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Applied Health (Primary Care) Intercalated BSc (Full time) 2018 start

  • Overview

    The BSc in Applied Health - Primary Care is an intercalated full-time course over one year that offers you the chance to follow a particular health interest whilst ensuring you are well-grounded in essential skills for learning, teaching and research. You will develop these core skills whilst exploring aspects of Primary Care and Primary Health Care in more detail. A longitudinal clinical placement will run throughout the academic year so that you can maintain your clinical skills and contextualise your learning.

    In order to practise effectively, doctors and dentists need more than just clinical knowledge. They need critical appraisal skills, knowledge of research methods, and an understanding of the systems they are working in. This course is designed to give budding doctors and dentists the best chance to develop these generic skills in order that they can become better clinicians and go on to achieve excellence.

    Many of our students go on to win prizes, publish their work and present at conferences and this course is a potential pathway for those wishing to pursue an academic career.

    All the programmes in the Applied Health Suite offer the support of a joint administrative and personal tutor team, plus the peer support that comes from shared induction and learning for all students on the BSc Applied Health suite.

  • Course content

    As well as following a particular health interest in primary care, you will become well-grounded in essential skills for learning, teaching and research, including critical appraisal skills, literature application and research methods so that you can evaluate new and current treatments.

    You will have the opportunity to develop these core skills whilst exploring Primary Care in more depth. You will benefit from an extended healthcare placement to ensure learning is based equally on the patient experience alongside the evidence based teaching of academic skills relevant to all medical careers.

    You will be allocated one GP practice, with a dedicated GP tutor. The clinical experience will include approximately two-thirds of the time in the named practice, with the remaining time in the wider primary care environment.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    • Patients and their Illness 10 credits
    • The Consultation 10 credits
    • Learning and Teaching 10 credits
    • Clinical Placement 30 credits
    • Introduction to Health Systems 10 credits
    • Research and Evaluation Methods 10 credits
    • Research Project in Applied Health 40 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read Applied Health (Primary Care) BSc in the course catalogue

    Learning and teaching


    You will have full access to University of Leeds libraries, which include group study areas and spaces for private study. Much of the course material is provided through the Virtual Learning Environment, which can be accessed remotely, as well as on site. IT facilities have recently been upgraded and lecturers have access to high quality audio-visual equipment. Student support services are available through the course for study via the University's Student Services Centre.


    Taught modules are accessed primarily by essays. Additional assessments include the demonstration of practical skills such as teaching a small group session, presentation at a mini conference, and performance during your clinical placement.

    Reflection will play a large role in assessment as you will be required to regularly complete an e-diary and write a reflection on your consultation skills for one of the module assignments. A 7,500 word dissertation will be submitted at the end of the academic year (70% of the research project module).

  • Entry requirements, fees and applying

    Entry requirements

    A minimum of two years of a medical degree, preferably three.

    International Foundation Year Programme

    International students who do not meet the academic requirements for undergraduate study may be able to study the University of Leeds International Foundation Year. This gives you the opportunity to study on campus, be taught by University of Leeds academics and progress onto a wide range of Leeds undergraduate courses. Find out more about International Foundation Year programmes.

    How to apply

    Read about applying for intercalation on the School of Medicine website.

    All Leeds medical/dental students wishing to intercalate at Leeds University must complete the relevant application form indicating a first, second and third choice of programme.

    Medical students from other universities may apply for entry to this programme by contacting the LIHS Admissions Coordinator in the first instance.

    Selection principles

    Given the competitive nature of this course, candidates will be selected on the basis of their prior academic abiility and the interest in the subject area, as demonstrated through their personal statement.


    UK: To be confirmed

    For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

    The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.

    The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

    The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

    Additional cost information

    There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

    Financial support

    Read about possible financial support for intercalation on the School of Medicine website.

  • Career opportunities

    Many of our students have gone on to present at conference and to publish their research in national and international journals. Some have gone on to pursue careers in academic medicine.