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Science and Pharmacy Foundation Preparation for degrees in natural science and pharmacy

In the classroom at Bellerbys College

Bellerbys Cambridge is our specialist centre for science, providing the perfect environment in which to explore, question and discover. 

Cambridge is home to one of the UK's top universities, internationally renowned for its influential scientific research and development. 

Bellerbys maintains close links with the local scientific community, making our Cambridge centre an ideal location for the study of science and pharmacy.

The Science and Pharmacy Foundation course is also taught at our Brighton and Oxford centres.

For students wishing to go on to study medicine, natural, life sciences or pharmacy at university in the UK, the Bellerbys Science & Pharmacy Foundation course provides all the academic preparation required to pursue this route. The traditional academic subjects are combined with English language and study skills to prepare students for further education.

Science and Pharmacy Foundation Course

Once the Science & Pharmacy Foundation programme has been completed successfully, you can progress to one of our destination universities. See the progression tab for more information about where previous students have furthered their studies after Bellerbys.

Please note: university entrance requirements can change and successful completion of the programme is no guarantee of admission to that university.

Key facts…

  • Age: Students are normally 16.5 or over
    Please note: Brighton – students joining the Foundation Programme must be under 19 years of age
  • Course length: 3 terms
  • Start dates: September, November and January - see term dates
  • Entry requirements: Satisfactory completion of secondary or high school and IELTS 4.5 or equivalent
  • Fees: Please visit our Fees page to calculate your fees

Science & Pharmacy Foundation students spend 18-25 hours per week in class. The course is modular in structure and consists of core modules studied by all foundation students, and additional modules tailored specifically for Science & pharmacy students.

Core modules

Foundation English Skills 1

The ability to read academic texts, write extended texts, write subjective notes, listen interactively in class and participate in classroom discourse.

Foundation English Skills 2

Improving all the abilities in Foundation English Skills 1 with greater accuracy, speed, cohesion, organisation and presentation and are prepared for an IELTS qualification at the end of the module.

Study Skills in the British Environment

Using your study time more effectively, improve your use of and range of information sources and prepare comprehensive essays in your own time to given deadlines.

Computer Information Technology

Improving IT literacy and creativity using Office, Business and Media applications; using the internet as a research tool.

Science & Pharmacy modules

Cell Biology

Study biological molecules, cellular structure and function, chromosome structure, cell division, movement through cell membranes, enzymes and metabolic pathways.


Learn about the cardiovascular system, the respiratory system, the digestive system, osmo-regulation, control and co-ordination and reproduction.

Core Principles of Chemistry

Study and apply formulae, equations and moles, atomic structure, redox systems, thermodynamics and bonding.

Kinetics; Acid-base equilibria and Organic Chemistry

Reaction rates, acid-base equilibria, kinetics and organic chemistry.

Pure Maths 1

Algebra, including inequalities, series & logarithms; coordinate geometry, including the circle; radians; solving trigonometric equations; basic data handling; introduction to differentiation & integration.

And one of the following

Pure Maths 2

Exponential functions; more advanced algebra & trigonometry; further differentiation including implicit and parametric functions; techniques and applications of integration.

Applied Statistics for Scientists

Study the basics of probability and statistics, random variables and associated distributions, regression and correlation, and simple hypothesis’ testing.

On successful completion of the Science and Pharmacy Foundation you can progress to an undergraduate degree at one of our destination universities.

The table below shows just some of the universities and degrees that our students progressed to from the Science and Pharmacy Foundation in 2014:

Degree subject University
Medicine Royal College of Surgeons Ireland
Chemistry University of Surrey
Biomedical Sciences Lancaster University
Pharmacy University of East Anglia
Biological Sciences University of Birmingham
Biomedical Sciences University of York
Nutrition University of Leeds
Food Science & Nutrition University of Leeds
Cellular & Molecular Medicine University of Bristol
Zoology University of Bristol
Chemistry University of Leicester
Nutrition University of Nottingham
Pharmacy University of Nottingham
Chemistry University of Sussex
Biomedical Sciences Cardiff University
Biomedical Sciences University of Manchester
Biotechnology University of Manchester
Medical Physiology King's College London
Nutrition King's College London
Agriculture University of Reading
Pharmacy University of Reading
Pharmacy Aston University, Birmingham
Pharmaceutical & Cosmetic Science De Montfort University
Pharmacy University of Brighton
Sport & Exercise Science University of Brighton
Pharmacy University of Sunderland
Business Management Kingston University

These degrees and grades are subject to change.

The Extended Foundation is a four-term academic programme taught at our Brighton campus. The course is designed for students whose academic readiness or English level is not sufficient to begin the usual three-term Foundation.

You'll study English and three other academic modules in term one before progressing to the Science & Pharmacy Foundation for terms two, three and four, as follows.

Extended Foundation key facts

  • Age: Students are normally 16.5 or over
  • Course length: 1 term in addition to the three-term foundation
  • Start dates: September
  • Entry requirements: Satisfactory completion of secondary or high school and IELTS 4.0 or equivalent
  • Fees: Please visit our Fees page to calculate your fees

To study the Science & Pharmacy Foundation you will need to have completed secondary or high school to a satisfactory level.

Contact our team of expert Student Enrolment Advisers to find out if your qualifications meet the entry requirements.

English language requirements

To study the Foundation programme you will need to demonstrate an English language level equivalent to the following:

  • IELTS 4.5 TOEFL 450  (133 computer based test)
  • Pearson Test of English Academic 40-43

Depending on the type of visa you are entering the UK on you may take the Study Group English Test to determine your English language level.

English Language Preparation Programme (ELPP)

If you do not meet the English language requirements for entry to the Foundation you can study one, two or three terms of English Language Preparation prior to the start of your academic programme. The length of your English Language Preparation Programme will depend on your current English language level.

Contact a Student Enrolment Adviser to take our English Assessment Test and find out how much preparation you require.

The Bellerbys English Language Preparation Programme is a fast, personalised and highly effective programme that will fully equip you to succeed in your studies. The programme comprises 25 hours per week of general English, examination preparation and skills classes. Throughout the programme you will be closely monitored by a personal tutor and tested regularly to ensure you reach the English language level required for your academic programme.

Please note that the English Language Preparation Programme (ELPP) incurs additional fees on top of your academic tuition fees. Visit our fees page for details and to calculate your fees.

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