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    Hi everyone. So I just finished doing a extended degree on science (foundation year) initially I wanted to do this course to get onto pharmacy as I didn't do well enough in my a levels. However to progress onto pharmacy, I needed to get 70%+ in chemistry and overall On average. However, I got 60% in chemistry. I contacted my uni and they said that I am not able to get onto mpharmacy with my results but they're able to offer me a space on the pharmaceutical science degree. I have done some research into pharmaceutical science but I can't seem to find any useful information online for example, job opportunities after graduating and what career paths to do. I have also contacted other universities to see if I would be able to get onto pharmacy and one responded to me. They offered me a place onto another foundation course. This one is 2 years long and in order to get into pharmacy I would have to pass everything (40%+ in all modules) and once I do this I automatically get into 2nd year of pharmacy. So it's like doing the 1st year of pharmacy split into 2years. However, I think that doing this would be too long considering that I have just done a foundation year and it would be hard to get student finance to fund another 5 years for me. Also would it really be worth the risk considering that I am not that good at chemistry? But is pharmaceutical science a degree worth doing?
    Please help me as I don't have much time left to decide
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    (Original post by Ersla)
    Hi everyone. So I just finished doing a extended degree on science (foundation year) initially I wanted to do this course to get onto pharmacy as I didn't do well enough in my a levels. However to progress onto pharmacy, I needed to get 70%+ in chemistry and overall On average. However, I got 60% in chemistry. I contacted my uni and they said that I am not able to get onto mpharmacy with my results but they're able to offer me a space on the pharmaceutical science degree. I have done some research into pharmaceutical science but I can't seem to find any useful information online for example, job opportunities after graduating and what career paths to do. I have also contacted other universities to see if I would be able to get onto pharmacy and one responded to me. They offered me a place onto another foundation course. This one is 2 years long and in order to get into pharmacy I would have to pass everything (40%+ in all modules) and once I do this I automatically get into 2nd year of pharmacy. So it's like doing the 1st year of pharmacy split into 2years. However, I think that doing this would be too long considering that I have just done a foundation year and it would be hard to get student finance to fund another 5 years for me. Also would it really be worth the risk considering that I am not that good at chemistry? But is pharmaceutical science a degree worth doing?
    Please help me as I don't have much time left to decide
    Are you a UK student? Taking another foundation year may well affect your student finance eligibility (and if you don't get the grades to progress you're back in the same position you are now but with 3 years worth of fees and funding used up).

    Do you want to become a pharmacist? WHat is it about that career that attracts you? Are there any other health professional roles that would share those features without such a focus on chemistry? https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/Explore-roles

    Pharmaceutical Science degrees are essentially biochemistry type courses - your career would normally be research focused not healthcare/patient focused.
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    Are you a UK student? Taking another foundation year may well affect your student finance eligibility (and if you don't get the grades to progress you're back in the same position you are now but with 3 years worth of fees and funding used up).

    Do you want to become a pharmacist? WHat is it about that career that attracts you? Are there any other health professional roles that would share those features without such a focus on chemistry? https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/Explore-roles

    Pharmaceutical Science degrees are essentially biochemistry type courses - your career would normally be research focused not healthcare/patient focused.
    Yes I am a uk student. Exactly that's what I'm worried about.

    The thing that attract me about pharmacy is that I've done a placement at a pharmacy before, when I was doing my gcse's and I really enjoyed it. I like working with people. Also I was hoping that in the future, I could maybe open up my own pharmacy somewhere outside of the uk, but I would probably need to be a qualified pharmacist to do so?

    Pharmaceutical science sounds like it would be a better fit for me but I'm worried that once I graduate I would be stuck and won't be able to find a good job.
 
 
 
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