MBBS Medicine With a Foundation Year

Full Time
Degree of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery

UCAS Course Code
A-Level typical
BBB (2017/8 entry) See All Requirements
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(General Medical Council’s State of Medical Education and Practice in the UK, 2014)


The Norwich Medical School is a leader in preparing students to become highly competent and confident doctors. We are proud of our reputation as one of the very best schools of medicine in the country. We want you to be the best too -- by learning and developing first class clinical skills and nurturing excellence in scientific understanding.

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(National Student Survey 2016)

"Norwich Medical School prepared me for being a junior doctor perfectly."

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Ryckie Wade, 2011 graduate


Dr Laura Bowater, Senior Lecturer at Norwich Medical School, UEA, has produced an informative video providing 10 essential tips for students applying to study medicine; for those students wanting to become a doctor.

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University of East Anglia researchers are part of a new £2.5 million project to improve hospital treatment for patients with pneumonia and tackle the problem of antibiotic resistance.

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A UEA project to solve the problem of antibiotic resistance has won a prestigious national research award.

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First-rate experience, first-rate doctor. Being a doctor is a privileged position that is demanding, challenging but ultimately an extremely rewarding profession. Studying Medicine at Norwich Medical School means you will be a part of an environment where patients are at the heart of everything we do. The course has been carefully designed in conjunction with the General Medical Council.


By studying for a Medical Degree at the UEA you will bring about huge change in your life and in the lives of many other people. Being a doctor is a privileged position which has at its heart a real and deep-seated vocation to help people. It’s a demanding, challenging, but very rewarding profession – and not one to be entered into lightly.

Throughout the course you will develop the necessary knowledge and expertise to achieve your ambition of becoming a doctor. You will be supported in the development of excellent clinical skills, while learning to communicate effectively so that you can relate to patients and their loved ones with compassion and understanding. Through working within teams, you will develop a co-operative and approachable working style, vital for a successful doctor. Through group and individual work, you will develop problem solving skills to apply your medical knowledge to practical situations. This is the essence of Problem Based Learning, which, supplemented by lectures, seminars and practical classes, is a significant component of the course.

The foundation year focused on teaching you study skills, sciences and introducing you to social sciences within healthcare, in preparation for joining year 1 of the MBBS course. If your circumstances or education opportunities have not given you a fair chance to realise your academic potential, the foundation year is the perfect way to amend this. This ‘widening access’ course is particularly targeted at those who live in East Anglia, but not exclusively so.

The course has been carefully designed in conjunction with the General Medical Council. We aim to ensure that you are thoroughly prepared to take your place as a highly motivated and competent doctor in the modern health service, equipped with the mind-set to continue to learn throughout your clinical career.

Course Structure

This six-year course follows a similar structure to the MBBS Medicinal degree programme, with an additional foundation year. The following five years are organised into 14 modules based on body systems, as you study core sciences alongside your clinical placements. Medical scenarios serve as the basis for your learning.

Year 1 (Foundation Year)
Your foundation year focuses on the sciences, introducing you to the study skills required when studying for a medical degree. Subjects include Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, and elements of the healthcare system. Subject to meeting the progression criteria upon the completion of this year, you will then continue to study as part of the five-year MBBS Medical degree programme.

Year 2
In your second year you will develop a broad range of skills, studying topics including human life, biological and behavioural sciences, and the underlying science behind the musculoskeletal system.

Year 3
During your third year you will engage in a variety of modules, such as how to recognise and treat diseases, including cancer, infection, and common skin and haematological diseases. Your studies will also cover cardiology, vascular surgery and stroke medicine, alongside the nature, management, and psychosocial impact of lung disease.

Year 4
In your fourth year you will study hormone regulation, the kidneys, and the urological system’s role in your body. The programme also focuses on ‘The Senses’ at this stage, as you explore neurology and ophthalmology, alongside ear, nose and throat. Your third key module covers both the medical and surgical disease of the gastrointestinal tract, which includes the opportunity to gain general surgical experience.

Year 5
During your fifth year you will study ‘Reproduction’, which covers obstetrics and gynaecology; helping you to understand childbirth. You will begin to develop a broad understanding of child health, including the wider issues related to children. A third module will include the study of mental health, including its impact on patients, their carers and their families. To integrate the knowledge from  earlier years of the programme, there are also short placements in Oncology, Palliative Care and Medicine for the Elderly

You will also have the opportunity to take part in a four-week placement as part of an elective module. You have the chance to plan your elective destination (which can be anywhere in the world), learning from and contributing to medical provision in a thoroughly immersed way.

Year 6
In your final year you will undertake a further three modules which will cover a variety of advanced topics. You will also study emergency care, which will immerse you in the management of the acutely sick patient, accident and emergency, and intensive care.

One of the highlights of your final year will be your ‘student assistantship’; a nine-week placement split between a medical and surgical speciality. This will cover practical and logistical aspects of becoming a junior doctor, as you record your progress in a real-life medical environment.

During your final attachment, students select an area to pursue in depth from a range of opportunities.

Students have the opportunity to undertake an intercalated postgraduate (Masters level) degree course after completing year 4 or year 5 of our MBBS with a foundation year degree.  Currently students can take a masters in clinical research (MRes), in clinical education (MClinEd) or in molecular medicine (MSc).


Your progress will be regularly assessed throughout the course in order to support your learning. Your work in each module is assessed through what is known as an ‘Objective Structured Clinical Examination’ (OSCE); a short test of your knowledge and clinical ability.

Other assessments include: written examinations in both ‘short answer’ and ‘single best answer’ format; assignments on research methods and your student audit project; and assessments of presentations on your ‘Student Selected Study Component’ to your fellow students.

Throughout your time with us, you will keep a portfolio and write an essay each year to reflect on your professional development, and the values and attitudes you are developing as a member of the medical profession.

Course Modules

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits


Taught by lectures and seminars to bring students from Maths GCSE towards A-level standard. The module covers functions, polynomials, quadratics, trigonometry and differential calculus and an introduction to integration. Students should have a strong understanding of GCSE Mathematics.







This module is for students studying on one of the Science Foundation Year courses. The topics covered on the module should give students a basic grounding in biological processes including the fundamental characteristics of living things; basic metabolic processes; an understanding of evolution and knowledge of the levels of biological organisation with some focus given to organ systems. This module also gives students the opportunity to develop key transferable skills such as lab skills, report writing, assignment preparation, researching and evaluating evidence, giving and responding to presentations as well as an early seminar on learning styles and developing their role as an active learner.




Academic aspects This module is part of a 1-year MBBS Foundation course designed to prepare students to join our MBBS 5-year course. The module takes place in the second semester and introduces the students to a range of health related issues that will be more fully explored in the 5-year MBBS course. The 12-week course uses a problem based learning approach (UEA Medical School's learning method) to explore a new clinical case scenario (e.g. diabetes, asthma, head injury) each week. Students explore these case scenarios in groups of 8-10 students. Importantly, you will learn how to work effectively within a team and develop communication skills. The course will also allow students to develop a broad and balanced foundation of scientific knowledge but you will discover that there is a lot more to Medicine than just the science. Learning these skills is an excellent preparation for the anticipated 5-years of the MBBS course. Clinical aspects There is no practical clinical aspect to this module; however, a shadowing programme runs along side the module that gives students the opportunity to shadow clinicians in our local hospitals. This will give you a taster of what being a doctor is all about. Unique and Exciting Aspects This module is part of a Foundation course for entry to medicine. It is primarily intended for students linked to Aim Higher or Higher Education outreach schemes. It is part of UEA's strategy to widen access to medicine and as such the module has a strong mentoring theme throughout. It offers a unique opportunity for students who demonstrate potential to develop a career in the medical profession.




This module is for students studying on one of the Science Foundation Year courses. The topics covered on the module should give students a basic grounding in biological processes including the fundamental characteristics of living things; basic metabolic processes; an understanding of evolution and knowledge of the levels of biological organisation with some focus given to organ systems. This module also gives students the opportunity to develop key transferable skills such as lab skills, report writing, assignment preparation, researching and evaluating evidence, giving and responding to presentations as well as an early seminar on learning styles and developing their role as an active learner.




A first module in chemistry reserved for students on Science Faculty degrees with a Foundation Year and Medicine with a Foundation Year. The module includes laboratory work. No prior knowledge of chemistry is assumed.



Students must study the following modules for 151 credits:

Name Code Credits





To consolidate and integrate what has been learned in the first year of the MB BS degree programme.




You will examine the underlying science behind the system, as a basis for exploring the examination, diagnosis and treatment of patients with locomotory impairments.




You will be introduced to a broad range of skills: topics include the human life-course, biological and behavioural sciences, consultation skills, and research methods. The science and behavioural science material will often relate to your week's PBL case.



Students must study the following modules for 151 credits:

Name Code Credits


You will find out how to recognise and treat many of the diseases that routinely affect people; including the commonest cancer, the most frequent causes of infection in developed and less developed countries, and the common diseases that affect children and adolescents. You will become confident with the interpretation of high and low blood counts, the mechanism of coagulation and bleeding disorders, and management of haematological malignancies.




You will study adult cardiology, vascular surgery and stroke medicine. The focus of the teaching is to enable you to understand and manage patients with circulatory disorders.







The learning objectives are : to assimilate and integrate the learning outcomes from all prior units, to demonstrate an holistic approach in relation to presentations encountered to date.




You will learn how to take a history and examine a patient with lung disease; to understand the pathophysiology, presentation; the management and psychosocial impact of common lung diseases, and gain experience of respiratory related clinical skills.



Students must study the following modules for 151 credits:

Name Code Credits


You will learn about digestive diseases in all settings, over all ages. This encompasses both medical and surgical disease of the gastrointestinal tract. This is a key opportunity for you to gain general surgical experience as well as developing your gastroenterological knowledge.




All MB BS students must be confirmed as 'Fit to Practise' by the end of year meeting of the School's Professionalism Committee. Progression to the next year, or graduation in Year 5, can only occur once the Professionalism Committee has confirmed a student as being Fit to Practise. If the Professionalism Committee does not believe that a student is Fit to Practise, it will inform the relevant Examination Board and recommend relevant remediation. Further details of Professionalism / Fitness to Practise are available within the 'Professionalism and Fitness to Practise (FtP)' section of the MB BS General Information Black Board site.




You will study the concept of hormone regulation on growth and metabolism and recognise features of hormone overproduction and deficiency and their management.




The learning objectives are : to assimilate and integrate the learning outcomes from all prior units, to demonstrate an holistic approach in relation to presentations encountered to date.




You'll examine three linked but separate specialities: neurology, ophthalmology and ear, nose and throat (ENT). These specialities are all centred round the physiological receptors and processes that allow us to sense the environment in which we live.



Students must study the following modules for 151 credits:

Name Code Credits





You will develop a broad understanding of child health and consider the wider issues of children's place in our society, and the value society places on childhood.




The learning objectives are: to assimilate and integrate the learning outcomes from all prior units and to demonstrate an holistic approach in relation to presentations encountered to date.




This module will cover the following elements: #The Mind #Palliative Care #Medicine for the Elderly #Oncology The Mind addresses biological and psycho-social aspects of mental health and illness. It aims to equip students' with knowledge and clinical skills to recognise mental health problems and identify evidence-based methods for their management. The Mind Module places emphasis on transferable skills and professional attitudes, such as working within a multidisciplinary team, respecting patient individuality and reducing stigma, that are prominent in mental health care but also relate to all other areas of clinical practice.




The elective gives you the opportunity for an four-week extended placement at the forefront of health provision anywhere in the world# from Papua New Guinea, to Potsdam to Plymouth, you have the chance to plan your elective destination and learn from and contribute to medical provision in a thoroughly immersed way.




Your focus will be on reproduction and female health. Human reproduction is a fascinating subject; obstetrics is the branch of medicine and surgery concerned with childbirth and midwifery; gynaecology is the science of the physiological functions and diseases of women. It is essential you have a good grasp of knowledge in basic anatomy and physiology concerning human reproduction to understand childbirth and its complications and manage diseases in women at different stages of their life.



Students must study the following modules for 121 credits:

Name Code Credits














Module 15 - UK Elective / Clinical Remediation







Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • A Level BBB
  • International Baccalaureate 32 points
  • Scottish Advanced Highers BBB

Entry Requirement

For September 2017 entry

This Widening Participation programme is only available to UK applicants who are currently studying A Levels in year 13 of their education or have left within the last three years prior to the start of the course and who also fulfil our Widening Access, Contextual and Social Criteria.

We do not accept applications from A level resit applicants, Graduates, Access to Higher Education Programmes, Pre Medical Programmes, Foundation Degrees, Foundation Years, Nursing Diplomas or those who have already commenced a degree. A levels must be taken over a consecutive two year period. International and EU applicants are not eligible for this course. 

Please read the information below along with our Frequently Asked Questions.  Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs

GCSE Requirements

Applicants must have a minimum of six GCSEs at Grade B or above including English Language, Mathematics and a Single Science subject (Biology, Chemistry or Physics) or grades BB in GCSE Science Double Award. GCSE Short courses, BTEC level 2  / OCR qualifications are not accepted. Adult Numeracy, Adult Literacy, BTEC Level 2, Functional Skills or Access to HE credits are not accepted in lieu of these GCSEs

The school at which you studied GCSEs must be listed on the Department of Education School Performance web site. Please see contextual criteria below.

A levels

A levels must be taken over a consecutive two year period. All science A levels must include a pass in the practical element. Critical Thinking and General Studies are not accepted. 



ALL applicants need to take the UKCAT Medical Admissions Test prior to submitting their application: see www.ukcat.ac.uk for full details. WE DO NOT HAVE A CUT OFF VALUE.

Please note that in the 2016 test, UKCAT will be piloting a new Decision Making section in place of the Decision Analysis subtest.  You will not receive a score for this subtest.  Further information about this new section can be found here:  http://www.ukcat.ac.uk/about-the-test/decision-making/


UKCAT have launched an ITunes app for IOS device which you can download here.

Contextual Criteria

Applicants MUST meet the following criteria:

  • Your Secondary School (GCSE level education) had 60% or less students achieving 5+ grade A*-C GCSEs (or equivalent) including English and Maths in the year you sat your GCSE's - Data from Department of Education website: www.education.gov.uk/schools/performance/

IN ADDITION, applicants MUST also meet ONE of the criteria below:

  • Your household income is less than £35,000 per year excluding Government benefits. (proof will be requested)
  • You have been in Local Authority Care.
  • You live in the East Anglia Region (Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Lincolnshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire)

In addition to meeting these criteria, local applicants (East Anglia) and those whose parents (legal guardians) have no Higher Education qualifications (in UK or abroad) will be given particular consideration.

If you are an applicant who meets the Academic Criteria for the course you may be asked to complete and return, by post, a form detailing which of the above criteria you meet and this should be returned with accompanying original evidence (where appropriate).

All successful applicants will be required to complete a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Police check and a satisfactory occupational health check.  As part of the selection process, all applicants who accept an offer of a place at Norwich Medical School are checked against the Medical Schools Council (MSC) excluded student database.  Details of these requirements will be provided within the offer information.  Further information regarding requirements for medical students in relation to blood born infectious diseases can be found here, and information on Medical Students Fitness Standards here. Any offer holder with a current or past history of health conditions (physical or mental health)  should tell occupational health about any health conditions they have for the following reasons:
•         Medical schools have a duty to support their students, but students have to help the school to do this by being open and honest about their health.
•          Being open and trustworthy is an important part of being a doctor – patients and the GMC expect this of practising doctors. Failure by a doctor on the medical register to disclose a health matter that could potentially impact on patient safety is a breach of this duty.
•         A student should understand that their ill health could put their ability to study at risk. Where a student has this understanding – and shows this by getting help and support – their health condition rarely prevents them from completing the course. One way to demonstrate understanding from the start is for a student to declare whether they will need additional support when they begin their course.


Interviews usually take place in late February/early March. We email applicants directly who have been invited to interview.

Each interview lasts approximately 50 minutes. Applicants will be invited to take part in an OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) style interview, also known as a Multiple Mini Interview consisting of 7 stations. Please note that we do not disclose interview questions. 

If you are invited to interview you are required to complete and bring with you this Work Experience Form.



Course Open To

UK applicants only.

Fees and Funding

UK/EU Students

Tuition Fees

The tuition fees for the academic year 2014/5 are £9,000.  Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for Home and EU students and for details of the support available.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds.

Home/EU - The University of East Anglia offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships.

Students may be eligible to apply for low interest loans, to cover fees and maintenance, from the Student Loans Company. Further information is available from: www.slc.co.uk

Medical students may be eligible to apply for an NHS bursary during their fifth year of studies. For further details please see the NHS Student Grants website at www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/students.aspx

To see if you are eligible for a UKCAT Bursary and how to apply for this, please go to www.ukcat.ac.uk/registration/bursaries/

Due to the integrated nature of our Medicine degree course, fees are the same in each year of the course (apart from inflation increases). When comparing UEA fees with those of other universities, applicants are advised to consider the total cost over the whole six years of the course.

Please note that tuition fee rates are reviewed annually to take account of inflation increases.

Additional information is available from: www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/students

To see if you are eligible for a UKCAT Bursary and for details of how to apply for this, please go to www.ukcat.ac.uk/registration/bursaries/

See our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances with the Admissions Office prior to applying please do contact us:

Undergraduate Admissions Office

Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

When emailing us please remember to include your full name, UCAS Personal ID or your UEA Application Number, the name of the course you are applying for and your fee status if known (UK, EU or International) so your query can be answered as quickly as possible.

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