SESSION 2017/2018

Section A. Basic Information

1 Title
Bachelor of Medical Sciences with Honours Medicine with a Foundation Year
2 Course code
3 School(s) Responsible For Management Of The Course
Medical Education Centre 100%
4 Type of course
5 Mode of delivery
Full time
6 Course Accreditation
General Medical Council (GMC) : Accredited by the General Medical Council (GMC), this primary medical qualification entitles the holder to apply to the GMC for registration to practise medicine in the UK.
7 Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark(s)
Section B. General Information

Educational Aims

The 6 Year BM BS with integrated BMedSci including a Foundation Year course has been designed to widen participation in Medicine by upskilling of capable students, who might not otherwise consider entry to the profession. The course is specifically developed for students who do not have the required academic qualifications for direct entry into Year 1 of the 5 year BMedSci/BMBS programme.

During the Foundation Year students gain the relevant academic knowledge required for the later years of the course in human structure, function, and public health, and will also develop their study skills to prepare them for entry into the A100 course.. Years 2 to 6 inclusive follow the A100/A300 programme of the 5-year BMedSci/BMBS course. Our key aim is to educate and train medical students, providing them with the knowledge, intellectual, practical and professional skills to fulfil the demands required of them to succeed and develop as accomplished clinical professionals. Our students will be equipped with a thorough preparation in all aspects of basic, applied and clinical medicine, together with the ability for deductive thought, problem solving and research. This will ensure that our students will meet the requirements of the General Medical Council and be able to overcome the challenges that they will face in their future careers.

  • Foundation Year (see Section C2):

    • To develop students' basic knowledge and understanding of subjects that are essential to the future study of Medicine.
    • To develop students' basic understanding of the functioning of the human body.
    • To develop students' study skills and exam technique, to help prepare them for future study and life long learning.
  • The aims of the course are that on qualification, doctors receiving the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degrees from Nottingham University should:

    • 1. Be able to apply to medical practice biomedical scientific principles, method and knowledge relating to: anatomy, biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, microbiology, molecular biology, nutrition, pathology, pharmacology and physiology. Apply psychological principles, method and knowledge to medical practice. Apply social science principles, method and knowledge to medical practice. Apply to medical practice the principles, method and knowledge of population health and the improvement of health and health care. Apply scientific method and approaches to medical research [TD 8-12] ;
    • 2. Be able to carry out a consultation with a patient; diagnose and manage clinical presentations; communicate effectively with patients and colleagues in a medical context; provide immediate care in medical emergencies; prescribe drugs safely, effectively and economically; carry out practical procedures safely and effectively; and use information effectively in a medical context. [TD 13-19];
    • 3 .Be able to behave according to ethical and legal principles; reflect, learn and teach others; learn and work effectively within a multi-professional team; and protect patients and improve care [TD 20-23].
  • In the first three years of study students are expected to undertake additional studies, a research project and patient based studies which lead to the award of a classified Bachelor of Medical Sciences Honours Degree. The aims of the BMedSci 3rd year are to:

    • i) develop the research skills and experience of the student through in-depth study of a scientific topic;
    • ii) develop knowledge and understanding at level 3 of contemporary research and theory in chosen areas of medical science;
    • iii) develop knowledge, understanding and skills in research and statistical processes;
    • iv) develop knowledge and understanding of the treatment and prevention of infection, and therapeutics;
    • v) develop clinical skills in medicine, surgery and prepare a patient-based case study on health care.
    Outline Description of Course

    The one-year Foundation year comprises modules covering subjects to bring the students up to the equivalent entry requirement to Year 1 of A100: chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, human anatomy structure and function, psychology and psycho-social issues, and study skills.

    The three-year BMedSci course comprises two years (four semesters) covering early clinical experience, public health and epidemiology and basic medical sciences followed by an extended fifth semester occupied by Honours level taught courses, infections module and a research project. The sixth semester, Clinical Phase 1, comprises modules in Clinical Practice, Therapeutics and Community Follow-up Project which all contribute to the BMedSci degree.

    The overall strategy for education in this period is a transition from clinically contextualised lectures and practical-based teaching in Years 1 and 2, supplemented with early clinical experience and problem-based learning (PBL), to self-directed research-based learning. In Years 1 and 2 a systems-based approach integrated with early clinical experience and an explicit basic skills curriculum is used.

    Integrated systems-based courses are intended to provide an understanding of human structure and function, health and disease, growth and development, behaviour and emotions, both on an individual level and within the context of the community.

    Clinical and pathological aspects are integrated where relevant, providing a progressive link with the clinical studies of later years. In addition the course includes teaching and learning opportunities aimed at the development of personal and professional skills.

    Early clinical experience is devoted to providing teaching and learning opportunities in a wide range of skills essential both to coping with the course and developing into a good doctor. These include study, inter-personal, communication and clinical skills. Through patient contact and experience on hospital wards and in general practices the students are also encouraged to reflect on the clinical governance, ethical, medico-legal, and managerial problems which are encountered there, and on issues such as health promotion, rehabilitation and palliative care.

    In years 1 and 2, through a series of visits to general practices and hospital settings supplemented by lectures and seminars, students get used to patient contact and learn the principles of clinical examination. The emphasis is on the learning and evaluation of clinical skills, an introduction to common medical problems, the importance of the doctor/patient relationship, and the taking of histories. Students are attached to a particular GP tutor and hospital firm.

    Students are prepared for the Honours level work by way of scientific research method classes and assignments in Semester 5.

    In Semester 5 all students pursue a research project of their choice, learning to appraise scientific papers, using the research method and in so doing prepare themselves for the evaluation of future changes in medical practice. The project gives them an opportunity to express their capacity for critical and independent thought and their ability to construct a sustained argument. Courses in research design and analysis, current research interest and in the treatment and prevention of infection are also included.

    In Semester 6 students will complete a Community Follow-up Project, Clinical Practice and Therapeutics courses which all count towards the BMedSci degree.

    On successful completion of the BMedSci degree, students proceed to Clinical Phases 2 and 3, and thus complete the BMBS degrees to apply to become Foundation doctors at the end of the five-year course. See Programme Specification for A300.

    During all parts of the programmes students will continue to develop their clinical skills and knowledge to apply their learning to the management of disease. Ward and community-based clinical teaching will be supported by lectures, seminars and tutorials, and web-based e-learning resources. Integrated into each attachment is the teaching of personal and professional development, clinical pharmacology, pathology and public health medicine. Students experience a wide range of clinical settings across Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire.

    Distinguishing Features
    The Foundation year based in Derby integrates the students with those on the BSc in Medical Physiology and Therapeutics with a Foundation Year and runs alongside the Graduate Entry Medicine programme in the same environment. To familiarise the students with their future base in Nottingham part of the course will be delivered at Queen’s Medical Centre campus. Nottingham Medical School unlike many others continues to use full cadaver dissection to teach anatomy. The award of the BMedSci degree is an integrated part of the five-year BMBS programme. Where available elsewhere, such degrees are taken as an intercalated degree. Integration of students from both full-time pre-clinical courses (the A100 BMedSci and the GEM part of A101 Graduate Entry Medicine) is a mutually enriching educational experience. Knowledge examinations use on-line methods developed and pioneered in Nottingham Medical School. Teaching and assessment of skills and attitudes uses methods modelled closely on those currently used in doctor appraisal.
    Further Information

    The University of Nottingham offers a five-year course to students wishing to become doctors which is accredited and mapped to the outcomes for graduates specified by the General Medical Council in Outcomes for Graduates [2015]. Application must be made through UCAS. Overall the course has two components. The first part of the course (A100) comprises learning and teaching in both core and advanced biomedical and social sciences, clinical skills, early clinical experience, and results in the award of the classified Honours degree of Bachelor of Medical Sciences at the end of the third year. The learning and teaching in the second part of the course (A300) concentrates on full-time clinical training. At the end of this period successful students are awarded the Bachelor of Medicine and the Bachelor of Surgery degrees. Entry to the A300 programme is only through students successfully completing the 3-year A100 BmedSci programme.

    Section C. Supplementary Regulations

    1 Admission Requirements
    Course Requirements  Three A levels (A2) BBC to include B in biology and B in chemistry. General Studies and Critical Thinking are not considered.
    Including  At least 5 GCSEs at grade B to include the biology, chemistry, physics (or the science double award or science triple award) maths and English language.
    Excluding  General Studies and Critical Thinking are not considered.
    Other Requirements  Applications must be made through UCAS. The deadline for applications is 15 October in the year before planning to start the course.

    UKCAT test: This test must be taken during the summer months of the year before planning to start the course. For more information, visit the UKCAT website to register, apply for a bursary and book the test. Complete practice papers are available on the website and it is recommended these are practised many times to become familiar with the format of the questions.

    This Foundation year course is open to UK students only.

    IELTS Requirements  7.5 (no less than 7.0 in any element)

    The 6 Year BMBS with integrated BMedSci degree further underlines Nottingham’s commitment to widen participation in Medicine whilst maintaining the high standards required to succeed both as a student on the course and as a professional post-qualification. All applications are considered equally on merit. Our admissions process will test for academic achievements and potential, and personal attributes that demonstrate candidates' aptitude and motivation for medicine. Students will not be admitted to the course without interview.

    The admissions policy for this course aims to encourage a more diverse range of people to study medicine. The School particularly wants to encourage people with ability and commitment, but whose circumstances might make such study difficult, or who would be less likely to apply.

    All applications must be through the UCAS system. The course is fully integrated and therefore we are unable to allow any exemptions from any part of the course. All students accepted must take the full academic, clinical and student selectable components of the course.

    2 Course Structure
    Modules Highlighted in Green will not be running in 2017/2018

    Foundation Year
     Students must take all modules in this group
    A10BSFBody Structure20NSpring
    A10HGFHuman Genetics10NAutumn
    A10CTFCells and Tissues10NAutumn
    A10BCFBiochemical processes10NSpring
    A10BMFBiological Molecules10NAutumn
    A10BPFBody Processes10NSpring
    A10ICFInorganic chemistry10NAutumn
    A10OCFOrganic Chemistry10NAutumn
    A10PCFProfessionalism and Communication Skills20NFull Year
    A10MICIntroduction to Microbiology10YSpring
     Credit Total120  
    Additional Components
    3 Assessment criteria
    All Supplementary or course Regulations should be read in the context of the relevant University Study Regulations .
    Please refer to this information on .

    Progression Information:
    In the Preliminary Year there will be formal assessment appropriate to the credit weighting of the modules studied.

    To progress to Year 2 of the programme (Year 1 of A100), candidates must achieve an overall credit weighted average mark of 60% for the year, a University pass of 40% in , each module in the Foundation Year, and a pass in all portfolio sign-offs. Candidates who have not been permitted to proceed to the following year under the preceding rules will normally have the right to one further opportunity to satisfy examiners. Candidates who fail, after resit, to meet the progression requirements for the programme, but meet the standard Regulations for progression to the BSc in Medical Physiology and Therapeutics, will be able to transfer to Year 1 of that programme (see B12B).

    Degree Information:
    Course Weightings %
    Degree Calculation Model: Arithmetic Mean
    4 Other regulations

    Progression in the course and the final award of BM BS is dependent on fitness to practise. If a student is judged unfit to practise by reason of health or conduct, their course may be terminated and the degree award refused. More details about the fitness to practise procedures are available at:

     Notwithstanding the criteria set out in the Assessment section above, the following arrangements will apply to all students entering their Qualifying Year or Part I in, or after, the 2015/16 academic session.
     Degree classification will be determined by the Arithmetic Mean model.
     The final degree mark will be determined by a standardised weighting for a Bachelor’s degree of 33/67 for Parts I and II respectively, and for an Integrated Master’s degree (undergraduate) of 20/40/40 for Parts I, II and III respectively.
     Borderline criteria will be applied as follows:
  • 2:1-1st / 68%, 69%
  • 2:2-2:1 / 58%, 59%
  • 3rd-2:2 / 48%, 49%
  •  A student should be given the higher class if either of the following criteria are met:
  • Half or more of the final stage credits are in the higher class
  • Half or more of the final and penultimate stage credits are in the higher class
  •  Transfer to an Ordinary Degree pathway will not be permitted on any of the University’s campuses and the award of an Ordinary Degree on exit will only be permitted at UNUK and UNNC, but not at UNMC.
     Should a programme have different arrangements due to professional body requirements, details will be available at
     A programme specification may state that students are required to meet an enhanced progression standard in order to remain on an Integrated Masters Programme. The standard enhanced progression requirement is 55% in Part I of the programme at the first attempt unless there is a specific named PSRB requirement stated above in the programme specification.
    Section D. Learning Outcomes
    Knowledge and Understanding
  • A1 Demonstrate knowledge and use of the appropriate terminology and nomenclature to appreciate and express their knowledge of the subject area
  • A2 Possess a knowledge of the basic structure and function of cells, including DNA and RNA, and the processes of mitosis and meiosis
  • A3 Understand the principle body systems (cardiovascular, respiratory, nervous, musculoskeletal, reproductive and endocrine), including the components and function.
  • A4 Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamentals of human psychology and psychosocial aspects of health and health promotion
  • A5 Demonstrate understanding of the importance of inherited disease and the role of genetics
  • A6 Demonstrate a knowledge of the basic structure of an atom, and be able to explain the principles of chemical bonding and structure
  • A7 Be able to explain the principles of the periodic table, and how these relate to redox and other reactions
  • A8 Understand the main factors controlling chemical reactions
  • A9 Demonstrate knowledge of acids, bases and buffers
  • Intellectual Skills
    Having successfully completed this programme, students will be able to demonstrate the following Intellectual Skills:
  • B1 Development of a fundamental problem-solving approach
  • B2 Select and apply scientific principles in the development of solutions to simple real-world problems.
  • B3 Display basic laboratory manipulative skills and techniques
  • B4 Development of study skills and examination technique
  • Professional/Practical Skills
    Having successfully completed this programme, students will be able to demonstrate professional/practical skills
  • C1 The ability to use IT resources for effective organisation, presentation and basic analysis of data
  • C2 The ability to follow laboratory methods when carrying out practical investigations
  • C3 Basic communication for effective communication with other healthcare professionals