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BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

136

% applicants receiving offers

68%

Subjects
  • Pharmacology, toxicology & pharmacy
Student score
79% LOW
% employed or in further study
100% HIGH
Average graduate salary
£19k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
AAB

AAB at A-Level to include Chemistry and Biology. NOTE: If you are taking linear A levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

AAB at Higher in one sitting and AB at Advanced Higher, including Advanced Higher Chemistry and Biology (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject).

Scottish Advanced Highers
AB

AAB at Higher in one sitting and AB at Advanced Higher, including Advanced Higher Chemistry and Biology (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject).

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

BTEC applicants with predicted grades of DDD in Applied Science (or similar) are considered on an individual basis.

International Baccalaureate
35

Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 665 to include HL Chemistry and Biology. Preferred other subjects: Maths, Physics.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 136 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

68%

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

Not available

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Gain a sound understanding of the biological action of drugs and chemicals, the way they work at the molecular, cellular and systems level and their use in medicines to treat disease. Ideal for careers in the pharmaceutical industry, biomedical research or graduate entry into medicine. Conversion onto BSc Pharmacology with Extramural Year or MSci Integrative Physiology & Pharmacology for Research programmes is possible.

Modules

Year 1 core modules: Biochemistry and molecular biology A; biochemistry and molecular biology B; from cells to systems; fundamentals of pharmacology; practice of biomedical science; physiological systems. Year 2 core modules: Drugs and disease; drug discovery and development; physiology and pharmacology of the central nervous system. Year 3 core modules: Cell and molecular pharmacology or cellular basis of drug dependence.

King's College London, University of London

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King's is the 'fun' university of London. We're slap bang in the middle of the world's best city, making us a rather big deal. Our five campuses are filled with academically driven, sports loving, volunteering and sociable students, with an active Students' Union who proudly promotes diversity, equality and fairness. Desmond Tutu, Florence Nightingale and John Keats all studied at King's.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
25%
75%

Year 1

25%
75%

Year 2

23%
77%

Year 3

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
78%
17%
5%

Year 1

52%
40%
8%

Year 2

55%
37%
8%

Year 3

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 84%
Student score 79% LOW
Able to access IT resources

89%

Staff made the subject interesting

85%

Library resources are satisfactory

94%

Feedback on work has been helpful

43%

Feedback on work has been prompt

36%

Staff are good at explaining things

88%

Received sufficient advice and support

71%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
24% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
69% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
21% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
414 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
86% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
6% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 100% HIGH
Average graduate salary £19k MED
Graduates who are health professionals

74%

Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

3%

Graduates who are science, engineering and production technicians

2%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
As only a relatively small number of students study pharmacology or toxicology, these statistics refer most closely to the graduate prospects of pharmacy graduates, so bear that in mind when you review them. Only a handful of students take first degrees in pure toxicology every year – the subject is more popular at Masters level. Pharmacology is in demand with the pharmaceutical and medical industries alike and there are some worries about whether the UK is producing enough graduates, though of late, unemployment rates have actually been a little high. Jobs in pharmacology are often very specialist and so it’s no surprise that pharmacologists are amongst the most likely of all students to go on to a doctorate – if you want a job in research, start thinking about a PhD. As for pharmacy, although there have been some concerns expressed about whether opportunities have kept pace with a subject that has rapidly increased in popularity, unemployment rates are ultra-low and over 95% of working pharmacy graduates had jobs as pharmacists (mostly as retail pharmacists) six months after they left their courses; telling you that these are degrees in demand.
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