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The Healthcare Foundation Year, is a yearlong, two semester course aimed at students who wish to begin their journey towards a career in the Health sector.

The course is designed to provide fundamental healthcare knowledge and skills, including academic, numeracy, IT and research skills. You will be taught by a range of professionally registered healthcare academics and be supported at every step of your course to ensure an enjoyable experience that will enhance your learning and future employment prospects. Their background, knowledge and experience in both practice and academia, and the emphasis and support of a research rich learning environment, will allow you to develop the confidence and skills needed for success on your chosen degree,

Northumbria University has a well-established suite of Health-related degree programmes.

Upon successful completion of the Healthcare Foundation Year, you will be able to progress on to:

You will also be able to apply for one of the following courses, which are subject to professional body requirements:

The Healthcare Foundation Year, is a yearlong, two semester course aimed at students who wish to begin their journey towards a career in the Health sector.

The course is designed to provide fundamental healthcare knowledge and skills, including academic, numeracy, IT and research skills. You will be taught by a range of professionally registered healthcare academics and be supported at every step of your course to ensure an enjoyable experience that will enhance your learning and future employment prospects. Their background, knowledge and experience in both practice and academia, and the emphasis and support of a research rich learning environment, will allow you to develop the confidence and skills needed for success on your chosen degree,

Northumbria University has a well-established suite of Health-related degree programmes.

Upon successful completion of the Healthcare Foundation Year, you will be able to progress on to:

You will also be able to apply for one of the following courses, which are subject to professional body requirements:

Course Information

UCAS Code
B750

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
1 year full-time followed by a further 3 years full-time

Department
Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Location
Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2020

Fee Information

Module Information

Department / Nursing, Midwifery and Health

Northumbria's Department of Nursing, Midwifery and Health offers students the opportunity to develop caring careers that can transform the lives of patients, families and communities.

Book an Open Day / Experience Foundation Year Healthcare Practice Studies

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Foundation Year Healthcare. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

The Healthcare Foundation Year is taught over 2 semesters and will be completed in one academic year. The programme consists of 5 modules which will prepare you both academically and professionally for your chosen level 4 degree. The aim of the Healthcare Foundation Year is to provide you with the knowledge and understanding of the key subjects in health and to meet the prerequisites for level 4 study on Northumbria University’s Degree Programmes. 

The course focuses on developing effective communication, study skills and basic theories and concepts within health. It will enhance your theoretical knowledge of the wider determinants of health and provide you with transferable skills to articulate into your chosen degree programme.

If you are an international student, you will have access to Academic Language Skills (ALS) sessions to help you develop your academic language, writing and study skills. These sessions will run throughout the course.

Book an Open Day / Experience Foundation Year Healthcare Practice Studies

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Foundation Year Healthcare. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

We ensure that our students learn from the best. Our staff are inspirational academics, with a genuine passion for their subject, whilst our courses are at the forefront of current knowledge and practice and are shaped by world-leading and internationally excellent research. Our staff's talent is also recognised by others. Northumbria is now rated in the top 20 in the UK in eleven subjects, and in the top five in three subjects, by the Complete University Guide 2015.

Between 2008 and 2014 we doubled the number of our academic staff submitted for research assessment. We encourage early-career researchers and have a distinctive appeal based on academic excellence, entrepreneurialism and innovation. Our academics balance teaching, research and working with external organisations.

Our professional staff ensure the smooth delivery of the University’s activities. Their work contributes to an outstanding student experience, supports research and underpins successful partnerships and collaborative working with external organisations.

Each module will be delivered by a qualified practitioner registered in their field of practice. Guest lecturers will also be part of the course to give experience and contemporary context to the module content.

We will also provide you with a Personal Tutor (PT) who will help you reflect on, and monitor, your own learning journey. The tutor will work with you in creating an action plan for areas that you feel are important to your studies and future career.

 

 

Book an Open Day / Experience Foundation Year Healthcare Practice Studies

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Foundation Year Healthcare. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Our state-of-the-art Clinical Skills Centre, located at the Coach Lane Campus, replicates many different nursing environments and situations. Our investment in Simulated Mannequins (SimMan and SimBaby) will allow you to practise skills, challenge your learning and develop confidence in your clinical ability – all within a safe environment. 

Technology Enhanced Learning is embedded throughout the course. The most important lecture content is recorded so that you can listen again for clarity or revision purposes, or to support comprehension of English language.

You will have access to the libraries both at Coach Lane and City Campus, which host a collection of 500,000 print books, over 843,000 ebooks, and an extensive print and ejournal collection of over 110,000 titles so that our students and staff can access learning resources at the point of need.

Nursing Facilities / Clinical Skills Centre

The Clinical Skills Centre, located at the heart of Coach Lane Campus, is the focal point for our Health students educational journey.

University Library

At the heart of each Northumbria campus, our libraries provide a range of study space and technology to suit every learning style.

Book an Open Day / Experience Foundation Year Healthcare Practice Studies

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Experience Foundation Year Healthcare. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

During the Preparation to Study module you will address research methodology and how to critically evaluate the quality of research. You will then re-visit these topics in each module as you explore the evidence base for subjects and assessments.

The research interests of tutors will inform teaching and help ensure that what you learn is fully relevant and up-to-date. For example, Northumbria researches student experiences of studying, which generates insights that help reinforce the quality of our course. The quality of Northumbria’s research is indicated by our top quartile ranking in the UK for research power in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing.

 

 

Book an Open Day / Experience Foundation Year Healthcare Practice Studies

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Experience Foundation Year Healthcare. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Throughout the Healthcare Foundation Year, we emphasise the development of your resilience and communication and decision making skills which will have value in every workplace. We will give you feedback and specifically assess your ability to craft and present a persuasive argument to others, which gives you confidence and competence to be a safe practitioner.

Northumbria University’s Careers and Employment Service will also support you with CV advice, interview preparation and portfolio development. 

 

 

Student Life

A great social scene can be found at the heart of our campuses, featuring award-winning bars and a huge range of clubs and societies to join you'll be sure to meet people who share your enthusiasms.

Book an Open Day / Experience Foundation Year Healthcare Practice Studies

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Foundation Year Healthcare. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Throughout The Healthcare Foundation Year, you will develop attributes including, critical reflection and intuition. The Healthcare Foundation Year prepares you for what is to come and develops your ability to think and act independently. Self-learning will prepare you for whatever specialisms and future career you choose. 

As the nature of healthcare continues to ever evolve, your transferable skills will help you thrive. The Healthcare Foundation Year enables you to apply for Northumbria University’s Nursing Degree, in Adult, Mental Disability or Mental Health. Your Personal Tutor will be happy to guide you in the process of applying. The Healthcare Foundation Year will prepared you for degree study. A degree qualification is widely seen as an essential passport to more advanced clinical, research, education and management roles.

 

 

Book an Open Day / Experience Foundation Year Healthcare Practice Studies

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Foundation Year Healthcare. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

An Interview is required.

GCSE Requirements:

A good GCSE profile is expected including Maths and English Language at minimum grade C or equivalent.  If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a minimum grade 4.

UCAS Tariff Points:

88 UCAS Tariff points including one or more of the following: 

GCE and VCE Advanced Level:

From at least 1 GCE/VCE A Levels 

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma:

Merit Merit Pass

Scottish Highers:

BCCC at Higher level, BC at Advanced Higher 

Irish Highers:

BBCCC

IB Diploma:

88 UCAS Tariff points including minimum score of 4 in at least three subjects at Higher level

Access to HE Diploma:

Award of full Access to HE Diploma including 30 credits at Merit and 15 at Pass

Additional:

A suitable DBS Enhanced Certificate and a satisfactory health check are required. You must meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council's suitability for registration requirements.

Qualification combinations:

The University welcomes applications from students studying qualifications from different qualification types - for example A level and a BTEC qualification in combination, and if you are made an offer you will be asked to achieve UCAS Tariff points from all of the qualifications you are studying at level 3.  Should the course you wish to study have a subject specific requirement then you must also meet this requirement, usually from GCE A level.

Plus one of the following:

  • International/English Language Requirements:

    Applicants from the EU:

    Applicants from the EU are welcome to apply and if the qualification you are studying is not listed here then please contact the Admissions Team for advice or see our EU Applicants pages here www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/european-union/eu-applications/ 

    International Qualifications:

    If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry 

    English Language Requirements:

    International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 with 7.0 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

    *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Entry Requirements 2020/21

Standard Entry

88 UCAS Tariff points
From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas or the International Baccalaureate

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Subject Requirements:
There are no specific subject requirements for this course

GCSE Requirements:
Students will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4 or C, or the equivalent.

Additional Requirements:
You will be required to attend an interview. Admission is subject to a suitable DBS Enhanced Certificate and a satisfactory health check. You must meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council's suitability for registration requirements.

International Qualifications:
We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match those shown above. If you have taken qualifications outside the UK you can find out how your qualifications compare by visiting our country page www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:
International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 with 7.0 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1: £9,250

International Fee in Year 1: £15,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

Fees, Scholarships and Discounts

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Fees and Funding 2020/21 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1**: TBC

Undergraduate fees are set by Government and are subject to annual review. Once these have been approved we will update fees/funding information for UK and EU students.


International Fee in Year 1: £15,500

Scholarships for 2020/2021 entry have not been announced. Please visit the 2019/2020 international scholarship page for the 2019/2020 scholarship offer.


ADDITIONAL COSTS

TBC


Scholarships and Discounts

20/21 fees and funding information has not been confirmed. 19/20 information is listed below.

Click here for UK and EU undergraduate funding and scholarships information.

Click here for International undergraduate funding and scholarships information.

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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

HS3000 -

Body systems (Core,20 Credits)

Within this module, you will gain an understanding of human anatomy and physiology from a cellular to systems level. Your learning will build from an introduction to cells, tissues and organs, to the exploration of human body systems including musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, endocrine, nervous, immune, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive.

Exploration of the function of body systems will be supported by the use of an investigative case study within taught sessions helping you to apply the learning to a healthcare context. Understanding and knowledge developed within this module will also inform other foundation year modules and provide a solid basis for future study within health-related disciplines.

More information

HS3001 -

Communication and Study Skills (Core,20 Credits)

Within this module, you will gain an understanding of different forms of communication. Your learning will build from an introduction to accessing information, identifying barriers to effective communication and developing the foundations for professional communication. You will explore a range of communication techniques including the use of information technology.

You will explore and practice a number of techniques that support interaction in a professional context. Understanding and knowledge developed within this module will also inform other foundation year modules and provide a solid basis for future study within health-related disciplines. Particularly the development of your academic writing style.

More information

HS3002 -

Evidence in Health Care Practice (Core,20 Credits)

The module aims to promote an increase in knowledge and understanding of both how to obtain and interpret evidence relating to health care issues and factors that contribute to creating good health. It is important that students are aware of the wider social, economic, environmental and political drivers of states of health of the population or patient group they may encounter in the future. The understanding and knowledge developed within this module will inform other foundation year modules and will provide a solid basis for future study within health related disciplines.

More information

HS3003 -

Health in Today’s Society (Core,40 Credits)

Within this module, you will address the key concepts related to health and healthcare within today’s society. This will enable you to explore different understandings of health and wellness from an individual, professional and societal perspective, along with the factors that impact upon it. How healthcare is provided in response to need will be explored, with consideration of health related policy, formal and informal caring roles and the structure of services.

This module will also enable you to explore health as related to specific populations such as people experiencing disability, mental health problems and long term physical conditions. You will consider issues such as stigma and social isolation, developing an appreciation of the needs of such groups and the barriers to accessing healthcare that they encounter.

Health services are increasingly orientated towards health improvement and the prevention of ill-health. Therefore, you will consider the nature of public health and current public health priorities, along with health promotion activities to address these to improve health and reduce health inequalities.

Caring relationships within healthcare are essential to providing high quality care. The nature of such relationships will be considered in relation to the values underpinning care, the fundamental communication skills necessary to engage in positive relationships and the nature of person-centred practices.

More information

HS3004 -

Negotiated Project (Core,20 Credits)

This module will draw together the learning undertaken across the Foundation year and enable you to develop a connected and global understanding of contemporary healthcare practice. This will be framed by the student choosing an agreed area of healthcare practice, in order to facilitate an independent project of study. Under the guidance of the module team, you will negotiate your health related topic and will be supported to identify and incorporate the key concepts underpinning healthcare practice, into your chosen area of study. Where consideration will be given to the social, economic, environmental and political drivers of health and health promotion,

Sessions have been designed to provide learners with a platform to employ an independent approach to study, where you will be guided to identify and select evidence based materials in order to explore your chosen topic. You will have the opportunity to build on the study skills developed during the Foundation year and enhance your practical application skills in literature retrieval, appraisal and evaluation.
It is helpful to note that the academic team will work with you as partners to guide and direct the focus of your learning and a formative review is favoured to allow you to present findings to your peers and the wider module team.

The module will include a range of seminars, workshops and face to face sessions where you will be supported to explore themes and develop strategies to reinforce your independent learning skills. The independent design of the module will also allow you to continue to cultivate your knowledge, skills and understanding of the essential academic components required for your onward journey into Higher Education.

More information

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

HS3000 -

Body systems (Core,20 Credits)

Within this module, you will gain an understanding of human anatomy and physiology from a cellular to systems level. Your learning will build from an introduction to cells, tissues and organs, to the exploration of human body systems including musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, endocrine, nervous, immune, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive.

Exploration of the function of body systems will be supported by the use of an investigative case study within taught sessions helping you to apply the learning to a healthcare context. Understanding and knowledge developed within this module will also inform other foundation year modules and provide a solid basis for future study within health-related disciplines.

More information

HS3001 -

Communication and Study Skills (Core,20 Credits)

Within this module, you will gain an understanding of different forms of communication. Your learning will build from an introduction to accessing information, identifying barriers to effective communication and developing the foundations for professional communication. You will explore a range of communication techniques including the use of information technology.

You will explore and practice a number of techniques that support interaction in a professional context. Understanding and knowledge developed within this module will also inform other foundation year modules and provide a solid basis for future study within health-related disciplines. Particularly the development of your academic writing style.

More information

HS3002 -

Evidence in Health Care Practice (Core,20 Credits)

The module aims to promote an increase in knowledge and understanding of both how to obtain and interpret evidence relating to health care issues and factors that contribute to creating good health. It is important that students are aware of the wider social, economic, environmental and political drivers of states of health of the population or patient group they may encounter in the future. The understanding and knowledge developed within this module will inform other foundation year modules and will provide a solid basis for future study within health related disciplines.

More information

HS3003 -

Health in Today’s Society (Core,40 Credits)

Within this module, you will address the key concepts related to health and healthcare within today’s society. This will enable you to explore different understandings of health and wellness from an individual, professional and societal perspective, along with the factors that impact upon it. How healthcare is provided in response to need will be explored, with consideration of health related policy, formal and informal caring roles and the structure of services.

This module will also enable you to explore health as related to specific populations such as people experiencing disability, mental health problems and long term physical conditions. You will consider issues such as stigma and social isolation, developing an appreciation of the needs of such groups and the barriers to accessing healthcare that they encounter.

Health services are increasingly orientated towards health improvement and the prevention of ill-health. Therefore, you will consider the nature of public health and current public health priorities, along with health promotion activities to address these to improve health and reduce health inequalities.

Caring relationships within healthcare are essential to providing high quality care. The nature of such relationships will be considered in relation to the values underpinning care, the fundamental communication skills necessary to engage in positive relationships and the nature of person-centred practices.

More information

HS3004 -

Negotiated Project (Core,20 Credits)

This module will draw together the learning undertaken across the Foundation year and enable you to develop a connected and global understanding of contemporary healthcare practice. This will be framed by the student choosing an agreed area of healthcare practice, in order to facilitate an independent project of study. Under the guidance of the module team, you will negotiate your health related topic and will be supported to identify and incorporate the key concepts underpinning healthcare practice, into your chosen area of study. Where consideration will be given to the social, economic, environmental and political drivers of health and health promotion,

Sessions have been designed to provide learners with a platform to employ an independent approach to study, where you will be guided to identify and select evidence based materials in order to explore your chosen topic. You will have the opportunity to build on the study skills developed during the Foundation year and enhance your practical application skills in literature retrieval, appraisal and evaluation.
It is helpful to note that the academic team will work with you as partners to guide and direct the focus of your learning and a formative review is favoured to allow you to present findings to your peers and the wider module team.

The module will include a range of seminars, workshops and face to face sessions where you will be supported to explore themes and develop strategies to reinforce your independent learning skills. The independent design of the module will also allow you to continue to cultivate your knowledge, skills and understanding of the essential academic components required for your onward journey into Higher Education.

More information

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Healthcare Foundation Year

Home or EU applicants please apply through UCAS

International applicants please apply using the links below

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