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Year of entry

3-4 years full-time



Why choose this course?

Pharmacy is a science-based healthcare profession that involves the preparation, supply and monitoring of medicines for the treatment and prevention of disease. If you have a keen interest in health issues, disease management and the sciences associated with medicine, this four-year course, taught jointly with UKAP, is ideal.


The UKAP Level 5 Diploma of Pharmacy (QCF Level 5) diploma is fully accredited by the  General Pharmaceutical Council of DETC.


What you will study

Year 1 introduces the scientific basis of pharmacy, including cell biology, physiology and pharmaceutical and biological chemistry (including the importance of natural products as medicines). You will also study important pharmaceutical dosage forms, formulation and manufacturing rocesses, physico-chemical aspects of drug stability and pharmacopoeial and regulatory requirements. You will gain a clear understanding of the profession of pharmacy and the practical and theoretical aspects of dispensing.


Year 2 places more emphasis on the role of hospital, community and industrial pharmacists. It includes the study of pharmacy law and ethics and good dispensing practice. You will integrate science with practice, learning through case studies how chemistry, pharmacology and pharmaceutics affect clinical practice.

Year 3 focuses on body systems and disease stats. Examples of study include: the role of the liver in health and disease; and cancer – its causes, the science behind its treatment and the clinical management of cancer patients. You will have opportunities to learn alongside other future healthcare professionals, and get to talk to patients about their conditions and treatment.

 A major element of Year 4 is the research-based project, for which you will receive tuition in research skills. A problem-based approach is used for more advanced teaching in areas such as pharmaceutical technology and biotechnology. Professional practice topics include advanced prescription analysis, risk management and drug interventions, as well as the wider role of the pharmacist in pharmaceutical care.

A total of 20 placement days, mostly in hospital or community pharmacies, are spread throughout the course. These serve to introduce and develop professional skills.

What this course offers you

·       This course covers the science behind the preparation, supply and monitoring of medicines for the treatment and prevention of disease.


·       It is ideal if you have an interest in health issues and disease management. You can also learn about medical-related sciences.


·       The course gives a broad understanding of the pharmacy-related aspects of chemistry and biology.

·       We also provide tuition in the clinical use of medicines.


·       Placements in hospitals and community pharmacies mean you can apply your studies to real life situations.

·       Supportive staff help you to reach your full potential.

Teaching, learning and assessment at UKAP


Our courses are carefully constructed to allow you to build knowledge and skills progressively during your diploma programme. 

We constantly update our curriculum to ensure that it covers the latest developments in your subject area, including the research and professional experience that your tutors bring to the course. 

Our course teams also draw on the wealth of experience provided by our professional contacts and highly successful alumni who feed into the design of our courses and provide masterclasses and workshops to enrich your learning.

Academic skills support

Our courses take a progressive approach to help develop your academic skills through the modules you study.

Our Academic Skills Centres also provide one-to-one support and advice on the techniques you need to be a successful student including:

  •        essay writing;
  •         exam techniques;
  •         presentation skills;
  •         editing and web skills; and
  •         research skills.


During your diploma you will develop the independence, creativity and excellent communication skills that we know employers look for in successful graduates.


Assignments are designed not just to test what you know, but to help you develop your knowledge, skills and confidence. 

Because we want you to reach your full potential in every assignment, we build in opportunities for practice and 'feed forward' on assessment tasks so that you will know what you need to do to perform at your best when you submit your work.

When we return your work, we give you clear feedback that will show you what you need to work on next time. You'll have the opportunity to discuss the comments on your work one-to-one with your lecturers and your personal tutor.

Personal tutors

When you arrive, we'll introduce you to your personal tutor – the member of academic staff who will keep a particular eye on your progress throughout your time at UKAP (and after you graduate) and who will show you how to make the best use of all the help and resources that we offer at UKAP.

Your tutor will give you academic guidance and will make sure that you know how to access our other support services if you need them.


Module listing

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Year 1

·       The Human Body

·       The Role of the Pharmacist

·       The Science of Drugs

·       Making Medicines

Year 2

·       Drug Design and Medicine Development

·       Pharmacy Law, Ethics and Practice

·       The Central Nervous System and Mental Health

·       The Cardio-respiratory System


Year 3

·       Infection, Immunology, and Cancer

·       Endocrine, Reproductive and Inflammation

·       The Cardio-respiratory System 2

·       Gastrointestinal, Liver and Skin

Year 4

·       Technology to Care

·       Effective Decision Making for Pharmacy Practice

·       Research Methods and Project


Teaching and assessment for this course

Teaching methods include lectures, workshops, tutorials, seminars and practical classes, backed up by computer-assisted learning, problem-based learning and self-directed study. Some modules are taught at UKAP. You will work with hospital and community pharmacists, other healthcare professionals, and have contact with patients.


Becoming a pharmacist

To become a pharmacist you need to:

·       achieve an accredited four-year diploma in pharmacy;

·       Satisfactorily complete a year of pre-registration training in approved pharmaceutical establishments; and

·       pass the DETC professional registration exam.This course's accreditation means that if you graduate with a DPharm from UKAP you can:

·       progress to register for your pre-registration training; and

·       after carrying out your pre-registration experience and passing the DETC registration exam, go on to become a pharmacist in Great Britain or elsewhere you need to register if required.

You can then work as a pharmacist in a hospital, community pharmacy or the pharmaceutical industry. A number of other healthcare-related jobs will also be open to you.


Courses available after you graduate


If you decide that you would like to go on to postgraduate study after your undergraduate course, we offer a 10 percent discount on our postgraduate course tuition fees to our alumni.


Here are some courses that might interest you:

Pharmaceutical Analysis MSc

Pharmaceutical Science MSc

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