University of Bath Pharmacy

University of Bath Pharmacy

University of Bath


Course aims

You’ll gain a grounding in human biology and origins of disease, pharmaceutical chemistry, and physical sciences. You’ll also develop your knowledge of basic mathematics and statistics.

You’ll be introduced to professional practice and undertake clinical placements in patient-facing environments. Later in the course you will specialise and put your knowledge into practice in primary and secondary healthcare settings.

In the final year you’ll undertake an extensive research project, studying alongside researchers in the Department or on a 12-week placement with an international partner organisation. There are placement opportunities available in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Brazil and China. Placement opportunities may not be guaranteed. Find out more about placements.

As a graduate you’ll understand the causes and progression of medical conditions, the mechanism and underlying principles of drug action. You will also learn about the appropriate supply and administration of medications and the principles of monitoring treatment and disease progression. You can go on to become a pharmacist working in primary or secondary healthcare, as well as in an education or research setting.

Entry requirements

GSCE requirements

GCSE Mathematics grade C or 4 plus GCSE English grade C or 4 (or equivalent from category B).

Compulsory A level subjects

AAB including Chemistry and one other science or mathematics subject.

A level subjects that will not be considered in your application

A level General Studies will not be considered. We may be unable to consider an A level in your own language (unless it is English or Welsh).

Alternative A level offer

ABB including Chemistry and one other science or mathematics subject plus one of the following:

  • grade A in an EPQ
  • grade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate
  • grade M1 in Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives

Students presenting with one of the above project qualifications should receive both the typical offer and the alternative.

Desirable skills or experience

In addition to demonstrating that you have the ability and motivation to succeed academically your application should include evidence of your understanding of the role of a pharmacist and the importance of National Health Service values. You may wish to include details of any volunteering and/or paid employment experiences you may have in a Pharmacy or related health care discipline.

If you have applied to study medicine, dentistry or veterinary science you will be considered, however, you will be required to provide an alternate personal statement that reflects your interest in Pharmacy before you can be considered for interview.

As a requirement of the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), you will be interviewed as part of the selection process. If you are applying from outside the UK we will make arrangements to interview you remotely. You will be required to complete a Fitness to Practice self-declaration form as part of the interview process. This form includes a medical declaration, which allows you to provide us with a written declaration of any medical conditions or disabilities you may have.

You will be required to obtain an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check during your first semester of study on this course. If the results of this check show that you have a criminal conviction, caution, reprimand or warning which is deemed unacceptable under the General Pharmaceutical Councils (GPhC) Fitness to Practice policy then you will be required to withdraw from your course.

English language entry requirements

Category B. Read more about our English language requirements.