Certificate in Foundation Studies in Health Sciences (Applied Food and Nutritional Sciences)

Certificate in Foundation Studies in Health Sciences (Applied Food and Nutritional Sciences)

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Course title Certificate in Foundation Studies in Health Sciences (Applied Food and Nutritional Sciences)
Course code UCFSHSAFT
Postnominal Cert. FS(Melit.)
Level of qualification Not Applicable
National Qualifications Framework level Level 4
Duration 1 Year
Mode of attendance Full-time
Total ECTS credits 62
Coordinator Sandra Agius Darmanin
Delivered by International School for Foundation Studies
The Certificate in Foundation Studies in Health Sciences (Applied Food and Nutritional Sciences) will provide you with the knowledge, personal and inter-personal skills and organisational framework, upon which to base your future undergraduate allied health studies. The primary aim of the course is to provide you with the knowledge base, transferable skills, linguistic skills and general competence to allow you to progress successfully onto the University of Malta's undergraduate Applied Food and Nutritional Sciences course. The course will provide teaching in the subject areas of human biology, biological chemistry, human anatomy, psychology, and physics as well as Medical English and Maltese. The course offers specific training and support in those core health science and English areas where you require further assistance. Successful completion of this course may not guarantee you a place on the course of Applied Food and Nutritional Sciences as seats are limited.

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The Course shall be open to all applicants who:

(a) present a secondary and/or high school certificate issued abroad and who studied within an educational system that is not comparable to the Maltese educational system (in terms of curriculum, years of study, etc.) and

(b) are in possession of one of the following qualifications in English at the required level:

(i) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Internet-Based Test (iBT) with an overall score of 61, and a minimum score of 17 in the reading and writing components or
(ii) International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with an overall band score of 5.5, with a reading and writing score of at least 5.0 or
(iii) Cambridge First Certificate at grade C or better or
(iv) any other equivalent qualification approved by the Admissions Board and

(c) are in possession of qualifications allowing access to an undergraduate course in the selected discipline in the country where such qualifications originate, but

(d) are deemed to require further study to be admitted to undergraduate degree courses at the University of Malta,
provided that the Health Sciences programme, referred to in paragraph (1) of regulation 6 of the regulations for the Course, shall be open only to qualified applicants from non-EU/EEA countries in terms of agreements signed by the University with the State of Kuwait, the Sultanate of Oman, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and to qualified nationals from other non-EU/EEA countries.

At the discretion of the Board, applicants shall be required to pass an interview and/or a written test.

Applicants who are deemed ineligible to join the Course may be allowed by the Board to enrol as students in the Foundation Commencement Programme which is detailed in Appendix I to the regulations for the Course.

EU, non-EU and Maltese dual citizens who previously studied abroad and then join higher secondary schools in Malta for more than one year shall not be admitted to the Course.

The number of students shall be limited to 2 students.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2022.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.

UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.

Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.

You can compare your national qualifications to the local requirements by visiting our qualifications comparability webpage.

Access more information about our admission process and English language requirements.

After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.

Local/EU/EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 6,600

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 6,600
The course will provide you with:

• A sound scientific knowledge of human biology, biological chemistry, anatomy, psychology and physics;
• The reading, writing, listening and critical thinking skills necessary to function effectively as an Applied Food and Nutritional Sciences student at the University of Malta;
• Training to apply scientific reasoning and analytic skills;
• Grounding in the use of grammar and logic together to precisely understand questions in English and differentiate between similar statements and ideas;
• An understanding of how to apply formal logic to scientific problems; and
• The reading, writing, listening and critical thinking skills necessary to function effectively as a Occupational Therapy student at the University of Malta.

If you have completed your secondary and/or high school education abroad within an educational system that is not comparable to the Maltese educational system (in terms of curriculum, years of study, etc.), and are interested in pursuing a career in the health sciences, then this is the ideal course for you.
As a certificate holder in the preparatory course of health sciences (Applied Food and Nutritional Sciences), you will be eligible to apply for the B.Sc. (Hons) Applied Food and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Malta (3 year degree).
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2022/3.

Last Updated: 2 June 2022

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