University Centre Leeds, Leeds City College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Leeds City College

Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences

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Course summary

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The programme is broad-based and industrially relevant, covering many aspects of biological and chemical sciences. It is taught almost entirely in laboratories and features a very large amount of hands-on experience of practical science. Students will learn about scientific concepts related to the human body, diseases and drugs and then explore these ideas further through practical laboratory investigations. The practical work will build confidence in working in a laboratory environment and give students the opportunity to develop skills in using a wide range of equipment and scientific instruments, performing standard operations that are common in current industries in the chemical science or bioscience sectors. This course would suit anyone who has some basic knowledge (either through study or work) of biology or chemistry and would like to find out more about how:

  • the human body works
  • diseases are caused and can be treated
  • microorganisms are used in the production of medicines and other useful chemicals
  • drugs interact with our bodies
  • understanding the biology and chemistry of drugs enables us to design better medicines
The course was developed in order to close a skills gap as identified by the Leeds Local Enterprise Partnership. The course was written after consultation with a number of local employers, who informed teaching, content and assessment methods. We have formed close links with other employers and continued to elicit feedback on how well the course prepares graduates for employment. Teaching is delivered in purpose-built laboratories with industry-standard equipment and is designed to develop the key skills and knowledge demanded by employers.

Course details


Throughout this course you will: Have the opportunity to design and conduct your own research project. Gain an understanding and appreciation of the chemistry and biochemistry of drug molecules: their design, synthesis and behaviour in the body Develop a multidisciplinary understanding of the science of human life, health and disease at the molecular, cellular, system, organismal and environmental level. Learn about microbial processes and applications, including the opportunities for humans to exploit and benefit from these. Modules may include: Level 4 Personal and professional development Integrated biomolecular science Physiology and pathology Physical, inorganic and organic chemistry Integrated practical skills Biochemical processes Organic chemistry Mathematics Level 5 Microbiology & biotechnology Pharmacology & therapeutics Immunology Genetics Medicinal chemistry Biomaterials and solid state chemistry Work related learning Scientific investigation

Assessment method

There will be regular short practice assessment activities (in the form of regular quizzes and tests) with feedback provided to guide your progress and development. Pair and small group activities will be regularly used in all modules, allowing you to improve communication and teamwork skills. Giving short oral and poster presentations will increase your confidence in speaking and presenting. Preparation for practical activities will be available in the form of virtual experiments in which online feedback is instantly available. Real and simulated practical activities will also provide data and you will be given guidance on how to collect and process high quality data, and how to use it to form conclusions. Modules will be formally assessed and graded through a range of methods, including traditional examinations, laboratory activities, problem-based group projects, oral and poster presentations, case-studies, research projects and essays. This range of activities provides the opportunity for everyone to demonstrate the knowledge and skills that they have acquired throughout the course of their studies. The mix of practical and written assessments will provide evidence to employers of the level of laboratory skills and other abilities (such as teamwork, communication skills, ethical integrity, etc.), whilst also enabling you to demonstrate the theoretical knowledge and academic skills that you have developed.

How to apply

Application deadlines

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

15 January

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Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeCF13
Institution code L21
Campus nameUniversity Centre
Campus code1

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

Leeds City College and it's various centres welcome students from across the EU and international students who are already residing in the UK. The College is not currently recruiting students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) whose immigration permission is for education only.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
A level DD 2xD grades one of which to be in a relevant subject
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MPP MPP grade in relevant subject
Access to HE Diploma M: 24 credits Overall pass with 60 credits, with 24 credits to be at a Merit grade in a relevant subject.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MP MP grade in relevant subject.

Additional entry requirements


English language requirements

English Language Grade C or above (grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards). Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy are accepted in place of GCSEs. IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any component.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £7950 Year 1
England £7950 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7950 Year 1
Scotland £7950 Year 1
Wales £7950 Year 1
Channel Islands £7950 Year 1

Additional fee information

Fees are charged per academic year.
Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences at University Centre Leeds, Leeds City College - UCAS