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International Foundation in Healthcare

This course is for international students only, UK students are advised to apply for Public Health.

Key information

Undergraduate course


  • Three Trimesters


  • September


  • Cambridge


Entry Requirements
English – UKVI IELTS overall 5.5 (minimum 5.0 in each band) (or equivalent)
Academic – 5 GCSE at grade 3 or above (or equivalent)

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International Foundation in Healthcare Overview

This International Foundation in Healthcare course has been developed for international students to provide a broad base of skills that can be useful to students as they progress through higher education. As a student, you will study across a broad base of transferable knowledge and skills areas, becoming skilled in critical analysis and problem-solving, supporting you to understand how to manage, support and drive forward healthcare services, organisations and communities.

Students will also be introduced to the core skills necessary to succeed in higher education, including thinking critically, researching and referencing appropriately, demonstrating appropriate numeracy and ICT skills.  In addition to these fundamental study skills, students will be given an introduction to the various scientific disciplines underpinning the life sciences, including the social sciences. Fundamental mathematical skills will be covered in order to support students’ other subjects and give them confidence in manipulating data.

Pathway progression

This is a standalone NQF level 3 foundation.

Provided you meet the requirements, you will be granted a visa for the duration of the Foundation. During this Foundation, you will be supported through the process of applying to BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult). Please be aware that entry to ARU’s degree course is not guaranteed and the admissions process will be competitive and include an interview, however, you will receive support throughout your Foundation to prepare for the interview.

During the NQF level 3 foundation, students will only be able to work 10 hours per week and will need compulsory 85% attendance otherwise visa and right to remain in the UK will be withdrawn.

Students who are successful in receiving an offer for

will be issued an NQF level 6 visa for the duration of their nursing degree. Support for the visa application will be available.

For students not eligible for BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult), but who successfully pass the International Foundation in Healthcare, we can guarantee you a place on Public Health BSc (Hons).

What makes a great nurse?

There is not one mould that fits all when it comes to nursing, but great nurses are competent and responsible professionals who strive for excellence in patient care. They embody the NHS Constitution and the 6 C’s: care, compassion, courage, confidence, communication, and competence but most importantly, they exemplify emotional intelligence and are visionaries.

Great nurses inspire those around them – fellow nurses, doctors and patients. Their positive behaviour, practical mindset and compassion is what sets them out from the crowd and their determination and strength is what creates a long and passionate career.

Interview Process

When you graduate, you’ll be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Therefore, you must be aware of and uphold the NMC’s professional values and behaviours. Additionally, as you’ll be working with service users at a very vulnerable time in their lives from early on in your degree, and throughout your career, you’re expected to be familiar with and uphold the NHS Constitution and values.

Progression to Registered Nursing Course

Step 1

UCAS Application

Submit your UCAS application by 15th January 2022.

Step 2


Once you have applied, you will be invited to an interview with ARU.  The interview will follow the Multiple Mini Interview Process.

Step 3


You will need to complete an ELPT test to fulfil the English language requirements for ARU’s entry requirements.

Step 4

Accept your offer with ARU through UCAS

Providing you have successfully completed the International Foundation in Healthcare pathway and ARU have offered you a place on one of their registered nursing courses, you can now accept your offer.

Step 5

DBS and Occupational Health Check

You will need to undertake a DBS and Occupational Health checks before starting your degree.

Step 6

Start your Degree

Begin studying on BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult).

Course Structure

Interactive Learning Skills and Communication (ILSC)

This module has been designed to help students develop their academic literacy, and research and
communication skills in preparation for undergraduate study. The areas of reading, writing,
speaking, and listening will be covered. ILSC also helps students understand the institutional
culture, practices, norms and expectations of the UK higher education.

A subsidiary aim of this module is to ensure that students develop transferable skills of effective and
professional communication to support ongoing study, as well as providing a basis to foster career
and life-building skills.

Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

No previous technical experience is required for this module, which provides students with an
introduction to practical ICT skills. This foundation will be needed for academic success across
many areas of higher education. The students will use industry standard office productivity
software and techniques to produce presentations, written assignments, and charts and tables in

Alongside practical skills, fundamental topics surrounding technology use will be discussed,
together with societal and ethical perspectives. The module will enable students to discuss the main
challenges facing society and consider the implications of their technology use.

By the end of the module, students should have sufficient mastery of the Microsoft Office
productivity suite to allow them to plan and produce presentations, use functions and write formula
to display, format and analyse quantitative data and produce written assignments to a standard
appropriate to higher education.

Core Maths

This module is designed to help develop basic numeracy skills needed at University. Students will practice various mathematical manipulations and apply these concepts to real-life situations. The subjects covered are a range of arithmetic skills, algebra, solving equations, probability and basic statistics in order to help students be successful in their future studies.

Introduction to Academic Language (non-credit bearing)

This module will aid your acquisition, understanding and use of academic vocabulary and grammar, in order to facilitate your productive and receptive skills at undergraduate level.

Preparing for a Career in Caring

This module is designed for students entering courses in the health and social care fields. Students will address current events and common situations in the healthcare sector. Students will learn about the structure and types of healthcare provision in the United Kingdom. Students will discuss communication skills, especially as they apply to interviews or professional presentation skills that students will encounter later in their course.

Biology – Physiology

This module is designed to help students learn about the body, its functions, and systems. This course is designed to give a foundation knowledge of organ systems and different regulatory systems. Students will learn to classify organisms and their major components.

Critical Thinking

This module was created to address problem-solving and the critical assessment of information. Critical thinking is in high demand by employers, introducing it at level 3 allows the student to apply and develop their capability throughout the course of their studies, building the confidence to work independently throughout a students’ degree. Students will learn how to determine the reliability/fallacy of ideas and documents which should enable them to be more effective researchers and writers.

Introduction to Academic Genres (non-credit bearing)

You will be introduced to some of the most common academic genres and related lexis: process, cause and effect, compare/contrast and argument/persuasion.


This module will discuss the complexity of ethical theory and practice. Students will be encouraged to use critical thinking and research to discuss descriptive, normative, and analytic approaches to ethics and ethical problems. Students will look at a variety of applications spanning a range of contexts within the humanities, technology, business, medical and legal ethics to understand ethical behaviour in varying contexts.


Students will learn about the brain and psychosocial contexts within the humanities and sciences. Students will look at how research has informed theories about how we think and behave, and how this applies in a variety of contexts. By applying psychological principles to current events and common situations, students will gain greater understanding of human actions and motivations.

Research Reports (non-credit bearing)

This module combines language skills and academic skills to facilitate further studies. You will be able to choose a topic you wish to research and then write and carry out a questionnaire and analyse the data collected.

Related links

For more information about intake semesters and campus location please see our course matrices.

Find out the academic entry requirements for our courses listed by country. Unless stated, requirements are standard across all courses.

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