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Extended BioPharmaceutical Science BSc (Hons) - University of Sunderland

Course overview

This extended course offers a way to obtain a BSc (Hons) BioPharmaceutical Science for people who do not meet the requirements for direct entry to the degree. If you pass the first year, you will move on campus to continue your degree studies.

Alternatively, there may be an opportunity to use this Joint Scheme of Extended BioPharmaceutical Science course as a route on to our Master in Pharmacy (MPharm) course. There are a limited number of places available for progression onto the Mpharm route and to be eligible for consideration you will need to achieve at least 60% in all the modules, satisfy the Fitness to Practise requirements and complete an interview successfully.

The entry requirement for this preparatory course is an A level (or equivalent) in chemistry and three passes at GCSE grade C, including Maths and English, or the equivalent.

This compares with the 280 UCAS points required for direct entry on to the BioPharmaceutical Science BSc (Hons) programme, and the 320 - 300 UCAS points required for direct entry on to the Master in Pharmacy (MPharm) course.

The first year of this course is based at Sunderland College. The College is a world-class provider of education and its science curriculum has been awarded Grade 1 status. You will receive a thorough grounding in chemistry, biology and physiology as well as covering essential maths topics.

If you complete the year successfully, you then progress to our City Campus at the University of Sunderland.

Students and staff talk about the BioPharmacuetical Science course at the University of Sunderland:

Course content

Modules on this course include:

Year 1 (national level 3)

  • General Chemistry (20 Credits)
  • Inorganic Chemistry (20 Credits)
  • Organic Chemistry (20 Credits)
  • Biology (20 Credits)
  • Physiology (20 Credits)
  • Mathematics (20 Credits)

On completion of the first year, you will move from the College to the University of Sunderland to complete the remaining three years of the course.

If you achieve at least 60% in all the modules, satisfy the Fitness to Practise requirements and complete an interview successfully, you may be eligible to go onto Year 1 of Pharmacy. Please note there are limited places available.

Staff and students talk about the content and benefits of the Pharmacy course at the University of Sunderland:

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, supervised project and group work and resource-based learning.

Assessment is carried out through reports, seminar presentations and time-constrained tests.

To find out more about modules, credits and how you will be assessed, please see the page how courses are taught. Information about our policies relating to student experience and quality assurance processes can be found on the Academic Services website.

Key Information Sets

All UK universities and colleges display Key Information Sets (KIS) on their undergraduate courses. The KIS gives you a quick overview of some standard information about a course, and has a link to more detailed information on Unistats.

Facilities & location

Your first year will be at Sunderland College, which has made significant investments in high quality scientific equipment for chemical analysis, data logging and biological science experimentation. 

During your first year you will also have access to University of Sunderland facilities for libraries and sport. Your learning will move to the University of Sunderland campus after the first year of study.

University Library Services

We’ve got thousands of books and e-books on pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals so you can access the most reliable and up-to-date academic and industry articles.

Some of the most important sources for biomedical and pharmaceutical students include:

  • Embase, which is a complex database covering drug research, pharmacology, pharmaceutics, toxicology, clinical and experimental human medicine, health policy and management, public health, occupational health, environmental health, drug dependence and abuse, psychiatry, forensic medicine and biomedical engineering/instrumentation
  • PsycINF, which includes information about the psychological aspects of medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, pharmacology and physiology
  • PubMed, which contains life science journals, online books and abstracts that cover fields such as medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine and health care
  • Science Direct, which offers more than 18,000 full-text journals published by Elsevier
  • Web of Science, which covers a broad range of science areas

Entry requirements

You will need an A Level (or equivalent) in chemistry and three passes at GCSE grade C, including Maths and English, or the equivalent

If you are unsure if your qualifications would be suitable please contact Daphne Hedley-George at Sunderland College 0191 511 6000 (ex. 04177) or

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

If you feel you already know some of the topics covered in this course, either due to previous learning or from experience of work, then you may not need to study all of the course.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) is the name given to the process of gaining credit towards a qualification because of something you have learnt in the past. If you are eligible for APL you won't have to learn the same topic again, and so you can be exempt from a module, set of modules or year of a course. 

Read more about APL in the Quality Handbook (.pdf). If you think you may be eligible for APL, please contact the course leader.

Fees & finance

The first year of this course is taught at Sunderland College, and the fee is £7,965 if you are from the UK / EU. However you will be eligible for a £1,200 fee waiver scholarship. This means that you will only pay a tuition fee of £6,765 in the first year of the extended programme (Level 0).

From Year 2 you will study at the University of Sunderland. The tuition fee for Year 2, 3 and 4 will be £9,250 per year - the same as for BioPharmaceutical Science.

If, after completing Year 1, you are offered a place on the Master in Pharmacy, the course will last for four years, and the fee will be £9,250 for each of the four years.

There is no International fee for this course as we cannot accept International applicants. If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or International student, please see the International section of this website.

Scholarships and bursaries may be available to you – please see the Fees and Finance section of this website for more information.

Employment & careers

If you progress to BioPharmaceutical Science we have an excellent employment record. 93% of our graduates are employed with a graduate level job (source: Unistats data on Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmacy, 2015).

Examples of companies that have employed our graduates include pharmaceutical multinationals and NHS laboratories. The reason for the exceptional employment rate is the quality of the course - at the core of the BioPharmaceutical Science programme is the development of industrially-relevant practical skills.

If you progress to the Masters in Pharmacy, career opportunities include community pharmacy and working in primary and secondary care.

Typical starting salaries for community pharmacists range from £21,000 - £35,000 depending on location, conditions of employment and experience. There is virtually no unemployment of qualified pharmacists.


Support for your learning

You can expect stimulating contact time that includes lectures, workshops, seminars and case studies. There is also a significant amount of time where you will be researching and studying on your own in preparation for assignments and seminars. If you have individual queries or difficulties within subject areas, you can book an appointment with your Personal Tutor to gain more in-depth support and guidance. 

Sunderland College will allocate you a Personal Tutor who you will meet at agreed times throughout the first year of the course. Personal Tutors encourage your personal development and are a useful point of contact for any queries about your course, extracurricular activities and issues where they can point you towards specialist services at the college. These include student counselling, financial advice and chaplaincy support. You will be allocated a Personal Tutor at the University after the first year.  

Support for your development

To help ensure the course is meeting aspirations for personal development, we invite students to fill in questionnaires at the end of modules. This provides a structured way for you to keep us up-to-date with your views. 

Once you move to the University after the first year of the course, we encourage you to make full use of the resources at our Careers and Employability Service. The Service helps you explore your options, clarify your ideas, develop a career focus and make effective applications.

Extracurricular activities

The University supports student-led initiatives that enhance the extracurricular activities available to you. Some of these are related to particular subjects while others allow you to pursue interests and social activities. It’s all part of the vibrant and life-changing atmosphere at the University of Sunderland.

For more information about all the support services you will have access to as a Sunderland student at a partner college, please see the Partnerships Office web pages. 

Apply for this course

Interested in this course? Apply straight away through UCAS, or read our 7-step guide to applying to university.

Want to know more about this course or the University of Sunderland? Order a prospectus or come to our next Open Day to see the facilities and talk to academic staff:

    Next Open Day

  • Date: Thursday 23rd February 2017
  • Time: 3:00pm-8:00pm
  • Type: University Open Day
  • Location: Science Complex, City Campus, Sunderland SR1 3SD

Contact Sunderland

Contact the Programme Leader at Sunderland College for specific questions about the course:

Sunderland College
Daphne Hedley-George
Tel: 0191 511 6000 (ex. 04177)

Contact the Student Helpline for further information about studying at the University of Sunderland:

Telephone: 0191 515 3000 

The details

Course Name Extended BioPharmaceutical Science
Classification BSc (Hons)
Course Mode Full-time
Course Level Undergraduate
Duration 4 years
Study Location On-campus / Off-campus
Starting 18 September 2017
UK/EU Fee £See entry requirements page
Intl Fee £Unavailable

Entry requirements

A Level in chemistry and three passes at GCSE

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