University of Nottingham (Foundation Year)


The University of Nottingham has been running its Medicine degree from Nottingham and Derby based hospitals for 50 years. Students are able to explore a broad range of research areas as part of your studies alongside national and international leaders in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), cancer research, mental health technology and more. The Medical School is based in Queen’s Medical Centre, one of the UK’s largest hospitals. There are dedicated clinical skills facilities including a dissection suite and teaching laboratories for medicine and healthcare students. The hospital is located opposite University Park Campus and connected by a footbridge for easy access. Nottingham city centre is 15 minutes away by public bus or tram.

The welcoming Foundation Year gives you the benefit of small class sizes and a chance to form close relationships with your fellow students. This support network will, upon successful completion of your end of year exams, transition into the early years of Medicine.

Nottingham place emphasis on both UCAT score and GCSE performance when selecting which candidates to invite to interview. Therefore it makes an ideal choice for candidates with a strong academic background as well as good UCAT performance. It’s also possible for an exceptional UCAT score to compensate for lower academic history, and vice versa, so it could also be a good choice for candidates who are extremely strong in either of these aspects.

Please note that this program is only open to UK applicants that meet specific widening participation criteria.

Key Points

  • Foundation Year
  • UCAT
  • Case-Based Learning
  • Compulsory BMedSci

About the university Compare

Key Information
EmailPlease use enquiry form on website
Phone number0115 951 5151
Course Information
Teaching styleCase-Based Learning
In your foundation year you will learn all the important biology and chemistry required for medicine, mainly through classroom based learning and laboratory practicals
The first few years focus on biomedical science themes which are clinical case-based and often involve bringing patients into teaching session. There isn’t specifically clinical exposure in the first few years which makes this more of a traditional course, but there is the integration of patient-centred learning through the use of cases.
The final two years of the course are the clinical phase where you will be based in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire for clinical placements.
Course length6 years
BSCBMedSci compulsory
During your fourth year, you'll complete a research project and be awarded an additional BMedSci degree.
There is also the option of suspending your studies for a year after third year to complete a postgraduate degree (MSc or PhD)
Courses offered3 courses offered
A100 Standard Entry Medicine - 5 years
A108 Medicine with Foundation Year - 6 years
A101 Graduate Entry Medicine - 4 years
Graduate entryYes
Foundation or accessYes
University Life
Local areaNottingham
With a huge student population, Nottingham is one of the most vibrant cities in the UK. No matter what your taste or budget, there's something for everyone. University Park is The University of Nottingham’s largest campus at 300 acres. Set in extensive greenery and around a lake, University Park is the focus of life for students, staff and visitors. Conveniently located only two miles from the city centre. The hub of student life is the Portland Building, which houses the Students' Union, the Student Support Centre, as well as shops, banks, bars and restaurants.
Social lifeThe Students' Union is the hub of student social life on campus. You can get involved with a wide range of activities including societies, sports clubs, volunteering projects, student-run groups and networks, events such as pub quizzes, live music, club nights, speed dating and comedy nights ─ in venues both on and off campus.
Interview styleMMI
8 stations of 5 minutes each
Interview datesDec-Mar
Interview topics
  • Communication skills
  • Teamwork
  • Understanding of MDT
  • Realistic expectation of a career in medicine
  • Empathy
  • Admissions Tests
    UCATUCAT Required
    Your UCAT is awarded a maximum of 60 points. From the 2022-entry cycle, Verbal Reasoning will be given more weighting. A further 60 points are awarded for performance in Situational Judgement Test subtest. Applicants with a Band 4 will not be considered.
    Your UCAT score is combined with a score for your academic performance to decide who to invite to interview.
    In 2020, the lowest UCAT of successful applicants was 2170, with the average successful score being 2510.
    Academic Requirements
    GSCEGCSEs scored for interview shortlisting
    Minimum requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade 6/B including Biology and Chemistry (or Double Science), English Language and Maths
    Please note that GCSEs are scored for shortlisting and many applicants will exceed these minimum requirements
    Scoring system: best 6 GCSEs including English Language, Maths and the sciences are scored using the following system: grade 9 = 4 points, grade 8 = 3 points, grade 7 = 2 points, grade 6 = 1 points
    Subjects required: Biology and Chemistry at grade B
    Retake policyA-Level resits are not accepted for this course.
    Scottish highersBBBBC
    Subject requirements: English Language, Maths and the Sciences at grade B
    Advanced Highers must also be offered.
    Scottish advancedBB
    Subject requirements: Biology and Chemistry
    Scottish Highers must also be offered.
    IB28 points
    Subjects requirements: 3 Higher Level subjects at grade 5 including Biology and Chemistry
    Bachelor's Degree (Gradutes Only)
    Applications in 19/20343
    Interviews in 19/20127
    Offers in 19/2042
    Success rate in 19/20approx 1 in 8


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