University Pathway to Medicine

This pre-university Medical Foundation Programme is your gateway to a competitive degree course in Medicine through progression agreements with universities across the UK and internationally.

London, England
Stay Campus London
2 or 3 Terms
September or January


Stay Campus London's University Foundation Programme is a two or three-term course designed for international students who wish to progress onto undergraduate courses in the UK to study medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and other life science fields. The programme consists of academic modules, study skills, and one-to-one tutorials. It'll provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to succeed on your chosen university course.


This programme offers guaranteed admission to 4 universities, including two in the UK: University of Buckingham and Brunel University's Medical School, thanks to Stay Campus London's partnership with International Foundation Group. Students can also apply to the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and St. George's University in Grenada.


Improving your study skills and Academic English

The Stay Campus London Medical Foundation Programme will:

  • Help you develop an analytical approach to your studies and apply newfound knowledge to practical scenarios.
  • Encourage you to explore various learning styles to see what suits you best.
  • Improve your study skills such as reading and note-taking strategies, essay construction, research methods, and translating theory into practice.
  • Challenge you to work in teams, actively participate in class, and present to small groups.
  • Enhance your communication skills in speaking, negotiating and writing.
  • Develop your 21st century skills such as collaboration, creativity and critical thinking.
  • Prepare you for university entrance exams such as IELTS or OET.

Throughout the Medical Foundation course, you will participate in an Academic English programme, helping you prepare to meet English language standards set by your chosen university.

Preparing for Medical degree programmes at university

Stay Campus London's Medical Foundation Course has been developed with an appreciation of the specific requirements of medical and dental schools. For example, the curriculum uses problem-based learning and real-world case studies.

As an integral part of this pre-university pathway programme into Medicine, international students will gain comprehensive knowledge of the British university environment and of different aspects of living and studying in the UK.

Stay Campus London is committed to ensuring you gain the necessary English language qualifications and study skills to advance to university. Your academic tutor will take a personal interest in your progress and help you develop your study plan accordingly.

By the time you complete this programme, you will have the knowledge base and confidence needed to excel both academically and personally when studying Medicine at university.

Concentrating specifically on Medicine before enrolling at university

You will also take a variety of courses specifically designed to prepare you for enrolling on a Medical degree programme in the UK. This Medical Foundation Programme provides an understanding of how the human body works through a study of anatomy, physiology and biochemistry. It also introduces the study of some elements of pathology, microbiology, virology and parasitology, genetics and public health.

Genes, Cells & Development

This module provides a solid foundation for the study of biomedical phenomena and the conditions for cellular life and health. Beginning with the constituents of living things, you'll explore the way that molecules and energy interact to produce compartmentalised structures that regulate and reproduce themselves.

Atoms, Molecules & Reactions

You'll learn the fundamentals of physical chemistry so that you can account for and predict changes of matter, energy, and chemical or biochemical states. The module emphasises problem solving skills and fundamental laws. Chemical principles will be illustrated with examples from life and health sciences, and students will be encouraged to find and discuss further applications.

Measurements in Life Sciences

This module teaches you how biology and health are described and investigated by physical approaches. You will approach physical concepts through examples drawn from biological scenarios. These studies in physics will be underpinned by workshops where you will become proficient in mathematical operations and thinking that will be required throughout your academic and professional life. Finally, you will learn the basics of computing, and apply them to a simple biological problem or scenario.

Medicine, Disease & Society

This module introduces international students to the social and historical context of health and healthcare, including contemporary problems and dilemmas, and possible future developments. You will consider your own reasons for aspiring to work in healthcare, and will acquire tools for discussing and evaluating claims about health, disease and treatment.

Tissues, Systems & Regulation

This module builds on the work of Genes, Cells & Development to explain system-level phenomena in the life sciences, with a focus on mammals. You will be expected to apply physiological principles and mechanistic insights to explain the response of living systems to perturbations, including disease states.

Periodic & Organic Chemistry

This module includes an emphasis on principles (of atomic structure and of electron movements) that develop your skills in chemical problem solving. You will be encouraged to explore biomedical applications of group chemistry, organic structure, functions, and reaction mechanisms (free radicals, eliminations, additions, substitutions).

Investigations in Biomedicine

This module prepares you to pursue and present your own work at a level appropriate to higher education. By having the opportunity to carry out your own research project, you will get hands-on experience practising the research skills required at an undergraduate level. Together with your supervisor, you will select a topic of interest, generate your own findings, and present the results in formats adapted to different audiences.


Students who enrol on this pre-university Foundation Programme typically have good high school grades, especially in Biology and Chemistry. You must be at least 17 years old by the time your course starts and you are expected to have an English language level equivalent of:

  • 6.0 in IELTS
  • 60 on TOEFL
  • 169 on Cambridge English
  • B2 CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference)

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