University of Southampton (Foundation Year)


The University of Southampton offer the complete set of four-year, five-year and six-year medical degree programmes, tailored to the background of each student. The extended 6-year course (also known as BM6) is designed to widen participation in medicine. For example, you may be able to apply if you or your parent or guardian receive benefits, or you are the first in your family to apply for a higher education course. 

The programme takes an integrated approach, combining traditional learning and clinical practice from the very first year. At Southampton you’ll get clinical experience from the first weeks of your course, meeting patients in hospital and primary care settings. All students complete an in-depth research project alongside world-leading medical research groups during Year 3, letting you explore an area of personal interest and leading to the award of an additional BMedSci degree.

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

Key Points

  • Foundation Year
  • UCAT
  • Integrated Course
  • Compulsory BMedSci

About the university Compare

Key Information
Email[email protected]
Phone number023 8059 5000
Course Information
Teaching styleIntegrated
The course offers an integrated approach with early clinical contact from the beginning of the course. The course is taught through a range of teaching methods including lectures, workshops, practical classes and structured clinical modules.
In your foundation year, you'll study physiology, anatomy and biochemistry in a medical context. You'll also undertake your very first placements in both hospital and GP settings. This gives you a great foundation to start Y1 medicine in your second year. Successful completion of the foundation year guarantees progression to the standard medicine course.
Course length6 years
BSCCompulsory BMedSci, and optional intercalation
All students complete a research project during their third year, leading to a BMedSci degree. Students also have the option to intercalate with a BSc or MSc between years 3 and 4 if they wish.
Courses offered3 courses offered:
A100 Medicine Standard Entry - 5 years
A101 Medicine Graduate Entry - 4 years
A102 Medicine with Foundation Year - 6 years
Graduate entryYes
Foundation or accessYes
University Life
Local areaSouthampton
Famous as a maritime city, Southampton sits right on the south coast and has some of the best weather in the UK. Rich in history, but full of lively and modern art, culture, restaurants and nightlife, it’s a safe, friendly and walkable place. As a medical student the majority of your learning will take place at our Southampton General Hospital Campus. The lecture theatres, research labs and practice rooms are located in the South Academic Block of this large teaching hospital. The hospital is to the north of the city centre, with great transport links to all parts of the city.
Social lifeWhether your first love is Premier League football, sailing, eating out or the arts you'll find a lot to keep you busy at Southampton. Both the Southampton Student Union and the MedSoc are very active with 100s of societies and sports teams to join.
Interview stylePanel plus group task
Interview datesDec-Mar
Interview topics
  • Self-motivation and resilience
  • Reflection on experiences
  • Communication skills
  • Ability to interact with others (group task)
  • Demonstrate understanding of the NHS constitution
  • Admissions Tests
    UCATUCAT Required
    Applicants for BM6 (Medicine with Foundation Year) are not ranked by UCAT in order to shortlist for interview, however all applicants are still required to take the exam.
    Academic Requirements
    GSCEGCSEs not used for selection beyond minimum requirement
    Minimum requirement: 5 GSCEs at grade C/4 or above, including English Language, Maths and either Biology and Chemistry, or Double Science
    Subjects requirements: Biology plus an additional science
    Retake policyApplicants who are retaking their A Levels/GCSES/or equivalent qualifications will be considered. However, if applicants have retaken the same subjects more than once, these applications will be considered on a case by case basis.
    Scottish highersApplicants are advised to contact the Faculty Admissions Office for more information
    Scottish advancedApplicants are advised to contact the Faculty Admissions Office for more information
    IB30 points
    Subjects requirements: 15 points at Higher Level including grade 5 in Biology and one additional science
    Bachelor's Degree (Gradutes Only)N/A
    Applications in 19/20569
    Interviews in 19/20120
    Offers in 19/2030
    Success rate in 19/20approx 1 in 19


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