Course options

Make sure you check on the university, college or conservatoire website for any updates about course changes as a result of COVID-19.

Course summary

If you’re seeking a career in science, this course is for you. Featuring both biotechnical and pharmaceutical sciences this course allows you to explore multiple disciplines of science. Study specialities such as pharmacology, microbiology, immunology, genetics, biomaterials, and medicinal and organic chemistry, then find your future focus. Are you ready to discover the next steps of your career? Work with microbes, synthesise molecules, and discover something new, as you learn and study in our cutting-edge laboratories. Our programme combines chemical and biological sciences allowing you to experience a range of scientific specialities. You will develop laboratory skills, learn to design and perform practical work, and analyse data. This programme will strengthen your academic and transferable skills prized by employers. Specialist modules will offer opportunities to break into the science sector or pursue a career that values logic and analysis. We place a strong emphasis on practical skills as well as theoretical knowledge supported by experience in our cutting-edge laboratories. This practical experience gives you the chance to apply your knowledge in a real-world environment.


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: Year 1 (Level 4) Core modules: Personal and professional development Integrated biomolecular science Integrated practical skills Mathematics Option Modules: Physiology and pathology Physical, inorganic and organic chemistry Biochemical processes Organic chemistry Year 2 (Level 5) Core modules: Microbiology & biotechnology Pharmacology & therapeutics Work related learning Scientific investigation Option Modules: Immunology Genetics Medicinal chemistry Biomaterials and solid state chemistry

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

This course is not accepting applications from students requiring a Student visa. For more information, please contact the course provider.

Application codes

Course code:
Institution code:
Campus name:
University Centre
Campus code:

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

GCSE English (Desirable): 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. GCSE Maths (Essential): Maths 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 Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs. GCSE Science: Science Grade C or above (grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards). 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 have met the academic criteria, but who can demonstrate a wealth of experience in their chosen field. Candidates in this category and otherwise are likely to 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. *21 years and over at the start of the course  RPL claims: The course structure actively supports claims for Recognition of Prior Certified Learning (RPCL) or Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL).

English language requirements

Unistats information

Operated by the Office for Students

There is no data available for this course. For further information visit the Discover Uni website.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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

Additional fee information

Fees are charged per academic year All of the necessary chemicals and equipment (including personal safety items such as labcoats and safety glasses) will be provided at no additional cost.
Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences at University Centre Leeds, Leeds City College - UCAS