Nursing and Allied Health Professions Foundation Year

Study level: Foundation year
Nursing students in a mock hospital ward, stood around a manikin in a hospital bed

This course is designed to give you the skills and knowledge required to prepare you for a rewarding career in a number of healthcare professions.

Year of entry


CU Coventry (Coventry)

Study mode



1 year full-time

Course code


Start date

September 2023
November 2023
January 2024
March 2024
April 2024
June 2024

The information on this page is for 2022-23 entry and should be used as guidance for 2023-24 entry. Please keep checking back on this course page to see our latest updates.

Available through Clearing

Clearing applications for September 2023 are now closed to international students due to visa and immigration requirements. Check out our January 2024 entry courses.

There may be HNC or HND versions of this course available with lower entry requirements. Contact us to discuss your options.

Course overview

You will understand the key contemporary issues relating to the roles of health professionals, including nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, dietitians, paramedics and operating department practitioners alongside the skills required to progress within higher education.

You will examine the importance of the professional values, standards and working practices required to support patient-centred care and support. This course will provide you with a level of academic and develop your self-confidence that will aid your transition to a relevant degree course and then the workplace.

Why you should study this course

You will be taught by staff with a range of expertise across a number of health professions who will use their insight and experience to give you an understanding of the wide range of healthcare roles available.

On successful completion of this course you will be well prepared to start a degree course in Nursing or Allied Health Professions.

All successful students on this course are guaranteed an interview for degree courses in nursing and allied health profession courses at Coventry University and will be supported in making your application, subject to completing your application before the UCAS January deadline. The grade requirements may vary by course, see individual course pages for further details. Throughout this course you will be encouraged to develop your level 2 Literacy and Numeracy application to the vocational setting  in order to meet the entry requirements of your chosen degree course.

You will be given an opportunity to begin to develop the skills and competences that relate to the successful study of the Health Professions and their regulatory bodies i.e. the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC).

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What you'll study

This course is designed to give you the skills and knowledge required to prepare you for a rewarding career in a number of healthcare professions.

After successfully completing this course you will have gained knowledge and experience of working in a variety of health professions, acknowledging the professional values and standards required. You will also be well prepared to study at degree level. You will explore fundamental knowledge in areas such as anatomy, physiology and pathology and approaches to health and wellbeing In addition to the application of vocational numeracy and literacy.

You will also explore the role of professional bodies including the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the standards required for progression into the roles they cover. In addition this course will prepare you fully for the values based recruitment approach set out by Health Education England.


  • This module will introduce you to how ill-health and disease develop. You will explore the key pathophysiological changes to body functions throughout the levels of organisation from chemical/molecular to cells, organs and organ systems. Furthermore, you should gain an understanding of the relationship between pathophysiological changes to structure and function of body systems. The module covers the basic pharmacological principles involved in the management/treatment of the most common causes of morbidity, mortality and sickness absence. You will also be introduced to the inter-relationships between specific health issues and how they impact on homeostatic control, and therefore cause key signs and symptoms.


  • This module will introduce you to the fundamental knowledge of anatomy and physiology. You will explore how the body functions throughout the levels of organisation, from cells to body systems. As well as covering the relationship between structure and function of each body system, you will also be introduced to the inter-relationships between body systems and how they work together to maintain homeostatic control. You will have the opportunity to undertake practical activities taking measurements using non-invasive techniques to investigate normal responses to routine variations in body functioning.


  • Successful completion of this module will enable you to become familiar with the professional and regulatory standards in relation to your chosen health profession. You will explore the current challenges to these within your chosen profession whilst exploring areas for good practice and service development. Issues around law and ethics, accountability and professionalism and clinical governance will become familiar discussion points.

    You will gain confidence in your ability to challenge practice through this knowledge and in relating it to your preferred profession.

    Professional resilience within the health professions will be discussed and strategies on how to achieve this and indeed its impact on delivering holistic care will be debated. You will be able to explore your own resilience and develop strategies that will support you with your future studies and career.


  • This module will examine how health and wellbeing are viewed in society, enabling you to challenge definitions and perspectives of health and ill-health. Models of health will be explored alongside health beliefs allowing you to determine professional approaches to health and wellbeing. The impact of social determinants of health will be examined in order to identify the environmental conditions that promote good health for all.

    You will explore the role of Public Health - locally, nationally and internationally - as an essential aspect of the health professions. Health promotion strategies will be examined and their impact upon health behaviours debated giving you essential tools for working with community health.

    All modules are mandatory and have 2 assessments in each module.

    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.


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

You will receive approximately 18 hours of guided learning per week. This will be a combination of face-to-face teaching and online, blended learning support. There will also be smaller group tutorials every week.

You will be able to critique and evaluate given scenarios and insights relating the health professions and make recommendations to influence decision making and increase your professional awareness.

The inclusion of clinical insight days, virtual simulation experiences and the awareness of Technology Enhanced Care Services (TECS) will equip you with the necessary capacity to gain an accurate insight into the demands of your preferred profession. 


Assessments have been designed to reflect those that you will be able to develop and use within your future role within the health professions e.g.  a structured report, a professional debate and poster presentation. In addition your assessments will prepare you for the interview process (values based recruitment) required for progression onto further study in the health professions.  

You will be assessed using:

  • Individual Reports
  • Individual Presentations
  • Reflective Summary
  • Patient Resource
  • Numeracy Test
  • Academic Poster
  • Values Based Interview

Entry requirements

Clearing places available on this course

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Typical offer for 2023/24 entry.

Fees and funding

Student Full-time Part-time
UK £7,950   Not available
EU Not available Not available

This course is not currently available to international students. Please take a look at our International Pathways Programme for additional options.

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

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. Find out what's included in your tuition costs.

  • We carry out an initial fee status assessment based on the information you provide in your application. Your fee status determines your tuition fees, and what financial support and scholarships may be available to you. The rules about who pays UK (home) or international (overseas) fees for higher education courses in England are set by the government's Department for Education. The regulations identify all the different categories of student who can insist on paying the home rate. The regulations can be difficult to understand, so the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) has provided fee status guidance to help you identify whether you are eligible to pay the home or overseas rate.

    If you meet all the criteria required by any one category, including any residence requirements, your institution must charge you the home rate. You only need to find one category that you fit into.


You will have the opportunity to use virtual reality teaching and learning and simulated, hands-on learning to experience the roles within Nursing and Allied Health Professions in addition to experiencing clinical insight days and access to guest speakers from the vast health care professions you might want to consider.

You will be encouraged to apply digital literacy through the use of technology during taught sessions and practice assessment activities. This will prepare you for the exciting developments in the current world of Technology Enabled Care Service (TECS).

Careers and opportunities

As the course is designed specifically to prepare you for roles in healthcare you will develop the skills and knowledge valued by employers in this field. In addition to practical and theoretical understanding of health professional roles you will also explore the importance of attributes such as care and compassion and develop an understanding of the expectation of healthcare professionals. This will be supported by developing teamwork, resilience and effective communication approaches that are essential to healthcare roles.

The Foundation course (subject to successful completion and meeting specific entrance criteria, i.e. values based interview) allows progression to the following range of nursing and health degrees at Coventry University Group:

Certain courses provide registration with professional bodies and enable you to practice as a registered healthcare professional. Please see the course page for more details.

Our graduates from these degree courses work in a range of roles in both the NHS and private sector. They make a positive contribution to the quality of life of their patients, often at very difficult moments.

How to apply

  • Coventry University together with Coventry University London Campus, CU Coventry, CU London, CU Scarborough and Coventry University Online come together to form part of the Coventry University Group (the “University”) with all degrees awarded by Coventry University.


    The majority of our courses have been formally recognised by professional bodies, which means the courses have been reviewed and tested to ensure they reach a set standard. In some instances, studying on an accredited course can give you additional benefits such as exemptions from professional exams (subject to availability, fees may apply). Accreditations, partnerships, exemptions and memberships shall be renewed in accordance with the relevant bodies’ standard review process and subject to the university maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.

    2UK and International opportunities

    Please note that we are unable to guarantee any UK or International opportunities (whether required or optional) such as internships, work experience, field trips, conferences, placements or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (which could include, but is not limited to, equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire, travel, accommodation and visas), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable travel COVID and visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the visa requirements, please contact the International Office.

    3Tuition 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. For Home Students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation.

    For International Students, 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.


    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. A copy of the 2023/24 contract can be found here. 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.

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