Bedfordshire Uni Logo

Key Facts

Apply Direct
Start Dates:
Attendance:
Course Level:Undergraduate
Duration:
Campus Location: University Square Campus, Luton

About the course

This course is a preparation for study at the University of Bedfordshire for those who need to undertake a further year’s study in order to reach the level needed to enter a degree course. Over the course of two semesters you will undertake intensive subject study as well as improving your general and academic skills. As numeracy and literacy competencies are required for students to access further study within healthcare, these skills will be embedded within the course, to enable you to apply for Level 2 certification in Semester 3 at an approved test centre.

During the first semester the ‘Introduction to Health & Social Care’ unit provides you with a range of skills to support your journey to degree studies. You will be given the opportunity to identify your personal objectives and skills for study and work within health and social care. The ‘Studying for Healthcare Education’ unit will enhance your confidence in preparing to apply for degree studies by equipping you with the knowledge and skills to study effectively and take responsibility for your own learning and personal development. The activities that you complete in the unit will complement those in other units enabling you to link your learning with other parts of the course.

In the second semester, you will be expected to become more independent in your approach to your studies, managing your time effectively while you study and apply concepts specific to healthcare practice. You will explore the value of research and develop your critical thinking skills by analysing the claims that are made in the media and in research to examine how these outcomes were arrived at and how reliable they are. These skills will provide a sound foundation for exploring evidence-based practice in your degree course.

Students do not receive a qualification but successful completion leads to progression to level 4 of one of the degrees identified


Upon successful completion of the foundation year, you should be able to:

  • Take responsibility for planning and managing your own learning, identifying strengths and weaknesses and accessing further support where needed.
  • Explore the notion of organisational boundaries in a range of health and care settings and collaborate with others to describe the best possible outcomes for patients and service users;
  • Communicate effectively with your peers, using a wide range of channels, while conveying inter-personal skills that promote clarity, compassion, empathy, respect and trust;
  • Explain the principles underpinning values-based practice, duty of care, equality and diversity and the need for candour;
  • Exercise the skills, attitudes and behaviours that underpin personal development and life-long learning to identify personal development needs and to support the development of others;
  • Explain the principles underpinning effective team-working and demonstrate a range of attitudes and behaviours in promoting patient safety and quality of care;
  • Demonstrate awareness of the impact of research, health and social care policy and legislation on care provision;
  • Reflect on your knowledge and understanding of research and innovation in improving patient safety and quality of care within the context of rising public expectations.

It is anticipated that students who successfully complete the course will apply for BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care or one of the courses leading to professional registration as a Nurse, Nursing Associate, Occupational Therapist, Operating Department Practitioner,

Midwife, Paramedic, or Physiotherapist. Please refer to ‘Why study this course’ for further information relating to individual courses.


You will undertake different types of assessment with the aim of preparing you for the type of work that you will do on your degree. This ranges from essays and reports to presentations problem solving tasks and case studies. We use two types of assessment – formative and summative. Formative assessments are not graded but you will be given feedback by your tutor or by your peers with the aim of helping you to improve on your work. Summative assessment is graded and contributes to your final mark but it is equally important that you carefully consider

the feedback that you are given and the suggestions for improvement so that you are continually improving your work

Entry Requirements

To learn more about the following UCAS entry requirement tariffs:

  • 80 – 96 tariff points
  • 96 – 112 tariff points
  • 112- 120 tariff points

and information on qualifications to achieve those points visit beds.ac.uk/entryrequirements

You can check your qualifications are valid for UK universities through the UCAS Tariff Calculator

For International and EU entry requirements please visit your country page

Don't forget you may be eligible for one of our scholarships or bursaries

Clicking this card will take you to https://www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Entry Requirements


To learn more about the following UCAS entry requirement tariffs:

  • 80 – 96 tariff points
  • 96 – 112 tariff points
  • 112- 120 tariff points

and information on qualifications to achieve those points visit beds.ac.uk/entryrequirements

You can check your qualifications are valid for UK universities through the UCAS Tariff Calculator


For International and EU entry requirements please visit your country page

Don't forget you may be eligible for one of our scholarships or bursaries


The foundation year emphasises the development of skills for academic study but also transferable skills that are valuable in the workplace. In the ‘Studying for HE unit’ you will develop your communication and IT skills as well as time management and planning. You also will be encouraged to take up the varied opportunities that the University offered to students such as volunteering, taking part in our Go Global programme and getting involved in activities organised by the students’ union.

Additional costs

  • Stationery (files, paper and pens)
  • Fob watch/ watch with a ‘second’ hand
  • Printing of articles/ assignments (where necessary)
  • If you do not have Level 2 numeracy and literacy, centres may charge for tests. Please contact your local college or learn direct centre.

Additional costs

How to Apply

Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country
You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

How to Apply


Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS


EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form


International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country
You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student