Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences (Top Up) at University Centre Leeds, Leeds City College - UCAS

Course summary

Science continues to pave the way for human progress - from research on vaccines to the safe handling of viruses. Our Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences degree allows you to explore your future in the fields of research, drug development, and healthcare. Featuring an employer-led programme that will strengthen your knowledge of the industry, this degree is the perfect way to build your professional success. A student would typically spend 270 hours in the laboratory over the year and would get up to 135 hours of lab time in which to conduct their own research project. Specifically designed for students who already have a Level 5 qualification, this course enables you to top up your foundation degree or HND to a full BSc Honours. You will develop your biological knowledge through topics ranging from gene therapy to rare disorders, and utilise your research skills as you carry out a laboratory-based project of your choice. You will also be supported by the extensive experience of our teaching team, whose specialisms include pharmacology, cellular biology, microbiology and theoretical physics. After studying the core modules on this programme, you can choose to broaden your studies with an optional module in Microbial Pathology, Genetic Mechanisms of Disease, Pharmaceutical Analysis & Toxicology or Drug Synthesis. This course opens up various career routes for you to explore, including working in patient-facing and support roles in the NHS; clinical drug trial companies; forensics services and environmental analysis in private laboratories; or teaching and technical roles in schools, colleges and universities.


Your year of study on this course will consist of achieving 120 credits. Core and optional modules may include: Year 1 (Level 6) Core modules: Undergraduate Research Project (40 credits) Develop a laboratory-based research project in a subject of your own interest. Receive support from tutors as you research your chosen topic and apply your practical skills in our well-equipped laboratories. Research Skills (20 credits) Learn valuable skills that underpin scientific research, as well as developing your understanding of scientific writing and journalism. Recombinant Technology & Next Generation Analysis (20 credits) Advance your modern biological knowledge relating to informatics, gene therapy and knowledge of rare disorders. Optional modules: Optional modules are subject to demand and may include: Microbial Pathology (20 credits) Investigate the mechanisms of pathogens relating to the cause of infectious disease and the identification of microbial infections. Genetic Mechanisms of Disease (20 credits) Explore how human disease, treatment and diagnoses are made using modern technologies such as proteomics and genomics. Pharmaceutical Analysis & Toxicology (20 credits) Gain hands-on experience with a range of analytical and purification techniques, including technical instrumentation. Drug Synthesis (20 credits) Design a synthesis of new molecules that can be used in the preparation of novel drugs or to improve existing synthesis routes for existing compounds.

Assessment method

All assessments reflect activities that take place in the science industry and may include presentations, assessed laboratory practicals, data analysis and longer written reports. Assessments are designed to help you develop confidence in your knowledge and working practice, and offer a synthetic experience found in modern scientific careers.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

We accept International applications subject to our sponsor licence application being approved.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Typical offer: Foundation Degree: Pass on the second year of a foundation degree in a relevant subject. HND: Pass grade in a relevant subject. IELTS: IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any component. International qualifications: International qualifications will be assessed against these criteria. Mature applicants: University Centre Leeds welcomes applications from mature* applicants who may not meet the academic criteria, but who can demonstrate a wealth of experience in their chosen field. Candidates in this category and otherwise will be interviewed to assess their suitability for the course and may be asked to provide a portfolio of evidence to support their application. *21 years and over at the start of the course. English GCSE: English Language Grade C or above (grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards). Alternatively, Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and a certificate in Adult Literacy are accepted in place of GCSEs. References: An appropriate reference is required.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £8745 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8745 Year 1
Scotland £8745 Year 1
Wales £8745 Year 1

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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Fees are charged per academic year.

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Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences (Top Up) at University Centre Leeds, Leeds City College - UCAS