Medical School Student, Foundation Medicine

Study Medicine Foundation at the Abbey DLD Group of Colleges

Our International Foundation Programme Medicine Pathway is an intensive one year programme that allows international students, aged 17 years and over to progress on to study at medicine at a wide range of universities in the UK an abroad. 


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