About the course

This course has been designed to provide you with the skills required for working in relevant laboratories within the field pharmaceutical sciences. It is linked with the corresponding degree pathway of the University of Greenwich, and successful students will transfer to the BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science programme at the University in their final year - you can study this programme full or part time.

How to apply

Full time programme (2 years):

  • UCAS Code B203
  • You must apply for this course via www.ucas.com
  • The university code for University of Greenwich is G70

Part Time Programme (3 years):

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Entry requirements

  • A minimum of 72 UCAS points
  • Level 3 science qualification
  • 5 GCSEs - grades A*-C (9-4) including English and maths

If you do not have the above UCAS/GCSE requirements but you are a mature student, have appropriate experience, specific knowledge or industry-based qualifications, your application will be welcomed and still considered on case to case basis.

Additional entry requirements

  • Applications from students with specific vocational, professional and other qualifications (e.g. NVQs, or suitable Access courses) are judged on merit according to the relevance of such courses serving as preparation for the programmes
  • Selection is by interview and internal tests if necessary
  • Applicants who require a Tier 4 Student Visa need to provide an IELTS 6 with minimum required component scores 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking

What you will study

This foundation degree will provide a balanced understanding of how the body functions in the normal and diseased states and how disorders are diagnosed and corrected. This programme will give a solid grounding in chemistry, biochemistry, biology, pharmacology, pharmaceutical products and pharmaceutics, practical and project work, health and safety and workplace practices. This is placed in an applied, vocational context so you will gain theoretical and experimental knowledge and understanding, but will see how this relates to the workplace. You will develop problem solving, analytical and investigative transferable skills that enable you to meet employer requirements in a wide range of working environments.

  • MODULE INFORMATION FULL-TIME

    Level 4 - Year 1

    Fundamental Biology and Physiology (30 credits)

    This unit provides a background to the structure, growth, division, evolution and death of viruses, prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, and to introduce the genetics of eukaryotes and gives the theoretical basis of methods for studying cells and their components. Fundamental biology and physiology provides an essential grounding in the organisation and regulation of physiological processes. 

    Fundamentals of Biochemistry (30 credits)

    This unit introduces students to the structure and properties of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and nucleic acids and to the relationship between structure and biological function, and introduces the fundamental science of enzymes as biological catalysts and the role of cofactors. Fundamentals of biochemistry describes the central dogma of molecular biology: gene replication, transcription and translation and introduces the concept of ethics in scientific research.

    Basic Chemistry for Life Sciences (15 credits)

    This unit provides students with the basic chemical concepts essential for the life sciences and introduces students to the principles of chemical bonding and intermolecular interactions. Basic chemistry for life provides students with a basic knowledge of organic chemistry, chemical reactions and equilibria, visible spectroscopy and chromatography. 

    Work-based Learning 1 (30 credits)

    This unit provides a learning framework which will enable students to appreciate the principles and practices which ensure safety in the laboratory environment and introduces students to current health and safety legislation and explore its implications for laboratory management. Work based learning 1 provides a learning framework within which students can develop knowledge and skills related directly to the specialist protocols of the working environments and enables students to develop their practical, inter-personal and presentational skills.

    Essentials of pharmaceutical science (15 credits)

    Essentials of pharmaceutical science will extend students’ knowledge of organic reactions and organic reaction mechanisms and introduce students to the principles of drug discovery and action. This unit will introduce students to the different dosage forms and students’ will gain basic principles concerned with the storage, processing and transportation of bulk particulate materials in the pharmaceutical industry.

    Level 5 - Year 2

    Bioanalytical techniques (15 credits)

    Bioanalytical techniques provide students with the relevant tools to plan, and carry out investigations in an appropriate manner and student will gain an understanding of principles behind a range of analytical techniques, and to be able to apply them in the relevant specialised field of investigation and the consequent data interpretation.

    Metabolism and disease (15 credits)

    Metabolism and disease provides an introduction to basic concepts in metabolism and the principles of metabolic pathways and provides students with information on core metabolic pathways. This unit discusses relationships with metabolism and core disease pathways. 

    Physiological systems and regulation (15 credits)

    This unit develops students' understanding of the roles and limitations of homeostatic control and regulation, and examines the factors which contribute to the integrated control of representative examples of different physiological systems

    Work-based learning, research and professional skills (30 credits)

    This course aims to provide students with the opportunity to integrate their work-based experience with their academic programme of study.  Students will be encouraged to reflect upon their personal and professional development and to make connections between their academic study and their work experience. It will also provide students with the opportunity to analyse the modes of operation within the work place and to gain a fuller understanding of the nature of the work. 

    Pharmacology (15 credits)

    Pharmacology introduces the concept of drug action at cell, tissue and system levels and provides a fundamental pharmacological knowledge of the principles of drug action. This unit relates mechanisms of drug action to therapeutic intervention in disease. 

    Pharmaceutical product development and pharmaceutics (30 credits)

    This unit provides students with an understanding of the structure and reactions of organic compounds of biological significance and enables students to devise routes for the synthesis of simple target molecules. Pharmaceutical product development and pharmaceutics will introduce students to the legal and regulatory requirements applicable to the pharmaceutical industry and describes the characteristics and uses of the main dosage forms, such as tablets, capsules, emulsions, aerosols, injectables and transdermal delivery systems. Students will examine the required physico-chemico properties of chemical entities for prospective medicinal compounds and relate the physico-chemico properties of pharmaceuticals to an understanding of the challenges involved in the formulation of pharmaceutical products. Students will gain an appreciation of the factors involved in translating a formulated product into a substance that can be consistently fabricated in bulk quantities to approved type standards.

     

  • MODULE INFORMATION PART-TIME

    Year 1 (90 credits)

    Fundamental Biology and Physiology (30 credits)

    This unit provides a background to the structure, growth, division, evolution and death of viruses, prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, and to introduce the genetics of eukaryotes and gives the theoretical basis of methods for studying cells and their components. Fundamental biology and physiology provides an essential grounding in the organisation and regulation of physiological processes. 

    Fundamentals of Biochemistry (30 credits)

    This unit introduces students to the structure and properties of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and nucleic acids and to the relationship between structure and biological function, and introduces the fundamental science of enzymes as biological catalysts and the role of cofactors. Fundamentals of biochemistry describes the central dogma of molecular biology: gene replication, transcription and translation and introduces the concept of ethics in scientific research.

    Basic Chemistry for Life Sciences (15 credits)

    This unit provides students with the basic chemical concepts essential for the life sciences and introduces students to the principles of chemical bonding and intermolecular interactions. Basic chemistry for life provides students with a basic knowledge of organic chemistry, chemical reactions and equilibria, visible spectroscopy and chromatography. 

    Essentials of pharmaceutical science (15 credits)

    Essentials of pharmaceutical science will extend students’ knowledge of organic reactions and organic reaction mechanisms and introduce students to the principles of drug discovery and action. This unit will introduce students to the different dosage forms and students’ will gain basic principles concerned with the storage, processing and transportation of bulk particulate materials in the pharmaceutical industry.

    Year 2 (90 Credits)

    Work-based Learning 1 (30 credits)

    This unit provides a learning framework which will enable students to appreciate the principles and practices which ensure safety in the laboratory environment and introduces students to current health and safety legislation and explore its implications for laboratory management. Work based learning 1 provides a learning framework within which students can develop knowledge and skills related directly to the specialist protocols of the working environments and enables students to develop their practical, inter-personal and presentational skills.

    Pharmacology (15 credits)

    Pharmacology introduces the concept of drug action at cell, tissue and system levels and provides a fundamental pharmacological knowledge of the principles of drug action. This unit relates mechanisms of drug action to therapeutic intervention in disease. 

    Pharmaceutical product development and pharmaceutics (30 credits)

    This unit provides students with an understanding of the structure and reactions of organic compounds of biological significance and enables students to devise routes for the synthesis of simple target molecules. Pharmaceutical product development and pharmaceutics will introduce students to the legal and regulatory requirements applicable to the pharmaceutical industry and describes the characteristics and uses of the main dosage forms, such as tablets, capsules, emulsions, aerosols, injectables and transdermal delivery systems. Students will examine the required physico-chemico properties of chemical entities for prospective medicinal compounds and relate the physico-chemico properties of pharmaceuticals to an understanding of the challenges involved in the formulation of pharmaceutical products. Students will gain an appreciation of the factors involved in translating a formulated product into a substance that can be consistently fabricated in bulk quantities to approved type standards.

    Physiological systems and regulation (15 credits)

    This unit develops students' understanding of the roles and limitations of homeostatic control and regulation, and examines the factors which contribute to the integrated control of representative examples of different physiological systems

    Year 3 (60 credits)

    Bioanalytical techniques (15 credits)

    Bioanalytical techniques provide students with the relevant tools to plan, and carry out investigations in an appropriate manner and student will gain an understanding of principles behind a range of analytical techniques, and to be able to apply them in the relevant specialised field of investigation and the consequent data interpretation.

    Metabolism and disease (15 credits)

    Metabolism and disease provides an introduction to basic concepts in metabolism and the principles of metabolic pathways and provides students with information on core metabolic pathways. This unit discusses relationships with metabolism and core disease pathways.

    Work-based learning, research and professional skills (30 credits)

    This course aims to provide students with the opportunity to integrate their work-based experience with their academic programme of study.  Students will be encouraged to reflect upon their personal and professional development and to make connections between their academic study and their work experience. It will also provide students with the opportunity to analyse the modes of operation within the work place and to gain a fuller understanding of the nature of the work.

  • ASSESSMENT

    Assessment is via assignments, essays, practical work, tests, practical work assessment and examinations

  • COST AND LOANS

    You can apply for a student loan for this course.

    Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet these include:

    - Text books 

    - Travel to other sites - Where required

    - Library Fees and Fines - If you fail to return loaned items within the required time you will be responsible for the cost of any fees or fines applicable 

    - Printing and photocopying - You will need to cover the cost of any printing or photocopying undertaken to support your learning

    - Laboratory Equipment - You will need to cover the cost of a the lab coat and spectacles - they are available to buy new from the College at £15. You will also have to pay a £5 deposit for a locker.

    - Graduation ceremonies - It is free for you to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by you.

  • LEARNING AND TEACHING

    The programme is composed of courses which are delivered using lectures, tutorial and practicals. It is composed of a total of 240 credits, 120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5. 

  • CONTACT HOURS

    Your overall workload typically consists of 15 contact hours. You will be expected to undertake at least 15 hours independent learning and assessment activity. 

  • INDEPENDENT LEARNING/OVERALL WORKLOAD

    When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions you will continue learning through self-study.  Typically, this involves reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, working on projects, and preparing for coursework assignments/examinations, workshops and seminars.

    At level 5 you will undertake a research project within work-based learning, research and professional skills. You will work under the supervision of a member of the programme team, but you will be expected to independently research the topic and generate a methodology which you will implement within the laboratory.

    For each 15 or 30 credit modules, your study time is about 10 hours a week. 

     

  • ACADEMIC INPUT

    All members of the science team have doctorates within biology, biochemistry and chemistry fields.  All staff have had experience in working within a research or pharmaceutical environment.  They have experience in delivering research-informed teaching. You should note members of the teaching team might change.

  • PROGRESSION

    Progression to the final year of BSc Hons in Pharmaceutical Science at the University of Greenwich (or other institutions)

    Progression into employment

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