Medical School Student, Foundation Medicine

Study Medicine Foundation at the Abbey DLD Group of Colleges

Our Medicine Foundation Programme provides a fantastic route for international students, aged 17 years and over, who want to progress on to study at medical school. 

We offer a Medicine Foundation Pathway at each of our Colleges; Abbey College Cambridge, DLD College London, and Abbey College Manchester. After completion of the one year intensive programme students can progress to study Medicine at a range of medical schools both in the UK and abroad.


Course Structure

At each of our colleges the Medicine Foundation course has three core components; Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics.

See below to see the individual course structure at each college:

Abbey College Cambridge

Module 1 Module 2 Module 3 Module 4
Biology Biomedicine Chemistry Mathematics for Medicine

DLD College London (with subject weightings)

Biology Chemistry Advanced Mathematics
Medicine 35% 35% 30%

Abbey College Manchester

Module 1 Module 2 Module 3 Module 4
Biology Biomedicine Advanced Mathematics and Physics IELTS

Progession to Medical School

Successful completion of our Medicine pathway opens up progression opportunities to study Medicine at  a range of universities both in the UK and overseas. Students need to have previously completed one year of level 3 study in Biology to be eligible for the Medicine pathway.


Aston University 75% Overall with 70% in Chemistry and Biology. IELTS 7.5 Overall
Brunel University 75% Overall with  no less than 70% in each module. IELTS 7.0 Overall
University of Central Lancashire 70% Overall. IELTS 7.0
University of Nicosia (Cyprus) 70% Overall with  no less than 70% in each module plus high school leaving certificate from home country. IELTS 6.5 Overall 96.5 in Wiring, no less than 6.0 in other components)
Queen Mary University of London (Malta) 80% Overall. IELTS 7.0 Overall
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

5 Year Medicine Programme

6 Year Medicine Programme


80% Overall with 75% in Chemistry, no module less than 70%. IELTS 6.5 Overall

70% Overall with 70% in Chemistry, no module less than 60%. IELTS 6.5 Overall

St George’s University School of Medicine, Grenada 75% Overall with 70% in Biology 1&2 and Chemistry. IELTS 7.0 Overall

Specialised Medicine Preparation

Alongside the academic programme, foundation students at each college will benefit from a programme of specialised support for medical applications, this will include:

  • Clinical skills training
  • Medical ethics
  • Understanding of the UK Medical system and the National Health Service (NHS)
  • University visits and guest lectures
  • Medical School interview practice and support
  • UCAT and BMAT Test Preparation
  • Work experience
  • Medicine and science focused extra-curricular activities and clubs

Case Studies


  • Studied International Foundation Programme Medicine Pathway at Abbey College Cambridge
  • Destination: Medicine at the University of Belgrade

“Abbey College Cambridge is a caring environment. Teachers are very caring and they help us a lot, both academically and in real life. Graduating from Abbey College Cambridge has been one of the best moments in my life, as I will get to see all my achievements and accomplishments.”


  • Studied IFP Medicine Pathway – 90% Score
  • Destination: Medicine at St George’s University, Grenada

“‘The thing I enjoyed most about Abbey College Manchester had to be the environment. It wasn’t just the beautiful area I studied in that amazed me, it was also the people. I have made so many friends that have become a second family to me, my teachers were extremely supportive and helped me every step of the way. This diverse and loving community is what really made Abbey College Manchester a truly special place for me, especially being an international student, arriving to new lands and having so many compassionate people accept me and support me.’’”


  • Studied IFP Medicine Pathway – 81% Score
  • Destination: Medicine at Aston University

“‘‘I think my teachers are one of the main reasons I was able to perform well throughout the programme. They were a constant factor of providing support whether academically or for other reasons. They always encouraged me and pushed me to apply for Aston even though I felt I was not good enough to get in.

Abbey College Manchester has made me a lot more open minded. It made me understand the responsibilities I have towards myself and to those around me. It has made me more confident and I feel better prepared for university than I was a year ago.’’


Student must be between the age of 14-21 to study at Abbey DLD Group of Colleges
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