University of Bradford Foundation Year in Clinical Sciences Academic Advice (2)

University of Bradford Foundation Year in Clinical Sciences Academic Advice (2)


How exactly is the course structured?





January – x1 worth 40%

May – x1 worth 60%





January – x1 worth 50%

May – x1 worth 50%


Lab and Study Skills

January – Pharmaceutical Calculations Exam x1 worth 15%


March – Anatomy Spot test x1 worth 30%


January – Lab report x1 worth


March/ April – reflective report x1 worth 2

Special Studies


December – Essay (worth 50%)


April – Leaflet (worth 50%)


Personal and Professional Development


December – Oral Presentation


March – Conference Challenge


May - Pebble Pad (reflective Portfolio) – continuously assessed



Health and Society

May – worth 50%

December – Report







Chemistry: most important module to get 70%!


Semester 2 Chemistry is worth 60% of the module but scoring as high as possible in Semester 1 makes it easier to achieve the grades in Semester 2.


Pre-read the lecture slides, any new/ difficult concepts highlight and research them. Create a separate document and review them. LEARN EVERY idea in depth then apply them to the tutorial questions as well as the revision questions. Really make an effort. Do not focus on memorising alone, try to gain an understanding, ask questions.


Online resources:

Textbook: Chem.libretexts

Youtube channel: Professor Dave Explains , Bozeman Science




Biology Semester 1 is a recap of AS biology with further information. Semester 2 is more about body systems and is more content heavy. Stay focussed and organised. Flashcards are great, look into ‘Anki’, it’s useful for revision. Focus on the large concepts and gain a good understanding before learning niche information, it helps to organise your mind.


Use the questions that are provided for revision to test your knowledge.



  • Professor Dave Explains
  • Bozeman Science


Online Textbooks:

  • Bio.libretexts
  • Med.libretexts












Lab and Study Skills:


  1. Practical Skills/ Lab report:

Make sure you revise the Biological concepts in the Lab sessions as these do come up in the practical sessions. Review the information on the lecture slides post-lab session and make brief notes on them. Make sure you are present when the data collection is being done and listen to the extra information the lecturer provides as this will be useful when writing up the discussion.



  1. Maths Exam:

Attend study support sessions for Pharmaceutical Calculations and use the recommended textbook if you need further practice. The in-class tutorials are amazing as long as you do them to time and you can repeat them as many times as required.


  1. Anatomy:

Ensure that you complete your bookwork prior to attending the session. Attend the lab sessions and work with your group! After you consolidate your work, book the bones from the library to make sure that you are keeping on top of your revision. Use online resources such as the Complete Anatomy app and SketchFab (






Personal and Professional Development:


  • Key thing to do is to establish a relationship with your tutor and be open and honest about any issues you have.
  • Provide evidence for any Smart Action Plans.
  • Follow the specific guidelines and criteria given to you very carefully.
  • Work on your Portfolio as the year goes on, very important so that everything does not pile up.


Oral Presentation:

  • Pick a topic you feel passionate discussing.
  • Practice in front of the mirror and do your best to stick to the time span given no less than 4 min 30 seconds and not less than 5 minutes
  • Try and have as few words on the powerpoint slides as possible maximum 4-5 bullet points.


  • Also, be prepared to be questioned on your presentation so try to have a comprehensive understanding of your topic - that is where people lost mark.


  • Referencing needs to be done either using Endnote or manually.


Health and Society:


  • Attend the lectures: Semester 1 lectures provide the background and models that you can refer to in your Health and Society Report.


  • If you struggle with essay writing speak to Academic Skills and they can provide one-on-one support or you can attend their classes.


  • Make notes during and after the lecture; attend the discussions.



Special Studies:



The same advice about the Heath and Society Report applies here, seek advice and support from Academic Skills if you struggle. Use the tutorials to develop your ideas. Write your drafts and go to the meetings with your tutor. Use their feedback.



Make your leaflet design aesthetically pleasing and ensure that it caters to the audience through colour, information, detail etc. Select the right audience for your poster and tailor everything to them. For instance: if the poster is for healthcare professionals, make sure that your poster is technical.

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