Pharmacy with a Preparatory (Foundation) Year at Swansea University - UCAS

Swansea University

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Swansea University (Prifysgol Abertawe)

Pharmacy with a Preparatory (Foundation) Year

Course summary

Pharmacy at Swansea University is designed to prepare you for your role as medicines expert in the modern interdisciplinary healthcare team. Our 5-year MPharm foundation programme will get you ready for the changing face of pharmacy and the new and advanced roles pharmacists undertake in healthcare and pharmaceutical settings. Following successful completion, achieving an overall average of 60%, in of the Foundation Year with at least 60% in the Foundations in Pharmacy and Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry modules, you will progress to Year 1 and follow a curriculum designed to reflect the way pharmacists approach patients and how patients present to pharmacists. We integrate the science of drug design and development, with embedded clinical case-study teaching alongside experiential learning. Our approach is designed to develop your academic, practical and personal qualities so you can practise competently, professionally and with confidence. Throughout your course, you will undertake a variety of placements, in the hospital, community and primary care settings. Our expanding horizons placements will give some students the opportunity to undertake pharmacy experiences in prisons, care homes and enterprise to explore the role of pharmacists in new, innovative and emerging areas of practice. The breadth, variety and quality of our placements will allow you to experience the diverse roles you could undertake as a pharmacist and decide on the direction you would like your future pharmacist career to take. From the moment you enrol at Swansea we will work with you to develop your clinical and professional skills, and alongside learning about the latest scientific advances we will prepare you for the rapidly changing and innovative environment in which modern pharmacists now find themselves. Our "digital thread" brings together the technological advances in pharmaceutical development and medicines management, preparing you for future practice in a world of big data, AI, robotics and video consultations. We take this modern approach whilst ensuring our students still have the underpinning knowledge of the fundamental sciences to cement your role as an expert in drugs and medicines. Pharmacy at Swansea builds on the strengths of the Medical School by adopting an interdisciplinary approach. We recognise that Pharmacists, Doctors and Nurses work together in a clinical setting so education and training should reflect this. You will benefit from our experience and expertise in clinical and life science, research, training and practice, helping you to develop your pharmaceutical practice, science and knowledge. It is these strengths and the recognition of the need for scientific rigour and understanding, coupled with a strong focus on patient care and outcomes that allows Swansea University Medical School to develop high-quality healthcare professionals to meet the needs of the NHS and patients alike.


Throughout your course you will have a high level of structured clinical contact, lecture and lab based teaching. Students will learn across 7 broad themes which have been adapted from the General Pharmaceutical Council's (GPhC's) Indicative Curriculum: Pharmaceutics Pharmaceutical Chemistry Pharmacology and Therapeutics Cellular and Molecular Bioscience Human Biology Clinical Pharmacy Pharmacy Practice Students are required to undertake 120 credits per year throughout each year of their study. Students will undertake modules to embed the basic scientific knowledge required of a scientist, Patient centred learning and the role of a Pharmacist as a professional. Year 0 Foundation Biological Chemistry Metabolism and Homeostasis The Human Cell Foundation Applied Medical Sciences Skills Development Introduction to Molecular Biology Fundamentals of Microbiology & Disease Fundamentals of organic chemistry Foundations in Pharmacy Year 1 Pharmacist as a Professional Health, Disease and Patient Drugs & Medicines Practice of Pharmacy Year 2 Pharmacist as a Professional Patient-Centred Learning Year 3 Pharmacist as a Professional Patient Centred Learning New Knowledge Pharmacy in Wales Substance Misuse Year 4 Pharmacist as a Professional Patients and the population Preparation for Advanced Practice & Management Placements - You will undertake placements in a variety of different settings to give you a taste of the options available to you as a graduate. The settings for placements throughout the rest of the course include, but are not limited to hospitals, community pharmacies and GP practices. Our 'Extending Horizons' placements will be offered in a variety of other healthcare sectors, prison pharmacy, the pharmaceutical industry and other allied healthcare professions.  For students entering their 3rd year (not including the preparatory year), there may be a limited number of overseas research projects available in Semester 2.

Assessment method

The teaching and learning methods employed address the knowledge and competencies required for the varied responsibilities of Pharmacists. You will learn through a variety of teaching methods including lectures, case-based learning, workshops, laboratory classes, experiential learning and an independently-led research project. Assessments will include Laboratory practicals, written exams, oral presentations, written assignments, and clinical skills assessments. The range of assessment methods is chosen to develop and demonstrate a range of skills transferable to the modern healthcare environment including reflection, oral and written communication, confidence and competence.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

International applicants

This Course is Open to UK, EU and international students.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

GCSE requirements: English minimum Grade C and Maths minimum Grade B Wales (England Pre-2017) or Grade 4 in English and Grade 5 in Maths (England Post-2017) Following the completion of the Preparatory year, all students will be required to attend a multiple mini-interview (MMI), in order to continue on to the 1st year of the 4 year MPHarm programme. Applicants will be asked to spend 3-4 minutes at a variety of different "stations". Each station will focus on areas of competency which we feel make a good pharmacist If you are offered a place to study you will also need: A Disclosure and Barring Service / Disclosure Scotland check (or equivalent, if you are an International student, e.g. certificate of good conduct from your country’s police force / interior ministry) An Occupational Health Check, which may include the need for checks of immunity and/or administration of vaccinations.

Additional entry requirements


All applicants will be required to complete an interview

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English we require a minimum overall IELTS score of 6.5 (or equivalent) and no less than 6.0 in each component.

English Language Requirements at Swansea University

Fees and funding

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Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

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Sponsorship information

September 2024 £9000 (UK) £21650 (International). Fees for full time Undergraduate UK students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government. Fees for full time Undergraduate EU/International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

Pharmacy with a Preparatory (Foundation) Year at Swansea University - UCAS