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Course summary

Start your own journey of discovery with this foundation year. Offering detailed knowledge based on specialist biology and chemistry, you will develop a multidisciplinary understanding of human life, health and disease, preparing you for a career in a range of industries. Enhance your scientific knowledge and academic skills required for progression. If you love logical subjects such as biotechnical and pharmaceutical sciences but are uncertain of your specialism, this course is perfect for you. This programme integrates knowledge across pharmacology, microbiology, immunology, genetics, biomaterials, and medicinal and organic chemistry. Explore multiple disciplines then find your focus Our foundation year works for those who may not meet the entry requirements for the foundation degree. As you progress through your foundation year, you’ll enhance your confidence with scientific practice and knowledge by studying biology and chemistry modules in addition to mathematics and academic skills. Once you complete your foundation year, you will be eligible to progress on to the Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences Foundation Degree programme, where you will study specialist modules and upon completion, can progress to a relevant top-up degree.


Year 0 Fundamentals of Biology (20 credits) Further Biology (20 credits) Fundamentals of Chemistry (20 credits) Further Chemistry (20 credits) Foundation Mathematics (20 credits) Academic Skills (20 credits) Year 1 Core modules: Personal and Professional Development (20 credits) Integrated Biomolecular Science (20 credits) Integrated Practical Skills (20 credits) Mathematics (20 credits) Optional modules: Physiology and pathology (20 credits) or Physical, Inorganic and Organic Chemistry (20 credits) and Biochemical Processes (20 credits) or Organic Chemistry (20 credits) Year 2 Core modules: Pharmacology & Therapeutics (20 credits) Microbiology & Biotechnology (20 credits) Work Related Learning (20 credits) Scientific Investigation (20 credits) Optional modules: Immunology (20 credits) or Genetics (20 credits) and Medicinal Chemistry (20 credits) or Biomaterials and solid State Chemistry (20 credits)

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.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

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. 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 £6600 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6600 Year 1
Scotland £6600 Year 1
Wales £6600 Year 1

Additional fee information

Fees are charged per academic year. The Foundation Year is charged at £6,600 and the 1st and 2nd year of the Foundation Degree is charged at £8,745 per academic year.
Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences with Foundation Year at University Centre Leeds, Leeds City College - UCAS