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 with no additional IELTS conditions to study one of the following health science degree programmes:

  • BSc Hons Pharmaceutical Science, Technology and Business
  • BSc Hons Physiotherapy
  • BSc Hons Radiography (Diagnostic Imaging)

Keele University also offer our Science and Pharmacy Foundation a guaranteed interview with additional IELTS requirements for the following Pharmacy degrees:

  • MPharm Master of Pharmacy
  • MPharm (Master of Pharmacy with Integrated Training Year)


Destination universities

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

  • Coventry University
    • Analytical Chemistry and Forensic Science
    • Biological and Chemical Sciences
    • Biological and Forensic Sciences
    • Biomedical Science
    • Food and Nutrition
    • Geography
    • Geography and Natural Hazards
    • Human Biosciences
    • Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
    • Nutrition and Health
    • Physiotherapy
    • Sport and Exercise Science
    • Sports Therapy
  • Durham University
    • 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
  • Lancaster University
    • BSc (Hons) Biology
    • BSc (Hons) Biomedicine
    • BSc (Hons) Chemistry
    • BSc (Hons) Ecology
    • BSc (Hons) Environmental Science
    • BSc (Hons) Mathematics
    • BSc (Hons) Psychology
  • Loughborough University
    • BSc Computing & Management
    • BSc Computer Science
    • BSc Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence
    • BSc Computer Science & Mathematics
    • BSc Information Technology Management for Business
    • BSc Mathematics & Sport Science
    • BSc Sport & Exercise Science
    • BSc Sport Science, Coaching & Physical Education
    • BSc Human Biology
    • BSc Biological Sciences
  • Newcastle University
    • Physiological Sciences
    • Pharmacology
    • Pharmacy
    • Food and Human Nutrition
    • Biomedical Sciences
    • Biomedical Genetics
    • Medical Science
    • Nutrition with Food Marketing
    • Sports and Exercise Science
    • Biochemistry
    • Psychology
    • Psychology and Nutrition
    • Psychology and Sports and Exercise Science
    • Biology
    • Marine Biology
    • Applied Plant Science
    • Zoology
    • Animal Science
    • Marine Zoology
    • Biology (Cellular and Molecular Biology
    • Agriculture
    • Agriculture with Farm Business Management
    • Agriculture with Animal Production Science
    • Agriculture with Agronomy
    • Rural Studies
    • Countryside Management
    • Chemistry
    • Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry
    • Earth Science
    • Environmental Science
    • Computer Science
    • Computer Science (Game Engineering)
    • Computer Science (Software Engineering)
    • Computer Science (Security and Resilience)
    • Agri-Business Management
    • Food Business Management and Marketing
  • Royal Holloway, University of London
    • BSc Physical Geography
    • BSc Geography
    • BSc Digital Geosciences
    • BSc Geosciences and Sustainable Energy
    • BSc Environmental Geology
    • BSc Geology
    • BSc Earth, Climate and Environmental Change
    • BSc Petroleum Geology
    • MSci Environmental Geoscience
    • MSci Geoscience
    • MSci Earth, Climate and Environmental Change
    • BSc Biomedical Sciences
    • BSc Biology
    • BSc Ecology and Conservation
    • BSc Zoology
    • BSc Biochemistry
    • BSc Molecular Biology & Environmental Change
    • BSc Genetics
    • BSc Medical Biochemistry
  • University of Bath
    • Bio Chemistry BSc
    • Biomedical Sciences BSc
    • Chemical Engineering BEng
    • Chemistry BSc
    • Health and Exercise Science BSc
    • Pharmacology BSc
    • Pharmacy MPharm
    • Sport and Exercise Science BSc
    • Sport Management and Coaching BSc
  • University of Birmingham
    • Biochemistry BSc
    • Biological Sciences BSc
    • Biomedical Science BSc
    • Environmental Science BSc
    • Geography BA
    • Human Biology BSc
    • Human Neuroscience BSc
    • Medical Biochemistry BSc
    • Medical Science BMedSC
    • Palaeontology and Geology BSc
    • Psychology BSc
    • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences BSc
    • Sport, Physical Education and Coaching Science BSc
  • University of Bristol
    • Applied Anatomy BSc
    • Biochemistry BSc or MSci
    • Biochemistry with Medical Biochemistry BSc or MSci
    • Biochemistry with Molecular Biology and Biotechnology BSc or MSci
    • Biology BSc
    • Biomedical Sciences BSc
    • Cancer Biology and Immunology BSc
    • Cellular and Molecular Medicine BSc
    • Chemistry BSc
    • Chemistry with Scientific Computing BSc
    • Environmental Geoscience BSc or MSci
    • Geography BSc
    • Geology BSc or MSci
    • Medical Microbiology BSc
    • Neuroscience BSc or MSci
    • Palaeontology and Evolution BSc or MSci
    • Pharmacology BSc or MSci
    • Physiological Science BSc or MSci
    • Plant Sciences BSc
    • Psychology and Neuroscience MSci
    • Psychology BSc or MSci
    • Veterinary Nursing and Bio veterinary Science BSc
    • Veterinary Nursing and Companion Animal Behaviour BSc
    • Veterinary Science BVCs
    • Virology and Immunology BSc
    • Zoology BSc
  • University of Exeter
    • BSc Exercise and Sports Science
    • BSc Geography
    • BSc Medical Sciences
    • BSc Medical Sciences (Human Genomics)
    • BSc Natural Sciences
    • BSc Neuroscience
    • BSc Psychology
    • BSc Psychology with Sport and Exercise Science
    • BSc Renewable energy
    • BSc Renewable Energy Engineering
    • BSc Sports and Exercise Medical Science
  • University of Surrey
    • 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
  • University of Sussex
    • Biology BSc (Hons)
    • Biology MSci
    • Ecology, Conservation BSc (Hons)
    • Ecology, Conservation MSci
    • Zoology BSc (Hons)
    • Zoology MSci
    • Chemistry BSc (Hons)
    • Chemistry MChem
    • Chemistry (with an industrial placement year) MChem
    • Genetics BSc (Hons)
    • Genetics MSci
    • Biochemistry BSc (Hons)
    • Biochemistry MSci
    • Biochemistry (with an industrial placement year) BSc (Hons)
    • Biomedical Science BSc (Hons)
    • Biomedical Science MSci
    • Medical Neuroscience BSc (Hons)
    • Medical Neuroscience MSci
    • Neuroscience BSc (Hons)
    • Neuroscience MSci
  • University of Westminster
    • Biochemistry
    • Biological Sciences
    • Biomedical Sciences
    • Human Nutrition
    • Pharmacology and Physiology

Foundation key facts

Minimum age: 16.5+
Course length: 3 or 3.5  terms
Start dates: September, November or 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. For Science and Pharmacy we recommend students have prior study of Biology and Chemistry.
English language requirements: IELTS 4.5 (IELTS 5.0 for November and January starts)

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are now able to accept a wider range of English tests
Location: Brighton
Tuition fees: Visit our fees page for full details

Students looking to study Medicine and some Pharmacy degrees will need an IELTS of at least 7.0

Course modules

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

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 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

Chemistry 2

Chemistry 2

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

Acid-Base Equilibria


Organic Chemistry

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



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

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.

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.


Bellerbys London Star Student Mark Lee

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 100 universities in the UK.

International Year One

Students looking for books in the library

An International Year One course is a one-year course equal to the first year of an undergraduate degree. Taught in Brighton and London, this course prepares you for the second year of a related degree at university.