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Kingston University

Pharmaceutical Sciences (Foundation)

UCAS Code: B208

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

E,E

Any subject not continued onto A2 level would be considered for this programme alongside at least one other full A Level.

A pass in any Access to HE Diploma would be considered suitable for this programme

Considered in any subject alongside at least one other full Level 3 qualification such as an A Level

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

24

With a minimum of a grade 4 at Higher Level English or a grade 5 Standard Level English.

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

PP

Any subject considered

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

M

Any subject considered

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

PPP

Any subject considered

OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma

MP

Any subject considered

OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma

M

Any subject considered

OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma

MP

Any subject considered

Pearson BTEC 90-Credit Diploma (QCF)

MP

Any subject considered

Pearson BTEC Diploma (QCF)

PP

Any subject considered

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

PPP

Any subject considered.

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

PP

Any subject considered.

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

M

Any subject considered

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

PPP

Any subject considered.

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

M

Any subject considered

Pearson BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF)

M

Any subject considered

UCAS Tariff

32

UCAS points from a minimum of 2 A-Levels or equivalent Level 3 qualifications. General Studies not accepted.

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subjects

Pharmaceutical chemistry

Pharmacy

Pharmacology, toxicology and pharmacy

**Reasons to choose Kingston**

– This course is one of the first to be accredited in the UK by the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

– This course received more than 93 per cent overall student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2018 and 2019).

– Through optional modules and a year-long research project, you can tailor your degree to your own interests and career goals.

**About this course**

Pharmaceutical science can benefit and transform patients’ lives. Spanning the worlds of chemistry and biology, it discovers, develops and analyses medicines. If you are considering a career in the pharmaceutical industry, this course will give you the knowledge and practical skills for success.

This course explores drug discovery, pharmacology, toxicology and examines the most effective ways that medicines are manufactured, packaged, stored and administered. You’ll take part in innovative research, including new methods of drug delivery and drug synthesis.

At the end of Year 1, you may apply to transfer to the MPharm course (dependent on your academic performance and an interview). Transfer is to Year 1 of the MPharm course.

Modules

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Year 0 - Foundation: PY4110 - Academic and Professional Skills Portfolio, PY4120 - Introduction to Pharmacy Practice, PY4130 - Foundation Chemistry for Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, PY4140 - Life Science and Medicines.

Year 1: CH4003 - Introduction to Spectroscopy and Experimental techniques, CH4004 - Academic Skills for Molecular Sciences, CH4005 - Foundation Chemistry, CH4006 - Bioscience 1.

Year 2: CH5002 - Organic and Medicinal Chemistry, CH5005 - Pharmacology and Pharmaceutics, CH5006 - Analytical Science, CH5007 - Practical and Research Skills in Pharmaceutical Science.

Year 3 core modules: CH6004 - Project and Dissertation, CH6008 - Drug Development, CH6009 -Topics in Pharmaceutical Science.

Year 3 optional modules: CH6001 - Organic and Natural Product Chemistry, CH6007 - Advanced Analytical Science.

Assessment methods

Teaching include lectures, workshops, tutorials and practical classes.

Assessment typically comprises 60 per cent exam/40 per cent coursework (eg practical work, in-course tests, assignments and essays).

Tuition fees

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

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Kingston University

Department:

Department of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences

TEF rating:
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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.

84%
med
Pharmaceutical chemistry
89%
high
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.

Pharmaceutical chemistry

Teaching and learning

81%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
77%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
88%
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

83%
Library resources
92%
IT resources
87%
Course specific equipment and facilities
69%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

94%
UK students
6%
International students
36%
Male students
64%
Female students
71%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
D
D

Pharmacy

Teaching and learning

94%
Staff make the subject interesting
97%
Staff are good at explaining things
90%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
94%
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

89%
Library resources
91%
IT resources
96%
Course specific equipment and facilities
91%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

92%
UK students
8%
International students
31%
Male students
69%
Female students
93%
2:1 or above
5%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

Pharmacology, toxicology and pharmacy

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
32%
Male students
68%
Female students
86%
2:1 or above
6%
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.

Pharmaceutical chemistry

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.

£20,500
med
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
57%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

23%
Teaching and educational professionals
14%
Science, engineering and production technicians
14%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

Chemistry graduates are in demand from a wide range of industries, from the food, oil, chemicals and pharmaceuticals to consultancy, technical analysis and teaching. They're also prized by business and finance employers for their research and data handling skills — anywhere there is research and data to be explained, you can find chemistry grads. If you want a career in research, you need a doctorate, so start planning now if you fancy one of these exciting and challenging jobs - but good students can usually get grants to take a doctorate, so don't worry about the financing if you think you have what it takes. The recession wasn’t too kind to chemists, particularly in the pharmaceutical industry (one of the key employers for chemists), but things are getting back to normal for this flexible group and it's one of the few degrees that is bucking the current trend and increasing graduate numbers.

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.

£19,200
med
Average annual salary
95%
low
Employed or in further education
74%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

53%
Health professionals
12%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
6%
Science, engineering and production technicians

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.

Pharmacology, toxicology and 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.

£19,200
med
Average annual salary
95%
low
Employed or in further education
74%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

53%
Health professionals
12%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
6%
Science, engineering and production technicians

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.

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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.

£20k

£20k

£24k

£24k

£28k

£28k

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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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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