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The Kings Medical Foundation course is a one-year pathway to Medical School for international students.

By working closely with our partner Medical Schools, we have developed specific modules and specialised support for students who want to access Medical degrees in the UK.

  • Based on A-level syllabuses and taught by A-level teachers 
  • Students study Biology, Chemistry and Maths (Strong students are allowed to take an extra module of Further Maths) 
  • Provides the same knowledge and skills as A-levels that universities want
  • Is taught at the same level as A-levels
  • Additional modules specifically designed for university and medical students 

An alternative route to Medicine

The Kings Medical Foundation is based on A-level syllabuses, taught by A-level teachers, assessed against A-levels and moderated by an independent Advisory Board of external examiners. As such, it is one of the most highly academic and successful pathways to leading medicine in UK universities.

Standards for the Programme are set by an external and independent Advisory Board which meets three times each year to ensure best practice, moderate marks where required and hear appeals.

At a glance


  • Kings Bournemouth
  • Kings Brighton
  • Kings London
  • Kings Oxford

Start dates:

  • September (for access to all partner universities) 
  • January (students can apply to UCLan, SGU, Auckland, Monash and RCSI outside of UCAS)

Entry requirements:

  • Completed 11 – 12 years of schooling
  • GCSE Biology and Maths both at minimum of 5 (strong pass) or equivalent qualification
  • Minimum IELTS 6.5 with 6 in Reading and Writing
  • Pre-sessional online medical course 

Minimum age:

  • 17


  • 1 academic year (3 terms)


  • Average 21 hours per week, plus homework and private study

Class size range:

  • 8 – 12

Core modules

  • Communication and Study Skills (Science focus)
  • Data Handing and Information Technology

Subject modules

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Further Mathematics (optional)

Additional workshops and tutoring

  • UCAT
  • MMI
  • Participation in the Medical Society (mandatory)

Medical School Preparation

There are around 8,000 applicants for medical places each year — but only about 600 places available for international applicants. We have developed a carefully planned programme to support our exceptional students with ambitions to be accepted to medical school.

The Kings 10-point Medical School Preparation Programme:

  • Academic development
  • Senior mentor to lead you through the application process
  • Language skills
  • Assistance in researching the most suitable medical school for you
  • Medical School visits
  • Ability test practice (UCAT)
  • Work experience
  • Extracurricular and enrichment
  • Personal statement
  • Interview practice
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