International Foundation in Medical, Biomedical and Health Sciences
This programme will prepare you for International Medicine (BSc/MBBS6), Biomedical Science BSc (Hons), and allied programmes such as physiotherapy and diagnostic radiography at St George's, University of London; medical, pharmacy and biomedical programmes at other Irish and UK medical schools and universities; and veterinary medicine and related sciences at Royal Veterinary College, University of London.
Start date: September 2017.
Programme length: 3 terms or approximately 9 months.
Class hours (per week): notional 40 hour learning week with approximately 20 hours contact teaching per week.
What is special about the International Foundation programme?
Lasting three terms, this programme combines scientific academic study and study skills with English language support, cultural orientation and specific classes in medical and healthcare professionalism.
- Quality assured by St George's, University of London, one of the oldest medical schools in the UK.
- Study on the University campus which shares its site with one of the UK's largest and busiest hospitals.
- Full university status for all students, including access to numerous St George's and the University of London Student Union societies and clubs.
- Current 6:1 staff to student ratio, plus regular lectures from doctors.
- Mentoring and support from current medical students.
- Opportunities to gain work and volunteering experience.
- Tailored support for international students in preparing for applications to medical and healthcare programmes including interview.
Why choose the International Foundation programme?
- 98% of successful students progressed to a medical or biomedical degree in 2015.
- Includes preparation for medical applications in the UK and overseas.
- Excellent work experience opportunities.
The programme provides academic preparation in line with that of UK A-levels, with the added benefit of preparation for moving into a professional training programme.
Gaining entry to a medical, biomedical or healthcare degree can be exceedingly competitive, so this programme combines academic study with specific support for international students as you move through the admission and selection processes.
The programme includes preparation for the UKCAT entrance exam and medical selection interview that will form part of the selection process for progression onto International Medicine (BSc/MBBS6) at St George's, University of London.
The qualification also prepares you for training in other allied professions, such as physiotherapy or radiography at St George's, as well programmes at other Irish and UK medical schools and universities. This pathway also provides a route into veterinary medicine and related sciences at Royal Veterinary College, University of London.
Approximately three quarters of the programme are devoted to the subject based science modules, designed specifically to help you to reach the required academic level to progress onto a medical, biomedical or related degree programme.
In addition the programme will develop your academic, study, professional and language skills.
Skills development and English language support
The essential skills module embeds English language support which is designed to help you reach the required level in academic English and covers reading, writing, speaking and listening.
Overall, the module is assessed internally, though you may additionally choose to take an external test such as IELTS.
Professionalism and study skills
Preparation for university is about more than academic and language support. You will need to identify how you learn, and develop the skills to ensure your success, such as note taking, structuring written assignments, group work, and presentations.
In preparation for medical, biomedical and healthcare degrees, it is also essential for you to develop the core non-academic competencies necessary when moving into professional training, including organisation and problem solving, initiative and resilience, insight and integrity and empathy.
Work experience and volunteering
Work experience or volunteering is essential for entry to most medical schools in the UK. Universities want to see evidence of your ability in a variety of behavioural competencies and skills, such as team working, effective communication, empathy, initiative and resilience.
Practical experience will also help you to demonstrate that you have an understanding of the context and different cultures in which you will study.
Our connections with a variety of large and small organisations will allow you to develop a comprehensive portfolio of experience, demonstrating your abilities and intercultural understanding.
You will be paired with a current St George's student who will act as a mentor throughout the year.
Your mentor will help you settle into university life in the UK, and will also be a key resource in helping prepare for interviews and getting advice on university applications.
You will receive support from your tutor on personal and academic issues, including advice on your studies.
Entry to medical and biomedical programmes is highly competitive. The process of assessment is not simply to pass or fail students, but to help you improve and build on your success.
Marks from the International Foundation programme do not count towards a final degree, but help the University assess your abilities in your chosen field of study.