Aston University, Birmingham

Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

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Studying at Aston Pharmacy School will help you to develop the skills, knowledge and outlook required to become an outstanding pharmacist. You’ll experience work-based learning through our extensive network of industry partners; develop your skills in dedicated specialist facilities, and benefit from the experience and insight of our expert teaching staff. With our roots stretching back to the establishment of the Birmingham Pharmaceutical Institution in 1847, and strong links with the NHS and healthcare industry, Aston is the ideal place to learn about this fascinating, and ever-changing profession. You will benefit from extensive patient contact throughout the course. Both within the University, and through a series of professional experiences in different workplace environments such as hospitals, community pharmacies, GP surgeries and primary care settings. We also have a strong focus on interprofessional practice and collaborative care, offering opportunities for you to learn with, from and about other healthcare specialities. In addition to this, many of our final year students select a final year research project in pharmacy practice, which can be based in either community or hospital practice. Your personal tutors, along with the wider Pharmacy School team, will be on hand to support you with sourcing additional work-based experiences on summer breaks to improve your skills and enhance your CV. Key course benefits:

  • Accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), which is one of the key requirements to practice as a pharmacist in the UK. The most recent accreditation at Aston University took place in May 2019 and the MPharm programme was re-accredited for six years, the maximum period possible.
  • 93.5% of students found the course intellectually stimulating (National Student Survey, 2020).
  • Top 15 in the UK for graduate prospects, student satisfaction and research quality (Pharmacology & Pharmacy, Complete University Guide, 2020).
  • 4th in the UK for Pharmacy graduate salaries one year after graduation (Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) date, 2020).
  • Access to a range of specialist facilities in our recently redeveloped Keith Wilson Pharmacy Suite. This includes our clinical skills room with a mock hospital bay set up, dispensing and patient counselling suites with discrete video recording capabilities, and a range of laboratories and teaching rooms.

Course details


As the only Pharmacy School in the UK to hold a prestigious Regius Chair in Pharmacy, studying at Aston means you’ll be learning in the best possible environment to have an outstanding career that changes and improves many lives. We have a long-standing track record of teaching excellence, student satisfaction and graduate prospects, and at Aston, you’ll be provided with the opportunities, experience and expertise needed to prepare for your pre-registration training year and successful future career as a pharmacist. You’ll have access to our student support team and personal tutor who are there to help you through your studies, supporting your personal and professional development. In addition, you will have a great peer support network through the highly active and student-led Aston Pharmacy Association. Our open and inclusive curriculum structure allows you to see how the material you learn throughout the course is connected. You’ll study twelve integrated themes, within three broad areas of study:

  • The Professional: Themes focusing on the safe and effective delivery of healthcare and supporting you in the development of your professional identity as a pharmacist.
  • The Medicine: Themes focusing on how medicines are discovered, formulated and used in practice, including the latest developments in individualised medicines.
  • The Patient: Themes focusing on the care of patients, covering a wide range of both individual and multiple clinical conditions.
Running throughout each of these themes are three key central learning threads:
  • Patient-centred care.
  • Deliberative practice.
- Collaborative practice, via inter-professional learning with other healthcare professionals and students, such as those from the Schools of Medicine, Optometry and Audiology.

Assessment method

Your learning will be delivered via a range of teaching methods from problem-based learning and video recording sessions, to computer aided learning and patient-simulators. We utilise a range of learning technologies, which are combined with high-fidelity simulations of healthcare practice to provide you with a realistic and safe environment in which to learn skills and develop your knowledge. Each year of study is worth 120 credits, with each credit equivalent to 10 learning hours. The learning hours may include but are not limited to lectures, seminars, tutorials, lab sessions, practicals, online activity, reading, other independent study, reflecting on assignment feedback, field trips and work placements. Our recently revised MPharm curriculum has a 50/50 split between coursework end of year assessments.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • General Pharmaceutical Council

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

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Course codeB230
Institution code A80
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level BBB A Levels BBB must include Chemistry and one other science subject from: Biology, Maths OR Physics. BBC must include Chemistry and one other science subject from: Biology, Maths OR Physics and B in Core Maths or Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). Students who are eligible for a contextual offer under the Aston Ready programme are required to meet the three A Level requirement, including Chemistry and one other science subject from: Biology, Maths OR Physics, but will receive a specific lower offer ( more details can be found here Excluded Subjects: We welcome the following subjects as an additional A level, but not as one of the core three A levels - General Studies, Critical Thinking, Citizenship Studies. We welcome applications from students who have tried to improve their examination grades by taking resits and only your latest grades will be accepted. We treat these applications in exactly the same way as other applications.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D*D*D* D*D*D* in Applied Science. DDD in any BTEC subjects and BB in two A levels including Chemistry and one other science subject from: Biology, Maths OR Physics.
Access to HE Diploma Not accepted
Scottish Higher BBBBB To include Chemistry, Biology and Maths.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DD With this BTEC you must achieve grade BB in Chemistry PLUS Biology, Physics or Maths. We can accept any subject in the BTEC. If you are taking the BTEC in Applied Science subject we can accept a grade B in Chemistry.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) D With this BTEC you must achieve grade BB in Chemistry PLUS Biology, Physics or Maths A-Level. We can accept any subject in the BTEC.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 31 points 31 points overall in the IB Diploma which must include 5, 5, 5 in Higher Level subjects. These subjects must include Chemistry and one other science subject from: Biology, Maths OR Physics. You must also have Standard Level grade 5 in both Maths and English.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 Five GCSEs which must include Mathematics and English all at grade C/4. Please note we do not accept Key skills or Functional skills in place of these.

Admissions Review Process/Applicant Interview Days All candidates are considered on an individual basis and the whole application is reviewed which includes previous and predicted qualifications, any experience, references and motivation. Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with lower predicted grades if the application is of a high standard which includes a strong personal statement and academic reference. However, any offer made will not be lower than stated in our entry requirements. Find out more about our admissions policy on our website. Personal Statement: If you have a personal statement referring to another course, you will be required to email an Optometry related version. If you are shortlisted, you will receive an interview invitation which will be conducted virtually. The virtual interview is a compulsory element of the application process and no offer will be made without a successful interview being conducted first. When applying, please ensure you include an up to date email and telephone number as this is important information for us if you are shortlisted for interview. Further information about the interview and application process will be made available to you post-application.

Additional entry requirements


Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £19300 Year 1

Additional fee information

For Sandwich courses the placement fee is £1250 for Home/UK students and £2,500 for International students. * Please note that the tuition fees stated are for 2021 entry. 2022 tuition fees are subject to approval and will be published on this website at the earliest opportunity. **The latest information relating to EU students and tuition fees for 2021 can be found on the UCAS website at: ***The United Kingdom government has confirmed that European Union (EU), other European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss nationals commencing academic courses in England from August 2021 will no longer be eligible for home fee status. ^^Tuition fees for students are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. Any such increase shall always be in accordance with the law.
Pharmacy at Aston University, Birmingham - UCAS