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FdSc Pharmaceuticals (with Foundation Year option)

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Please note that this course is not recruiting for September 2022.

Delivered at Wiltshire College and University Centre's Salisbury campus, this course will develop your knowledge of the physio-chemical and biological principles necessary to understand the sourcing, preparation, analysis and properties of medicinal agents.  This will include the design, delivery, mode of action, therapeutic application and clinical usage of medicines. 

The course will give you sufficient vocational skills and knowledge to be attractive to employers at the end of the two years study, although an additional third year onto a top-up course to achieve a full BSc degree would place all the knowledge gained and skills developed to good use in the field.

If you do not meet the entry requirements for the FdSc, you can opt to take a foundation year before progressing on to the FdSc Pharmaceuticals. Year one on the foundation degree lays the foundation for units in year two and potentially year three. The number of students in any one year will be relatively small so all students will have maximum support from each module and personal tutor. You will need to research current topics in your area of study and a specific module has been designed in the first year to help you understand how best to achieve this.

There is no work placement requirement but in your second year, a Work Related Project may require you to liaise with a local company or organisation, applying your knowledge gained to a real-world issue linked to your area of interest within the programme.

Overall, the course is intended to produce students who are ‘fit for work’ with the theoretical and practical knowledge which would benefit any employer in the pharmaceutical science field.

Key information

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Wiltshire College and University Centre, Salisbury


2 years full-time, 3 years part-time

Required subjects:

All subjects considered

Entry requirements:

Please note this course is not recruiting for September 2022 

FdSc: 48 UCAS Tariff Points (normally to include Biology), e.g. 2Es or 1C at A Level or an AVCE Double Award at EE or BTEC / City and Guilds National Technical Diploma. 

Please note: Applicants must have UK home status to be eligible to apply for this course as it does not meet visa requirements.

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component or equivalent. For more information check out our International entry requirements.

Course Details

You will be given the opportunity to participate in lectures and workshops, plan and deliver presentations to your peers, research areas of relevance to the degree programme, critically evaluate the validity and implications of information and work with a variety of scientific instrumentation and software.

All modules are designed to enable you to engage in new areas of knowledge to acquire practical experience of a range of activities relevant to your employment within the Pharmaceutical industry. 

Download the programme specification (pdf 400kb)Download the foundation year programme specification (pdf 326kb)

Your application

For this course we are looking for applicants who:

  • Have a strong interest in science
  • Are looking to develop a career in a scientific field.

How to apply

Entry requirements

Further study

Once you have completed your course, you can move on to a top-up degree or the final year of an undergraduate honours degree to achieve the next level of qualification.

Graduates may apply to progress onto the final year of an honours degree or top-up degree at Bournemouth University, at a BU partner college or another institution, subject to a suitable course being offered, places being available and applicants obtaining the University's required entry criteria.

For entry onto a Bournemouth University top-up degree, you will be assessed on your overall mark (there may be a minimum requirement), your performance on the foundation degree and where appropriate an interview with the programme coordinator.

View our top-up degrees webpage

Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. Please note that teaching staff can change.

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