Pharmaceutical Sciences, BSc Hons (Degree Apprenticeship) Undergraduate prospectus

  • This brand new programme has been designed in consultation with industry
  • Study while you work with part time learning
  • Our world class research means we can deliver high quality teaching in the classroom
  • Accredited by the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences.



This programme will provide you with a broad knowledge of pharmaceutical science and associated practical skills in order for you to become proficient to practice in a range of professional environments.

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. Graduates are eligible for the award of Associate Membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

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
  • Provide knowledge and skills for the critical analysis of scientific data derived from laboratory observations and experiments in the context of pharmaceutically active ingredients
  • Prepare you for work within the pharmaceutical industry (and/or research institutions, governmental or private laboratories), by developing the necessary transferable and problem-solving skills through a variety of teaching-learning processes.

The Pharmaceutical Science BSc Hons Degree Apprenticeship programme has been mapped to the Laboratory Scientist Standard. For more information about the Standard, please visit their website.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants must be employed by a sponsoring organisation. Programme-specific entry requirements apply, as agreed with the sponsoring organisation.

Typical entry requirements for our science apprenticeship degrees are as follows:

112 UCAS points from:

  • A-levels (subjects may be specified by your employer)
  • An appropriate BTEC National award
  • A recognised Access to Science course
  • Other relevant qualifications, if accepted by your employer, including progression from an appropriate Level 3 apprenticeship programme
  • Relevant experience, including experience gained from voluntary activities.

You will also need GCSE in English (language or literature) and maths at grade 4/C, or equivalent qualifications.

If you are an international student, you must have proof of your right to work in the UK, and you must be permitted to undertake the programme within the terms of your visa.

Extra information


This programme is taught using a range of:

  • Lectures
  • Laboratory practicals
  • Seminars
  • Case studies
  • Student-led presentations.

You will be assessed through a combination of exams and coursework.

Professional recognition

This programme is accredited by the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences (APS). Our pharmaceutical science apprenticeships are the first to be accredited in the UK by the APS.


If you are an employer and interested in using us as a lead provider, please email

If you are a student looking for current apprenticeship vacancies, please visit our vacancy page.

For more information on Degree Apprenticeships for students, please visit our Degree Apprenticeships page.

For more information on Degree Apprenticeships for employers, please visit our Apprenticeships for employers page.

Fees and finance

The programme fees are shared between government and employers. Visit our degree apprenticeships pages to find out how the cost of your programme is met.

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