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Foundation in Health & Human Sciences

Health and Human Science courses for those who want to positively influence the world

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


Would you like to leave work every day with that warm inner satisfaction that you have helped someone when it matters most?


Our Foundation in Health and Human sciences will prepare you for a rewarding degree – whether you are interested in caring for adults with acute and long-term illnesses, or in healthy eating, nutrition and lifestyle.

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
BSc (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, and Izzy Kellaway, our very own Student Recruitment Coordinator here at the University of Plymouth International College (UPIC), to 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, then download our guide today. Full of tips, tricks, and golden nuggets of advice, The Ultimate Guide to UK Nursing Degrees for International Students will give you a running head start, putting you ahead of the class!

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 2019/20

EU: £9,250

International: £16,950

Fees for 2020/21

EU: £9,250

International: £16,950


Three semesters



Foundation Syllabus

Semester 1

  • ILS1AND3 - Interactive Learning Skills and Communication

    You will develop your academic communication skills and use of digital technology for higher education.
    How will I be assessed? 60% coursework, 30% exam and 10% personal development planning

  • 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 info@upic.plymouth.ac.uk


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