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Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Pharmacology, toxicology & pharmacy
Student score
98% HIGH
% employed or in further study
93% LOW
Average graduate salary
£18.5k LOW
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

AAB including AB in Chemistry and another science subject in any order. Contextual offer: ABC including AB in Chemistry and another science subject in any order. Please visit: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/entry-requirements-qualifications/#contextual for more information about contextual offers.

Scottish Highers

SH: AAABB and AH: AB to include Chemistry and one other science subject

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

DDD in Science including Distinction in science units, plus A-level Chemistry at grade B

International Baccalaureate

34 points overall with 17 at Higher Level, including 6, 5 at Higher Level in Chemistry and another science subject in any order.. Contextual offer: 31 points overall with 15 at Higher Level, including 5, 5 in any order in Chemistry and one other science subject at Higher Level. Please visit: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/entry-requirements-qualifications/#contextual for more information about contextual offers.

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


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


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

Pharmacology is the study of the action of drugs in the widest possible sense; it encompasses many types of chemicals that affect the functioning of the body rather than just medicines. For the first two years you study a number of core units run by the School of Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience and choose others from a wide selection, such as biochemistry, molecular genetics, infection and immunity, cellular and molecular medicine and mammalian physiology. Final-year units emphasise the molecular mechanisms of drug action and take you to the forefront of current research. In your final year formal lectures are replaced by seminars and tutorials and a fully-integrated programme of activities develops your transferable personal and professional skills. We use a wide variety of teaching approaches, which are both traditional (including lectures, practical work and tutorials) and innovative; for example our practical teaching is enhanced by self-directed learning using computer-assisted packages, such as eBiolabs. This course is available for intercalation, http://www.bristol.ac.uk/health-sciences/courses/undergraduate/intercalate/


University of Bristol

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The University of Bristol is world-renowned with a reputation for academic excellence and has a vibrant student community that's passionate about everything from volunteering to hot air ballooning. Come to Bristol to earn a brilliant degree, develop interests and make life-long friends. It's easy to get involved: our students take part in 192 societies and 52 sports clubs.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 100%
Student score 98% HIGH
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



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
8% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
57% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
0% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
446 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
97% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
5% 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 93% LOW
Average graduate salary £18.5k LOW
Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals


Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals


Graduates who are other elementary services occupations


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 a degree that tends to lead to jobs in the medical and pharmaceutical industries, and outcomes are improving again after a difficult time in the last few years. 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, unemployment rates are below 1% and 95% of pharmacy graduates had jobs as pharmacists (mostly in retail pharmacists) six months after they left their courses - employment rates have gone up significantly in the last couple of years.
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