Nursing and Allied Health Professions Foundation Year

Study level: Foundation year
Students working on 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 London (Dagenham, London)
CU London (Greenwich, London)

Study mode



1 year full-time

Course code


Start date

July 2023

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

Coventry University is ranked top in the Midlands for Nursing and Midwifery in the Guardian University Guide 2021. 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, subject to completing your application before the UCAS January deadline. The grade requirements may vary by course, see individual course pages for further details.

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).

After successful completion of the course, if you want to make an application to any nursing and allied health professional courses offered at Coventry University, then you will be supported in making your application.

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.

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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.


  • The aim of this module is to ensure that you have a clear understanding of the requirements of academic study by providing you with a range of skills to enable you to study at degree level.   Alongside this, successful completion of this module will give you an understanding of the vital role that literacy and numeracy plays in the health professions today.   You will meet the Level 2 Numeracy core content set out by the Department for Education through application to the vocational setting. 


  • The human body is a complex system performing a multitude of functions every day and like any system, it can malfunction for a variety of reasons.  This module introduces you to fundamental knowledge of anatomy and physiology and its relationship with health and disease.  You will be able to relate this knowledge and understanding of the working of the human body in order to enhance care and promote an individual’s full potential.  You have the opportunity to undertake practical activities including taking measurements of the cardio-vascular system, the respiratory system and of body temperature, 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

Typical offer for 2022/23 entry.

Applicants should have A levels or equivalent qualifications and hold a Level 2 qualification (equivalent to GCSE) in English and Maths. Applicants with significant work experience will be considered on an individual basis. Please contact to discuss your individual circumstances. You could also consider the Access to Nursing course.

Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the course director. For information regarding what might amount to a ‘relevant work experience’ that would count, or ‘equivalent studies’ that would qualify, please contact

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English as a Foreign Language - an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Student Full-time Part-time
UK £8,050 per year Not available
International £16,650 per year Not available
  • 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

  • Student Contract

    By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the CU Group. A copy of the 2022/23 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 CU Group will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at CU Coventry.

    Tuition fees

    The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, we 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. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.

    For International students the tuition fee that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.


    Many 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 CU Group maintaining the same high standards of course delivery. 


    Facilities mentioned on this page may not be relevant for every course. Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to COVID-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) and some non-academic offerings (particularly in relation to international experiences), may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.

    Placements and study abroad opportunities

    Please note that we are unable to guarantee any placement or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (e.g. travel, visas and accommodation etc.), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the requirements in this regard, please contact the International Office for further details if you are an EU or International student.

    Additional costs

    This course may incur additional costs associated with any field trips, placements or work experience, study abroad opportunities or any other opportunity (whether required or optional), which could include (but is not limited to), equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire, travel, accommodation and visas.

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