If you are passionate about pursuing a career as a healthcare professional but do not have the required qualifications for direct entry then the Integrated Foundation Year offers a supportive alternative route into Higher Education. You will gain the subject knowledge that underpins your subsequent three-year programme and develop the transferable skills needed to apply the theory you learn to practice and understand the career relevance of your degree. You will develop key competencies for research, academic writing, presenting and enhancing skills such as communication, team working, self-management, resilience, self-awareness and confidence. You will gain awareness of professional contexts, individual professional standards and values.
Why Choose University of Cumbria
- Develop confidence in your academic skills so that you are prepared for further study
- Learn the basics of academic writing, structuring assessments, creating presentations, how to find sources, research effectively and how to reference them
- You will be taught by expert lecturers who have professional experience from across our Institute of Health. They cover a spectrum of health and social care professions, giving you the opportunity to build your professional knowledge
- Designated pastoral and academic support is embedded in the programme to guide you on your journey into higher education, with the Student Development Coordinator providing advice and guidance
- You'll be allocated a personal tutor, they will support you with academic and pastoral issues and monitor your progress to ensure that you can engage with your programme
- Encounter fascinating topics and get to complete different types of assessment studying the programmes modules, gaining the relevant knowledge and skills for your future career
- You’ll have the opportunity to continue onto our 3-year Health and Social Care course or you will be eligible for an interview for our Nursing (Adult, Mental Health or Learning Disability), Occupational Therapy, Social Work and Diagnostic Radiography courses. Entry will be subject to passing certain elements of the foundation year. More information on criteria can be found in our blog post here or below under graduate destinations.
You’ll be studying in one of two vibrant student cities within close proximity of the Lake District National Park and the big cities such as Manchester and Liverpool. So, whether you want lively or leisurely, you’re within reach of both.
Following this programme, there is an opportunity to work in a variety of organisations and settings in enhanced roles, in managerial positions, in the NHS and as a business owner within the health and social care setting. There are opportunities to continue your studies at postgraduate level, either individual modules or a full Masters programme.
At the end of the foundation year, this programme also offers a unique entry route onto our Nursing and Allied Health programmes if you meet specific progression criteria. These include Diagnostic Radiography, Occupational Therapy, Social Work and Nursing (Adult, Mental Health and Learning Disability). The progression conditions will vary depending on the professional area you wish to go onto.
To progress to these programmes, all students require Level 2 GCSE English, DBS clearance and to successfully complete a professional standards interview. You will be asked to gain a mean mark across the IFY year of at least 50%. Students are required to specifically pass the module UNIF3014 (Professional Practice in the Community) and students wishing to progress to Diagnostic Radiography will also need to pass the module UNIF3019 (Human Anatomy & Physiology). During your first semester, we will support you in identifying your chosen route, support you in making your internal application and preparing for your interview.
Depending on the professional route some areas may also require you to have a level 2 GCSE qualification in Science and/or Maths. You can look on the course page of the programme you wish to apply for to determine these specific entry requirements, e.g. To apply for Adult Nursing, students need Level 2 Maths but those who do not have it at the start of the programme will have the opportunity to access a City & Guilds Functional Skills level 2 qualification for free during your IFY. The specific programme team will be able to provide further information on this.