13th August 2004




A new one-year course at the University of Lincoln will encourage people from under-represented backgrounds to pursue a career in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dietetics, physiotherapy and midwifery.


The University of Lincoln has worked with the University of Nottingham to develop the Certificate in Science for Health Professionals which gives successful students the opportunity to progress to the first year of the above degrees at Nottingham.


The course is open to any student who meets the entry requirements and has commitment to a career in the health profession.


It is particularly aimed at learners from lower socio-economic backgrounds to encourage their progression to medicine and the health sciences at Nottingham.


“The course will give students a general grounding in health care and science,” said Professor Brian McGaw, Dean of the Faculty of Health, Life and Social Sciences at the University of Lincoln.


“They will be studying anatomy and physiology, chemistry and biochemistry as well as the social aspects of health and transferable core skills.”


Optional units include basic microbiology, understanding health and disease and psychological aspects of health.


Entry requirements are 200 UCAS points and 5 GCSEs including English, Mathematics, Biology and Chemistry or Double Science) at Grade C or above. 


The Certificate in Science for Health Professionals is subject to validation but is expected to launch in September 2005.


Successful completion of the course will allow progression to a range of degree courses at the University of Nottingham including Dietetics, Medicine, Midwifery,

Nursing, Pharmacy and Physiotherapy or the Health Studies degree at Lincoln.


All applicants must apply via UCAS – visit www.ucas.ac.uk. For more information contact John Clayton or Rachael Spencer at the University of Lincoln on 01522 886384 or 886212.


For more information contact:

Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

01522 886042                         jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

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