FndCert International Foundation Programme (Health and Human Sciences)

Are you an international student interested in studying health and human sciences in the UK? This course could be your ideal introduction. As well as introducing you to key subject topics, it’s designed to improve your language skills, equip you with the academic skills you’ll need, and introduce you to Higher Education in the UK.

FndCert International Foundation Programme (Health and Human Sciences)

Course details

Our International Foundation Programme (Health and Human Sciences) is designed to introduce you to a new study culture, build a solid understanding of key concepts in health and human sciences, and help you develop your English skills. You’ll benefit from teaching that’s interactive, and has a strong focus on communication and group working. This way, you don’t just learn from your tutors, but also from your fellow students as you collaborate and support each other’s progress.

Studying in a foreign country is a great opportunity, and can be a really positive life-changing experience. It can be a challenge too, so we’re here to provide you with wide-ranging support and encouragement to help you make the most of your time living and studying in what might be a whole new cultural experience, and an academic approach you’re not familiar with.

Classes on this course are taught and run by specialist English for Academic Purposes (EAP) lecturers and expert departmental tutors.

  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: FndCert
  • Duration: 1 year

Course highlights:

  • We offer an excellent preparation for further study at degree level in a health and human sciences-related subject.
  • You can achieve an English level comparable to IELTS 6.0/6.5 upon successful completion.
  • We’ll help you develop essential English, academic and professional skills, such as academic writing, reading, listening, presenting and the application of ICT.
  • Specialist English for Academic Purposes (EAP) tutors work closely with our expert departmental tutors to provide excellent teaching and learning support.
  • There’s also excellent pastoral support from highly qualified teaching staff, personal tutors and welfare officers, to help you embrace and make the most of studying here.
  • Bolton University has an excellent International Society, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to socialise with people from all over the world while you get to know Bolton, the local area and beyond.

Key features:

  • You’ll be supported in the development of essential skills, which can prepare you for academic study as well as future employment.
  • Interactive and inclusive teaching comes with a focus on developing your communication as well as your skills and knowledge.
  • International Foundation Programmes at Bolton give you access to comprehensive guidance from University Student Support Services, including advice on housing and accommodation, financial and careers, plus counselling services and disability support.
  • You also have access to chaplains and pastoral assistants from a range of traditions, faiths and worldviews.
  • We provide extensive English language support for international students.

Entry requirements

  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: FndCert
  • Duration: 1 year

You’ll need a Secure English Language Test score of at least IELTS 5.0 (with at least 5.0 in every component), or an approved comparable qualification.

You’ll also need a High School Leaving Certificate (or equivalent).

Career opportunities

Upon successful completion of this International Foundation Programme (Health and Human Sciences), you’ll be able to apply for an approved health or human sciences-related undergraduate degree at the University of Bolton, or strengthen your career prospects in health and human sciences-related fields.

What can I do with this qualification?

Professional recognition

Fees & funding

No fee information is currently available, please contact Student Data Management on 01204 903059 or SDMenquiries@bolton.ac.uk for more information

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The University is currently awaiting Government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2019/20.

UK undergraduate tuition fees are subject to UK government approval and are subject to the outcome of the Teaching Excellence Framework.

How to apply


Call Admissions

Please contact Admissions by telephone on 01204 903903 or email enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

University of Bolton
Deane Road
Bolton, BL3 5AB
United Kingdom

Tel: 01204 903903
Email: enquiries@bolton.ac.uk


The University welcomes applications from international students from all over the world. We try to make the application process as simple and as fast as possible for our international applicants.

This course is not currently accepting online applications

Please contact Admissions by telephone on 01204 903903 or email enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

University of Bolton
Deane Road
Bolton, BL3 5AB
United Kingdom

Tel: 01204 903903
Email: enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

Teaching & assessment


Modules listed below are a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules as part of the course.

  • Self-reflection and Self-presentation
  • Reading Modern Society
  • The Individual and Society
  • Research Methods in Social Science
  • Stage C for IFP and Pre-Masters
  • Stage D for IFP and Pre-Masters

Teaching, learning and assessment

You’ll get to experience a range of teaching approaches on this course, and we’ll help you develop the study and learning strategies that best support you as you acquire and develop your health and human sciences knowledge, language and academic skills.

Each module you study will have a practical focus, and timetabled sessions will allocate time to tuition, group work and assignment/IT workshops. Each week, we offer 20 hours of tuition, including workshops or seminars, plus an hour’s academic tutorial to support you with assignments. Our teaching approach places emphasis on facilitation, whereby your tutor will guide and support you as you complete a variety of tasks.

In tutorial sessions, we’ll also give you detailed and constructive feedback on your progress, and help you find your own strategies for successfully completing the course. In addition, you’ll have access to our Virtual Learning Environment – a website with a wide range of additional learning materials, interactive content and support resources.

Assessments don’t just include written exams and assignments but also portfolios of work which you will work on independently with advice from teachers, giving you the opportunity to improve your work throughout the course. You’ll also be expected to deliver presentations and participate in discussions with regular feedback from your teachers to help you. One to one discussions between teacher and student are also a very important feature of the programme where you’ll have the opportunity to discuss progress and raise any concerns about your studies.


The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up to date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

Contact The University

Key facts

  • Course type:
  • Location:
    The University of Bolton
  • Award:
  • Duration:
    1 year

Contact us

Sally Preece
Programme Manager
Email: S.Preece@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903613

Richard Bailey
Lecturer in English for Academic Purposes
Email: R.Bailey@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903783

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton
Email: enquiries@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903903