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Pharmaceutical & Chemical Sciences FdSc

Attendance UCAS code Year of entry
2 years full time F190 2017

Why choose this course?

This course is designed to give an introduction to pharmacy, chemistry and the pharmaceutical sciences. There is a strong practical element, which will develop your laboratory techniques. You will also be required to undertake a work placement, which will provide valuable vocational experience and open up new employment opportunities.

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council, to allow graduates who have attained the required standards direct entry to Year 2 of the Master of Pharmacy programme

What you will study

In Year 1, you will study core modules that cover each of the main subject areas in pharmacy and the pharmaceutical and chemical sciences.

In Year 2, your final year, you will have the opportunity to choose from a selection of option modules, enabling you to specialise in an area that particularly interests you. Throughout the course there is an emphasis on a vocational application of the taught material.

You will undertake a work placement in a related workplace for a minimum of one day a week – for example, in a community pharmacy or a pharmaceutical company. This work experience may be paid or voluntary and will help you put your studies into practice. You will be given assistance in finding a placement if you are not already working in such a position when you start the course.

The course is based at both Kingston University and South Thames College.

Accreditation

This foundation degree has been accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council to allow graduates who have attained the required standards direct entry to Year 2 of the Master of Pharmacy programme, and is based both at Kingston and at South Thames College.

Module listing

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Year 1

  • This module is an introduction to pharmacy as a profession by considering its standing in the NHS and introducing the roles of the pharmacist. It provides an introduction to the legal and ethical aspects of the practice of pharmacy in the UK. Throughout the module aims to develop a number of the core skills required for pharmacy practice including professionalism, IT skills, oral and written communication and numeracy.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Describe the structure of the NHS, the role of hospital and community pharmacies and pharmacists in providing care and services for patients.
    • Demonstrate key skills in IT and computing, pharmaceutical calculations, information extraction and communication.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of the law governing the sale and supply of medicines, including the Medicines Act, licensing system, legal categories of medicines, and the wholesale supply of prescription only medicines (POMs), emergency supply of POMs, and the retail sale of pharmacy medicines.
    • Discuss the principles of dispensing, compounding and good practice (including labelling) and apply these principles in practical classes
    • Demonstrate knowledge of the General Pharmaceutical Council's Code of Ethics, Standards and Performance as applied to the profession of pharmacy.

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  • This module deals with the fundamentals of atomic theory and an understanding of ionic and covalent bonding in chemistry. It provides an understanding of nomenclature, stereochemistry, and organic functional group chemistry at a level appropriate to subsequent modules. Concepts in physical and physical organic chemistry are introduced. The module is also intended to develop ideas in chemistry with application to pharmaceutical sciences. 

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Demonstrate a knowledge of the structure of atoms and molecules.
    • Differentiate between inductive and resonance effects of substituents in molecules; show a basic understanding of how molecules interact with effects of solvents, both polar and nonpolar; demonstrate how electron shifts lead to the formation and fission of bonds.
    • Utilise the equations involved in calculations of pH, pK and titration experiments; show how simple rate equations are used and how rate constants depend on the temperature. Calculate properties of solutions (particularly buffer solutions) such as pH and pKa.
    • Demonstrate how the basic rules of chemical nomenclature are applied to simple organic compounds, including E/Z and R/S isomers; draw diagrams indicating the conformations and stereochemistry of organic molecules;demonstrate a knowledge of the main types of organic reactions: addition, elimination and substitution, for simple aliphatic and aromatic compounds; understand reactions of the hydrocarbons and compounds derived from them.
    • Explain how ligands may complex and chelate to metal ions and describe the redox chemistry of these. Describe the importance of plants as a source of medicines. Recognise the structures, chirality and reactions of carbohydrates and proteins.
    • Acquire reliable experimental data, manipulate it numerically where necessary and report it concisely in a variety of word processed or other formats.

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  • This module is designed to introduce cell biology particularly with reference to the human body and pathological micro-organisms affecting it. In conjunction with biological concepts, this module is designed to identify concepts in organic and physical chemistry. The module aims to give the background to biology and chemistry required to identify the intended target for disease and infection in relation to drug structure and functional groups. Students should also have knowledge on drug design and drug action.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Describe the major cell components of both prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, indicating differences between them.
    • Describe the variety of organisms studied in the discipline of microbiology, identifying the fundamental aspects of disease-causing microbial organisms.
    • Develop safe laboratory skills in chemistry and microbiology and apply safe techniques in handling microbial organisms in the laboratory.
    • Recognise and describe zero-, first- and second-order kinetics and perform elementary calculations of rate constants, and then apply first, second and third laws of thermodynamics and understand their application to simple reactions.
    • Describe the bonding, structure and chemistry of selected elements, including explaining the consequences of hydrogen bonding in alcohols and know the functional group interconversion reactions involving alcohols.
    • Describe the mechanism and give the products resulting from different chemical reactions, such as nucleophilic addition reactions in aldehydes and ketones. The synthesis and properties of aliphatic amines and developing multi-step synthesis routes for organic compounds will also be included.

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  • This module is intended to introduce a number of key skills required in future academic and professional careers. The module deals with mathematics, study skills and academic writing, together with a personal development folder based on work-based placements.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Perform standard mathematical and statistical calculations and perform algebraic manipulation and apply the techniques of calculus to mathematical equations and solve numerical problems.
    • Apply statistics and have an understanding of measurement uncertainty; evaluate measures of spread and variation of data sets.
    • Develop study skills.
    • Produce documents for personal and career development.
    • Produce a structured reflective portfolio containing evidence of work-based learning and competencies obtained though that work-placement.
    • Develop good interview skills.

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Year 2 MPharm route

  • This module examines health promotion within community pharmacy with reference to current campaigns and in response, to recommend health promotion materials. There is also a practical dispensing element which gives experience of handling different types of dosage forms. The module facilitates a placement in a pharmacy-related workplace with access to patients to assess why patients seek advice from the pharmacist, how they can be most suitably helped and what special needs or requirements they may have.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Demonstrate effective communication skills and the ability to collect, evaluate and assimilate information through verbal and written presentations
    • Carry out extemporaneous compounding of complex pharmaceuticals, and the dispensing of simple commercially-produced preparations (including their labelling)
    • Discuss how pharmacy professionals can contribute to the promotion of good health and prevention of ill-health by choosing, after accessing and critically analysing information for various health promotion topics, strategies for health promotion for different health topics
    • Discuss factors affecting the health and illness from a patient's perspective and those factors that lead a patient to consult a healthcare professional, including consulting a pharmacist or referral to a pharmacy. The influence of social factors and inequalities on health will also be discussed
    • Apply appropriate counselling skills in the workplace to obtain information from the patient and ensure the patient acknowledges and understands the information provided
    • Demonstrate a knowledge of the requirements of specific patient groups (including considerations of ethnicity) and special needs arising from disability together with suitable strategies for dealing with them.

    Read full module description

     
  • This module introduces biomolecules commonly found in cells, tissues and organ systems that make up the human body. The module is designed to give a detailed knowledge of how the human body works with particular reference to disease states when appropriate.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Describe the structure, properties and functions of biomolecules.
    • Relate with mechanistic detail the structure of cells and tissues to their function.
    • Describe how the functioning of selected individual organ systems is integrated in the whole body.
    • Relate human physiological systems to pathophysiological contexts.
    • Perform physiological experiments, clearly and accurately record experimental data and critically interpret the results.
    • Demonstrate report writing and independent learning skills.

    Read full module description

     
  • This module introduces key concepts in the manufacture and use of medicines in pharmaceutics and microbiology. The module provides an understanding of  the links between fundamental physicochemical properties of drugs, the formulation of drugs and the route of delivery of drugs into the body. Fundamental concepts relevant to the clinical microbiology of disease-causing organisms, their classification, their manipulation, and their use in manufacturing are also explored.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Understand the relevance of physico-chemical principles and techniques in the design, production and performance of disperse and, semi-solid dosage products for external and internal use.
    • Link the role of excipients (eg surface active agents) in the preparation and stability of drug delivery systems for efficacious administration to patients.
    • Describe the interaction of a physical system (ie formulation or preparation) with the physiological environment, and particularly with biological membranes.
    • Understand the fundamental aspects of disease-causing microbial organisms, their identification and manipulation, as well as the exploitation of microbes in the development of vaccines, sterility tests and recombinant biotechnology.
    • Conduct practical experimental procedures and generate reports related to the lecture and workshop course.

    Read full module description

     
  • On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Explain the purpose and principles of basic laboratory manipulations and calculations.
    • Explain clearly, the origin of the NMR, IR, UV and MS phenomena.
    • Apply knowledge to the interpretation of characterisation data published in spectroscopic correlation tables.
    • Apply  knowledge to confirm the presence of known organic compounds, and to identify unknown groups and compounds.
    • Perform laboratory procedures and preparations of simple compounds.
    • Apply  knowledge of spectroscopy to identify the products of the laboratory preparations.

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Year 2 MChem route

  • This module introduces the structure and isomerism observed in organic molecules and further deals with the preparation and chemical reactions (including the mechanisms involved) of the hydrocarbons and monofunctional organic molecules. The main principles of molecular systems, chemical reactivity and kinetics, including those of gas-phase reactions, are described before presenting the essential principles of chemical thermodynamics and molecular quantum mechanics.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Describe the structures and shapes of simple organic molecules, explaining the origins and effects of the different kinds of isomerism that can arise within them.
    • Describe the preparation and properties of hydrocarbons and monofunctional organic molecules, including the mechanisms involved in their reactions.
    • Explain the behaviour of gases and the kinetics of gas-phase reactions in molecular terms.
    • Apply thermodynamic and quantum mechanical principles to aspects of the energetics and structures of molecules, and to chemical reactions.
    • Carry out and report laboratory procedures according to given protocols.
    • Demonstrate appropriate level 4 key skills in written communication, numeracy, data collection and analysis, including graphical analysis.

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  • This module introduces various bonding models including the structure and bonding of inorganic solids. Trends in the periodic table are illustrated by coverage of the chemistry of Group 1, 13 and 17 elements. In addition, the module introduces atmospheric and aquatic pollution and  the impact of pollutants on the environment.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Identify and explain the bonding, shape and reactivity of inorganic molecules, complexes and solids and the trends within the periodic table.
    • Solve numerical problems related to inorganic and environmental chemistry.
    • Describe the chemical and physical processes that occur after the release of chemicals into the environment.
    • Discuss the environmental consequences of the release of chemical species and potential solutions to environmental pollution.
    • Execute and report laboratory procedures according to given protocols.
     
  • On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Explain the purpose and principles of basic laboratory manipulations and calculations.
    • Explain clearly, the origin of the NMR, IR, UV and MS phenomena.
    • Apply knowledge to the interpretation of characterisation data published in spectroscopic correlation tables.
    • Apply  knowledge to confirm the presence of known organic compounds, and to identify unknown groups and compounds.
    • Perform laboratory procedures and preparations of simple compounds.
    • Apply  knowledge of spectroscopy to identify the products of the laboratory preparations.

    Read full module description

     
  • Choose from the following:

    • This module offers a chance to produce a dissertation on a work-based topic of the students' choosing which incorporates data from literature sources, as well as data collected from the work-based placement itself. This module will build upon components learnt, but in greater detail from the Academic and Professional Skills portfolio. The module facilitates the development of research skills and data collection in the workplace; incorporating communication, ICT and learning at an independent level.

      On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

      • Analyse and evaluate a range of literature sources of information.
      • Collect and analyse data from a workplace environment.
      • Prepare and present a substantial document of researched data and original analysis using contemporary IT tools.
      • Condense the above report into a short audio-visual presentation using IT presentation tools and technology; demonstrate the ability to answer questions on that presentation.

      Read full module description

       
    • This module examines health promotion within community pharmacy with reference to current campaigns and in response, to recommend health promotion materials. There is also a practical dispensing element which gives experience of handling different types of dosage forms. The module facilitates a placement in a pharmacy-related workplace with access to patients to assess why patients seek advice from the pharmacist, how they can be most suitably helped and what special needs or requirements they may have.

      On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

      • Demonstrate effective communication skills and the ability to collect, evaluate and assimilate information through verbal and written presentations
      • Carry out extemporaneous compounding of complex pharmaceuticals, and the dispensing of simple commercially-produced preparations (including their labelling)
      • Discuss how pharmacy professionals can contribute to the promotion of good health and prevention of ill-health by choosing, after accessing and critically analysing information for various health promotion topics, strategies for health promotion for different health topics
      • Discuss factors affecting the health and illness from a patient's perspective and those factors that lead a patient to consult a healthcare professional, including consulting a pharmacist or referral to a pharmacy. The influence of social factors and inequalities on health will also be discussed
      • Apply appropriate counselling skills in the workplace to obtain information from the patient and ensure the patient acknowledges and understands the information provided
      • Demonstrate a knowledge of the requirements of specific patient groups (including considerations of ethnicity) and special needs arising from disability together with suitable strategies for dealing with them.

      Read full module description

       
    • This module introduces biomolecules commonly found in cells, tissues and organ systems that make up the human body. The module is designed to give a detailed knowledge of how the human body works with particular reference to disease states when appropriate.

      On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

      • Describe the structure, properties and functions of biomolecules.
      • Relate with mechanistic detail the structure of cells and tissues to their function.
      • Describe how the functioning of selected individual organ systems is integrated in the whole body.
      • Relate human physiological systems to pathophysiological contexts.
      • Perform physiological experiments, clearly and accurately record experimental data and critically interpret the results.
      • Demonstrate report writing and independent learning skills.

      Read full module description

       
    • This module introduces key concepts in the manufacture and use of medicines in pharmaceutics and microbiology. The module provides an understanding of  the links between fundamental physicochemical properties of drugs, the formulation of drugs and the route of delivery of drugs into the body. Fundamental concepts relevant to the clinical microbiology of disease-causing organisms, their classification, their manipulation, and their use in manufacturing are also explored.

      On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

      • Understand the relevance of physico-chemical principles and techniques in the design, production and performance of disperse and, semi-solid dosage products for external and internal use.
      • Link the role of excipients (eg surface active agents) in the preparation and stability of drug delivery systems for efficacious administration to patients.
      • Describe the interaction of a physical system (ie formulation or preparation) with the physiological environment, and particularly with biological membranes.
      • Understand the fundamental aspects of disease-causing microbial organisms, their identification and manipulation, as well as the exploitation of microbes in the development of vaccines, sterility tests and recombinant biotechnology.
      • Conduct practical experimental procedures and generate reports related to the lecture and workshop course.

      Read full module description

       
     

Year 2 MPharmSci route

  • This module introduces biomolecules commonly found in cells, tissues and organ systems that make up the human body. The module is designed to give a detailed knowledge of how the human body works with particular reference to disease states when appropriate.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Describe the structure, properties and functions of biomolecules.
    • Relate with mechanistic detail the structure of cells and tissues to their function.
    • Describe how the functioning of selected individual organ systems is integrated in the whole body.
    • Relate human physiological systems to pathophysiological contexts.
    • Perform physiological experiments, clearly and accurately record experimental data and critically interpret the results.
    • Demonstrate report writing and independent learning skills.

    Read full module description

     
  • On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Explain the purpose and principles of basic laboratory manipulations and calculations.
    • Explain clearly, the origin of the NMR, IR, UV and MS phenomena.
    • Apply knowledge to the interpretation of characterisation data published in spectroscopic correlation tables.
    • Apply  knowledge to confirm the presence of known organic compounds, and to identify unknown groups and compounds.
    • Perform laboratory procedures and preparations of simple compounds.
    • Apply  knowledge of spectroscopy to identify the products of the laboratory preparations.

    Read full module description

     
  • Choose from the following:

    • This module offers a chance to produce a dissertation on a work-based topic of the students' choosing which incorporates data from literature sources, as well as data collected from the work-based placement itself. This module will build upon components learnt, but in greater detail from the Academic and Professional Skills portfolio. The module facilitates the development of research skills and data collection in the workplace; incorporating communication, ICT and learning at an independent level.

      On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

      • Analyse and evaluate a range of literature sources of information.
      • Collect and analyse data from a workplace environment.
      • Prepare and present a substantial document of researched data and original analysis using contemporary IT tools.
      • Condense the above report into a short audio-visual presentation using IT presentation tools and technology; demonstrate the ability to answer questions on that presentation.

      Read full module description

       
    • This module examines health promotion within community pharmacy with reference to current campaigns and in response, to recommend health promotion materials. There is also a practical dispensing element which gives experience of handling different types of dosage forms. The module facilitates a placement in a pharmacy-related workplace with access to patients to assess why patients seek advice from the pharmacist, how they can be most suitably helped and what special needs or requirements they may have.

      On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

      • Demonstrate effective communication skills and the ability to collect, evaluate and assimilate information through verbal and written presentations
      • Carry out extemporaneous compounding of complex pharmaceuticals, and the dispensing of simple commercially-produced preparations (including their labelling)
      • Discuss how pharmacy professionals can contribute to the promotion of good health and prevention of ill-health by choosing, after accessing and critically analysing information for various health promotion topics, strategies for health promotion for different health topics
      • Discuss factors affecting the health and illness from a patient's perspective and those factors that lead a patient to consult a healthcare professional, including consulting a pharmacist or referral to a pharmacy. The influence of social factors and inequalities on health will also be discussed
      • Apply appropriate counselling skills in the workplace to obtain information from the patient and ensure the patient acknowledges and understands the information provided
      • Demonstrate a knowledge of the requirements of specific patient groups (including considerations of ethnicity) and special needs arising from disability together with suitable strategies for dealing with them.

      Read full module description

       
    • This module introduces the structure and isomerism observed in organic molecules and further deals with the preparation and chemical reactions (including the mechanisms involved) of the hydrocarbons and monofunctional organic molecules. The main principles of molecular systems, chemical reactivity and kinetics, including those of gas-phase reactions, are described before presenting the essential principles of chemical thermodynamics and molecular quantum mechanics.

      On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

      • Describe the structures and shapes of simple organic molecules, explaining the origins and effects of the different kinds of isomerism that can arise within them.
      • Describe the preparation and properties of hydrocarbons and monofunctional organic molecules, including the mechanisms involved in their reactions.
      • Explain the behaviour of gases and the kinetics of gas-phase reactions in molecular terms.
      • Apply thermodynamic and quantum mechanical principles to aspects of the energetics and structures of molecules, and to chemical reactions.
      • Carry out and report laboratory procedures according to given protocols.
      • Demonstrate appropriate level 4 key skills in written communication, numeracy, data collection and analysis, including graphical analysis.

      Read full module description

       
    • This module introduces key concepts in the manufacture and use of medicines in pharmaceutics and microbiology. The module provides an understanding of  the links between fundamental physicochemical properties of drugs, the formulation of drugs and the route of delivery of drugs into the body. Fundamental concepts relevant to the clinical microbiology of disease-causing organisms, their classification, their manipulation, and their use in manufacturing are also explored.

      On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

      • Understand the relevance of physico-chemical principles and techniques in the design, production and performance of disperse and, semi-solid dosage products for external and internal use.
      • Link the role of excipients (eg surface active agents) in the preparation and stability of drug delivery systems for efficacious administration to patients.
      • Describe the interaction of a physical system (ie formulation or preparation) with the physiological environment, and particularly with biological membranes.
      • Understand the fundamental aspects of disease-causing microbial organisms, their identification and manipulation, as well as the exploitation of microbes in the development of vaccines, sterility tests and recombinant biotechnology.
      • Conduct practical experimental procedures and generate reports related to the lecture and workshop course.

      Read full module description

       
     

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