Science and Pharmacy Foundation

Science and Pharmacy Foundation

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, dentistry, medical sciences or pharmacy, our Science and Pharmacy Foundation will help you prepare for medical school or an undergraduate university degree in the UK. You can choose to study our Science and Pharmacy Foundation in either Cambridge or Brighton. Students study 18-25 hours per week in class. The course is modular in structure. It has core modules studied by all Foundation students. Then modules tailored for Science and Pharmacy students. The core Foundation modules develop academic and English language skills.

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 and Biomedical Science at the University of Bath.

Destination universities

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

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, or IELTS 5.0 for a January start.
Location: Brighton, Cambridge
Tuition fees per term: Brighton: £7,120
Cambridge: £6,915

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

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

Physiology

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

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.

Chemistry 2

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

Pure Maths 1

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

Pure Maths 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.

Applied Statistics for Scientists

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.

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.

Foundation English Skills 3

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

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. Our GCSE Pathway programme offers 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

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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. Students typically study three or four subjects with exams at the end of two years.

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.