Health Professions Foundation Programme (Year 0)





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About the course

To progress in a career in health, you need formal qualifications.

Starting with a year's foundation is a way to build your knowledge of health topics, science and research, so that you can then progress onto a degree programme and take your career forward.

The foundation programme for Health Professions is year zero of selected degree courses in the Allied Health Professions and Nursing and Midwifery departments at UWE Bristol.

If you don't have formal qualifications or meet the normal entry requirements, but can demonstrate relevant life experience and commitment to this area, we will consider your application.

Spend a year getting a solid grounding in science and healthcare-related topics on this springboard into higher education. 

Study areas of human biology, psychology, sociology and research, and get the knowledge, skills and confidence you need to take the next step in your education and career.

For detailed information please refer to the UWE website:


Entry Requirements


All applications are considered on an individual basis and will require an interview.

  • Satisfactory DBS (formerly CRB) clearance  
  • International students require IELTS 7.0 or equivalent

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.

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UCAS Application Code

Institution name: BUWE
Institution code: B80
Course code: B900
Campus code: R
Short code: FYr/HP
Application: UCAS
What will I do on this course?


You will study 11 modules: 10 of the modules have a rating of 10 credits and one module has a rating of 20 credits (you need to gain 120 credits to progress on to your chosen degree course). Modules may include:

  • Combined Science (Physics and Chemistry)
  • Human Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Research Methods
  • Mathematics
  • English/Communication Skills
  • Vocational Study  - this study allows you to investigate an aspect of your chosen vocational area in some depth  
  • Study Skills
  • Core Skills


Who is it for?

This Foundation programme aims to provide knowledge and skills to enable you to progress to a Degree or Diploma (where applicable) in one of the health professions.  This is an alternative pathway for you to gain access to a university level course and is suitable if you have few or no formal qualifications.


How to apply

Applications through UCAS:

Clearing is open until 30th September

For further information contact the UCAS Student hotline: 0371 468 0468

For further information


How Is this course assessed?


  • Group work
  • Coursework
  • Exams
  • Practical
  • Presentations


What could I do next?


There are nine pathways  through the Foundation programme.  After successful completion of the Foundation programme, and a clear Health Screening questionnaire, you will automatically progress to a place at one of the following undergraduate programmes, which can be taken full time:

  • BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Imaging
  • BSc (Hons) Midwifery
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing (adult, child, learning disabilities and mental health branches)
  • BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy
  • BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
  • BSc (Hons) Radiography and Oncology
  • BSc (Hons) Sport Therapy and Rehabilitation (STaR)
  • On successful completion of the degree programme, graduates are eligible for membership with a relevant  
  • Professional Body and registration with the Health Professions Council or the Nursing and Midwifery Council


Additional cost

Please note that course fees are payable to UWE.

The course fees printed below are per academic year only.

Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee 8000
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit) 1000

For further information please refer to the UWE website:


You may be eligible for a student loan, Student Finance can be contacted on 0300 100 0607

Further information can be found here:


 You will need an interview for this course 



How old will you be when the course starts?

16-18 19+
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