Foundation Pathway in Science and Healthcare
Graduates with a science or healthcare qualification are hugely in demand by employers and this comprehensive pathway provides a wonderful opportunity to specialise in your chosen career.
The University of Northampton is ranked 11th in the UK for Health Profession subjects (Guardian, 2017) and so studying here will give you the skills, knowledge and practical experience required to begin your career with confidence,
|Year||Stage 1: University Foundation - UNIC||Stage 2: First Year Degree – School of Science and Technology / School of Health||Stage 3: Second Year Degree - Science and Technology / School of Health||Stage 4: Third Year Degree - Science and Technology / School of Health|
Excludes Occupational Therapy, Podiatry, Mental Health Nursing and Paradmedic Science. Please see individual courses pages for exact fees.
Stage 1: Two semesters
Stage 1: September, January
Stage 1: University Foundation
Modules- Please click on each individual module for more information
Analytical Numerical Techniques
Analytical and Numerical techniques provides an introduction to mathematical and computational methods for modelling applications. Students will become more confident analysing and handling data key to their scientific degree choices.
Students will carry out their own independent research and data collection and sit two exams.
With more and more graduates going on to set up their own small business or develop a new idea in an existing organisation this module introduces you the basic skills needed. Including practical exercises such as creating a business plan for investors, managing cash flow and developing a marketing plan, you will learn the terminology using in business and put it to use. Assessment is through group presentation, individual and group reports, and examination.
This module has been designed to improve students computer and ICT skills ensuring they feel confident with programming, HTML and computer systems. Students have access to the UNIC Learning and Technology suite and can also use the UoN computer rooms, which are open 24 hours.
Students will have to produce a piece of coursework and also take two exams at the end of the semester.
Interactive Learning Skills and Communication
You need excellent communication skills in order to be successful, not only while studying in the UK, but throughout your professional lives. ILSC Level 3 prepares students to develop skills for independent and collaborative working. This includes academic discussion and presentation skills, active listening skills and effective academic reading and writing skills. Assessments are largely practical, with one written assignment, a group project an oral presentation and a final exam.
Preparing for a career in healthcare*
This module was formally known as ‘Interview Techniques’ and has had the following improvements for September 2017:
• It will now be 24 weeks rather than 13 with 24 hours of contact time per semester
• The topics have been extended and will now include understanding the roles and responsibilities of your chosen Health & Social Care profession, securing suitable experience within your chosen healthcare profession and understanding group work and dynamics.
• Update to the assessment – students now review a case study video instead of writing an individual action plan.
• Updates to the progression criteria including 80% pass rate of ILSC module and a DBS and occupational health screening.
• In order to pass the Preparing for a career in health care module the students will need to pass an interview with the University of Northampton.
This module focuses on professional roles within UK Health & Social Care and allows students to get a better understanding of professional ethics in Health & Social Care when working with a range of people. Students will focus on securing suitable experience within their chosen Health or Social Care profession as well as applying appropriate Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication to the different stages of interview.
How will I be assessed? (Group work, presentations, exams):
This module is assessed with the completion of: a one-to-one interview with the University of Northampton, a review of a case study video and a group task.
Introduction to life Systems 1
Covers areas from cell structure (particularly in prokaryotic cells), infection, bacterial/parasitic/fungal/viral diseases and aspects of the human immune system and how our bodies are equipped to fight invading pathogens.Assessed: Essay (30%weighting) and exam (70% weighting).
Introduction to Life Systems 2
Introduction to Life Systems 2
Covers all the major human body systems including the cardiovascular, skeletal, digestive and nervous system. Students learn about some of the key anatomical areas and physiological functions of the systems, as well as diseases associated with them.Assessed: Essay (30% weighting) and exam (70% weighting).
Problem Solving, creative and analytical thinking
This module asks students to come up with solutions and learn to think analytically as well as creatively. They will develop their ability to approach tasks in an organised and orderly way in order to get the best results.
Students will do a presentation and also take two exams.
Covers the fundamentals of biology and chemistry. First half of module covers the biology content, everything from cell structure, cellular respiration and cell division. The second half covers chemistry including atoms, elements, types of bonds and chemical reactions.
Assessed: Two 50% weighted exams. One for biology. One for chemistry.
*Only for those students progressing onto Occupational Therapy, Podiatry and Mental Health Nursing
Science and Healthcare degree pathways
**fees quoted are for current academic year and are subject to increase in subsequent years