MPharm/ MOptom/ Mbiol: 5 years.

UCAS code: H192

Fees: £9,250 per year Home/ EU.

International students: regardless of English language ability should apply for the International Foundation Programme in Science. Non-native English speaking Home/ EU fee paying students not reaching the required English language ability for first year entry to their programme of choice (i.e. IELTS scores not above 6.5 overall with 6 in every band) should also apply for the International Foundation Programme in Science so that support in English can be provided (the Home/ EU fee will be charged).

 

Entry requirements:

Admissions Review Process

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and the whole application is reviewed which includes previous and predicted qualifications, any experience, references and motivation. Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with lower predicted grades if the application is of a high standard which includes a strong personal statement and academic reference. However, any offer made will not be lower than stated below. If you have the relevant subjects and predictions of CCC we recommend making an application for year 1 of the course. Find out more about our admissions policy.

Entry requirements

For students with good A-level (or equivalent) grades, but who narrowly miss our standard entry requirements, it is possible to gain entry to the following courses by completing our Foundation Programme in Science: Healthcare Science:

Please review the typical offer entry requirements below in consideration of which course you’d like to progress onto. Additionally please note that upon completion of the Foundation Programme, entry onto one of the above courses is dependent on meeting set grade progression requirements which can be seen in full here

Please note: students who wish to complete a Foundation Programme in order to progress onto one of our bioscience, neuroscience, pharmacy or psychology courses will need to visit Foundation Programme in Science: Biosciences & Pharmacy (hyperlink to new page) and those interested in studying biomedical engineering will need to visit Foundation Programme in Engineering & Applied Science.

  

Typical offers 

GCSEs: 

Five GCSEs which must include Mathematics and English Language all at grade C/4. Please note we do not accept Key skills or Functional skills in place of these.

English Language:

For EU applicants, if you have achieved a lower IELTS score than: 6.5 overall and 6.0 in each test then you will be required to complete the International Foundation Programme.

 A Levels:

Excluded subjects: General Studies, Critical Thinking, Citizenship Studies. Whilst we welcome the these subjects as an additional A Level, they will not be considered as one of the core three A Levels required.

Healthcare Science (Audiology): BBB in any subjects or BBC where one subject must be from Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics.

Optometry (BSc/MOptom): BBB in any subjects or BBC where two subjects must be from Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics.

Psychology: CCC in any 3 subjects.

BTEC:

We consider BTEC qualifications in any subject which are taken with the relevant A Level subjects as listed below. Please note we welcome the following subjects as an additional A level, but not as one of required A levels listed in the table - General Studies, Critical Thinking, Citizenship Studies.

 

Programme

BTEC Qualification

Grades and A Level requirements

Healthcare Science (Audiology)

Extended Diploma

BTEC National (RQF First teaching from September 2016) Distinction, Distinction, Distinction (DDD) in Applied Science subject only.

Distinction, Distinction, Distinction (DDD) in any subject PLUS one A level at grade C in a science subject from: Biology, Chemistry, Physics OR Maths.

Diploma/National Diploma

Distinction, Distinction (DD) in Applied Science PLUS one A level at grade C in a science subject from: Biology, Chemistry, Physics OR Maths.

Subsidiary/National Extended Certificate

Distinction (D) in Applied Science PLUS two A levels at grade CC which must include one science subject from: Biology, Chemistry, Physics OR Maths.

90 Credit Diploma

Distinction, Distinction (DD) in Applied Science PLUS two A levels at grade CC which must include one science subject from: Biology, Chemistry, Physics OR Maths.

National Foundation Diploma

Distinction (D) in any BTEC subject PLUS two A levels at grade CC which must include one science subject from: Biology, Chemistry, Physics OR Maths.

Optometry (BSc/MOptom)

Extended Diploma

Distinction, Distinction, Distinction (DDD) in Applied Science PLUS one A level at grade C in a science subject from: Biology, Chemistry, Physics OR Maths.

Diploma/National Diploma

Distinction, Distinction (DD) in Applied Science PLUS one A level at grade C in a science subject from: Biology, Chemistry, Physics OR Maths.

Subsidiary/National Extended Certificate

Distinction (D) in Applied Science PLUS two A levels at grade CC which must include one science subject from: Biology, Chemistry, Physics OR Maths.

90 Credit Diploma

Distinction, Distinction (DD) in Applied Science PLUS two A levels at grade CC which must include one science subject from: Biology, Chemistry, Physics OR Maths.

National Foundation Diploma

Distinction (D) in Applied Science PLUS two A levels at grade CC which must include one science subject from: Biology, Chemistry, Physics OR Maths.

Psychology (Single/Joint Honours)

 

Extended Diploma

 

Distinction, Distinction, Distinction (DDD) in Applied Science, Social Science, Humanities, Business, Law, Health & Social Care or related subjects only.

 

Diploma/National Diploma

 

Distinction, Distinction (DD) in Applied Science, Social Science, Humanities, Business, Law, Health & Social Care or related subjects only PLUS one A level at grade C in any subject.

 

Subsidiary/National Extended Certificate

 

Distinction (D) in Applied Science, Social Science, Humanities, Business, Law, Health & Social Care or related PLUS two A levels at grade CC in any subject.

 

90 Credit Diploma

 

Distinction, Distinction (DD) in Applied Science, Social Science, Humanities, Business, Law, Health & Social Care or related subjects only PLUS two A levels at grade CC in any subject.

 

National Foundation Diploma

 

Distinction (D) in Applied Science, Social Science, Humanities, Business, Law, Health & Social Care or related subjects only PLUS two A levels at grade CC in any subject.

 

 

 

International Baccalaureate Diploma:

Healthcare Science (Audiology) & Optometry (BSc/MOptom): 29 points overall and three Higher Level subjects at 5, 5, 4, which must include two science from Biology, Chemistry or Physics or 31 points overall and grade 5, 5, 5 at Higher Level in any subjects.

Psychology: 27 points overall and three Higher Level subjects at 4, 4, 4 which must include Biology or Chemistry.

 

Non-standard qualifications:

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with our undergraduate admissions team prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor. For enquiries please contact ugadmissions@aston.ac.uk 

Progression: 

Upon successful completion of this programme you can progress onto our audiology, optometry or psychology undergraduate degree programmes, provided you meet the progression criteria for your selected degree. Students who are unsuccessful in meeting the progression criteria may be offered an alternative degree programme. Please see full progression details here. 

Please note that you should state your intended progression route upon application. Our admissions team will then assess your application against the criteria for the progression route that you have stated. Normally, changes of progression route will only be possible after you have received your foundation programme results and if the following conditions are met:

  • You meet the entry criteria for the newly chosen programme 
  • There is space on the newly chosen programme
  • You meet the progression criteria for the newly chosen programme
  • The admissions tutor of the newly chosen programme agrees.
Course outline

At Aston University, we’re dedicated to supporting students who wish to achieve their full potential. If you don’t initially qualify for audiology, optometry or psychology undergraduate study with us, our Foundation Programme in Science: Health Science course has been created to prepare you.

Studying a science foundation programme with us not only consolidates your existing skills and knowledge, but it builds on them. Making for a smooth and supported transition into the University environment. You’ll learn to evaluate and analyse data, prepare reports and presentations as well as the use of appropriate software packages. During the course, you will study modules in key health science topics and develop the professional skills required to succeed in your chosen progression subject area.

Throughout your time with us, you will receive support and tutelage from expert and have access to a wide range of modern facilities. Upon graduation, providing suitable grades are achieved as per our progression criteria, progression onto your chosen undergraduate degree programme is guaranteed.

This course is suitable for progression onto the following courses:

Modules, learning and assessment

The modules you will study as part of this 1 year course have been specifically selected to ensure you are ready to progress into a health science course at undergraduate level. They include a combination of science and numeracy based topics as well as professional skills.

You will be taught via a variety of learning methods including lectures, seminars, tutorials, lab sessions, practicals, online activity, reading and other independent study.

Core modules

  • Biological and Biochemical Science
  • Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Mathematics for Health Scientists
  • Professional Skills
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Physics for Health Scientists
  • Senses and Perception

In addition you will choose one from the following two options*:

  • Identities and Inequalities
  • Introductory Marketing

*Please note the availability of the optional modules will be subject to staff availability and a minimum number of students who express an interest in studying the optional modules.

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