For students wishing to go on to study medicine, natural, life sciences or pharmacy at university in the UK, the Bellerbys Science & Pharmacy Foundation course provides all the academic preparation required to pursue this route. The traditional academic subjects are combined with English language and study skills to prepare students for further education.
Science and Pharmacy Foundation Course
Once the Science & Pharmacy Foundation programme has been completed successfully, you can progress to one of our destination universities. See the progression tab for more information about where previous students have furthered their studies after Bellerbys.
Please note: university entrance requirements can change and successful completion of the programme is no guarantee of admission to that university.
- Age: Students are normally 16.5 or over
Please note: Brighton – students joining the Foundation Programme must be under 19 years of age
- Course length: 3 terms & a 3.5 term starting week commencing 31 October 2016
- Start dates: September, October and January - see term dates
- Entry requirements:
- Satisfactory completion of secondary or high school
- IELTS 4.5 or equivalent (for the September start) or IELTS 5 or equivalent (for the October and January start).
- Fees: Please visit our Fees page to calculate your fees
- Note: Students starting Foundation Preparation Programme in October have the opportunity to become accustomed to their environment and British teaching styles. In the first term, October – December, students benefit from extra preparation in English and critical thinking skills and additional university guidance, as well as being given a supervised self-study enrichment project and taster lessons. Foundation study will begin in January.
Science & Pharmacy Foundation students spend 18-25 hours per week in class. The course is modular in structure and consists of core modules studied by all foundation students, and additional modules tailored specifically for Science & pharmacy students.
Foundation English Skills 1
Develop the ability to read academic texts, write short academic texts, take notes from written and oral sources and use spoken English to discuss a variety of topics.
Foundation English Skills 2
Improve all the abilities in FES1, developing greater accuracy, speed, cohesion, organisation and presentation.
Study Skills in the British Environment
Develop academic English skills for university. This continually assessed course module includes an extended research essay based on an aspect of British culture, debates and discussions, listening, note-taking and summarising as well as oral presentation.
Computer Information Technology
Improve IT literacy and creativity using MS Office, Business and Media applications; develop internet research skills.
Science & Pharmacy modules
Study biological molecules, cellular structure and function, chromosome structure, cell division, movement through cell membranes, enzymes and metabolic pathways.
Learn about the cardiovascular system, the respiratory system, the digestive system, osmo-regulation, control and co-ordination and reproduction.
Chemistry 1 Core Principles of Chemistry
Study formulae, equations and moles, atomic structure, introduction to redox systems, thermodynamics and bonding.
Chemistry 2 Kinetics; Acid-base equilibria and Organic Chemistry
Learn about reaction rates, acid-base equilibria, kinetics and organic chemistry.
Pure Maths 1
Algebra, including transformations, logarithms, series; trigonometry including sin, cos, tan for any angle, solving equations; radians; circles; basic data handling,- mean, mode, median, standard deviation; introduction to calculus including stationary points, equations of tangents and normals, areas.
You can also choose either:
Pure Maths 2
Develop the work covered in Pure Maths 1 including more advanced algebra, including functions; trigonometric identities; more advanced differentiation including logarithmic and exponential functions, products and quotients; integration including volumes of revolution and solving first order differential equations.
Applied Statistics for Scientists
Acquire an understanding of probability and statistics covering simple discrete and continuous random variables and associated distributions, regression and correlation and simple hypothesis testing.
To study the Science & Pharmacy Foundation you will need to have completed secondary or high school to a satisfactory level.
Contact our team of expert Student Enrolment Advisers to find out if your qualifications meet the entry requirements.
English language requirements
To study the Foundation programme you will need to take a UKVI IELTS English language test and achieve a minimum level of 4.5 overall (for the September start) or level of 5 overall (for the October and January start).
English Language Preparation Programme (ELPP)
If you do not meet the English language requirements for entry to the Foundation you can study one, two or three terms of English Language Preparation prior to the start of your academic programme. The length of your English Language Preparation Programme will depend on your current English language level.
Contact a Student Enrolment Adviser to take our English Assessment Test and find out how much preparation you require.
The Bellerbys English Language Preparation Programme is a fast, personalised and highly effective programme that will fully equip you to succeed in your studies. The programme comprises 25 hours per week of general English, examination preparation and skills classes. Throughout the programme you will be closely monitored by a personal tutor and tested regularly to ensure you reach the English language level required for your academic programme.
Please note that the English Language Preparation Programme (ELPP) incurs additional fees on top of your academic tuition fees. Visit our fees page for details and to calculate your fees.