Foundation Programme in Science: Health Science 2021

Develop the skills and knowledge needed to progress onto an audiology, optometry or psychology degree at Aston University, Birmingham, with our Health Science Foundation Programme.

Location: Aston University, Birmingham

Course type

Full-time

Course format

No placements

Duration

1 year

UCAS code(s)

H192

Start date

Course outline and modules

At Aston we want to give you the best start to your academic life and chosen future career. By undertaking the Foundation Programme in Science: Health Science with us, you will study modules in the key topics you need to progress on to the health sciences degree of your choice.

The modules you will study have been specifically selected to ensure you are ready to progress onto undergraduate level. This includes a combination of science and numeracy-based topics as well as practical professional skills.

Upon successful completion, you’ll have guaranteed progression* onto one of our health sciences courses, including:

*Progression is subject to qualifications, performance and progression pathway. See our progression requirements here.

This course is open to home fee paying students only.

What is studying the Foundation Programme in Science: Health Science with Aston really like?

You will get access to a wide range of academic and research expertise, modern facilities, and cutting-edge technology.


On this course you’ll study key health science topics from biology and biochemical science to human anatomy and mathematics for health scientists, as well as being introduced to clinical practice and scientific research methods.


In addition to your subject specific knowledge, our foundation course aims to build your key skills, such as team working, leadership and interpersonal abilities to start you on your path towards your future career.

Modules

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
Optional modules

Choose one optional module from the following two options:

  • Identities and Inequalities
  • Introductory Marketing

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

 

Entry requirements

Please review the typical offer entry requirements below in consideration of which course you’d like to progress onto. 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.

Upon completion of the Foundation Programme, entry onto one our undergraduate programmes is dependent on meeting set grade progression requirements. Full details of these requirements and additional information on progression can be found here.

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 mailto:ugadmissions@aston.ac.uk 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.

More advice on applying to Aston and full details of our admissions policy can be found here.

Typical offer:

GCSEs

Five GCSEs all at grade C/4, which must include Maths and English Language.

A Levels
  • 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 three subjects.

 

The following subjects will not be considered as one of the core three A Levels: General Studies, Critical Thinking, Citizenship Studies.

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.

 

Learning, teaching and assessment

During your foundation year, you’ll have excellent support from our expert academics who come from a wide range of health science specialisms and backgrounds. We also have the Learning Development Centre that can provide additional support, and a peer-assisted learning scheme.

You will be taught via a variety of learning methods such as:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • lab sessions
  • practicals
  • online activity
  • reading
  • other independent study.

You’ll also complete a range of group projects designed to give you the chance to meet new people, make new friends and build a network of peers who will share your university journey.

 

Fees

Fees: £9,250 per year Home students

If you think you may be eligible to pay home fees, please contact our Tuition Fee Assessment team here fee_assessment@aston.ac.uk and they will be able to advise you further. If you are considered to be a Home fee payer after their assessment, then you will qualify for this programme as long as your English language qualifications meet the required minimum.

At Aston University we are committed to supporting the most talented and hardworking students to achieve their potential by providing a range of scholarships to help lower tuition and living costs.

You can explore the costs involved in studying at university and the financial support that may be available to you here.

Frequently asked questions

Why study Foundation Programme in Science: Health Science at Aston?

This course has been designed specifically for students who don’t initially qualify for audiology, optometry or psychology undergraduate study with us. You’ll experience a unique mix of hands-on study and theoretical learning, in world-class facilities, working with passionate expert staff.
We’ll work with you to help you to develop the skills and knowledge you need to progress onto your course of interest; and to be ready for an exciting and enriching career solving some of the world’s most pressing scientific problems.

What degree courses could I go on to do after the Foundation Programme in Science: Health Science?

Successfully completing the foundation programme will allow you to progress to a diverse range of degree courses such as:

Take a look at our progression criteria page to ensure you are aware of the additional qualification and performance criteria for your course of interest.

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