Pharmacology Foundation Entry BSc (Hons)

Pharmacology Foundation Entry BSc (Hons)

School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences




Under- graduate



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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    4 Years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    PH15; Short form:

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

Foundation Entry degree courses are designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to enter directly onto their chosen Honours degree programme. The BSc Pharmacology course explores all this and more. On this degree you’ll study how disease affects the normal human body and learn in detail how drugs restore normal function. You will explore where drugs come from and how they are developed. Teaching is guided by research specialisms of the staff members, and includes neuropharmacology, nanotechnology, cancer treatments, and drugs of abuse. With over 300 hours of practical classes you will gain extensive hands-on experience discovering how molecules, cells and whole organisms function and how they are affected by drugs. This culminates in an extended final year research project, allowing you to apply your knowledge and practical skills to an in-depth study.

If you have an interest in how medicines work and want to learn more about what new drugs will do in the future, then this is the ideal course for you.

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 72 UCAS Points, including Biology or Chemistry or Environmental Science or Applied Science at A2. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement.

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Pass in Applied Sciences
BTEC Diploma: Distinction: Merit in Applied Sciences
Pass Access Course: 72 UCAS Points including 15 Level 3 units in Biology or Chemistry
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 72 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects, including Higher Level in Biology or Chemistry
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE:  Maths & English at grade C/4

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

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Course at a Glance

Foundation Year modules

  • Skills for Science
  • Biology


  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics and Physics

Year 2

  • Fundamentals of Biosciences
  • Essential Skills in Biosciences
  • Biosciences in Practice 

Year 3

  • Bioscience Practical Skills
  • Molecules to Cells
  • Physiology and Pharmacology

Year 4

  • Research Project
  • Advanced Therapies
  • Molecular Neuropharmacology
  • Drug Development

Further Information


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

Fees 2020/21

Full-time: The fee for the first year of the course will be £5,500 (UK/EU). Fees for years 2 to 4 will be £9,250* (UK/EU) per year

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Industry Links

The Association of British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) have identified that there is a shortage of graduates with pharmacology practical skills (Bridging the Skills Gap, 2015). Course directly addresses this with over 300 hours of practical classes and pharmacology final year practical projects.

Professional Accreditation

Interim accreditation by the Royal Society of Biology expected 2018-2019. Full accreditation expected once full cohort of students graduate in 2021.

Course designed with reference to British Pharmacological Society core curriculum.


Students will be encouraged to become student members of British Pharmacological Society and to attend the annual BPS conference.

Graduate careers and progression:

It is envisaged that graduates will go onto further study (MSc, PG medicine or dentistry) or further research (MRes, PhD, working in industry). Specific jobs for recent Physiology and Pharmacology graduates (2016) include Clinical Trials Assistant (Covance), Quality Control assistant (Sanofi Pharmaceuticals)


Staff are research active and experts within the field. Teaching staff include members of various learned societies including the British Pharmacological Society, Biochemical Society, British Neuroscience Association and British Neuro-Oncology Society.