Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences at University Centre Leeds, Leeds City College - UCAS

Course summary

Learn about how the human body works; how to design and synthesise new drug molecules; how vaccines protect us from disease and much, much more, all whilst working with cutting-edge laboratory equipment and developing skills that will help you find work in a range of industries from NHS or government laboratories to private pharmaceutical companies. This course is for anyone who is interested in the chemistry or biology of the human body. It is an ideal course for those who wish to find employment in areas such as medical laboratories, food safety or environmental testing or the pharmaceutical industry. By studying this degree you will gain an understanding and appreciation of the chemistry and biochemistry of drug molecules: their design, synthesis and behaviour in the body, develop an understanding of the science of human life, health and disease at the molecular, cellular, system, organismal and environmental level and learn about microbial processes and applications, including the opportunities for humans to exploit and benefit from these. You will also have the opportunity to design and conduct your own research project in our laboratories, using cutting edge, industry-standard equipment.


Modules may include: Year 1 (Level 4) STEM Toolkit (20 credits) Biomolecules and cells (20 credits) Anatomy and Physiology (option) (20 credits) Physical and Inorganic Chemistry (option) (20 credits) Integrated Practical Skills (20 credits) Data Analysis (20 credits) Biochemistry (option) (20 credits) Organic Chemistry (option) (20 credits) Year 2 (Level 5) Pharmacology and Therapeutics (20 credits) Microbiology and Biotechnology (option) (20 credits) Analytical Chemistry (option) (20 credits) Work-Related Learning (20 credits) Scientific Investigation (20 credits) Immunology (option) (20 credits) Genetics (option) (20 credits) Medicinal Chemistry (option) (20 credits) Biomaterials (option) (20 credits) You will choose options for semester 1 at enrolment. Semester 2 options must be chosen by the Christmas break. Options will only be offered if there is sufficient interest in them.

Assessment method

There will be regular short practice assessment activities (in the form of quizzes and tests) with feedback provided to guide your progress and development. Pair and small group activities will be used in all modules, allowing you to improve communication and teamwork skills. You will give short oral and poster presentations to increase your confidence in speaking and presenting. 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

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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

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).

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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