Foundation Programme in Science: Biosciences and Pharmacy

Our Foundation Programme in Science: Biosciences and Pharmacy will give you the skills and knowledge needed to progress onto a Bioscience, Neuroscience or Pharmacy degree at Aston University, Birmingham.

Location: Aston University, Birmingham

If you have applied to Aston for this Foundation Programme by the UCAS deadline of 26th January 2022, please be assured that all applications received on time will receive equal consideration for a place to study with us in line with our published entry requirements. If you wish to apply for a place for 2023 entry, you will be able to apply once UCAS applications open for 2023 entry (expected to be September 2022); please ensure you apply by the relevant UCAS deadline (expected to be the last Wednesday of January) to be considered for a place for 2023 entry. If you have any questions you can contact our admissions team at ugadmissions@aston.ac.uk.

Course type

Full-time

Course format

No placements

Duration

1 year

UCAS code(s)

H190

Start date

Course outline and modules

We are no longer accepting applications for this course for September 2022 entry.

If you have applied to Aston for Foundation Programme in Science: Biosciences and Pharmacy - Pharmacy pathway by the UCAS deadline of 26th January 2022, please be assured that all applications received on time will receive equal consideration for a place to study with us in line with our published entry requirements. If you wish to apply for a place for 2023 entry, you will be able to apply once UCAS applications open for 2023 entry (expected to be September 2022); please ensure you apply by the relevant UCAS deadline (expected to be the last Wednesday of January) to be considered for a place for 2023 entry. If you have any questions you can contact our admissions team at ugadmissions@aston.ac.uk.

At Aston we want to give you the best start to your academic life and chosen future career. By undertaking our Foundation Programme in Science: Biosciences and Pharmacy, specifically designed for students who do not meet direct entry requirements, you’ll gain the skills and knowledge needed to progress on to the related degree of your choice.

You’ll study key bioscience and pharmacy topics from human anatomy and physiology to chemistry and mathematics, as well as being introduced to clinical practice and scientific research methods.

What courses will this prepare me for?

Upon successful completion, you will have guaranteed progression* onto one of the following degrees:

*Progression is subject to qualifications, performance and progression pathway, see full details here. Note that in most circumstances, you will remain on the BSc pathway you chose at entry and indicated in your offer letter.

This course is open to home fee paying students only.

Course outline 

The course content you will study has been specifically selected to ensure you are ready to progress onto undergraduate level. This includes a combination of science and numeracy-based topics as well as practical professional skills. You’ll have access to a wide range of academic and research expertise, modern facilities, and cutting-edge technology.

In addition to your subject specific knowledge, our foundation course aims to build your key skills, such as team working, leadership and interpersonal abilities to start you on your path towards your future career.

Modules

Core modules
  • Senses and Perception
  • Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Mathematics for Health Scientists
  • Professional Skills
  • Foundation Chemistry I
  • Foundation Chemistry II
  • Biological and Biochemical Science Foundations
Optional modules

Choose one from the following three options:

  • Identities and Inequalities
  • Introduction to Biomedical Engineering

Please note the availability of any optional modules will be subject to staff availability and a minimum number of students who express an interest in studying the optional modules.

Entry requirements

Please review the typical offer entry requirements below in consideration of which course you’d like to progress onto. You should state your intended progression course within the UCAS personal statement. Our admissions team will then assess your application against the criteria for the progression route that you have stated.

Upon completion of the Foundation Programme, entry onto one of our undergraduate programmes is dependent on meeting set grade progression requirements. Example of these requirements and additional information on progression can be found here. The latest requirements are provided in the offer email for the relevant year of application.

GCSEs

Five GCSEs at grade C/4 which must include Maths and English Language. Please note we do not accept Key skills or Functional skills in place of these.

A Levels
  • Biosciences (Biochemistry, Biological Sciences or Biomedical Science): CCC in three subjects, must include Biology.
  • Neuroscience: BBB in any three subjects or CCC in three subjects, which must include one science from Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics.
  • Pharmacy: BBB in any subjects OR CCC including one science from Chemistry, Biology, Physics, or Maths.

The following subjects will not be considered as one of the core three A Levels - General Studies, Critical Thinking, Citizenship Studies.

BTEC

We consider BTEC qualifications in any subject which are taken with the relevant A Level subjects as listed below. 

Programme

BTEC Qualification

Grades and A Level requirements

Biosciences: Biochemistry, Biological Sciences and Biomedical Science

Extended Diploma

Distinction, Distinction, Distinction (DDD) in Applied Science subject only.

Diploma/National Diploma

Distinction, Distinction (DD) in any BTEC subject PLUS grade C A Level Biology.

Subsidiary/National Extended Certificate

Distinction (D) in any BTEC subject PLUS two A Levels at grade CC which must include Biology.

90 Credit Diploma

Distinction, Distinction (DD) in any BTEC subject PLUS two A Levels at grade CC which must include Biology.

National Foundation Diploma

Distinction (D) in any BTEC subject PLUS two A Levels at grade CC which must include Biology.

Neuroscience

Extended Diploma

If this BTEC is being taken in Applied Science you must achieve Distinction, Distinction, Distinction (DDD). You do not require an additional A Level.

OR

Distinction, Distinction, Distinction (DDD) in any subject PLUS one A Level at grade C in a science subject from: Biology, Chemistry, Physics OR Maths.

Diploma/National Diploma

Distinction, Distinction (DD) in any BTEC subject PLUS grade C A Level in one science from Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics.

Subsidiary/National Extended Certificate

Distinction (D) in any BTEC subject PLUS two A Levels at grade CC which must include one science from Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics.

90 Credit Diploma

Distinction, Distinction (DD) in any BTEC subject PLUS two A Levels at grade CC which must include one science from Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics.

National Foundation Diploma

Distinction (D) in any BTEC subject PLUS two A Levels at grade CC which must include one science from Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics.

MPharm - Pharmacy

Extended Diploma

If this BTEC is being taken in Applied Science you must achieve Distinction, Distinction, Distinction (DDD). You do not require an additional A Level.

OR

If this BTEC in any other subject then you must achieve Distinction, Distinction, Distinction (DDD) plus a grade C in A Level Chemistry. 

Diploma/National Diploma

Distinction, Distinction (DD) in Applied Science PLUS grade C A Level Chemistry.

Subsidiary/National Extended Certificate

Distinction (D) in Applied Science PLUS two A Levels at grade CC which must include Chemistry.

90 Credit Diploma

Distinction, Distinction (DD) in Applied Science PLUS two A Levels at grade CC which must include Chemistry.

National Foundation Diploma

Distinction (D) in Applied Science PLUS two A Levels at grade CC which must include Chemistry.

T Level

Students completing T levels in 2022
T levels in the following subjects are not accepted for entry to this course: Design, Surveying and Planning for Construction; Digital Production, Design and Development; Education and Childcare.  Please note that where a T level is listed as 'Not acceptable' this is because the T level does not cover subject specific knowledge that we normally require at A level.  If you have taken both a T level and an additional A level or A levels please consult the admissions team for advice in relation to any degrees where T levels are listed as 'not accepted.'

Students completing T levels in 2023 and beyond
There are now an additional seven T Level qualifications in: building services; engineering for construction; digital business services; digital support and services; health; healthcare science; onsite construction and science. The first student cohorts from these subjects will complete their courses in the summer of 2023. We will publish details of the progression opportunities to our degree programmes from these T Levels by September 2022.

IB
  • Biosciences (Biochemistry, Biological Sciences or Biomedical Science): 27 points overall and three Higher Level subjects at 4, 4, 4 which must include Biology.

  • Neuroscience: 27 points overall and three Higher Level subjects at 4, 4, 4 which must include one science from Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics. Or 31 points overall and three Higher Level subjects at 5, 5, 5

  • Pharmacy: 27 points overall and three Higher Level subjects at 4, 4, 4, which must include Chemistry and either Biology, Physics or Maths. Or 31 points overall and three Higher Level subjects at 5, 5, 5

View our Admissions Policy


Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with predicted grades that fall below these entry requirements if the application is of a high standard (however, initial offers will not be lower than stated above).

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor. 
 

Learning, teaching and assessment

During your foundation year, you’ll have excellent support from our expert academics who come from a wide range of life and health science specialisms and backgrounds. We also have the Learning Development Centre that can provide additional support, and a peer-assisted learning scheme.

You will be taught via a variety of learning methods such as:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • lab sessions
  • practicals
  • online activity
  • reading and other independent study.

 

You’ll also complete group projects, designed to give you the chance to meet new people, make new friends and build a network of peers who will share your university journey.

This one-year course is worth 120 credits, with each credit equivalent to 10 learning hours. The learning hours may include but are not limited to lectures, seminars, tutorials, lab sessions, practicals, online activity, reading, other independent study, reflecting on assignment feedback, field trips and work placements.

Fees and scholarships

Fees: £9,250 per year Home students

If you think you may be eligible to pay home fees, please contact our Tuition Fee Assessment team here fee_assessment@aston.ac.uk and they will be able to advise you further. If you are considered to be a Home fee payer after their assessment, then you will qualify for this programme as long as your English language qualifications meet the required minimum.

At Aston University we are committed to supporting the most talented and hardworking students to achieve their potential by providing a range of scholarships to help lower tuition and living costs.

You can explore the costs involved in studying at university and the financial support that may be available to you here.

Frequently asked questions

Why study the Foundation Programme in Science: Biosciences and Pharmacy at Aston?

This course has been designed specifically for students who don’t initially qualify for Bioscience, Neuroscience or Pharmacy undergraduate study with us. You’ll experience a unique mix of hands-on study and theoretical learning, in world-class facilities, working with passionate expert staff.

We’ll work with you to help you to develop the skills and knowledge you need to progress onto your course of interest; and to be ready for an exciting and enriching career solving some of the world’s most pressing scientific problems.

What degree courses could I progress onto after this foundation programme?

Successfully completing the Foundation Programme in Science: Biosciences and Pharmacy will allow you to progress to a diverse range of degree courses such as:

Take a look at our progression criteria page to ensure you are aware of the additional qualification and performance criteria for your course of interest. Note that in most circumstances, you will remain on the BSc pathway you chose at entry and indicated in your offer letter.

 

 

 

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