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Pharmaceutical Science

Entry requirements


GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE grade C or above (9-4) in English language/literature and mathematics or equivalent.

UCAS Tariff

72

72 UCAS points, including one A-level in biology or chemistry or a BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science MMP. Specific vocational, professional and other qualifications (e.g. NVQs, or suitable Access courses) are judged on merit according to their relevance as preparation for the course. Applicants may also claim for Accreditation of Prior Learning or Accreditation of Prior Experimental Learning (APL or APEL respectively).

About this course


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Course option

2.0years

Full-time | 2022

Other options

3.0 years | Part-time | 2022

Subject

Pharmacology

**If you’re looking to get into pharmaceutical science, this foundation degree is a great place to start, equipping you with skills needed to work in relevant laboratory environments.**

This foundation degree in pharmaceutical science has been designed in collaboration with industry employers to give you the skills you need to work in relevant laboratories. Through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical experiments, you will cover topics such as fundamental biology and physiology, essentials of pharmaceutical science, metabolism and disease, and pharmacology.

Successful completion of the course will open up a number of career options, including research, journalism and laboratory positions, or you could look to progress to the final year of BSc Hons Pharmaceutical Sciences.

The course is offered by one of the university's partner colleges, London South East Colleges, on its Bromley Campus.

**What you should know about this course**
- You will have the option to progress to the BSc Hons degree with the University of Greenwich

- The course contains embedded work-based learning modules.

Modules

All degree courses are made up of modules – individual units of study on different topics. Some modules are compulsory; others can be chosen from a list of options. Our website has full details of your degree structures, module content, and how each module is assessed. The direct link to this course on our website, can be found at the bottom of this page.

Assessment methods

On this course, on average, students are assessed by:
Coursework- 58%
Exams- 34%
Practical- 7%

Students are assessed through a combination of course work, exams and practical assessment where relevant.

Each course has formal assessments which count towards your grade. Some courses may also include 'practice' assignments, which help you monitor progress and do not count towards your final grade.

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£6,165
per year
England
£6,165
per year
EU
£6,165
per year
Northern Ireland
£6,165
per year
Scotland
£6,165
per year
Wales
£6,165
per year

The Uni


Course location:

London South East Colleges (Bromley Campus)

Department:

London South East Colleges

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What students say


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.

Pharmacology

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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?

83%
UK students
17%
International students
47%
Male students
53%
Female students
63%
2:1 or above
13%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

E
E
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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

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.

£19,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
med
Employed or in further education
87%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

79%
Health professionals
9%
Science, engineering and production technicians
6%
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.

£24k

£24k

£30k

£30k

£29k

£29k

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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