BSc Pharmacy with a Foundation Year

Full Time
Degree of Bachelor of Science

UCAS Course Code
A-Level typical
BBB (2017/8 entry) See All Requirements
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This Foundation Year course gives you the chance to study our prestigious MPharm Pharmacy degree if you don't meet the traditional entry criteria. You may be a mature student looking for a new career, someone who missed out on studying A-levels, or a student without a science background who wishes to change direction.

Whatever the case, we'll assess your individual circumstances and, if successful, you'll be given a thorough introduction to the basics of Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics and key Pharmacy skills to prepare you for the full degree programme.

Our MPharm Pharmacy is a highly prestigious course with an exceptional international reputation, so this is a fantastic opportunity to study at one of the best Pharmacy Schools in the UK with an excellent track record of producing highly successful Pharmacists.


Our Pharmacy with a Foundation Year programme provides an exceptional opportunity to study for a degree in Pharmacy for students who do not have our traditional entry requirements.

Applications for this course are welcomed from mature students, students who have previously not studied science but wish to take a new career direction and students who have been disadvantaged during their secondary education. We particularly welcome applications from NVQ Level 3 qualified Pharmacy Technicians.

All applicants are considered on a case-by case basis and all candidates will be interviewed before being offered a place on the course.

The Foundation Year

During the Foundation Year you will be assigned an adviser from the School of Pharmacy who will guide you through your course. All students will study Biology and Chemistry in both semesters. In Semester 1, students will study a Mathematics module which will be tailored to your previous experience. In Semester 2, students will follow the specialised Introduction to Pharmacy Skills Modules.

At the end of the Foundation Year students who meet our progressions grades (70% overall and 70% in both chemistry modules) will transfer to our MPharm degree. Students who do not achieve these grades will continue on our BSc Pharmaceutical Sciences.

The Foundation Year offered at UEA is a full-time course taken over one year. The course does not require any previous AS level or A2 level studies in any of the subjects taught.

In the Foundation Year, you will take modules worth 120 credits in all. These credits are obtained by passing the module assessments. Modules are assessed by a mixture of coursework and examination to produce an overall percentage grade and specific module marks. It is these marks, combined with the 120 credits that are taken into consideration when determining progression onto an Honours course.

Teaching and Assessment

A typical teaching week consists of around 20-25 hours of timetabled study.

This is taught with a combination of lectures, practical laboratory sessions and small-group tutorials and workshops, where you can discuss, in an informal setting, any points which were raised in lectures and find solutions to problem sheets distributed by tutors. You are also encouraged to discuss academic matters with tutors on a one-to-one basis.

In the laboratory, you will carry out experiments, based on the subject matter of your lecture programme. These sessions are supervised by your lecturers and by postgraduate student demonstrators, who will ensure the safe execution of the experiments and discuss the theory behind them.

Modules are assessed by a combination of coursework and examination. Marks from the Foundation Year do not count towards your final degree classification, but are important for transfers to other degree programmes.

Course Modules

Year 1 (Foundation Year)

Compulsory Study (80 Credits)

  • Introductory Biology (semester 1)
  • Further Biology (semester 2)
  • Introductory Chemistry (semester 1)
  • Further Chemistry (semester 2)
  • Introduction to Pharmacy Skills (semester 2)

Optional Study A (20 Credits)

Students will be assigned to the relevant mathematics course based on their previous qualifications.

  • Foundation Mathematics (semester 1)
  • Basic Mathematics I (semester 1)

For the course profile of your degree of choice, please consult the relevant course pages.


Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • A Level BBB
  • Access Course Pass the Access Course

Entry Requirement

You are required to have Mathematics and English Language at a minimum of Grade C or Grade 4 or above at GCSE.

When writing your personal statement it is advisable to reference the contextual data set you meet.  

Applicants who have been in continuous education are required to hold a level 3 qualification even if they meet the contextual criteria with regard to the GCSE's.

This programme is a Widening Participation Initiative and is designed for mature students, students who have not previously studied science at A level and for students from under performing secondary schools. We welcome applications from pharmacy technicians holding NVQ Level 3 qualifications.

Contextual Criteria

We use contextual criteria for entry. Applicants must meet ONE of the following criteria:

  • You have been out of full time education for at least 3 years prior to your application.

  • You have not previously studied more than one science (Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Mathematics) at ‘A’ Level or equivalent.

  • You have been in Local Authority Care.

  • You have previously studied science but your Secondary School had 60% or less students achieving 5+ grade A*-C GCSEs (or equivalent) including English and Maths in the year your GCSEs were taken - Data from Department of Education website:

Please note the following admission to the programme. You will be required to fulfil additional paperwork to ensure you are able to participate in placements, information about this can be found in the intake section. The School of Study will lead you through this process following registration.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading). Recognised English Language qualifications include:

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in any component)

We also accept a number of other English language tests. Please click here to see our full list.

If you do not meet the University's entry requirements, our INTO Language Learning Centre offers a range of university preparation courses to help you develop the high level of academic and English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study.


Interviews are required as part of the selection process. 

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year.  We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and to contact directly to discuss this further.


The School's annual intake is in September of each year 

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and Occupational Health Check

During your first semester, we ask that you apply for a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check. In addition to your DBS check, if you have lived outside of the UK for a continuous period of 4 months or more within the last five years, you will also be required to complete and submit a police check, (from your home country if this is not the UK) or a Certificate of Good Conduct. A template for this is provided by the Student Disclosure Service when they begin your DBS check.

You will also be required as are all UK pharmacy students to sign up to a national "Code of Conduct for Pharmacy Students". You may view this document at:

In addition to reviewing the "Student Fitness to Practice Policy and Procedures" which are developed to address any concerns about a student's fitness to practice, including issues relating to conduct and health in relation to patient safety and professional standards.

PLEASE NOTE: Non-completion of the DBS or Occupational health checks or an adverse DBS outcome may result in withdrawal from the programme.

Course Open To

UK and EU applicants only. Foundation courses for international applicants are run by our partners at INTO.

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: Home and EU Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for Home and EU students and for details of the support available.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. 

Home/EU - The University of East Anglia offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships.  To check if you are eligible please visit 


Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: International Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for International Students.


We offer a range of Scholarships for International Students – please see our website for further information.

How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances with the Admissions Service prior to applying please do contact us:

Undergraduate Admissions Service
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515

Please click here to register your details via our Online Enquiry Form.

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