Professional Foundation Years

The Foundation Year will act as the first year of a four year degree for Adult Nursing, Child Nursing, Mental Health Nursing, Midwifery, Radiography, Operating Department Practice, Occupational Therapy, Paramedic Science, Social Work and Physiotherapy.

During the programme you will have the opportunity to engage with some of these students and professionals. It aims to introduce you to the wide and exciting range of possibilities that are available within the health and wellbeing field.

It will provide a supportive university environment where you can grow in confidence, and develop the knowledge and academic skills that you need to study at undergraduate level. It will prepare you for future study on your chosen main programme.

The Foundation Year will run across one academic year. The modules that you will study are complementary and developmental. They will help you to develop your oral and written communication, digital literacy and the use of evidence, and all of these are associated with greater employability as well as improved preparation for undergraduate study. The Foundation Year will introduce you to a range of core academic, and health and wellbeing related concepts. Successful completion of these modules will provide you with a strong grounding for entering your chosen career.

Academic Skills for Higher Education

This module will equip you with the academic skills necessary for a successful transition onto your chosen degree course.

Introduction to Healthcare, Social Care and Public Health

You will be introduced to the healthcare, social care and public health workforce and the context within which they work in the UK.

Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology

This module will develop your understanding of a healthy human anatomy and physiology and you will also consider the effect of certain lifestyle behaviours, for example smoking and alcohol consumption.

Communicating for Health and Wellbeing

This module will equip you with the personal knowledge and skills to promote your own health and wellbeing whilst at university and help you to identify and practice key communication skills that are important for health and wellbeing.

Human Development through the Life Course

This module will equip you with an understanding of the physical, cognitive and psychosocial development of an individual from birth through to death.

Introduction to Social and Environmental Aspects of Health and Wellbeing

You will be introduced to a range of social and environmental determinants of health and wellbeing, which will enable you to examine one example in depth

The Foundation Year aims to support and sustain you as an individual learner, and to help you to learn with and from others through regular group interaction and engagement. Your taught sessions will be delivered by staff who are enthusiastic and committed to their areas of expertise, and will share the latest evidence and real -world experiences with you. We use a blended learning approach utilising a range of modern learning technologies to provide stimulating, flexible and responsive learning in both virtual and physical spaces.

We will deliver content in a developmental way, meaning that we begin with important foundations, and then we build on this learning throughout the module. You will learn through a mixture of short lectures, small group teaching, interactive group work, supported problem solving, tutorials, provided either physically or virtually, and independent study.

You will experience small group-based tasks throughout the your studies, with many opportunities to practice skills throughout the programme. The aim is that you will be in a strong position to progress onto your chosen degree programme with a sound understanding of core health and wellbeing principles and with the essential communication, study and research skills needed for your next step.

During the Foundation Year, your learning will be assessed through a range of course work. They are designed to provide many opportunities for you to practice the academic skills which you will need to succeed in your undergraduate studies, and for you to receive plenty of feedback. Coursework includes portfolios comprising of small pieces of work, reports, a poster, a reflective diary and a larger project.

You will be given some opportunities to submit work for formative feedback, meaning that it is an opportunity to practice writing the assessment and consequently receiving feedback on your work. Other times, you will submit summative work which is formally assessed.

Lecturers will always provide guidance about planning your work. To support your confidence to become a more independent learner, you will be encouraged to learn from the feedback given to you from marked work to inform how you approach your next piece of work. Lecturers are happy to discuss assessment feedback with you and provide advice.

Successful completion of the Foundation Year will allow you to progress to year 1. You will study six modules during the Foundation Year. The minimum pass mark is 40% for each of the six modules. Progression to year 1 requires you to pass all modules.

The 2021/22 annual tuition fees for this course are:

 UKOverseas
Full time - Foundation Year 0

£9,250

£13,000

Please read the 2021/22 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2021/22 tuition fees and mid-course year on year fee increases

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

Currently, Foundation Years are not eligible for the NHS BSA Learning Support Fund (LSF).

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

CategoryDescription
Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIs the cost Included in the tuition fee?Is the cost an additional cost to students?
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) The costs of Field trips are not included in the Tuition fee unless the trip is a compulsory element of the module. Yes, unless the Field trip is a compulsory element of the module.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information about additional costs of travel and accommodation for placements.

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information about additional costs of travel and accommodation for placements.

Purchase of own text books

No – students are expected to purchase their own text books. Yes – students are expected to purchase their own text books.

Data & Barring Service (DBS) Checks

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information. This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information.

Occupational Health Checks

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information. This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information.
Professional Body registration No - students are expected to pay for their own Professional Body registration, if applicable. Yes - students are expected to pay for their own Professional Body registration, if applicable.
Travel to other sites No – students are expected to pay for the cost of any travel to other University sites, however a mini bus service is provided free of charge between Old Sessions House and Polo Farm / Hall Place in Canterbury. Visit the shuttlebus webpage for more information. Yes - students are expected to pay for the cost of any travel to other University sites, however a mini bus service is provided free of charge between Old Sessions House and Polo Farm / Hall Place in Canterbury. Visit the shuttlebus webpage for more information.
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons the cost is included in the tuition fee (a maximum of one set of clothing provided per student). Further information can be found on course webpages. Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons the cost is included in the tuition fee (a maximum of one set of clothing provided per student). Further information can be found on course webpages.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course are included in the Tuition Fee. Specific course related information can be found on course webpages. Students must pay for additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course, or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student. Specific course related information can be found on course webpages.
Library fees and fines Yes – all Library fees and fines are an additional cost payable by the student. Yes – all Library fees and fines are an additional cost payable by the student.
Printing and photocopying A £15 print / photocopying credit is provided to all students each academic year on their University Smartcard. Any additional print / photocopying costs must be paid for by the student. A £15 print / photocopying credit is provided to all students each academic year on their University Smartcard. Any additional print / photocopying costs must be paid for by the student.
Social events The tuition fee does not include the cost of any social events, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, the costs of social events are an additional cost payable by the student unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies IThe cost of the Graduation ceremony itself is included in the tuition fee for the student to attend the ceremony. However, guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student or their guests. The cost of the Graduation ceremony itself is included in the tuition fee for the student to attend the ceremony. However, guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student or their guests.

 

 

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