Certificate in Health Sciences (International Foundation) (not on offer in 2020/21)

NFQ Level 6, Special Purpose Award

Note: Every effort has been made to ensure that the programme and module content as described in the University's Calendar and Book of Modules for the 2020-21 academic year are accurate. However, due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, no guarantee is given that programme/module content, delivery and assessment may not be altered, cancelled, replaced, augmented or otherwise amended. Any changes will ensure the same competencies and Learning Outcomes are met. Programme and/or Module Coordinators will communicate any such changes to students.

The Certificate in Health Sciences (International Foundation) aims to provide non-EU students with the English language skills required to meet the minimum English language requirements for entry to Pharmacy programmes at UCC. It also provides an introduction to bioscience modules as a foundation for Pharmacy students.

The following entry criteria are required:

  1. Excellent results in national school-leaving examinations involving 6 subjects including Chemistry and 2 from Biology, Mathematics and Physics (average 95% marks or GPA of 4.0) or equivalent;

  2. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of at least 6.0 overall, with no single skill below 6.0, or the equivalent from an internationally recognised examination in English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL 575 pencil and paper/TWE 4 (writing)/TOEFL 231 (Computer version).

To qualify for the award of the Certificate in Health Sciences (International Foundation), and to progress and enter the First Pharmacy programmes candidates must:

AN1060 Topographical Anatomy (5 credits)
Cells, Biomolecules, Genetics and Evolution (5 credits)
BL1003 Introduction to Biological Chemistry and Microbiology (5 credits)
BL1004 Physiology and Structure of Plants and Animals (5 credits)

CM1000 Introduction to Chemistry (15 credits)

English Language
LC0001 Medical English (5 credits)
LC1002 English for Academic Study (B2+ level = Upper-Intermediate plus) (5 credits)
LC1003 Advanced English for Academic Study (C1 - level = Lower advanced) (5 credits)
English as a Foreign Language (10 credits)

and successfully attain the required standard in English (IELTS 6.5) overall with no single skill below 6.5 (i.e. in listening, speaking, reading and writing).

Note: In order to be admitted to the Pharmacy degree programmes students must pass all parts of the Certificate Year Programmme - failure to pass all subjects in the Certificate programme within the first year of registration (i.e. Summer and Autumn examinations) will result in the loss of the place on the course: There is no provision for a repeat year for the Pharmacy Certificate Programme.

Module Semester Information may be found here. Module Descriptions may be found here.

Full details of regulations governing Examinations for each programme will be contained in the Marks and Standards 2020/2021 Book, and for each module in the Book of Modules, 2020/2021.

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