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Undergraduate study

Course overview

Our Foundation Year (Health) develops your existing skills through a range of stimulating projects, discussion and classwork activities.

This is ideal if you are progressing from high school or college and don’t meet the entry requirements for undergraduate courses in health. From essay writing to academic presentations, group work to independent study skills, the academic study skills module equips you with all the necessary academic and language skills to succeed in higher education. A module in maths ensures that you have a thorough foundation in numeracy too.

You focus on your subject specialisms of health, anatomy and physiology, and personal development. Once you have successfully completed this course you are awarded with Foundation Year (Health). If you have also successfully completed a relevant English language test you are eligible to apply for full-time undergraduate study on one of these courses:

Please note that the Foundation Year (Health) does not attract any funding from the Student Loans Company as this course does not meet their eligibility criteria. This means that you will not be able to obtain a tuition fee loan to cover the fees for this course and that you should be prepared to self-fund this course.

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Course details

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Academic Study Skills (Health and Social Care)

This module is delivered over two semesters, as part of the School of Health & Social Care's Foundation Year. You have the opportunity to develop the study and language skills essential for studying at undergraduate level. 

We use a number of learning and teaching methods to help your learning including lectures, seminars, guided reading, writing and speaking tasks, tutor-led explication and discussion, and individual tutorials. Our learning and teaching strategy uses a combination of face-to-face teaching and online delivery. Your language development is supported by using the Learning Hub and English language café. We also use tutorials to direct your independent study to further develop your language skills.

An Introduction to Anatomy and Pathophysiology

This core module gives you the opportunity to develop a basic knowledge of human anatomy and physiology as part of your foundation year. It focuses on the concept of homeostasis – how all systems work in harmony. The content is delivered using a systems approach across a range of body systems.

Getting Started with Maths

This module concentrates on the basic skills necessary to demonstrate a competence in basic numeracy or mathematics to enter, or progress in, your chosen profession. It covers basic arithmetic (fractions, decimals, percentages, ratio and proportion) both with and without the use of a calculator. Charts are introduced to display statistical data and assist with basic statistical calculations. The module also introduces the notation and techniques of elementary algebra.

Introduction to Contemporary Issues in Health and Social Care

This module introduces you to contemporary health and social care issues, and you consider how developments in technology impact on the service user. It helps you develop a detailed knowledge and understanding of the relevant issues that impact on health and healthcare delivery. You examine the economic, political and cultural themes that affect the provision of health and social care, which have led to specific models of health and social care delivery.

Introduction to Professional Practice

This module enables you to develop your knowledge of professional, legal, ethical and political issues that influence or impact on health professionals. It creates a foundation for you to continue your exploration of these areas. You critically reflect on both current and contemporary issues, and explore the implications for personal and professional practice.

Personal Development Planning

This module is to help you get the prerequisite entry requirements and personal skills to be eligible to apply for a pre-registration health-related course.

Within the scope of the module, you explore the concept of personal effectiveness and self-management, using established tools and strategies to develop self-awareness, identify areas for personal development and ultimately, set realistic goals and action plans using the SMART action planning method. We use a predetermined range of self-assessment tools and frameworks to guide you through the process


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

The learning and teaching strategy for your course is built around the Teesside University Learning and Teaching Strategy (2016). Our goal is to educate you to become a confident, critical, creative, articulate, adaptable and aspiring to undergraduate study. We know that not everybody learns in the same way so the design of the course employs a number of different approaches to learning and teaching to maximise opportunities for your learning experience. 

We endeavour to:

  • encourage your active participation in the learning process
  • assist you towards developing independence in learning and developing problem-solving skills to promote deeper learning
  • provide you with a stimulating learning environment to enhance your learning opportunities.

The teaching approaches used within the course include:

  • key lectures
  • discussion groups
  • group activities
  • practical activities
  • guided independent study and self-directed learning
  • engagement with a virtual learning environment.

You may have encountered many of these approaches to learning before and it is important to realise that this varied approach enhances the opportunities for you to engage with the course content, and to further develop your skills as you work towards becoming and independent learner.

Although the majority of your learning is face-to-face, this is supported by the use of a virtual learning environment, e-learning@tees, where you are able to access lecture notes, supporting materials and engage in supporting online activities such as links, videos and quizzes. You also have access to many other online resources such as professional online databases, online journals, e-books and resources to help with academic writing.

How you are assessed

During this course, you are assessed on your academic work in either a formative assessment or a summative assessment.

Formative assessments in general, don’t provide a grade but do offer opportunities for you to receive constructive feedback from your tutors to help you develop. Summative assessments are formally marked and graded. You still receive feedback on summative assessments as this can be used to help you identify areas that you are good at and areas to develop for assignments still to complete.

Assessing theory
The knowledge and understanding requirements for modules are assessed by a variety of methods including:  

  • written assignments
  • portfolio
  • unseen maths exam
  • viva (oral assessment)
  • reflection
  • multiple choice question exam.

Our Disability Services team provide an inclusive and empowering learning environment and have specialist staff to support disabled students access any additional tailored resources needed. If you have a specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism, sensory impairment, chronic health condition or any other disability please contact a Disability Services as early as possible.
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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Home/EU applicants
Any Level 3 subject is acceptable for entry to this course.
Normally entry qualifications can be accumulated from:
• any combination of Level 3 qualifications (A/AS levels, BTEC Certificates/Diplomas, Access for Higher Education courses
• High School Certificate or Diploma with good grades completed after at least 12 years of primary and secondary education
• demonstrable evidence of appropriate knowledge and skills acquired from at least three years of relevant post-school work experience
Successful candidates will have qualifications in English language GCSE English language and mathematics at grade 4, or a pass in Level 2 Functional Skills.

For additional information please see our entry requirements

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You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Entry to 2021/22 academic year

Fee for UK applicants
£6,150 a year

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Fee for international applicants
£9,750 a year

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What is included in your tuition fee?

  • Length: One academic year (8 months)
  • Start date: September
  • Semester dates
  • Typical offer: See entry requirements

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