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INTO University Partnerships’ Foundation Medicine Programme: A Beacon of Success

INTO University Partnerships’ foundation programme in medicine and health has witnessed remarkable success, with the majority of its students obtaining conditional offers to study medical degrees in the UK and internationally.

This academic year, 70% of international students from the 2023 cohort who are focused on pursuing medicine have been granted offers for a five-year MBBS degree.

The programme at the INTO London Centre began in April 2022, with the first intake of international students in September 2022. It provides foundation students with pathways to numerous prestigious universities worldwide, including several in the QS Top 150, and to a range of competitive degrees in the health professions.

Students in the programme study core modules in biology, chemistry, mathematics, and research skills, in addition to two exclusive medicine modules developed for and taught only at INTO London. These are Advanced Sciences for Medicine, which extends students’ scientific foundations with medical-specific content, and Professional and Communication Skills for Medicine, designed to cultivate the necessary skills for succeeding in medical interviews and in the healthcare profession.

Nara from South Korea, who was among the first cohort, successfully secured unconditional offers to study medicine at Aston University and at Queen Mary University of London, Malta Campus.

Nara noted, “As an international student, it’s very important to know how to communicate well. At INTO, I take part in English classes and improve my academic writing, and how to prepare for presentations – this really helped me when writing personal statements. I also have 1-1 sessions with the university progression and career manager, during which I discuss personal statements and they provide feedback for applying to university medical schools.”

An impressive 95% of the programme’s students have received offers from UK universities for various medical-related degrees. For those who did not receive offers for medicine, opportunities have been secured in programmes like Biomedical Sciences, Medical Sciences, Pharmacology, and Biology at universities such as Bristol University, Queen Mary University of London, Aston University, and University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

Robin Peel, the Centre Director at INTO London, stated, “We have designed this foundation programme in medicine and health professions to give our students the best chance of getting into and being successful on their chosen health degree with excellent progression options, a guaranteed interview at a UK medical school and unique specialist modules.”

INTO University Partnerships supports students throughout the university application process, including offering a part-time online University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) preparation course during the summer prior to the commencement of the foundation programme.

Students benefit from personalised support in one-on-one sessions, and through group sessions, they navigate the application process together. The University Progression and Careers Manager at INTO London also organises personal statement workshops, guest lectures, and masterclasses with medical professionals, in addition to providing interview preparation and practice.

INTO London students regularly attend practical classes in the ‘Superlab’ at London Metropolitan University’s modern campus, which features one of Europe’s largest laboratories. This lab serves as a critical resource for academic and professional development, where students refine their lab skills, enhance their English for scientific communication, and learn to confidently use advanced lab equipment.

The INTO London Centre offers tailored university preparation programmes that guarantee entry to over 100 universities across the UK and Europe. Situated near London’s bustling financial district and the culturally rich areas of Spitalfields, Brick Lane, and Shoreditch, the centre provides an enriching educational environment.

Over the years, since its establishment in 2005, INTO University Partnerships has helped over 150,000 students from more than 180 countries to achieve their academic ambitions at leading universities in the US, UK, and Australia.


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