Course Overview

This programme is intended to cater for those who aspire to enrol on a health science-based honours degree at Cardiff Metropolitan University, who have not achieved the required number of A-level points (A2 or their equivalent). It is also suitable for those who have studied A-level subjects (or their equivalent) in areas that do not provide the necessary background within the scientific disciplines required for the chosen Honours degree programme.

This programme is also intended to widen access and participation for ‘return to learning’ students who wish to embark upon a Science-based honours degree.

Learning & Teaching

The Programme Director is responsible for the organisation and overall operation of the programme.

Module Leaders will coordinate the delivery and assessment of each module.

Your Personal Tutor will be assigned to you during the first week and will be your first port of call for any difficulties you may have. Individual pastoral tutorials will be held at regular intervals throughout the programme, when you will have an opportunity to discuss with your Personal Tutor any matters which relate specifically to yourself.

How the programme team will help you to learn

During your time on the programme, you will experience a number of teaching and learning methods. These will include lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical laboratory exercise. These areas will be introduced in more detail during Induction Week and explored throughout the year.

Methods of Assessment

The Foundation programme is continuously assessed throughout the year. Most modules are assessed by a combination of both examinations/class tests and coursework, and students are required to attempt all elements of assessment in order to successfully complete the modules. A breakdown of the assessment pattern for each module will be confirmed with students by the module leaders in Induction Week. These areas will again be introduced in more detail during the first week of teaching and explored throughout the year.

Programme Regulations, attendance and codes of practice.

Students are required to attend all teaching sessions, undertake all assessment and show respect for their peers, tutors and the institution. Full guidance on the specifics of these regulations/codes of practice and where to find the information will form the basis of the sessions that take place in Induction Week. It is important that everyone attends these sessions.

Books/Resources/Support for students and their learning

A number of textbooks for each of the modules will be recommended to you at the start of teaching.

A range of support is provided for students which includes the following provision:

  • Creation of a supportive learning environment
  • Pre-enrolment details and comprehensive induction programme
  • Cardiff Metropolitan University undergraduate student handbook
  • Student programme handbook and detailed module guidance
  • Library and study skills packages
  • Library and learning resources
  • IT facilities, including Moodle VLE and other online platforms
  • Personal tutor
  • Specialist science laboratories and online platforms such as Labster.
  • Dedicated Chemistry & Physiology drop-in workshops to support Level 3 module content
  • Access to a range of student support services .

Entry Requirements & How to Apply

Applicants should normally have five GCSEs including English Language (or Welsh First Language), Mathematics* and Science at grade C or above / grade 4 or above (for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England) plus one of the following:

  • 56 points from at least 2 A level qualifications or their equivalent at an appropriate standard for entry into Higher Education at Year 1, but in subject areas which fail to meet the entry requirements for their intended undergraduate degree programme.
  • 56 points from at least 2 A level qualifications or their equivalent in subject areas relevant for their intended undergraduate degree programme, but at a standard which fails to meet the entry requirements to Higher Education at Year 1.
  • Prospective students who do not meet the above criteria may be considered on an individual basis and will be called for interview.

*For Welsh applicants sitting the reformed Mathematics GCSE, we will accept either GCSE Mathematics or Mathematics – Numeracy.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated January 10, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2019
1 year
8,950 GBP
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