Skip navigation

Pharmaceutical Sciences FdSc, (Higher Apprenticeship) Undergraduate prospectus

  • Study while you work with part time learning
  • Our programme specifically targets needs of industry
  • Our world class research means we can deliver high quality teaching in the classroom



This programme is taught using a range of lectures, laboratory practical's, seminars, case studies and student-led presentations.

You will be assessed through a combination of exams and coursework.This programme is primarily aimed at people who are employed or wish to seek employment in a pharmaceutical or related area.

The 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.

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, governmental or private laboratories), by developing the necessary transferable and problem-solving skills through a variety of teaching-learning processes.

The FdSc Pharmaceutical Science is taught part-time, one day per week at the Medway Campus.

The FdSc Pharmaceutical Science programme has been mapped to the Laboratory Scientist Standard. If you are interested in finding out more information about the Standard click here.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants should have prior knowledge and skills equivalent to certain qualifications. In addition, applicants must be either employed or recently employed (within three years) in a chemistry related industry. Standard entry requirements are given below:

  • A minimum of 72 UCAS points from A level and AS level examinations which must include a science. Applicants are also required to have passed (grade C or above) the General Certificate in Secondary Education examinations (or their General Certificate in Secondary Education equivalent) in English and mathematics.
  • An appropriate EDEXCEL award.
  • Qualifications considered equivalent to the above.
  • Successful completion of a recognised Access to Science course.

Extra information


This programme is taught using a range of lectures, laboratory practical's, seminars, case studies and student-led presentations.

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


If you are an employer interested in using us as a lead provider please contact

If you are a student looking for current apprenticeship vacancies click here.

For more information on Degree Apprenticeships for students click here

For more information on Degree Apprenticeships for employers click here

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.

Find out more about our fees and the support available to you at our:

Come and get a feel for what learning and life is like with us.

Next Open Day

Open Day dates

Apply now and begin your journey.

How to apply

You might also like

Medway Campus

A recently modernised, splendid Edwardian redbrick and ivy-clad campus based at Chatham Maritime, Kent.

Chatham Station (approx. 5 min by bus)

Gillingham Station (approx. 20 min walk / 10 min by bus)

Parking on-campus for permit holders with option to pay-as-you-go.

Campus bus service between campuses.

More about the campus

Travel information and maps