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 within the last five years (including year of application).

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Entry Criteria: 2019

Grades Grade 6 or above in a minimum of five subjects.
Subject 5 subjects which must include: English Language and Maths, and either Double Award Science or both Biology and Chemistry at grade 6 or above.
Additional Requirements
If you studied under an educational system that did not include GCSEs we will consider your academic record at the equivalent stage. However, we will not accept Adult Literacy and Numeracy or Functional Maths in lieu of GCSEs.
Applicants are required to provide details of their full academic study prior to their current course of studies. Applicants should also be aware that they will be required to provide certificates confirming these details.

A Levels

Grades ABB

Three subjects, including Biology or Chemistry.

General Studies and 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 BSc Clinical Pharmacology this will be an A-Level offer of BBC.

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

Additional Requirements


We will consider applications from applicants that are re-sitting their 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 any previous grades you have achieved.

Applicants must be aware that any offer made on the basis of their re-sits will make their previous A levels null and void and there can be no mixing and matching of grades from different academic cycles.

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 at least a B (Grade 6) grade has not previously been attained in GCSE/IGCSE/O level Maths and English.

Applicants applying with the IB certificate are considered on a case by case basis.


Other qualifications

Cambridge Pre-U Diploma Predicted grades of 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.


English language Requirement.

If English is not your first language and you have not sat a GCSE/IGCSE, you must provide evidence of your proficiency via the tests listed below.  The test is valid for a period of two years.

English Language grade B or above.

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

IELTS International English Language Testing System)
6.5 overall (including minimum 6.0 in each module)*
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Additional Requirements
*Applicants who have sat a test more than twice in one year will not be considered.

EU and International qualifications

We require applicants to ensure that their qualification meets our entry requirements prior to application:

European qualifications (PDF)
International qualifications (PDF)

If you hold qualifications which are not listed here, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for advice.

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 work you have done 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, rather than being general.

Last Updated: Thursday, 28 February 2019 15:51