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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 & a 3.5 term starting week commencing 31 October 2016
  • Start dates: September, October and January - see term dates
  • Entry requirements:
    • Satisfactory completion of secondary or high school
    • IELTS 4.5 or equivalent (for the September start) or IELTS 5 or equivalent (for the October and January start).
  • Fees: Please visit our Fees page to calculate your fees
  • Note: Students starting Foundation Preparation Programme in October have the opportunity to become accustomed to their environment and British teaching styles. In the first term, October – December, students benefit from extra preparation in English and critical thinking skills and additional university guidance, as well as being given a supervised self-study enrichment project and taster lessons. Foundation study will begin in January.

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

Develop the ability to read academic texts, write short academic texts, take notes from written and oral sources and use spoken English to discuss a variety of topics.

Foundation English Skills 2

Improve all the abilities in FES1, developing greater accuracy, speed, cohesion, organisation and presentation.

Study Skills in the British Environment

Develop academic English skills for university. This continually assessed course module includes an extended research essay based on an aspect of British culture, debates and discussions, listening, note-taking and summarising as well as oral presentation.

Computer Information Technology

Improve IT literacy and creativity using MS Office, Business and Media applications; develop internet research skills.

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.

Chemistry 1 Core Principles of Chemistry

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

Chemistry 2 Kinetics; Acid-base equilibria and Organic Chemistry

Learn about reaction rates, acid-base equilibria, kinetics and organic chemistry.

Pure Maths 1

Algebra, including transformations, logarithms, series; trigonometry including sin, cos, tan for any angle, solving equations; radians; circles; basic data handling,- mean, mode, median, standard deviation; introduction to calculus including stationary points, equations of tangents and normals, areas.

You can also choose either:

Pure Maths 2

Develop the work covered in Pure Maths 1 including more advanced algebra, including functions; trigonometric identities; more advanced differentiation including logarithmic and exponential functions, products and quotients; integration including volumes of revolution and solving first order differential equations.


Applied Statistics for Scientists

Acquire an understanding of probability and statistics covering simple discrete and continuous 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.

Below are just a few of the destination universities & degrees of our 2015 Science and Pharmacy students.

Degree subject University
Biochemistry University of Surrey
Biological Science University of Bedfordshire
Biological Science (Zoology) University of Birmingham
Biology University of Bath
Biomedical Science University of Surrey
Biomedical Science  University of Sussex
Biomedical Science King's College London
Biomedical Science Keele University
Biomedical Science University of Portsmouth
Biomedical Science Royal Holloway, University of London
Biomedical Science (Anatomy) Cardiff University
Chemistry Durham University
Chemistry Queen Mary, University of London
Environmental Science Queen Mary, University of London
Genetics Aberystwyth University 
Geology University of Hull
MBBS Medicine and Surgery University of Central Lancashire
Pharmacy Aston University
Pharmaceutical Science Kingston University London
Pharmacology University of Bath
Pharmacy University of Bradford
Pharmaceutical Science University of Hertfordshire
Pharmaceutical Chemistry
University of Leicester
Pharmacology University of Liverpool
Pharmacology University of Manchester
Pharmacy University of Nottingham
Pharmacy University of Reading
Pharmacology & Physiology University of Westminster
Sport and Exercise Science University of Bath
Sports Science Anglia Ruskin University

The Extended Foundation is a four-term academic programme taught at our Brighton and London colleges. 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 and 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 take a UKVI IELTS English language test and achieve a minimum level of 4.5 overall (for the September start) or level of 5 overall (for the October and January start).

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.