University of Plymouth International College

Foundation in Health & Human Sciences

Do you want to make a difference to people’s lives? 

Our Foundation in Health and Human Sciences will prepare you for a practical degree and a rewarding career.


University of Plymouth rankings:

  • 5th for Complementary Medicine (Complete University Guide, 2021)
  • 5th for Occupational Therapy (Complete University Guide, 2021)
  • 10th for Physiotherapy (The Times, 2021)
  • 10th for Anatomy and Physiology (The Guardian, 2021)
  • 11th for Optometry, Ophthalmology and Orthoptics (Complete University Guide, 2021)
  • 11th for Subjects allied to Medicine (The Times, 2021)
  • 12th for Food Science (The Times, 2021)
  • 22nd for Health Professions (The Guardian, 2021)
  • 30th for Nursing (Complete University Guide, 2021)

Special features

Medical Research Ranking - UPICMutil-million Pound Nursing Facilities Uk 98 Percent
Stage 1: Foundation Stage 2: Your University of Plymouth Degree
Foundation in Health and Human Sciences BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult Health)
BSc (Hons) Nursing (Child Health)
BSc (Hons) Nursing (Mental Health)
BSc (Hons) Dietetics
BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy
MOptom (Hons) Optometry
BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science
BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
**New** - BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography
BSc (Hons) Podiatry
BSc Clinical Physiology


Victor's UPIC Story

"If you are scared that it is going to be challenging academically, then don’t worry. When you come, you get the best possible help and support; you have everything from experienced lecturers and expert Nurses guiding you."

Victor - Nigeria
Foundation in Health and Human Sciences & BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing

Tobenna's UPIC Story

"It was when I was in Grade 10 that I decided I wanted to be a Nurse. Since then, it’s something I’ve always wanted to do. I was inspired by my Auntie and my Grandmother; they were both Nurses."

Tobenna - Nigeria
Foundation in Health and Human Sciences & BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing

Anais' UPIC Story

"I’ll admit that the first day I felt a little lost as no one else was from Mauritius, but now I don’t regret my decision at all… My new best friends are from Asia and Europe!""

Anais - Mauritius
Foundation in Health and Human Sciences & BSc (Hons) Dietetics


Video - Ask an Expert Nursing Webinar

In July 2019 we were joined by Kevin Hambridge, a lecturer in Adult Nursing at the University of Plymouth, who helped answer your burning questions on our Nursing pathways.

The Ultimate Guide to UK Nursing Degrees

If you think you’re ready to take the first step in your journey to becoming a Nurse, download our guide today. Packed with tips, tricks, and advice, The Ultimate Guide to UK Nursing Degrees for International Students, will give you ahead start in your Nursing Degree.

In this brand-new guide, we’ve spoken to seasoned experts to answer common questions and share some of the best-kept secrets – all to make your University application a success. You will also get to hear the views of existing Nursing students from overseas.


  • Why should I start a career in Nursing?
  • 3 golden reasons why you should choose to study Nursing in the UK
  • What are the different types of Nursing courses?
  • Student View – Victor
  • How do I apply for a Nursing degree in the UK?
  • Make your Nursing application stand out from the crowd with this one simple trick
  • What is the 6C’s model and why you need to know it
  • Student View – Tobenna
  • Which work placements will I experience on your course?
  • Studying Nursing with the University of Plymouth


Fees for 2021/22 and 2022/23

International: £16,750



Three semesters



Foundation Syllabus

Semester 1

  • ILS1AND3 - Interactive Learning Skills and Communication

  • BUS107- Principles of ICT

  • ELC1- Targeted English Language 1

Semester 2

  • SCI120 - Biology

  • SCI101SC - Numerical Techniques 1

  • SCI115 - Physics

  • SCI134 - Preparation for a career in healthcare

  • ELC2 - Targeted English Language 2

Semester 3

  • SCI125 - Chemistry

  • SCI102 - Numerical Techniques 2

  • SCI130 - Research and Referencing

  • ELC3 - Targeted English Language 3

Additional costs

IMPORTANT: If you are studying on a programme where placements are integral to your study, please be aware that there may be costs associated with travel and accommodation.
Full details of the costs associated with each degree option can be found here.


Please speak with the programme admissions tutor to find out more, or email us via


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