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.

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 at the following universities:

  • Durham University
  • Lancaster University
  • University of Surrey.

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:

School of Pharmacy

  • MPharm – Master of Pharmacy
  • MPharm – Master of Pharmacy with Integrated Training Year
  • BSc Hons Pharmaceutical Science, Technology and Business

School of Health and Rehabilitation

  • BSc Hons Physiotherapy
  • BSc Hons Radiography (Diagnostic Imaging)
  • BSc Hons Rehabilitation Science

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 January start)
Location: Brighton, Cambridge
Tuition fees per term: £7,213
Full programme price 3 terms:
Full programme price 3.5 terms:

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


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



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

Pure Maths 1

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 2

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.

  • Algebra
  • Co-ordinate Geometry
  • Trigonometry
  • Differentiation
  • Integration
  • Numerical Methods
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.

Computer Information Technology

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

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.



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


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 70 universities in the UK.