(Original post by Origami Bullets)
If I remember rightly (don't take my word for it - do check), the pharmacy foundation year at Xaverian is more of a general life sciences foundation year, so if you wanted to you could switch to something like Pharmacology & Physiology, Biology or Neuroscience afterwards.
I've had a (brief) look at both foundation courses online. As far as I can tell, Xaverian has several advantages,
- you won't be wasting your time on English as a Foreign Language, or ICT (I presume you can use a computer...)
- you will be a full member of the university, so you will be able to live in university owned halls - which I can assure you is a far better option than what INTO has to offer.
- if it's more rigorous, then you will be better prepared for when you actually start the MPharm. Essentially, you need to cover the (two-year) A Level course in one year (a US high school diploma is generally reckoned to be equivalent to the GCSEs that the British take at 16), so it needs
to be rigorous. However, it won't be unmanageably rigorous - they accept people who have inappropriate A Levels, so the last time that they studied sciences was two years ago, and to a standard no higher than you have been studying so far.
- INTO is only for international students. Unfortunately, international students can have a tendency to group together into groups of people who speak their own language. You will be part of a very small minority for whom English is your first language, and as you won't be living in university halls, there's the potential to find yourself quite isolated.
- You'd have to reapply via UCAS for INTO. There's no guarantee that you would get in, and I'm not sure that you have guaranteed progression to UoM from INTO, as you do with the Xaverian foundation year. Also, would you still be able to start INTO this September, or would you have to wait until next September?
Anyway, I think the best option for you will be Xaverian. Sometimes you've just got to take a bit of a leap of faith!