The Medical and allied professions are among the most difficult disciplines to gain entry to. It is imperative to have a comprehensive grounding in the relevant knowledge before progressing to further stages of education.

Our International Medical Foundation Programme is a one-year programme specifically designed to provide students with the best possible grounding for application to Medical schools.

Why study the Medical Foundation Programme?

  • The course provides students with an alternative to A Levels as a route to medical school.
  • Students will study Biology, Chemistry, Further Mathematics, Physics or Psychology, as well as having introductory sessions in topics such as: Pathology, Physiology, Genetics and Pharmacology.
  • The course is taught by highly skilled and experienced teachers in a specialised medical school stream.
  • Specialist staff provide support with UCAS applications, personal statements, university entry research, UCAT* / BMAT preparation and interview preparation.

*The UCAT stands for University Clinical Aptitude Test, (previously named UKCAT, UK Clinical Aptitude Test), and is required for entry to a medical/dentistry degree at many UK universities. As of 2019, the UCAT replaces UKCAT

Who is it for?

  • International students who currently hold high school diplomas or A-levels, but would like to strengthen their application for medical school.
  • International students who do not currently meet the academic requirement to apply to medical school through UCAS.
  • International students who did not pass the UCAT/BMAT examinations and would like to build on their existing knowledge before re-applying for medical school.

Course Details

Terms Modules Subjects
Term 1 Minor Modules

Core Mathematics

Core ICT

Communication Skills or IELTs Preparation

Medical Sciences

Terms 2 and 3 Major Modules



Medical Sciences

and one elective module in either Psychology or Quantitative Methods


Completion of the Medical Foundation Programme provides students with several pathways to Medical schools. Students can follow more than one of these routes to maximise their individual chances of successful progression:

1st Route – Direct application to Medical Programmes at;


  • Internationally recognized medical qualification – MB, BCh, BAO (Hons) – (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, Bachelor of Obstetrics)
  • No additional entrance exam (UCAT/BMAT)
  • Direct application (not through UCAS)
  • Requires IELTS 6.5
  • Each year RCSI have 220 non-EU places available
  • World renowned, ranked among the top 2% of universities worldwide
  • Has Europe’s largest, cutting edge, clinical simulation facilities
  • Located in the heart of Dublin – the vibrant and friendly capital of Ireland

There is also an opportunity for students to apply to the The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland – Medical University of Bahrain

The University of Central Lancashire

  • UCLan’s Medicine (MBBS) programme offers an innovative approach to medical education
  • Taught in state-of the-art facilities
  • Clinical placements in UK NHS hospitals and clinics start in Year 1 and feature strongly throughout the programme
  • Early patient contact and clinical placements in the NHS from Year 1
  • No entrance exam (no UCAT/BMAT)
  • Large number of international student places available
  • You will be taught in small, diverse groups by expert, experienced staff. A high staff to student ratio means you’re fully supported during studies

St. George’s University – Grenada, West Indies

  • A medical degree taught in the Caribbean
  • Problem-based learning in small groups 
  • 4, 5, 6 or 7 year Medical Degree options with an opportunity to spend up to two years of the programme in the UK at Northumbria University

2nd Route:

  • application to EU Medical schools teaching in English language, e.g. University of Nicosia
  • application to Pre-Medical Degree at UK Insitutitions, e.g. University of Buckingham
  • application to Biomedical Degrees at UK Institutions, e.g. Brunel or UCL

Entry Requirements

In order to be considered for our Medicine pathway, students need to have graduated from High School. Check the Table 1 below for the grade/score requirements for your qualification type. In addition, students will need to have an overall IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6 in all disciplines, and for Pharmacy a minimum of 6.0 overall and in all disciplines (Table 2).


Qualification Type Grade/Score Requirement
GCSE/High School Equivalent

5 A – B with the following:

Chemistry A; Biology B; Maths B

Baccalaureate/High School Diploma

Overall 16* with at least the following:

Chemistry 16*;  Biology 16*;  Maths 16*; (*score of 17 for Iranian students)

IB – Must be at least 1st year of diploma Chemistry 6;  Biology 5;  Maths 5
Qualifications graded out of 100

Overall 85% with at least the following:

Chemistry 85%;  Biology 80%;  Maths 80%


Qualification Score
IELTS Medicine – Overall 6.5 with a minimum of 6 in all disciplines
Pharmacy – Minimum 6.0 overall and in all disciplines


David Game College in London

You can also study the International Medical Foundation Programme at David Game College in London, close to iconic buildings such as the Tower of London, the Gherkin, the Bank of England and the Shard.


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