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Pharmacy

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

A Levels BBB must include Chemistry and one other science subject from: Biology, Maths OR Physics. BBC must include Chemistry and one other science from Biology, Maths or Physics, for contextual offer students (more details https://www.aston.ac.uk/undergraduate/contextual-offer-aston-ready). Excluded Subjects: We welcome the following subjects as an additional A level, but not as one of the core three A levels - General Studies, Critical Thinking, Citizenship Studies. We welcome applications from students who have tried to improve their examination grades by taking resits and only your latest grades will be accepted. We treat these applications in exactly the same way as other applications.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Five GCSEs which must include Mathematics and English all at grade C/4. Please note we do not accept Key skills or Functional skills in place of these.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

31

31 points overall in the IB Diploma, which must include 5, 5, 5 in Higher Level subjects. These subjects must include Chemistry and one other science subject from Biology, Maths OR Physics. You must also have Standard Level grade 5 in both Maths and English Language. Or 29 points overall, three Higher Level subjects at 5 5 4. These subjects must include Chemistry and one other science subject from Biology, Maths OR Physics. You must also have Standard Level grade 5 in both Maths and English Language for contextual offer students (more details https://www.aston.ac.uk/undergraduate/contextual-offer-aston-ready).

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DD

With this BTEC you must achieve grade BB in Chemistry PLUS Biology, Physics or Maths. We can accept any subject in the BTEC. If you are taking the BTEC in Applied Science subject we can accept a grade B in Chemistry.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)

D

With this BTEC you must achieve grade BB in Chemistry PLUS Biology, Physics or Maths A-Level. We can accept any subject in the BTEC.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

D*D*D*-DDD

D*D*D* in Applied Science. DDD in any BTEC subjects and BB in two A levels including Chemistry and one other science subject from: Biology, Maths OR Physics.

Scottish Higher

B,B,B,B,B

To include Chemistry, Biology and Maths.

UCAS Tariff

120-135

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Pharmacy

Studying at Aston Pharmacy School will help you to develop the skills, knowledge and outlook required to become an outstanding pharmacist. You’ll experience work-based learning through our extensive network of industry partners; develop your skills in dedicated specialist facilities, and benefit from the experience and insight of our expert teaching staff.

With our roots stretching back to the establishment of the Birmingham Pharmaceutical Institution in 1847, and strong links with the NHS and healthcare industry, Aston is the ideal place to learn about this fascinating, and ever-changing profession.

You will benefit from extensive patient contact throughout the course. Both within the University, and through a series of professional experiences in different workplace environments such as hospitals, community pharmacies, GP surgeries and primary care settings. We also have a strong focus on interprofessional practice and collaborative care, offering opportunities for you to learn with, from and about other healthcare specialities.

In addition to this, many of our final year students select a final year research project in pharmacy practice, which can be based in either community or hospital practice.

**Key course benefits:**

- Accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), which is one of the key requirements to practice as a pharmacist in the UK. The most recent accreditation at Aston University took place in May 2019 and the MPharm programme was re-accredited for six years, the maximum period possible.

- 93.5% of students found the course intellectually stimulating (National Student Survey, 2020).

- Top 10 in the UK for student satisfaction with teaching (Pharmacy and Pharmacology, Guardian University Guide, 2021).

- 4th in the UK for Pharmacy graduate salaries one year after graduation (Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) date, 2020).

- Access to a range of specialist facilities in our recently redeveloped Keith Wilson Pharmacy Suite. This includes our clinical skills room with a mock hospital bay set up, dispensing and patient counselling suites with discrete video recording capabilities, and a range of laboratories and teaching rooms.

Modules

As the only Pharmacy School in the UK to hold a prestigious Regius Chair in Pharmacy, studying at Aston means you’ll be learning in the best possible environment to have an outstanding career that changes and improves many lives.

We have a long-standing track record of teaching excellence, student satisfaction and graduate prospects, and at Aston, you’ll be provided with the opportunities, experience and expertise needed to prepare for your pre-registration training year and successful future career as a pharmacist.

You’ll have access to our student support team and personal tutor who are there to help you through your studies, supporting your personal and professional development. In addition, you will have a great peer support network through the highly active and student-led Aston Pharmacy Association.

Our open and inclusive curriculum structure allows you to see how the material you learn throughout the course is connected.

You’ll study twelve integrated themes, within three broad areas of study:
- The Professional: Themes focusing on the safe and effective delivery of healthcare and supporting you in the development of your professional identity as a pharmacist.
- The Medicine: Themes focusing on how medicines are discovered, formulated and used in practice, including the latest developments in individualised medicines.
- The Patient: Themes focusing on the care of patients, covering a wide range of both individual and multiple clinical conditions.

Assessment methods

Your learning will be delivered via a range of teaching methods from problem-based learning and video recording sessions, to computer aided learning and patient-simulators. We utilise a range of learning technologies, which are combined with high-fidelity simulations of healthcare practice to provide you with a realistic and safe environment in which to learn skills and develop your knowledge.

Each year of study is worth 120 credits, with each credit equivalent to 10 learning hours. The learning hours may include but are not limited to lectures, seminars, tutorials, lab sessions, practicals, online activity, reading, other independent study, reflecting on assignment feedback, field trips and work placements.

Our recently revised MPharm curriculum has a 50/50 split between coursework end of year assessments.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
International
£19,700
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Aston University, Birmingham

Department:

Aston Pharmacy School

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

74%
low
Pharmacy

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Pharmacy

Teaching and learning

80%
Staff make the subject interesting
84%
Staff are good at explaining things
70%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
78%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

72%
Library resources
82%
IT resources
78%
Course specific equipment and facilities
55%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
33%
Male students
67%
Female students
96%
2:1 or above
10%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Pharmacology, toxicology & pharmacy

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
low
Average annual salary
99%
med
Employed or in further education
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

98%
Health professionals
1%
Health associate professionals
1%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

As only a relatively small number of students study pharmacology or toxicology, these statistics refer most closely to the graduate prospects of pharmacy graduates, so bear that in mind when you review them. Only a handful of students take first degrees in pure toxicology every year — the subject is more popular at Masters level. Pharmacology is a degree that tends to lead to jobs in the medical and pharmaceutical industries, and outcomes are improving again after a difficult time in the last few years. Jobs in pharmacology are often very specialist and so it’s no surprise that pharmacologists are amongst the most likely of all students to go on to a doctorate — if you want a job in research, start thinking about a PhD. As for pharmacy, unemployment rates are below 1% and 95% of pharmacy graduates had jobs as pharmacists (mostly in retail pharmacists) six months after they left their courses - employment rates have gone up significantly in the last couple of years.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Pharmacology, toxicology and pharmacy

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£22k

£22k

£31k

£31k

£36k

£36k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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