University of East Anglia Pharmacy with Foundation Year

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University of East Anglia Pharmacy with Foundation Year

University of East Anglia Pharmacy with Foundation Year

BSc Pharmacy with a Foundation Year

This Foundation Year course gives you the chance to study our prestigious MPharm Pharmacy degree if you don’t meet the traditional entry criteria. You may be a mature student looking for a new career, someone who missed out on studying A-levels, or a student without a science background who wishes to change direction.

Whatever the case, we’ll assess your individual circumstances and, if successful, you’ll be given a thorough introduction to the basics of Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics and key Pharmacy skills to prepare you for the full degree programme.

Our MPharm Pharmacy is a highly prestigious course with an exceptional international reputation, so this is a fantastic opportunity to study at one of the best Pharmacy Schools in the UK with an excellent track record of producing highly successful Pharmacists.

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Overview

Our Pharmacy with a Foundation Year programme provides an exceptional opportunity to study for a degree in Pharmacy for students who do not have our traditional entry requirements.

Applications for this course are welcomed from mature students, students who have previously not studied science but wish to take a new career direction and students who have been disadvantaged during their secondary education. We particularly welcome applications from NVQ Level 3 qualified Pharmacy Technicians.

All applicants are considered on a case-by case basis and all candidates will be interviewed before being offered a place on the course.

The Foundation Year

During the Foundation Year you will be assigned an adviser from the School of Pharmacy who will guide you through your course. All students will study Biology and Chemistry in both semesters. In Semester 1, students will study a Mathematics module which will be tailored to your previous experience. In Semester 2, students will follow the specialised Introduction to Pharmacy Skills Modules.

At the end of the Foundation Year students who meet our progressions grades (70% overall and 70% in both chemistry modules) will transfer to our MPharm degree.

The Foundation Year offered at UEA is a full-time course taken over one year. The course does not require any previous AS level or A2 level studies in any of the subjects taught.

In the Foundation Year, you will take modules worth 120 credits in all. These credits are obtained by passing the module assessments. Modules are assessed by a mixture of coursework and examination to produce an overall percentage grade and specific module marks. It is these marks, combined with the 120 credits that are taken into consideration when determining progression onto an Honours course.

Teaching and Assessment

A typical teaching week consists of around 20-25 hours of timetabled study.

This is taught with a combination of lectures, practical laboratory sessions and small-group tutorials and workshops, where you can discuss, in an informal setting, any points which were raised in lectures and find solutions to problem sheets distributed by tutors. You are also encouraged to discuss academic matters with tutors on a one-to-one basis.

In the laboratory, you will carry out experiments, based on the subject matter of your lecture programme. These sessions are supervised by your lecturers and by postgraduate student demonstrators, who will ensure the safe execution of the experiments and discuss the theory behind them.

Modules are assessed by a combination of coursework and examination. Marks from the Foundation Year do not count towards your final degree classification, but are important for transfers to other degree programmes.

Course Modules 2017/8

Year 1 (Foundation Year)

Compulsory Study (80 Credits)

  • Introductory Biology (semester 1)
  • Further Biology (semester 2)
  • Introductory Chemistry (semester 1)
  • Further Chemistry (semester 2)
  • Introduction to Pharmacy Skills (semester 2)

Optional Study A (20 Credits)

Students will be assigned to the relevant mathematics course based on their previous qualifications.

  • Foundation Mathematics (semester 1)
  • Basic Mathematics I (semester 1)

For the course profile of your degree of choice, please consult the relevant course pages.

Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: Home and EU Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for Home and EU students and for details of the support available.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds.

Home/EU – The University of East Anglia offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships.  To check if you are eligible please visit

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: International Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for International Students.

Scholarships

We offer a range of Scholarships for International Students – please see our website for further information.

How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances with the Admissions Service prior to applying please do contact us:

Undergraduate Admissions Service
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

Please click here to register your details via our Online Enquiry Form.

MPharm Pharmacy

About this course

Our accredited MPharm has a global reputation for exceptional, innovative teaching, backed by world-class research. We’re currently ranked 1st for research output in the UK (REF 2014) and we’ve regularly featured in the top 5 of major university league tables thanks to the quality of our degree programme.

This degree focuses on practical experience, both in the lab and in the dispensary. We give you the opportunity to attend placements from the very start of your degree, encourage you to build a professional portfolio during the course and provide extensive professional skills training.

We pride ourselves on our innovative, contemporary teaching methods and our students really recognise the benefits.

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Course Profile

Overview

UEA’s School of Pharmacy has always been forward-thinking in its approach, conducting cutting-edge research and promoting innovative teaching methods.

We were the first Pharmacy course in the UK to:

  • Provide our students with significant professional experience, by including first year placements and portfolio assessments.
  • Give students a more practical and broad-based experience, through Problem-based learning and Interprofessional learning.
  • Offer strong support to prepare our students for future employment, through extensive careers advice and in-depth research projects.

These firsts for Pharmacy education have translated into firsts for UEA Pharmacy in teaching and research. We came first in the Research Excellence Framework 2014 for research output.

Benefit from our excellence

The 4-year MPharm course is the product of all our innovation in teaching and quality in research. This four year course course is designed for UK and EU students. International students should apply for our five year MPharm Integrated programme (B231).

The course allows you to study a wide range of subjects which integrate science and healthcare, with a strong focus on the practical experience that the Pharmacy sector prizes.

Through the degree programme you will develop your skills and knowledge of practice and patient care, helping you to prepare for your professional career as a pharmacist. Your studies will involve working with patients to help them gain the maximum benefit from the medication prescribed to them.

Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to assess where your professional interests lie and to establish links with practices where you might secure future employment. You will be given every opportunity to develop your own areas of interest and expertise, alongside receiving exceptional tuition on the core requirements. Pharmacists can expect to command competitive salaries and there are excellent opportunities for career progression.

The course has been specifically designed to reflect recent developments in pharmaceutical science and changes in practice and is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) (2011/12 – 2017-18).

Course Structure

This four year course follows a carefully structured degree programme, in which you will study a number of compulsory topics on essential pharmaceutical theory and methodology. You will also undertake a research project in your final year.

Our course design covers topics in an integrated way based on different diseases. You will cover topics including:

  • Life sciences chemistry
  • Cells, physiology and pharmacology
  • Pharmaceutics and dosage form design
  • Drug design and mechanisms of drug actions
  • Neurology
  • Endocrinology
  • Immunology
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Renal disease
  • Gastrointestinal disease
  • Infectious diseases

Throughout the course you will learn about practicing as a Pharmacist and clinical and pharmaceutical management.

The final year is designed to enable you to use all previously learned knowledge in complex situations for the benefit of patients.  You will be able to select two pharmaceutical subjects which are of special interest to you and your final year project, which can be undertaken either abroad or in the UK, will be under the supervision of an academic at the cutting edge of pharmaceutical science or practice.

Examples of areas of study for the research projects:

  • Novel drug delivery systems
  • Tissue culture methods
  • Synthesis of new drugs for the treatment of neurological diseases
  • Introduction of electronic prescribing systems

Assessment

The MPharm incorporates innovative assessment methods that are based on procedures you will use as a qualified pharmacist, including portfolio-based assessment and objective clinical pharmacy examinations. The current assessment tools used within the school include:

  • Short answer and multiple choice papers
  • Essays and laboratory reports
  • Pharmaceutical Care Plans
  • Objective structured clinical  examinations
  • Portfolios
  • Unseen critical appraisal assessments
  • Oral and poster presentations
  • Group project work reports
  • Scientific paper writing
  • Staff and peer assessment

Course Modules 2017/8

  • Year 1

  • Year 2

  • Year 3

  • Year 4

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

NameCodeCredits
CELLS, PHYSIOLOGY and PHARMACOLOGYPHA-4004Y20
FOUNDATIONS IN PHARMACY PRACTICEPHA-4001Y35
LIFE SCIENCES CHEMISTRYPHA-4003Y30
PHYSICAL PHARMACYPHA-4002Y35

Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Essential Information

Entry Requirements

  • 2017/8

  • A Level AAB including Chemistry with a second Science or Maths. Science A-levels must include a pass in the practical element
  • International Baccalaureate 33 points including HL Chemistry at 6 and one other Science or Maths at 6
  • Scottish Advanced Highers AAB including Chemistry and one other Science subject
  • Irish Leaving Certificate AAAABB including Chemistry and one other Science subject
  • Access Course Pass Access to HE Diploma with Distinction in 36 credits at Level 3 and Merit in 9 credits at Level 3 including 12 Level 3 credits in Chemistry and 12 Level 3 credits in one other Science subject
  • BTEC DDD in Applied Science
  • European Baccalaureate 80% overall including 85% and 70% in Chemistry and one other Science subject

Entry Requirement

You are required to have Mathematics and English Language at a minimum of Grade B or Grade 5 or above at GCSE Level.

Applicants without traditional A levels e.g. those with Access or BTEC qualifications, if they are successful at interview, will be asked to complete a chemistry test at the University during the Summer. Information concerning the content of the chemistry test will be made available to such applicants.

A level retakes will only be considered if BCC or above was achieved in the first sitting and AAB is predicted in the retakes. We do not consider third sits of A-Levels for entry onto this programme.

General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.

Please note, you will be required to fulfill additional paperwork to ensure you are able to participate in placements, information about this can be found in the intake section. The School of Study will lead you through this process following registration.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading):

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall (minimum 6.0 in any component)

We also accept a number of other English language tests. Please click here to see our full list.

Interviews

Applicants submitting UCAS applications that include a good personal statement and academic reference as well as a strong academic background will be asked to attend the University on one of our Applicant Days.

As part of our selection process on the Applicant Day there will be three different activities: an interview, a demonstration and a group exercise. You don’t need to prepare or bring anything with you, we will give you all the information you need on the day.  These activities take about an hour in total.

The selection process is designed to help us choose students with the appropriate skills and attitudes to become excellent pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists.

If an applicant is located outside the UK, we will arrange a structured competency based one-to-one telephone interview.  This will be held with a member of academic staff from the School of Pharmacy.  We will be in touch prior to the interview to arrange a suitable time.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year.  We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and to contact admissions@uea.ac.uk directly to discuss this further.

Intakes

The School’s annual intake is in September of each year.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and Occupational Health Check

During your first semester, we ask that you apply for a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check. In addition to your DBS check, if you have lived outside of the UK for a continuous period of 4 months or more within the last five years, you will also be required to complete and submit a police check, (from your home country if this is not the UK) or a Certificate of Good Conduct. A template for this is provided by the Student Disclosure Service when they begin your DBS check.

You will also be required, as are all UK pharmacy students, to sign up to a national “Code of Conduct for Pharmacy Students”. You may view this document at:

http://www.pharmacyregulation.org/education/pharmacist/student-code-conduct

In addition to reviewing the “Student Fitness to Practice Policy and Procedures” which are developed to address any concerns about a student’s fitness to practice, including issues relating to conduct and health in relation to patient safety and professional standards.

PLEASE NOTE: Non-completion of the DBS or Occupational health checks or an adverse DBS outcome may result in withdrawal from the programme.

Course Open To

This four year course is open to UK and EU students only. International students should apply for our five year MPharm Pharmacy with a Placement Year programme (B231).

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: Home and EU Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for Home and EU students and for details of the support available.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds.

Home/EU – The University of East Anglia offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships.  To check if you are eligible please visit the website.

How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances with the Admissions Service prior to applying please do contact us:

Undergraduate Admissions Service
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

Please click here to register your details via our Online Enquiry Form.