University of Bath

Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

Pharmacists are at the front-line of the modern healthcare system. Experts in medicines design and use, they play a critical role in improving patient health. The content and structure of this course will be changing to reflect the revised standards for pharmacists training set by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). You’ll gain a unique knowledge of both the scientific development and clinical use of medicines, equipping you with the skills for a rewarding career in pharmacy or pharmaceutical research. By studying human biology and disease, pharmaceutical chemistry and physical sciences you’ll learn about the causes and progression of medical conditions and how drugs exert their effects. You'll also learn about the appropriate prescribing, supply and administration of medications and the principles of disease progression and medicines optimisation. As a highly patient focussed profession, we put great emphasis on regular patient contact and clinical placements. Starting from year one, you’ll benefit from our excellent connections on placements with major teaching hospitals, community pharmacies and GP practices. You'll also have inter-professional sessions with medical, nursing and dental students to build confidence in your professional practice role. You’ll undertake an extensive research project to develop your research skills, ensuring you graduate a well-rounded and highly employable pharmacist. You’ll either work alongside researchers in the Department or internationally, on a 12-week placement with one of our partner organisations in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, the USA or Brazil. You'll have access to our specially designed Pharmacy Practice and simulation suites. As well as developing your consultation skills through role-playing exercises with staff and professional actors, you’ll get to put your knowledge to the test using SimMan 3G, an advanced robotic patient simulator used to emulate real-world scenarios. As a graduate from one of the top schools of pharmacy in the UK, you’ll be well equipped for a rewarding career in pharmacy or pharmaceutical research. We’re ranked Top 10 for ‘career after 15 months’ for pharmacy in the Guardian University Guide 2022, and our graduates consistently achieve high pass rates in the General Pharmaceutical Council’s pre-registration assessment. As the only undergraduate training provider for pharmacy in South West England, you'll be well-placed when looking for graduate jobs. Whether you want to go into a patient-facing clinical role or prefer the idea of research or drug development, you’ll benefit from our strong links with the pharmaceutical industry, NHS providers and community pharmacy employers such as Boots, Lloyds and Day Lewis. To become a practising pharmacist you will need to undertake a foundation year in primary or secondary care.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

GCSE requirements: GCSE Mathematics grade 4 or C GCSE English Language or Literature grade 4 or C (or equivalent from English language category B) You do not need the required grade in Mathematics if you study a higher level qualification in Mathematics or Statistics (such as an A level, AS level or a Core Mathematics qualification).

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

You will be required to obtain an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check during your first semester of study on this course. If the results of this check show that you have a criminal conviction, caution, reprimand or warning which is deemed unacceptable under the General Pharmaceutical Councils (GPhC) Fitness to Practice policy then you will be required to withdraw from your course.


As a requirement of the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), you will be interviewed as part of the selection process. If you are applying from outside the UK we will make arrangements to interview you remotely. You will be required at interview to complete a Fitness to Practice self-declaration form as part of the interview process. This form includes a medical declaration, which allows you to provide us with a written declaration of any medical conditions or disabilities you may have.

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