Search our site
Search our site

Pharmaceutical & Chemical Sciences FdSc

Attendance UCAS code Year of entry
2 years full time F190 2019

Why choose this course?

This two-year course is designed to enable foundation level students direct entry into the second year of the MPharm pharmacy programme as well as progression to the BSc and integrated masters in chemistry and the pharmaceutical sciences. The science, practice and clinical teaching are underpinned by the development of academic and professional skills. This is linked to a strong practical element developing your laboratory and dispensing skills. A work placement offers valuable vocational experience and opens up employment opportunities.

Subject to meeting the required levels of attainment, and a value based interview for pharmacy, successful completion of this course enables you to transfer to Year 2 of the pharmacy, chemistry or pharmaceutical chemistry undergraduate masters courses. Alternatively you can study for a BSc top up instead.

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council, for 2018 entry, 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. Your studies and professional development will be supported by an academic skills module.

In Year 2 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 knowledge. 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. Work experience may be paid or voluntary and will help you put your studies into practice. We will help you find a placement if you are not already working in such a position when you start the course.

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.

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 core for students of the Foundation Degree in Pharmaceutical and Chemical Sciences. It is intended to form 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 you will develop a number of the core skills required for pharmacy practice including professionalism, IT skills, oral and written communication and numeracy.

    Read full module description

     
  • 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.

    Read full module description

     
  • 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 pick up concepts in organic and physical chemistry covered in the parallel module (PY4130, Foundation Chemistry for Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences) and to go into them in more detail. On completing the module you will have the background biology and chemistry required to identify the intended target for disease and infection in relation to drug structure and functional groups.

    Read full module description

     
  • This module provides some fundamental learning and academic skills for students on the Foundation Degree in Pharmaceutical and Chemical Sciences. It is intended to introduce a number of key skills which you will need to draw on in your future academic and professional careers. Maths, study skills and academic writing are covered together with a personal development folder based on work-based placements. This module is designed to aid you to find successful employment.

    Read full module description

     

Year 2 MPharm route

  • This module is optional for students on the Foundation Degree in Pharmaceutical and Chemical Sciences, although core for students wishing to progress to the MPharm. It allows you to examine health promotion within community pharmacy with reference to current campaigns. You will come up with your own health promotion materials. There is also a practical dispensing element which gives experience of handling different types of dosage forms. The module also allows you to go on a placement in a pharmacy-related workplace with access to patients. You will give detailed consideration as to why patients turn up for help from a pharmacist, how they can be most suitably helped and what special needs or requirements they may have. Approximately 15% of the teaching time is spent in practicals and workshops to emphasise these concepts, and an additional 15% are based in a workplace environment.

    Read full module description

     
  • This is a core module for the Foundation Degree in Pharmaceutical and Chemical Sciences. It introduces biomolecules commonly found in cells, tissues and organ systems that make up the human body. The module is designed to give you a detailed knowledge of how the human body works with particular reference to disease states when appropriate. The delivery relies on Canvas to provide the majority of the background information with tutorials supporting discussion of this material.

    Read full module description

     
  • This module is core in the Foundation Degree in Pharmaceutical and Chemical Sciences for students who wish to progress onto the MPharm. It introduces key concepts in the manufacture and use of medicines in pharmaceutics. It provides you with an understanding of the links between fundamental physicochemical properties of drugs, the formulations of dosage forms and the route of delivery of drugs into the body. The making and labelling of extemporaneous preparations are undertaken as relevant to the clinical practice of pharmacy.

    Read full module description

     
  • This module provides an introduction to basic laboratory techniques and procedures such as weighing and volumetry, proceeding to descriptions of laboratory manipulations, elemental analysis and general practical knowledge.  There is included an introduction to spectroscopic techniques in terms of simple theory, as well as a practical introduction to the identification of simple organic compounds.  These compounds will sometimes be synthesised in the course of the practical element of the module, which will also serve to demonstrate laboratory techniques of preparation and purification of these organic materials.

    Read full module description

     

Year 2 MChem route

  • This is a core module for chemistry degree courses. It introduces the structure and isomerism observed in organic molecules, and then describes 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.

    Read full module description

     
  • This is a core module for progression to chemistry degree courses. The 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. The module introduces you to atmospheric and aquatic pollution and goes on to cover the impact of pollutants on the environment.

    Read full module description

     
  • This module provides an introduction to basic laboratory techniques and procedures such as weighing and volumetry, proceeding to descriptions of laboratory manipulations, elemental analysis and general practical knowledge.  There is included an introduction to spectroscopic techniques in terms of simple theory, as well as a practical introduction to the identification of simple organic compounds.  These compounds will sometimes be synthesised in the course of the practical element of the module, which will also serve to demonstrate laboratory techniques of preparation and purification of these organic materials.

    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 is optional for students on the Foundation Degree in Pharmaceutical and Chemical Sciences, although core for students wishing to progress to the MPharm. It allows you to examine health promotion within community pharmacy with reference to current campaigns. You will come up with your own health promotion materials. There is also a practical dispensing element which gives experience of handling different types of dosage forms. The module also allows you to go on a placement in a pharmacy-related workplace with access to patients. You will give detailed consideration as to why patients turn up for help from a pharmacist, how they can be most suitably helped and what special needs or requirements they may have. Approximately 15% of the teaching time is spent in practicals and workshops to emphasise these concepts, and an additional 15% are based in a workplace environment.

      Read full module description

       
    • This is a core module for the Foundation Degree in Pharmaceutical and Chemical Sciences. It introduces biomolecules commonly found in cells, tissues and organ systems that make up the human body. The module is designed to give you a detailed knowledge of how the human body works with particular reference to disease states when appropriate. The delivery relies on Canvas to provide the majority of the background information with tutorials supporting discussion of this material.

      Read full module description

       
    • This module is core in the Foundation Degree in Pharmaceutical and Chemical Sciences for students who wish to progress onto the MPharm. It introduces key concepts in the manufacture and use of medicines in pharmaceutics. It provides you with an understanding of the links between fundamental physicochemical properties of drugs, the formulations of dosage forms and the route of delivery of drugs into the body. The making and labelling of extemporaneous preparations are undertaken as relevant to the clinical practice of pharmacy.

      Read full module description

       
     

Year 2 MPharmSci route

  • This is a core module for the Foundation Degree in Pharmaceutical and Chemical Sciences. It introduces biomolecules commonly found in cells, tissues and organ systems that make up the human body. The module is designed to give you a detailed knowledge of how the human body works with particular reference to disease states when appropriate. The delivery relies on Canvas to provide the majority of the background information with tutorials supporting discussion of this material.

    Read full module description

     
  • This module provides an introduction to basic laboratory techniques and procedures such as weighing and volumetry, proceeding to descriptions of laboratory manipulations, elemental analysis and general practical knowledge.  There is included an introduction to spectroscopic techniques in terms of simple theory, as well as a practical introduction to the identification of simple organic compounds.  These compounds will sometimes be synthesised in the course of the practical element of the module, which will also serve to demonstrate laboratory techniques of preparation and purification of these organic materials.

    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 is optional for students on the Foundation Degree in Pharmaceutical and Chemical Sciences, although core for students wishing to progress to the MPharm. It allows you to examine health promotion within community pharmacy with reference to current campaigns. You will come up with your own health promotion materials. There is also a practical dispensing element which gives experience of handling different types of dosage forms. The module also allows you to go on a placement in a pharmacy-related workplace with access to patients. You will give detailed consideration as to why patients turn up for help from a pharmacist, how they can be most suitably helped and what special needs or requirements they may have. Approximately 15% of the teaching time is spent in practicals and workshops to emphasise these concepts, and an additional 15% are based in a workplace environment.

      Read full module description

       
    • This is a core module for chemistry degree courses. It introduces the structure and isomerism observed in organic molecules, and then describes 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.

      Read full module description

       
    • This module is core in the Foundation Degree in Pharmaceutical and Chemical Sciences for students who wish to progress onto the MPharm. It introduces key concepts in the manufacture and use of medicines in pharmaceutics. It provides you with an understanding of the links between fundamental physicochemical properties of drugs, the formulations of dosage forms and the route of delivery of drugs into the body. The making and labelling of extemporaneous preparations are undertaken as relevant to the clinical practice of pharmacy.

      Read full module description

       
     

We aim to ensure that all courses and modules advertised are delivered. However in some cases courses and modules may not be offered. For more information about why, and when you can expect to be notified, read our Changes to Academic Provision.

A copy of the regulations governing this course is available here

Details of term dates for this course can be found here

Contact us

Admissions team

*5p per minute from a BT landline. Call charges from other providers may vary.

Location

This course is taught at Penrhyn Road

View Penrhyn Road on our Google Maps

Contact us

Admissions team

*5p per minute from a BT landline. Call charges from other providers may vary.

Location

This course is taught at Penrhyn Road

View Penrhyn Road on our Google Maps
Favourite this course

Did you find what you are looking for?

This field is required.

>

Thank you for your feedback.

Find a course

Course finder

>

Find us on Facebook

Undergraduate study
Site menu