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Courses with a Foundation Year

Find your pathway into a rewarding career in health sciences with our range of courses with a Foundation Year.

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Course Title Courses with a Foundation Year
Study Mode Full-time
Typical Offer UCAS Tariff points 64
Duration 4 or 5 years
Institution Code A65
Start Date September Entry
Location Parkwood Campus, Bournemouth Or Borough High Street, London

Overview


Our range of courses with Foundation Year offer a direct route into our undergraduate health sciences degrees. This can be helpful if you don’t have quite the right entry requirements for immediate entry, or if you’re making a career change.

Over six units, you’ll study essential topics like Human Sciences, Healthcare Introduction, and Personal Development that will prepare you for study on one of our BSc programmes. The final unit, tailored to your chosen BSc, solidifies your transition into your desired field, whether it’s Chiropractic, Radiography, Psychology, or Sport Performance.

Embrace a holistic approach to learning, studying alongside other students with different interests in health sciences. Our supportive teaching and support staff will help you build your confidence in academic study.

You’ll benefit from a purpose-driven curriculum that gives automatic progression to your chosen BSc degree course. Join us in unlocking your potential and take the first step in your journey to qualifying as a healthcare professional.

Our Foundation courses are available on either our Parkwood Road Campus in Bournemouth, or our London Borough High Street Campus in London.

The following courses are available with Foundation Year:

Master of Chiropractic with Foundation Year

BSc (Hons) Sport Rehabilitation with Foundation Year

BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science with Foundation Year

BSc (Hons) Psychology with Foundation Year

BSc (Hons) Counselling and Mental Health with Foundation Year

BSc (Hons) Radiography (Diagnostic Imaging) with Foundation Year

BSc (Hons) Radiography (Radiotherapy and Oncology) with Foundation Year

Course Details


Whether you aspire to be a chiropractor, a radiographer, a sports scientist, or a psychologist specialising in sport and performance, our foundation course provides the essential groundwork and preparation needed to excel in your chosen field.

What you will learn

Our courses with a Foundation Year are linked to our undergraduate BSc (Hons) degree programmes and successful completion at your Foundation Year leads to automatic progression onto these.

The first year of the four year course is divided into six units (each worth 20 credits), which are outlined below.

The final unit will be specific to the undergraduate course that you are progressing onto.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed through a combination of:

  • Examinations
  • Coursework
  • Practical Assessment
  • Group projects
  • Reflective reports
  • Case reports
  • Logbook/portfolio.

Study Time

On the courses with Foundation Year, in the first year you’ll spend around 20 hours per week engaged in lecture content, seminar classes and practical teaching classes.

We advise that around 15 hours per week should be spent in self-directed study.

Please Note: Courses with Foundation Year are subject to approval

Unit Breakdown


Core Units

Units

All students studying on the Foundation course will take the following core units:

  • Human Sciences (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Healthcare (20 credits)
  • Personal and Professional Development (20 credits)
  • Human Sciences II (20 credits)
  • Gateway Extended Project (20 credits).

In addition to these units, you will also undertake one of the final units listed below, that is specific to your intended BSc programme.

Foundations in Chiropractic

Foundations in Chiropractic

The Foundations in Chiropractic unit (20 credits) introduces you to the principles of the Master of Chiropractic degree course.

At AECC University College, we remain world-leading providers of undergraduate chiropractic education. This four-year undergraduate degree (plus one-year Foundation degree) will give you the qualification you need to practice as a chiropractor, making a difference to the lives of your patients and helping people to improve their quality of life.

Foundations in Radiography (Diagnostic and Therapeutic)

Foundations in Radiography (Diagnostic and Therapeutic)

The Foundations in Radiography (Diagnostic and Therapeutic) unit (20 credits) helps to prepare you for your progression onto our two BSc Radiography programmes.

The BSc (Hons) Radiography (Diagnostic Imaging) course provides you with all the training and knowledge you need to become a highly skilled diagnostic radiographer who carries out medical imaging for diagnoses, using specialised technical equipment such as x-ray, CT, MRI, nuclear medicine and ultrasound.

Our BSc (Hons) Radiography (Radiotherapy and Oncology) degree teaches you to use cutting edge technology to treat cancer – a rewarding career that has never been more important to society. On this course you’ll learn to work with patients and other professionals to deliver a range of advanced radiotherapy treatment and planning techniques.

Foundations in Psychology, Counselling and Mental Health

Foundations in Psychology, Counselling and Mental Health

The Foundations in Psychology, Counselling and Mental Health unit (20 credits) introduces you to some of the core elements that you’ll need to study one of the following of our BSc programmes.

Our BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Psychology degree offers you the opportunity to delve into psychology and its particular application to sport, performance and exercise contexts.

Our BSc (Hons) Psychology degree will teach you to interpret and apply a broad range of relevant theory and scientific evidence to understand the complex interactions that take place in the mind and between people.

Meanwhile, our BSc (Hons) Counselling and Mental Health degree has been specially designed to provide a thorough grounding in the growing professional disciplines relating to both mental health and counselling, with a greater focus on practical skills.

Foundations in Sport Performance and Rehabilitation

Foundations in Sport Performance and Rehabilitation

The Foundations in Sport Performance and Rehabilitation unit (20 credits) prepares you for two of our specialise BSc degree programmes here at AECC University College:

Our BSc (Hons) Sport Rehabilitation degree will teach you to help prevent, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate injuries – expertise that is essential across all sports, and all levels from amateur to elite.

The BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science course at AECC University College covers biomechanics, physiology and psychology, and you’ll then apply that knowledge in a range of areas including injury rehabilitation, paediatric (children and young people) populations, sports performance, and prescribing and promoting exercise.

Foundations in Health Sciences

Foundations in Health Sciences

The Foundation in Health Sciences unit (20 credits) introduces you to the core elements of our BSc (Hons) Health Sciences degree.

Location


Our courses with Foundation Years serve as a preparatory pathway for students to transition smoothly into their chosen undergraduate degrees. At AECC University College, these courses are offered at both our London and Bournemouth campuses, providing you with flexibility in terms of location.

However, once students progress to their BSc (Hons) programs, please be aware that some of these are exclusively available at either our London or Bournemouth campus. This means that while students have the option to start their academic journey at either location, they may need to consider the campus-specific availability of their desired BSc (Hons) program.

 

Course Title Foundation Year offered in Bournemouth Foundation Year offered in London BSc (Hons) programme offered in Bournemouth BSc (Hons) programme offered in London
Foundation Year for Master of Chiropractic
Foundation Year for BSc (Hons) Sport Rehabilitation
Foundation Year for BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science
Foundation Year for BSc (Hons) Psychology
Foundation Year for BSc (Hons) Counselling and Mental Health
Foundation Year for BSc (Hons) Radiography (Diagnostic Imaging)
Foundation Year for BSc (Hons) Radiography (Radiotherapy and Oncology)
Foundation Year for BSc (Hons) Health Sciences
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Successfully completing your Foundation Year gives you automatic progression to your chosen BSc (Hons) degree course.

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Staff


Course Leader

Hazel Jensen

MChiro, PGCert - Lecturer (Clinical Sciences) and Access to HE Health Sciences Programme Leader

Hazel is the Course Leader for Master of Chiropractic - MChiro (Hons). In addition, she is involved in private chiropractic practice.

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Entry Requirements


What grades do I need?
If you’re applying from the UK or Ireland:

You’ll need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above including English language and Maths. Key Skills/Functional Skills Level 2 in Communication and Application of Number can be accepted in place of English and Maths GCSE. For mature or non-traditional applicants consideration will be given to individual circumstances.

Is there anything else that is required?

If you live in the UK, we’ll need a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (Enhanced DBS) check. It’s standard for all UK students and we’ll be there to guide you through the process once you’ve applied.

  • 64 UCAS Tariff points
  • A-levels: CCC or higher. Your grades can be in any subject, though we don’t consider General Studies.
  • BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit
  • Access to HE Diploma: 45 credits at level 3 with a merit profile or above. We accept a range of different Access programmes to join us on the MChiro course. Access to Health Sciences, Access to Science, Access to Medicine, Access to Nursing would all be accepted.
  • International Baccalaureate: Overall grade of 28 points or higher.
  • Scottish Highers/Advanced Highers: BBCCC or above from 5 Higher subjects.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Minimum of 5 subjects at Higher level, with grades H3, H3, H3, H4, H4 or above.
  • T Levels: Merit in any T-Level subject.

We welcome learners from non-traditional backgrounds and will consider individual circumstances where appropriate.

If you have undertaken a qualification that’s not listed, it may still be considered. Get in touch with our Admissions team via email or call us on 01202 436200 and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have.

Is there anything else that is required?
Is there anything else that is required?

If you live in the UK, we’ll need a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (Enhanced DBS) check. It’s standard for all UK students and we’ll be there to guide you through the process once you’ve applied.

To gain a place on the course applicants must also successfully undergo an interview process. These interviews will be undertaken remotely via Teams. More information about this process will be provided if/when applicants are invited to the interview stage.

Please note:
You may be required to have an occupational health screening prior to commencement on the course.

For more information about our admissions policies and procedures, including our Admissions Complaints and Appeals Policy, see our latest policies.

International Students
International Students

If your qualification is not listed here, please read our international entry requirements or get in touch with our Admissions team.

Please note:
To be accepted onto this course; you will also need to demonstrate that you meet the minimum standards of English.

For further information on English language requirements, please read our English language requirements. More information on permission to study in the UK can be found on our Visas and Immigration page.

 

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Course Fees


Tuition Fees

UK/ROI/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year
International – £16,560 per year

Please note:
These fees are for the 2024-25 academic year only and may be subject to increase in subsequent years of study. Any increase will be in line with our Tuition Fees Policy but will not be more than 5%.

Additional course costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your course. There are additional course related costs are not included in the tuition fees. So you will need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

For further fees guidance for all students at AECC University College whether full time or part time please refer to our Tuition fees policy.

For more information see Additional Costs page.

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For students to be eligible for funding from Student Finance England, they must be studying on an eligible course at a provider registered with the Office for Students (OfS). AECC University College is registered with the OfS. View the register and search for AECC University College.

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