International Study Centre

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Health Science

About this route

The International Foundation Year in Health Science is a preparatory academic programme designed for international students aspiring to pursue undergraduate degrees in a field of health science.

This foundation year equips students with essential knowledge and skills in subjects such as biology, mathematics, and English for academic purposes. 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.

Upon successful completion and achieving the required grades, students are well-prepared to enter a range of degrees in fields related to health science, such as nursing, physiotherapy, sports science and podiatry.

Selection process

Find out more about the selection process for the Allied Health Professional degrees, Nursing and Pharmacy.

Learn more

Why study Health Science at Huddersfield?

  • Graduate from the University of Huddersfield with a professionally accredited degree
  • 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
  • Prepare early for your future career with support for your NHS clinical practice interview.
  • Benefit from engagement with University departments and local business and employers in advance of starting your degree.

Accelerate your path to Nursing (Adult) BSc (Hons)

Students can now join the International Foundation Year in April and progress to study Nursing (Adult) BSc(Hons) the following January (subject to achieving the required progression grades and meeting the selection process requirements).

Please note:

  • There may be limited places available on the April start, therefore students are advised to apply and confirm as soon as possible.
  • The April start date is only available for students with the progression degree aim of Nursing (Adult) BSc(Hons).

Key facts

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 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.

Course length: 2 semesters
Entry points: September, November (Enhanced Induction), January and April*

Term dates information

*For progression to Nursing (Adult) BSc(Hons) only

To learn more about course costs visit our fees page.

Scholarships available

Modules

You will also study a range of core and subject-specific modules to ensure you progress to your degree with all the skills you need to succeed. Please note that you are expected to attend 100% of your classes at the International Study Centre or you are at risk of losing your Student visa.

Pure Maths

In this module students will study topics that will be important for progressing onto an engineering degree course. They will spend a little time making sure their algebra and trigonometry skills are sound before moving on to calculus topics. They will conclude with statistics and probability.

Biology

The Biology module supports students with the fundamental biological concepts. Each lesson builds upon key concepts, vocabulary and provides students with the opportunity to practice exam style questions. To support students with their practical skills there are a number of practical lessons in a laboratory setting. Topics that students will study include; prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, the immune system, DNA, biological molecules, and respiration.

Academic English Skills

Academic English Skills aims to provide thorough training in the language and related academic skills which will enable international students to best achieve their academic potential at university. Our Academic English programme is validated by UK ENIC, the UK government agency responsible for providing information and expert opinion on qualifications and skills worldwide.

You will develop awareness and competency in a range of language-related academic skills, including 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.

Alongside your classes, your studies will be supported by an online learning platform, providing you with a range of tasks and activities specifically designed to develop and extend your language and academic skills outside the classroom and to give you more control over your own learning.

Human Biology

The Human Biology module will aim to introduce students to the fundamental concepts of Physiological Homeostasis. Students learn about the complex physiological systems that maintain human life. Spend time looking at gross structures of organs down to the tissue and cellular level and the pathological conditions associated with the organs. Introduced to common diseases in society such as Alzheimers, Stroke Cystic Fibrosis and Multiple Sclerosis.

Social Sciences in Action

Social sciences in action introduces students to psychology and sociology. The emphasis is on two key areas in psychology- social psychology and individual differences. In sociology the focus is on two important concepts – culture and identity. Both social sciences are investigated through examining classic research in these areas. Research methods used in both fields are used to carry out a practical investigation into a theme covered in the specification.
Students will be provided with an opportunity to gain an understanding of the world around them and the minds and behaviour of the people in it. They can acquire a broad set of desirable skills including the ability to describe and critically evaluate a range of research, to plan and carry out their own investigation and to interpret and critically assess their findings.

Academic English Skills

Academic English Skills aims to provide thorough training in the language and related academic skills which will enable international students to best achieve their academic potential at university. Our Academic English programme is validated by UK ENIC, the UK government agency responsible for providing information and expert opinion on qualifications and skills worldwide.

You will develop awareness and competency in a range of language-related academic skills, including 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.

Alongside your classes, your studies will be supported by an online learning platform, providing you with a range of tasks and activities specifically designed to develop and extend your language and academic skills outside the classroom and to give you more control over your own learning.

Personal Learning and Critical Thinking Skills (PLTS)

The aim of the module is to emphasise the importance of acquiring and improving six transferable skills that enable students to cope with change and to learn effectively; skills that will help them to be effective in many different work and life situations. Furthermore, these are skills that employers and those in further education want to see developed. Employers worldwide are demanding more than just a degree – they want employees with additional winning skills.

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.

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Selection process for Allied Health Professional, Nursing and Pharmacy degrees

The following progression degrees involve a selection process during the International Foundation Year.

  • Nursing (Adult)
  • Midwifery Studies
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Operating Department Practice
  • Physiotherapy
  • Podiatry

All of these professions have regulatory body requirements which form part of the application and selection process, find out more.

An international student in Huddersfield

"My foundation year made me develop many skills, especially my confidence. My confidence increased incredibly. I never used to do any presentations or talking to crowds. I had like the biggest stage fright but because we did so many practice presentation in different modules we had experience. So that's helped for sure."

Ghufran from Libya
Studied International Foundation Year - Health and Human Sciences
Progressed to  BSc Physiotherapy

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How to apply

Ready to apply? Discover how to submit an application and learn more about fees, term dates and entry requirements.

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Begin your UK education journey at the University of Huddersfield International Study Centre. Improve your English, academic knowledge and grow the confidence you need to succeed in your degree.

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