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Pharmaceutical Sciences (Extended), BSc Hons Undergraduate prospectus

  • This four-year programme is identical to the three-year course but has a foundation year with lower entry requirements
  • If you have the ability but not the qualifications, this programme is your first step to graduation
  • The foundation year will introduce you to the subject and develop your academic writing and computing skills.

Overview

Overview

If you have the ability but not the qualifications, an extended degree is the first step to graduation. This four-year programme is identical to the three-year degree but includes a foundation year and has a lower entry tariff.

The aims of the programme are:

  • To provide students with a knowledge of the physiological and pharmacological basis of drugs action, drug discovery and development, instrumental analysis of drug substances and the formulation of active pharmaceutical ingredients
  • To provide knowledge and skills for the critical analysis of scientific data derived from laboratory observations and experiments in the context of pharmaceutically active ingredients
  • To prepare you for work within the pharmaceutical industry (and/or research institutions or governmental or private laboratories), further study (MSc/PhD), or a teaching/academic career by developing the necessary transferable and problem-solving skills through a variety of teaching-learning processes.

The foundation year is designed to give you:

  • A thorough introduction to chemistry
  • A thorough introduction to biology and biochemistry
  • Fundamentals of drugs and diseases
  • An understanding of how to measure change
  • Essential skills for science
  • Improved mathematics
  • Laboratory practice.

This programme has been developed as a result of the university's close contacts with the pharmaceutical industry and prepares students for working in higher scientific grades in the industry. While this degree does not carry any exemption from Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain examinations, graduates gaining employment in the pharmaceutical industry may be able to progress to qualified person status through further professional development. Graduates of this degree also possess the skills to find employment in related industries, such as chemical, cosmetics and consumer health.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants from a UK educational background:

Typical offer: 64 points

Qualifications: three A-levels/Extended Diploma/combination of A-level and Diploma/A-levels and Extended Certificate

Subjects:

  • A-level: 64 points from related science subjects
  • BTEC National: Extended Diploma in Applied Science
  • A-level and BTEC National: Diploma/Extended Certificate in Applied Science and 16 points from a related science subject
  • Plus GCSEs in English language and mathematics at grade 4 or above (grade C or above under the A*-G system), and one GCSE science subject at grade C or above under the A*-G system. We also accept equivalent qualifications at Level 2, such as Functional Skills in Mathematics and English.

We will also consider:

  • AS-levels along with A2-levels
  • Alternative qualifications at Level 3, such as OCR Cambridge Technicals, AQA Tech-level, the International Baccalaureate and Access to Science
  • Applications from mature students.

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

Applicants from a non-UK educational background:

International applicants will need to show qualifications equivalent to those required for UK student entry requirements. Further to this, applicants should have:

  • Successfully completed 12 years of full-time education
  • The ability to demonstrate competence in mathematics (usually equivalent to GCSE grade C)
  • The ability to demonstrate English language capability to an equivalent of IELTS 6.0 or above, with no skill below 5.5.

A desire to study in the UK university system is expected, but some applicants may need a year to adapt to the UK higher education system.

Applicants who have no skill less than 5.5 but do not meet IELTS 6.0 overall can apply and take the following two additional courses, which are designed to support them:
English for Academic Purposes 1               15 credits
English for Academic Purposes 2               15 credits

These 30 credits are additional to the other courses. Such students therefore study 150 credits, but will only pay fees for 120 credits. These courses are run by the Department of Literature, Language & Theatre in the Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities at Avery Hill Campus.

For more information, contact international@gre.ac.uk or +44 (0)20 8331 8136.

Extra information

Assessment

Teaching will be carried out through a mixture of: 

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Laboratory practical classes
  • Student-centred intensive workshops. 

Typical assessment methods include: 

  • Formal examinations 
  • Open book examinations
  • Essays
  • Numerical problem-solving coursework 
  • Oral presentations
  • Poster presentations
  • Peer-review assessments
  • A written thesis in the final year.

Careers

Graduates can find work in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries (production development, analytical science, quality assurance and information science), research and development, teaching, forensic science, environmental pollution and health and safety.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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