Science and Pharmacy Foundation

Studying Science and Pharmacy at Bellerbys College

The UK’s hospitals and universities are home to some of the brightest minds in medical science and pharmacy. If you wish to study medicine, biomedical sciences, chemistry or pharmacy, our Science and Pharmacy Foundation will help you prepare for an undergraduate university degree in the UK.

Where will this Foundation take me?

Our students have progressed to study Pharmacology at University of Manchester, MBBS Medicine and Surgery at University of Central Lancashire, Medical Neuroscience at University of Sussex, Forensic Science at University of Kent and Biomedical Science at the Durham University.

Guaranteed interview with Keele University

Keele University offers our Science and Pharmacy Foundation students a guaranteed interview to study one of the following health science degree programmes:

  • BSc Hons Physiotherapy
  • BSc Hons Radiography (Diagnostic Imaging)
  • BSc Hons Rehabilitation Science
  • MPharm – Master of Pharmacy
  • MPharm – Master of Pharmacy with Integrated Training Year
  • BSc Hons Pharmaceutical Science, Technology and Business

Destination universities

You can explore a selection of university destinations that Foundation students can choose from here.

Students on this subject pathway will receive an offer of conditional progression to study the following degrees at the below universities:

  • BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences
  • BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences
  • BSc (Hons) Chemistry
  • BSc (Hons) Environmental Geocience
  • BA (Hons) and MA (Hons) Geography (Human Geography)
  • BSc (Hons) and MSci (Hons) Geography (Physical Geography)
  • BSc (Hons) Health and Human Sciences
  • BSc (Hons) Biology
  • BSc (Hons) Biomedicine
  • BSc (Hons) Chemistry
  • BSc (Hons) Ecology
  • BSc (Hons) Environmental Science
  • BSc (Hons) Mathematics
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology
  • BSc (Hons) Biochemistry
  • BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences
  • BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science
  • BSc (Hons) Biotechnology
  • BSc (Hons) Medicinal Chemistry
  • BSc (Hons) Microbiology
  • BSc (Hons) Nutrition
  • BSc (Hons) Nutrition and Food Science
  • BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science
  • BSc (Hons) Veterinary Biosciences

Foundation key facts

Minimum age: 16.5+
Course length: 3 or 3.5 terms
Start dates: September, October, January. See term dates
Entry requirements: Satisfactory completion of secondary or high school education. 4 GCSEs at C or above, Maths B or above for Science or Engineering.
English language requirements: IELTS 4.5 (IELTS 5.0 for October and January start)
Location: Brighton, Cambridge
Tuition fees per term: £7,213 (for a complete list of prices, please visit our fees page)

Prepare for Foundation in October (3.5 term)

Start in October and you will have an extra one half of a term to prepare for the Foundation programme in January. You will receive extra English classes, extra university guidance and have more time to develop study skills.

Course modules

Cell Biology

Cell Biology

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

  • Biomolecules
  • Enzymes
  • Cell Structure
  • Types of Life Form
  • Biomolecule Movement
  • Cell Division
  • Gene Expression
  • Metabolism

Chemistry 2

Chemistry 2

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

Acid-Base Equilibria

Kinetics

Organic Chemistry

  • Introduction
  • Reactions of organic compounds
  • Bonding and reactivity
  • Reaction mechanisms
  • Organic analysis
  • Organic synthesis

Applied Statistics for Scientists

Applied Statistics for Science

Gain an understanding of probability and statistics. Learn about simple discrete and continuous random variables and associated distributions, regression, correlation and simple hypothesis testing. You have the choice to study Applied Statistics for Scientists or Pure Maths 2.

  • Correlation and Regression
  • Basic Probability
  • Discrete Random Variables
  • Continuous Random Variables
  • Combinations of Random Variables
  • Hypothesis Testing

Physiology

Physiology

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

  • Cardiovascular System - Heart
  • Cardiovascular System – Blood Vessels
  • Blood
  • Respiratory System
  • Endocrine System
  • Digestive System
  • Renal System
  • Nervous System
  • Reproductive System

Pure Maths 1 and Stats

Pure Maths 1 and Stats

An introduction to algebra, including transformations and logarithms; trigonometry, data handling, and calculus.

  • Algebra
  • Co-ordinate Geometry
  • Trigonometry
  • Differentiation
  • Integration
  • Trapezium Rule
  • Handling Data

Chemistry 1

Chemistry 1

Explore the fundamental principles of chemistry and how to apply them, such as formulae, equations and moles, atomic structure, introduction to redox systems, thermodynamics and bonding.

  • Formulae, Equations and Moles
  • Atomic Structure
  • Introduction to Oxidation and Reduction
  • Energetics
  • Structure and Bonding
  • Equilibria

Pure Maths and Stats 2

Pure Maths and Stats 2

Develop the work covered in Pure Maths 1, including more advanced algebra (functions, trigonometric identities), differentiation (logarithmic and exponential functions), and integration (solving first order differential equations). You have the choice to study either Pure Maths 2 or Applied Statistics for Scientists.

  • Algebra
  • Co-ordinate Geometry
  • Trigonometry
  • Differentiation
  • Integration
  • Numerical Methods
Core modules

Academic English Skills with IELTS

Academic English Skills with IELTS

Academic English Skills provides thorough training in the language and related academic skills which will enable international students to best achieve their academic potential at University. Key skills include:

  • Reading effectively and critically
  • Making notes in lectures and presentations
  • Delivering presentations and participating in academic seminars
  • Researching, planning and writing academic essays
  • Students are also supported in developing the accuracy and range in written and spoken language required to express themselves effectively and appropriately, with clarity and confidence.

Computer Information Technology

Computer Information Technology

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

GCSEs

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GCSEs are taken as a course of study before taking A Levels or a Foundation pathway. We offer a2 Year GCSE Pathway programme as well as a 3 and 4 term programme, offering students from the age of 14 years an early opportunity to establish the language, learning and cultural skills they need to succeed in the highly competitive world of higher education.

A Levels

Bellerbys Cambridge students in a Foundation Media class at the College

A Levels are British qualifications, accepted by all universities in the UK and recognised in the USA and Australia. Students who are with us for five or six terms will typically study up to four A Levels. This gives you a world of choice.

Foundation

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A one-year course for international students that builds specialist subject knowledge and language and study skills. It is more focussed than A Levels making it good preparation for university. It is recognised for entry onto a range of degree programmes at more than 70 universities in the UK.