Biomedical Sciences (Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences) (Top-Up) - BSc (Hons)

Biomedical Sciences (Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences) (Top-Up) - BSc (Hons)

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BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences (Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences)

This course is validated by The Open University.


This level 6 programme written in consultation with industry employers offers a relevant and challenging course of study with a strong practical element.

The course provides an exemplary experience of laboratory work and entry into a career in science. If you are interested in the field of science you will gain further knowledge in addition to employability skills and industry knowledge needed to succeed in your career.

This is a level 6 Top Up programme (final year of degree) designed in consultation with industry to provide a highly relevant and academically challenging programme of study It leads to a full BSc (Hons) degree with the full range of classifications. You will develop skills and knowledge about analytical chemistry, organic chemical synthesis and how new drugs and medical treatments are developed including those used in gene therapy. In addition, you will have the opportunity to develop your own specialist research project to produce an undergraduate thesis (dissertation).

The course provides an exemplary experience of laboratory work and entry into a career in science. If you are interested in the field of science you will gain further knowledge in addition to employability skills and industry knowledge needed to succeed in your career.

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

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 1 Year Full Time
Study mode Full time
Start date 16/09/2019
Campus University Centre
Course code 72213-10
Fee £7,250 Full Time (per academic year)

What You Learn / Units

Modules may include:

  • Dissertation
  • Research Methods
  • Quality control & Further Analytical Methods
  • Organic synthetic Strategies and Modelling

One option from:

  • Applied Biomedical Techniques
  • Recombiant technology

Benefits / Skills you will develop

Students will develop practical skills and gain experience of a number of standard techniques that are commonly used in industry.

They will also have the opportunity to gain experience in:

  • Scientific writing skills
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Managing schedules and meeting deadlines



How you will be assessed

A combination of exams, assessed practical laboratory work and lab reports, coursework such as presentations and essays, group projects and a dissertation

Where is the course delivered

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.

Entry Requirements

Achievement of FD Biomedical Science programme or other FD, HND or other external equivalent in a relevant scientific subject with an average score of 50% and a positive reference. International qualifications will be assessed against these criteria. Speakers of other languages will need to possess an IELTS band score of 6.0 (with no-less than 5.5 in any one element) or a recognised English Level 2 qualification.

We welcome applications from candidates who may not precisely match the academic criteria, but can demonstrate experience in their chosen field as well as academic achievement at level 5. Candidates in this category will be interviewed to assess their suitability for the course and asked to provide a portfolio of evidence to support their application. The course structure actively supports claims for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL).

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 CF16 and the Leeds City College institution code is L21.

What's Next

After graduation you could move into work in laboratories in the following areas, amongst others:

NHS & private sector

  • Public Health England/Health Protection Agency (HPA)
  • Forensic science
  • National Blood Authority
  • Veterinary services
  • Health and Safety Authority
  • University labs
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Product manufacturers

You could also work in:

  • HM forces
  • Government departments 
  • Primary care – GPs
  • Overseas – World Health Organisation
  • Business/management
  • Medical writing
  • Education - university or college lecturing (or school teaching after further training)
  • Sales and marketing

You could also go on to study further (for example a MSc., Ph.D. or other postgraduate qualification

Campus Locations

University Centre

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