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Keele University

Medicine with Health Foundation Year

UCAS Code: A104
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery - MB ChB years full-time, foundation 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Medicine
Student score
Not Available
% employed or in further study
100% MED
Average graduate salary
£30k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

Three A-levels at grades of A*AA are required. A-level combinations should not include Chemistry. A-level Biology is acceptable if combined with non-science A-levels. The combination of Maths and Physics is acceptable with another non-science subject. Applied Sciences is accepted. Chemistry must not have been taken at AS- or A-level. We expect that the majority of applicants for this programme will not have studied sciences beyond GCSE. Any science A-level (Biology, Physics) completed since 2017 must include a pass in the practical endorsement: without this endorsement the qualification will be judged to have been failed, regardless of the headline grade.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

Scottish Advanced Highers

Two Advanced Highers (not including Chemistry or Biology) must also be achieved at minimum grades of AB. Scottish Highers are also required at grades of AAAAB, not including Chemistry or more than one other science.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

International Baccalaureate

Three grade 6 passes at IB Higher Level and grades of 6, 6, 5 at Standard Level are required. Subjects must not include Chemistry. Points awarded for the Extended Essay or Theory of Knowledge are not taken into account.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 152 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

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Course description

At Keele University, we’re different. Nestled in 600 acres of countryside in the heart of the UK, we have a big campus but a small and cosmopolitan community. We proudly rank 1st for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey for the last three years. This is because it’s more than green and lovely, it’s a place of research and academic excellence too. The Health Foundation Year offers an opportunity for students to enter a degree course in the Faculty of Health who do not meet the necessary criteria for direct entry. This is often because they have not studied the subjects required or because they have gained non-traditional qualifications. The course will provide you with the requisite science knowledge, enhance your study skills and give you an introduction to the employability skills required by health professionals. A Health Foundation Year allows progression to study for a degree in Medicine. Study Medicine at Keele and you’ll be thoroughly prepared for a very diverse profession with an expanding range of career options. You’ll have a strong grounding in the basic and social sciences alongside a high level of patient contact in both hospital and community settings. You will also gain insight into the health needs of our population, the needs of our patients and their experiences of the NHS. The course is designed to ensure you meet the necessary standards in terms of knowledge, skills and attitudes that new doctors need, as identified by the GMC in its publication, ‘Outcomes for Graduates’. Throughout the course there is an emphasis on feedback to help you improve your knowledge, understanding and performance of medical practice. The modern, spiral, highly-integrated medical curriculum combines a range of learning strategies, including early clinical experience, integrated communication and clinical skills teaching, practical sessions, including dissection, problem-based-learning (PBL), lectures and seminars. You will have extensive experience of clinical placements in both primary and secondary care settings and in the community sector. Inter-professional learning and student interests are fostered throughout the programme. Further opportunities for diversity are encouraged through intercalation. Opportunities for intercalation to pursue an additional qualification in a medicine-related subject are available and include studying at Bachelor’s level after the second year or Master’s level after the fourth year. Intercalation is a year out of your undergraduate medical studies in order to study a subject area in greater depth before returning to complete the medical course. An intercalated degree provides you with an opportunity to pursue an additional qualification in a medicine-related subject that interests you, acquire a better understanding of basic biomedical sciences, medical humanities and research methodologies, publish scientific papers and present at conferences. What will this mean for my future? Successful completion of the MBChB course provides you with a primary medical qualification (PMQ). Holding a PMQ entitles you to provisional registration with the General Medical Council. Provisionally registered doctors can only practise in approved Foundation Year 1 posts. There is a national application process for Foundation Year 1 posts during the final year of the course, and costs are allocated on a competitive basis. So far, all suitably qualified UK graduates have found a place on the Foundation Year 1 programme, but this cannot be guaranteed. Successful completion of the Foundation Year 1 programme is normally achieved within 12 months and is marked by the award of a Certificate of Experience. You will then be eligible to apply for full registration with the General Medical Council. You need full registration with a licence.


Keele University

Student concourse

Known as 'the Bubble', Keele University offers a special student experience as it's uniquely friendly and close-knit. Renowned for its exciting approach to higher education, our graduates obtain some of the best academic and employment success rates in the UK. The campus is made up of 600 acres of landscaped parkland, fields, woodlands and lakes and has a large resident squirrel population!

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
5% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
57% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
16% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
494 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
1% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 100% MED
Average graduate salary £30k MED
Graduates who are health professionals


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
If you want a stable, well-paid career, then dentistry is an excellent choice. Starting salaries rival those for medicine, almost all graduates get jobs in dentistry on leaving their course and there are roles all around the country. It is a pretty select course, with only a little over a thousand graduates a year, but for that group, the rewards can be excellent.
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