International Foundation Year - Nursing

 

Course Code

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Location

CU Coventry (Coventry)

 

Study mode

Full-time

Duration

Up to 1 year

Start date

September 2022
October 2022
January 2023
May 2023


Course overview

Study level: International Pathways Programme
International Foundation Year

This study route is designed to introduce international students to higher education while experiencing life abroad in the UK. It aims to prepare you with a deeper understanding of academic culture that will allow you to flourish in your chosen degree studies.

It will offer you the chance to:

  • Develop basic healthcare knowledge through teaching methods focused on hands-on, interactive learning through case studies and more.
  • Develop the appropriate level of academic language, study skills, and content knowledge to meet the entry requirements of your progression degree programme.
  • Acquire a strong, critical approach to real-world problems specific to language and education skill levels, as well as be allowed ample opportunities to reflect upon your learning.
  • Enhance your academic English and learning with English modules taught first to set you up for success as you go into your computing modules later on.
  • Learn how to properly care and work in the health sector as well as learning the practical skills for a strong healthcare career foundation.
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Global experience

Study in the UK and gain international experience

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Teaching excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

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Degree ready

Get the skills needed to progress onto a UK degree

Progression degrees

The Nursing International Foundation Year (IFY) can help support you for a selection of degree specialism in this field. It also aims to prepare you with the necessary toolkit to be successful while heading into your chosen degree. It will help you take a critical approach to your studies, reflect on your learning, organise your studies, and be a strong, independent learner.

On successful completion, you will be eligible to progress onto one of the following Coventry University degrees (subject to meeting the specified entry criteria):

Progression onto these degrees requires an IELTS score of 7.0 (with no component lower than 6.5), as well as a successful interview.

It’s my first year living here and the people, weather, food, everything are great. I would never have expected myself to go to the library and study every day, but I do! I love student life here.

Turki Emad Aldhaen, International Pathways Programme student, 2022
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What you'll study

In choosing to study Nursing IFY, you will develop your English academic language skills through three diverse skill modules, as well as be exposed to three subject-specialist modules. These modules will provide a strong framework for your continued studies toward your chosen higher education degree.

Modules

  • This module aims to introduce you to life and study at UK universities. It explores some of the key academic language and skills needed for successful study and reviews teaching methods and ways to communicate with the wider university, including asking for help. It also introduces research, reporting and presentation skills, and key skills for managing successful study.

    Compulsory

  • This module aims to provide an in-depth exploration of academic language and skills. This includes strategies for approaching academic assignments, structuring academic writing and presentations, developing a reasoned argument, incorporating supporting evidence, and summarising and proofreading. It will also explore different types of assessment tasks used in universities.

    Compulsory

  • This module aims to review and refine your academic skills and language. You will analyse examples of academic work to identify successful approaches and strategies, deepen reading and listening skills for gathering information, and explore different ways of organising arguments and incorporating source material appropriately. You will also have the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills, an appropriate academic style, and review key information about your destination degree course.

    Compulsory

  • The module aims to create a culture of careful learning and self-reflection, where you’ll be encouraged to recognise the strengths and weaknesses and take ownership of your development. We’ll introduce you to a range of skills that will aid you throughout the programme and further study, such as time management, cultural awareness, resource management and interpersonal skills.

    You will also gain highly-regarded employment skills such as digital proficiency in Microsoft Office, team management, communication, planning skills and more, alongside lectures on ethics, health and safety and technical skills, so that you receive thorough, full-circle training.

    Compulsory

  • This introduction begins with exploring health and social care services, roles and responsibilities of people working in this sector. You’ll understand the key influences that affect the provision and delivery of these services in UK contemporary society.

    This module also explores the role of multi-agency/disciplinary working, using real life situations to highlight the strengths and limitations of partnership working. A key part of working in health and social care is being able to assess the holistic needs of a service user and plan for their care using the care planning cycle. Concepts such as personalisation, empowerment, the Care Value Base, effective communication, equality and diversity, legislation, safeguarding and ethics will also be covered.

    Compulsory

  • This module provides you with knowledge of the life processes in the body. In this exciting module, you’ll have the opportunity to undertake practical activities that require you to take measurements of the cardiovascular system, the respiratory system and body temperature using non-invasive techniques.

    You’ll even investigate normal responses to routine variations in body functioning. Knowledge and understanding of the needs of service users, types of illness and disease is developed by exploring some of the more common disorders, their causes, symptoms and effects. You’ll investigate factors influencing changes in patterns of health and disease in a community, and how the prevention of ill health can reduce the occurrence of disease. Approaches and models used to achieve positive health in individuals are also explored.

    Compulsory

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.


How you'll learn

This International Foundation Year will be delivered by CU, part of the Coventry University Group, for and on behalf of Coventry University. You will be taught using various academic techniques, which may include lessons and individual and group tutorials. You will also have self-study materials to follow outside of the classroom.

  • Each one of the modules requires the equivalent of between 225 and 300 study hours. They run over a six-week period and are taught consecutively, with a combination of assessments in each six-week block.
  • You will receive approximately 18 hours of teaching contact hours per week. This will be a combination of lectures (which may take place in person on-campus or live online). There will also be regular, small group or individual tutorials. The remaining study hours required for the module will be self-guided.

Assessment

Depending on your IELTS entry level, you may be assessed on the first three academic language and skills modules of your International Foundation Year through a combination of continuous, formative and final assessments. Assessments will be delivered at the end of module one and two.

The assessment strategy ensures that our study routes are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor your progression.


Degree ready

On successful completion of your modules, including the subject-specific modules, you will have had the opportunity to:

  • Understand approaches to learning in UK universities and expectations in your chosen subject area.
  • Write an extended piece of academic writing that requires elements of research and follows standard academic conventions.
  • Express facts, information and ideas with effective grammatical accuracy and accuracy, using an appropriate range of academic and subject specific vocabulary.
  • Communicate effectively in everyday situations within the University environment and more generally in English-speaking contexts.
  • Deliver a well-structured presentation on an academic topic.
  • Participate in seminar discussions on academic topics.
  • Access academic texts in order to select relevant information.
  • Differentiate between different academic genres of writing.
  • Comprehend extended academic listening texts and record relevant information.
  • Access online materials and demonstrate increased digital literacy.
  • Organise academic study and manage your time.
  • Reflect on learning.
  • Understand, engage with and critically evaluate knowledge relating to global issues.
  • Apply your knowledge and language skills to a realistic learning opportunity and assessment, at an appropriate academic level.

You will also be eligible to progress onto one of the Coventry University degrees listed in the Overview section (subject to meeting the specified entry criteria).


Entry requirements

Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:


You can view our full list of country specific entry requirements on our Entry requirements page.

Alternatively, visit our International hub for further advice and guidance on finding in-country agents and representatives, joining our in-country events and how to apply.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 5.5 minimum

If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your study route.

For more information on our approved English language tests visit our English language requirements page.

We recognise a breadth of qualifications, speak to one of our advisers today to find out how we can help you.

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Fees and funding

2022/23 tuition fees. Fees and course duration are dependent on your IELTS entry level.

Student Full time Part time
International IELTS 5.5 | £16,000 | 36 academic weeks  
IELTS 6.0 | £14,500 | 30 academic weeks  
IELTS 6.5 | £12,500 | 24 academic weeks  
Not available

For advice and guidance on tuition fees2 and student loans visit our Undergraduate Finance page and see The University’s Tuition Fee and Refund Terms and Conditions.

We offer a range of International scholarships to students all over the world. For more information, visit our International Scholarships page.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessments, facilities and support services. There may be additional costs not covered by this fee such as accommodation and living costs, recommended reading books, stationery, printing and re-assessments should you need them.


Facilities

During your international foundation year you'll be based at our modern CU Coventry Mile Lane campus1, located in the heart of the city. You will also have access to the wider facilities and amenities available at Coventry University3.

This includes full membership of Coventry University Students' Union (CUSU) where you will receive access to support and advice as well as societies and events, and access to TheHub, which is the centre of student life at our Coventry campus.

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Mile Lane

The campus is home to an on-site library with bookable 1-2-1 academic writing service and library support sessions, fully equipped seminar rooms, open access study areas, café and IT suite. Our labs contain industry-standard equipment, so that you learn using the same equipment as many industry professionals.

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TheHub

At TheHub you'll find the Health and Wellbeing Centre, the Students’ Union and Square One which provide entertainment from quiz nights to live music, the Spirituality and Faith Centre, Tank Studio, Careers and Add+vantage Office, Enterprise Hub and a fantastic food court.

 

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Lanchester Library

You will have full reading rights in Coventry University’s Lanchester Library. The library is open 24/7, 364 days a year and has 1,400 study spaces, including group and silent areas. It also currently offers more than 550 computers and an additional 120 free-to-loan laptops.

 


Careers and opportunities

If you successfully pass the Nursing IFY you will be guaranteed a place on a relevant degree course at Coventry University (listed in the Overview section), subject to meeting the specified entry criteria.

We are here to provide high-quality education for students as well as to teach you life skills for completing your future career goals. The university's dedicated employability support, the Talent Team, can provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your future studies and career.


How to apply

  • 1Study location

    The International Foundation Year study route will be delivered by CU, part of the Coventry University Group, for and on behalf of Coventry University. 

    • If you choose to study in Coventry for your International Foundation Year, then your learning will be based at CU Coventry. Subject to meeting requirements you will then transition to the relevant Coventry University subject faculty building for your progression degree.
    • If you choose to study in London for your International Foundation Year, then your learning will be based at CU London (North Greenwich). Subject to meeting requirements you will then transition to Coventry University London in the City of London for your progression degree.

    2Tuition fees

    The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated in the above table for the first Academic Year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. We may increase fees each year but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation. If you defer your course start date or have to extend your studies beyond the normal duration of the course (e.g. to repeat a year or resit examinations) the University reserves the right to charge you fees at a higher rate and/or in accordance with any legislative changes during the additional period of study.

    3Facilities

    Facilities are subject to availability. Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to COVID-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.

    Student Contract

    By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. The 2022/23 Contract is currently being updated so please revisit this page before submitting your application. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

Course codes

The code for your course is dependent on the location of study and your current IELTS score. See below to select the code you will need to use to apply. 

Delivered at CU Coventry (Coventry), with progression onto a degree at Coventry University:
CUCIFY19 (IELTS 5.5)
CUCIFY20 (IELTS 6.0)
CUCIFY21 (IELTS 6.5)