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International Foundation Programme in Medicine (Access to Higher Education Diploma)

International Foundation Courses

Course outline

The International Foundation Programmes are designed for students whose school leaving qualifications gained in their home country are not suitable for direct entry to a British university undergraduate degree.

Our Foundation Programmes are accredited by CAVA - Access to Higher Education Diplomas.

Nottingham College is one of England’s largest government-funded colleges, with over 30 years experience of delivering International Foundation Programmes and has successfully helped many to achieve their dreams of gaining a place at one of the top British universities. 

Accredited by the British Council for teaching English as a Foreign Language, which means students can be sure of a high standard of teaching and welfare support.

Course structure:

This course prepares students for successful study in medicine to become professional doctors. 

This course is designed for elite students with high academic and English Language grades. Relevant healthcare experience is essential to increase chances of obtaining a place at Medical School.

The course is also relevant for:

- Adults who have not studied towards a degree and worked in health care sector and now wish to retain to become doctor.

- Who have previously studied a degree in a non-science subject and now wishes to retrain as a doctor.

  • 15 hrs per week teaching 
  • 1 hr per week tutorial 
  • 8 hrs per week English Language support 

Total - 24 hrs per week

Next steps

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Location Course code


Chaucer Street, Nottingham, NG1 5LP

Course code:


Level 3 - Access to Higher Education Diploma in Medicine (Equivalent to NQF Level 3)

Validated by CAVA

  • September - 34 weeks 
Level Level 3
Entry requirements

You must be age 17 and above and you will need equivalent of 5 GCSEs or O Levels at grades A-C, including English, Maths (higher tier) and Science grade BB. Many UK Medical Schools require a minimum of grade B in GCSE English and Maths. 

You will also need English Language at IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.0 in any elements.

Teaching & assessment


  • Introduction to Biology, Chemistry, Physics
  • Pattern of disease in a developing country
  • Research project presentation
  • Biology, Chemistry and Physics
  • Epidemiology, Research Project and Mathematics

To progress onto a university degree programme students are usually required to achieve 60 credits with 45 graded at level 3 and 15 ungraded at level 2 or 3. 

As a guide, most universities will require a Distinction grade and minimum IELTS score of 7.0 for entry to their Medicine degrees.

The course is recognised by Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) and validated by the Cambridge Access Validating Agency (CAVA).

The course is nationally accepted for entry into the following 22 Medical Schools:

  • De Montford University
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Southampton
  • University of East Anglia
  • University of Manchester
  • University of Bristol
  • University College London
  • University of Durham
  • University of Glasgow
  • Warwick
  • Newcastle
  • Keele
  • Leeds
  • Kings College London
  • St George’s, Uni of London
  • University of Sofia, Bulgaria
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Edinburgh
  • Brighton and Sussex Medical School
  • University of Leicester
  • Lancaster University
  • Cardiff University
  • Aston University
Additional information

Hours per week:

24 hours per week. 

Taught between 9.00am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday.


Click here for information on Fees and Scholarships.

Additional costs:

In addition to course fees, students may have to pay for course books at around £20-£30 each. 

Standard IELTS tests (not SELT) are offered twice per year, at a cost of approximately £160 per test depending upon current IELTS rates. 

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