Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences Foundation Degree (with Foundation Year)

Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences Foundation Degree (with Foundation Year)

Apply Now Enquire Now

This course is subject to validation by Leeds City College.

The programme is intended to provide a broad and industrially relevant set of modules, preparing students for work in industries in the chemical science or bioscience sectors. Graduates should be able to apply for a number of careers regardless of which options they have taken. Examples areas include: NHS careers, teaching, food safety, technical support roles in academic, government or private laboratories, specialist scientific sales and marketing,. Recent graduates have progressed to careers such as Assistant Research Practitioner at the Manchester Eye Hospital, laboratory work for a global company specialising in clinical trials, a neurology technician in the NHS as well as roles in the teaching and legal professions. Many of our graduates go on to further study such as masters in Physician Associate Studies, Medical Microbiology, Paramedic Science, Cognitive Neuroscience, Medical Biochemistry, Clinical Embryology and Assisted Reproduction Technology, Cardiology and Biopharmacy. Graduates have also gone on to study Ph.Ds in scientific research.


The course was developed in order to close a skills gap as identified by the Leeds LEP. The course was written after consultation with a number of local employers, who informed teaching, content and assessment methods. We have formed close links with other employers and continued to elicit feedback on how well the course prepares graduates for employment. Teaching is delivered in purpose-built laboratories with industry-standard equipment and is designed to develop the key skills and knowledge demanded by employers.


Throughout this course you will:

  • Have the opportunity to design and conduct your own research project.
  • Gain an understanding and appreciation of the chemistry and biochemistry of drug molecules: their design, synthesis and behaviour in the body
  • Develop a multidisciplinary understanding of the science of human life, health and disease at the molecular, cellular, system, organismal and environmental level.
  • Learn about microbial processes and applications, including the opportunities for humans to exploit and benefit from these.
Duration 3 years
Study mode Full time
Start date 16/09/2019
Campus University Centre
Course code 72677-05
Fee £7,250 (per academic year)

What you learn

Modules may include:


Year 0

  • Biology 1
  • Biology 2
  • Chemistry 1
  • Chemistry 2
  • Foundation mathematics
  • Academic skills


Year 1

  • Personal and professional development
  • Integrated biomolecular science
  • Physiology and pathology
  • Physical, inorganic and organic chemistry
  • Integrated practical skills
  • Biochemical processes
  • Organic chemistry
  • Mathematics


Year 2

  • Microbiology & biotechnology
  • Pharmacology & therapeutics
  • Immunology
  • Genetics
  • Medicinal chemistry
  • Biomaterials and solid state chemistry
  • Work related learning
  • Scientific investigation

Benefits / Skills you will develop

Throughout this course you will:

  • Learn new skills that will enhance your employability in the science sector.
  • Have access to labs and a large range of specialist pieces of equipment.
  • Learn to work independently and safely in a busy laboratory environment and develop skills that are relevant to many scientific industries.
  • Develop analytical and practical skills involving the use of a wide range of laboratory equipment and techniques as well as methods of scientific data collection, storage and processing.  
  • Become technically competent in common laboratory procedures, learn to manage your own time and work in teams with professionalism
  • Use experiences to improve your performance through reflective practice.

How you will be assessed

There will be regular short practice assessment activities (in the form of regular quizzes and tests) with feedback provided to guide your progress and development. Pair and small group activities will be regularly used in all modules, allowing you to improve communication and teamwork skills. Giving short oral and poster presentations will increase your confidence in speaking and presenting.

Preparation for practical activities will be available in the form of virtual experiments in which online feedback is instantly available. Real and simulated practical activities will also provide data and you will be given guidance on how to collect and process high quality data, and how to use it to form conclusions.

Modules will be formally assessed and graded through a range of methods, including traditional examinations, laboratory activities, problem-based group projects, oral and poster presentations, case-studies, research projects and essays.

This range of activities provides the opportunity for everyone to demonstrate the knowledge and skills that they have acquired throughout the course of their studies. The mix of practical and written assessments will provide evidence to employers of the level of laboratory skills and other abilities (such as teamwork, communication skills, ethical integrity, etc.), whilst also enabling you to demonstrate the theoretical knowledge and academic skills that you have developed.

Where is the course delivered (facilities / classrooms)

The course is delivered in brand new purpose-built laboratories in the university Centre

Entry requirements

Typical offer:

GCSEs: Science and additional Science at a grade 4 or above.

BTEC First Nationals: At least one overall Merit grade.

GCSE English: English Language Grade C or above (grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards). Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy are accepted in place of GCSEs.

GCSE Maths: Maths Grade C or above (grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards). Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.

IELTS: IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any component.

International qualifications: International qualifications will be assessed against these criteria.

Mature applicants: Leeds City College welcomes applications from mature* applicants who may not have met the academic criteria, but who can demonstrate a wealth of experience in their chosen field. Candidates in this category and otherwise are likely to be interviewed to assess their suitability for the course and may be asked to provide a portfolio of evidence to support their application.                   

*21 years and over at the start of the course

APL claims: The course structure actively supports claims for Accreditation of Prior Certified Learning (APL).

Interviews/audition: A successful audition is required.

How to apply

If you would like to apply for any of the Leeds City College full-time Higher Education programmes for 2019 entry, (unless otherwise stated) please do so via UCAS at

The UCAS code for this course is CF12 and the Leeds City College institution code is L21.

What's next

You can progress onto a top-up year to obtain a BSc. degree (with honours) or graduate with a Foundation Degree and move into employment. Typical areas that our graduates find employment in includes:

NHS (both laboratory and non-laboratory based work)

Laboratory research posts

Hospital research assistant positions


Commercial laboratory-based companies in fields such as:

  • Clinical drug trials
  • Analytical services
  • Agricultural or environmental work

Specialist sales work

Legal work such as intellectual property law

Teaching (in schools, colleges and in Higher Education) after completion of additional qualifications.

For those wishing to go on to postgraduate study, the BSc is accepted for entry to a wide range of courses such as PGCEs, Diplomas, Masters and PhDs

Campus Locations

University Centre

Park Lane
West Yorkshire
0113 216 2406
Nearest train station
Leeds Central Station, 0.6 MilesWebsite

You may be interested in...