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Is there anyway for me to study pharmacy or pharmacology or pharmaceutical science without a foundation year, i am currently studying A-level Maths and Double Applied Science ( level 3 national diploma)
Original post by Samir_1
Is there anyway for me to study pharmacy or pharmacology or pharmaceutical science without a foundation year, i am currently studying A-level Maths and Double Applied Science ( level 3 national diploma)


I can think of 2 other options if you have already completed your A Levels:

Do A Level Biology and Chemistry as a private candidate (can be expensive, depending on whether the practical assessments are required for the specific degree)

Do an Access to Higher Education course with 15 credits in Biology and 15 in Chemistry


In terms of pricing, you can do your A Levels for £250 each if you just go for the exams. Practical assessments can cost £1000 on the cheap end. Online college courses (should you decide not to self study) costs £395-£1000 each. Textbooks for the A Levels can cost £50 each. The thing about A Levels is that it enables you to apply to any university that you wish, so long you get the grades.
Access courses that have 15 credits in biology and 15 in chemistry are commonplace. You can do these at offline colleges for £3500 or online colleges at £1000. Access aren't as widely accepted as A Levels, but you should be fine for most English universities. (I would check the entry requirements of the specific course that you want to do first though, as not all universities will be OK with this for specific courses even if they accept Access and they might end up asking you to do further A Levels on top.)

You will need to pay for your own costs if you decide to study A Levels. As you're already doing A Levels (or with intention of completing the ones that you have), you will likely need to pay for your second set of Level 3 qualifications yourself. These won't break the bank, but they are a pain to deal with.

If you're currently studying applied science, is there a specific reason why you didn't opt for Biology and Chemistry instead? If you're accepted for A Level Maths, it's a bit difficult for me to understand why you would have problems being accepted for both biology and chemistry. If you can drop applied science and go for the A Levels whilst you're still in college, I strongly recommend doing so - it would save a lot of headache and expenses later, even if it means you end up staying on at college until you're 19.
Chemistry would be a priority over maths. As much as it pains me to say it, you can drop maths and do Chemistry instead if you can. However, if you can't, then I would still finish off maths as it might be useful later on.

There are degrees that would consider BTECs and would require an additional A Level in Chemistry, so if you need to do extra A Levels it would significantly cut down the cost. e.g.
https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/med/pharmacy-4-year.aspx#EntryRequirementsTab
https://www.brighton.ac.uk/courses/study/pharmacy-mpharm.aspx
https://www.reading.ac.uk/ready-to-study/study/subject-area/pharmacy-ug/mpharm-pharmacy
https://www.bath.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate-2022/pharmacy/mpharm-pharmacy/#entry-requirements
Original post by Samir_1
Is there anyway for me to study pharmacy or pharmacology or pharmaceutical science without a foundation year, i am currently studying A-level Maths and Double Applied Science ( level 3 national diploma)

Hi @Samir_1

The University of Huddersfield offers the Pharmacy (MPharm), Pharmacology BSc(Hons) and also Pharmaceutical Chemistry Bsc(Hons).
If interested, you may want to drop an email at [email protected] for more information or even contact the applied sciences team under the 'staff' tab on Unibuddy here: https://www.hud.ac.uk/chat-with-our-students/.

Aaliya ~ 4th year pharmacy student ~ University of Huddersfield

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