University of Huddersfield International Study Centre

Health & Human Sciences

About this route

The International Foundation Year in Health & Human Sciences will prepare you for a range of degrees in fields related to health, such as physiotherapy, sports science, podiatry and pharmaceutical science. It can also prepare you for studying degrees in behavioural sciences, such as psychology, sociology and criminology.

You will study core modules, which are general skills subjects, and specialised modules tailored to your chosen area of study - all of which are important for your academic development.

Why study Health & Human Sciences?

  • Graduate from the University with a professionally accredited degree – without the years of study required for a degree in medicine
  • Degrees typically include placements, such as clinical practice in local hospitals and NHS trusts, to gain practical experience in a real-world setting
  • Access a range of specialist facilities, including a biomechanics laboratory, formulation lab (for making and testing medicines), physiology labs and physiotherapy practical rooms
  • Early preparation for your future career with support for your NHS interview for clinical practice and integrated CareerAhead activities
  • Benefit from engagement with University departments and local business and employers in advance of starting your degree.

Subject pathways

Choosing a subject pathway allows you to study a selection of modules more closely aligned to your chosen progression degree at the University. You can choose to focus on:

  • Health Sciences
  • Social & Behavioural Sciences
  • Science

Core modules

You will also study a range of core modules to ensure you progress to your degree with all the skills you need to succeed. Core modules include:

Academic English Skills aims to provide you with thorough training in the language and related academic skills, enabling you to best achieve your academic potential at University. These skills include the processes of academic writing, effective and extensive reading strategies, effective participation in seminars and delivery of presentations, and listening to and recording information effectively from lectures. You will also develop the accuracy and range of written and spoken language required to use language effectively and appropriately, with clarity and confidence in an academic context.

This module will encourage students to develop their interest in and enthusiasm for Physics and support further study of the subject. Students will appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society. They will also develop and demonstrate a deeper appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of Physics and develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other. As students taking this module have decided to study an Engineering, Science or Computer Science degree the subject will be taught in a contextualized way with applied examples given during the module to help and prepare them for the specific demands of their chosen degree.

Personal, Learning and Critical Thinking Skills are essential skills for work and learning, and will prepare you to confidently enter university and later working life. The six groups of skills are:

  • Independent enquirers
  • Creative thinkers
  • Reflective learners
  • Team workers
  • Self-managers
  • Effective participators

This module is assessed by a project that focuses on your chosen degree subject and is an essential component of the International Foundation Year Programme.

Academic: Good high school graduation grades or equivalent^
English language: Academic IELTS for UKVI 4.5 (minimum of 4.0 in writing), or equivalent*
Age on entry: 17+ (in the September or October of the academic year you wish to start at the International Study Centre). Must turn 18 before the start of your undergraduate degree

Visit our entry requirements page for a complete list of country-specific requirements.

*If you do not need a Student visa, or are exempted in another way, we can accept equivalent proof of English.

^To ensure that students are adequately prepared for the IFY Health Science route and IFY Engineering Science routes, applicants should have studied a science subject previously. Ideally, this would be Biology, but if they have studied Physics and/or Chemistry, this will suffice.

Course length: 2 semesters 
Entry points: September and January. 

Term dates:

September 2021
Semester 1: 20/09/2021 - 28/01/2022
Semester 2: 07/02/2022 - 03/06/2022

January 2022
Semester 1: 10/01/2022 - 06/05/2022
Semester 2: 09/05/2022 - 05/08/2022

IELTS March June Aug Sept Dec Jan Feb May June Aug Sept
4.0 (4.0 in all skills)   12-week ELP IFY semester 1 IFY semester 2 Holiday Start your undergraduate degree
3.5 (3.5 in all skills)   24-week ELP IFY semester 1 IFY semester 2
4.0 (4.0 in all skills)   12-week ELP

To learn more about course costs visit our fees page.

Progress to Huddersfield

This programme can lead to one of the undergraduate degrees listed below (subject to meeting the grades outlined). These degrees are subject to change.

Degree Programmes Award Overall Grade English Grade
Behavioural Sciences BSc (Hons) 40% 50%
Biochemistry BSc (Hons) 40% 50%
Biology (Molecular and Cellular) BSc (Hons) 40% 50%
Biomedicine BSc (Hons) 40% 50%
Chemistry BSc (Hons) 40% 50%
Chemistry with Forensic Science BSc (Hons) 40% 50%
Childhood Studies BA (Hons) 40% 50%
Criminology BSc (Hons) 40% 50%
Early Childhood and Education BA (Hons) 40% 50%
Education Studies BA (Hons) 40% 50%
An international student in Huddersfield

“My foundation year made me develop many skills, especially my confidence.  never used to do any presentations or talking to crowds. I had the biggest stage fright but cause we did so many practice presentations in different modules, we had experience.”

Ghufran from Libya
Studied International Foundation Year - Health and Human Sciences
Now studying BSc Physiotherapy 

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