Studying the International Foundation Programme for Medicine and Dentistry
Find out about the programme structure, teaching methods and assessments used on the International Foundation Programme for Medicine and Dentistry.
You will study four mandatory units:
- Foundations of Chemistry (40 credit points)
- Foundations in Biomedical Sciences (20 credit points)
- English Language and Academic Skills for Aspiring Clinicians (20 credit points)
- Personal and Professional Development for Aspiring Dental Students (International) (40 credit points)
Our teaching helps you transition into university life.
You will learn in small groups in the following modules:
- Personal and Professional Development (International Foundation)
- English Language and Academic skills for Aspiring Clinicians
You will benefit from closely supervised teaching. You'll get to know members of staff and they will be able to monitor your engagement and progress. They will help make sure you are performing to your potential.
You will learn in larger groups in the following modules:
- Foundations of Chemistry
- Foundations in Biomedical sciences
You will also work with students on other programmes in these modules.
Mix of learning styles
You'll experience a variety of learning environments and teaching styles. This includes:
- practical classes
- Work experience involving clinical observation
- Regular meetings with a personal tutor
This mix will help you to transition from high school study to supported but increasingly independent university study.
Develop your skills
Units within the programme offer many opportunities for study skills development. You can take advantage of the Bristol Futures programme. This includes study skills learning resources. The programme also helps you to engage more widely with the University community.
The assessments on this course help you to transition from school assignments to the coursework that you will experience on a Medicine or Dentistry degree.
There are regular formative assessments. These assessments help you to monitor your own progress and engage with opportunities to improve your performance.
You will be assessed through a variety of methods which are frequently used in professional programmes. These assessments include:
- laboratory practicals
- completion of an ePortfolio
- multiple-choice and short-answer questions
- joint oral presentations.
These assessment methods are designed to get you used to the assessment types and expectations you will encounter on medical or dental degree courses.
Progressing onto Medicine and Dentistry courses
Find out about progression onto Medicine, Dentistry or other courses following the International Foundation Programme.
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