You will need to meet both the entry and personal statement criteria to be considered for this course. With the exception of GCSEs, all qualifications must have been awarded no more than five years before your year of application.

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Entry criteria 2019:


Grades Grade 6 / B or above in a minimum of five subjects
Subject Five subjects which must include English Language and Maths and either Biology and Chemistry or Double award sicence.  
Additional information
We do not accept Adult Literacy and Numeracy or Functional Maths instead of GCSEs

 A Levels

Grades ABB

Three subjects, including Biology or Chemistry.

General Studies and level 3  Key Skills are not accepted.

Adjusted Criteria

If you attend a school or college in England from this list (i.e. a non-selective state school with an average A-Level grade of D+ or below, or one that is in the bottom 20% in England for progression to Higher Education) then you may be eligible to receive an adjusted A-Level offer two grades lower than the standard for the course.

For Clinical Pharmacology BSc this will be an offer of BBC.

You will still have to meet all other academic and non-academic entry requirements.

Additional information


We will consider your application if you are re-sitting your A levels (including AS levels and modular resits) over 3 years. However, you will be required to achieve higher grades. Re-sit applications will be assessed on an individual basis, as offers may be dependent on achieved Biology and Chemistry grades. Any re-sit grades will supersede previous grades.

International Baccalaureate

Award Full Award Diploma
Scores Overall score of 34

16 points at Higher Level including both Biology and Chemistry, with a minimum of 5 in one and 6 in the other.                    

At Standard Level, a minimum score of 5 must be in Maths (or Maths Studies) and English Language if you have not achieved GCSE / IGCSE Maths and English at grade 6 / B.

 Other qualifications

Cambridge Pre-U Diploma D3, M2, M2
Combinations of individual Pre-U subjects and A Levels are acceptable.
Scottish Highers Three Advanced Highers at ABB, including Chemistry or Biology.
European Baccalaureate Overall grade of 80 per cent, with a minimum of 8 in Biology or Chemistry.
EU qualifications View a list of the European qualifications we accept 
International qualifications View a list of the international qualifications we accept

English language


English Language grade 6 / B or above.

Please note: all components (speaking, listening, reading and writing) must be completed and assessed.


(International English Language Testing System)

6.5 overall (including minimum 6.0 in each component)

You are able to take two attempts to achieve your IELTS qualification per year and your test results are valid for two years. 

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Non-Academic Criteria

Personal Statement

We are looking for students who are excited by science and motivated by curiosity and a desire to learn. A good understanding of biology and chemistry will provide the basis for building your knowledge in pharmacology. An interest in communication and team-working will help you to participate in the course and subsequently be successful in the scientific workplace.

As a guide your personal statement should tell us:

  • What interests you about pharmacology and what extra activities you have undertaken to support your interest in pharmacology or science in general.
  • We are also interested in hearing about extra-curricular activities that have developed your team-working and communication skills and show how you can take initiative.
  • We also expect you to demonstrate awareness of current issues in pharmacology and science.

Please remember that your personal statement should focus on the subjects of pharmacology and science.

Last Updated: Tuesday, 09 July 2019 10:00