Biomedical Sciences (Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences) - Foundation Degree

Biomedical Sciences (Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences) - Foundation Degree

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This course is validated by The Open University.


If you are interested in science and appreciate the skills of laboratory practical work this course is for you. This course offers exemplary experience at the bench coupled with foundation knowledge in addition to giving students the employability skills and industry knowledge necessary to succeed when working in science. The course can also be used in preparation for a top-up to a full BSc (Hons).

Chemical and Pharmaceutical Science encompasses a wide range of laboratory procedures for preparation and analysis of chemical substances for human purposes. It includes research and development in the laboratory exploring, purifying and synthesizing high quality products from nature and other sources. Examples include the manufacture of drugs, materials and medicinal products or large scale synthesis in industry. It is a two-year programme requiring just two full days in college leading to the award of an FD.

The programme offers informed teaching in small groups by highly qualified and experienced teachers in addition to excellent support. The programme has been developed with direct input from local employers who also have a global presence and represents an excellent opportunity for those interested in working in science and to those who already work in the science industry who wish to develop their careers by gaining a fit for purpose qualification whilst still working or honouring other commitments. The course provides a strong foundation in biology and chemistry with specialisation in current areas of importance to a broad range of employers and research interests.

Duration 2 years
Study mode Full Time
Start date 16/09/2019
Campus University Centre
Course code 72212-10
Fee £7,250 (per academic year)

What you learn

You will study 6 modules valued at 20 credits each in each year, making a total of 240 credits; 120 per year. 


In the first year your learning will begin with the Integrated Biomolecular Science module followed by the Integrated Practical Skills module which will develop your understanding of and performance in bench science. These units are supported throughout the year by Personal and Professional Development and Mathematics You will also study Physical, Inorganic and Introduction to Organic Chemistry as well as Further Organic Chemistry. 

In the second year you will study Clinical and Medicinal Chemistry, Biomaterials and Solid State Chemistry as well as Microbiology & Biotechnology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics, Work Related Learning and Scientific Investigation. 

All units are class based and learning is facilitated by formal lectures, practical group work and ICT interaction. Delivery is focussed on developing both the specialist academic and practical skills required for success in the science industry in addition fostering those attitudes which seen in good employees.


Benefits / Skills you will develop

The course develops crucial employability skills (such as scientific writing, self-discipline, teamwork, working under pressure, self-motivation and creativity in the workplace) in addition to delivering a sound knowledge and understanding of science to enable you to progress into employment or top-up and to be successful in the professional career of your choice.

In addition your course tutors are committed to enhancing your awareness of opportunities within the region.


How you will be assessed

Assessment will be a mixture of formal examinations and coursework including laboratory reports and presentations.


Where is the course delivered (facilities / classrooms)

This course will be delivered at the University Centre where students will have access to a HE-specific study zone, including computer facilities, and social area.

Programme Specifications

For the latest version of the programme specifications for this course please see the following link:

Entry requirements

This course has minimum entry requirements of 2 x E in a relevant GCE ‘A’ level or a minimum pass in BTEC Diploma/Extended Diploma or another vocational level 3 qualification, together with a GCSE at grade C in English or equivalent. However, candidates receiving this minimum offer would need to demonstrate experience in and commitment to their chosen Foundation Degree subject. A typical offer is likely to be 2 x D at A level, or a merit/merit/pass profile in a relevant BTEC Diploma.

International qualifications will be assessed against these criteria. Speakers of other languages need to have an IELTS score of at least 6.0 (with no individual element scored less than 5.5) or a recognised Level 2 English qualification. We welcome applications from mature candidates who may not have met the academic criteria, but can demonstrate a wealth of experience in their chosen field. Candidates in this category are likely to be interviewed to assess their suitability for the course and asked to provide a portfolio of evidence to support their application. All students must be able to demonstrate either by qualifications or testing that they have the required literacy skills to complete the course. All students need also to be aware that it may be a requirement of progression onto a top up degree that they have both English and Maths at GCSE grade C. Students who do not have these qualifications have the opportunity to gain them whilst at college.


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 CF14 and the Leeds City College institution code is L21.

What's next

The Foundation Degree is a pathway into specialized scientific jobs in industry, either directly or via top-up opportunities.

We have strong industry links with local employers who have a global presence.

In addition you may choose to continue your studies with us at Leeds City College, on our one year BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences (Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences) Top Up course.

Campus Locations

University Centre

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