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University of Central Lancashire

Physiology and Pharmacology

UCAS Code: BB12

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


112 UCAS points at A2, including Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Science or Applied Science. General Studies and Critical Thinking not accepted

112 UCAS Points including 15 credits at Level 3 in Chemistry or Biology Modules at Distinction

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above including Maths and English or equivalent. Equivalent qualifications are Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths and English or Level 3 Key Skills in Maths and Communication.

Pass IB Diploma including 112 UCAS points from Higher Level subjects, including HL Biology or Chemistry

112 UCAS points, including Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Science or Applied Science. General Studies and Critical Thinking not accepted

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

DDM

Applied Science; Distinction in Unit 6 Using Mathematical tools in science OR Unit 7 Mathematical Calculations for Science OR Unit 8 Using Stats for Science. and Distinctions in any 3 of the following modules: Unit 11: Physiology of Human Body Systems Unit 12: Physiology of Human Regulation Unit 13: Biochemistry and biochemical technique Unit 15: Microbiological techniques Unit 16: Chemistry for biology technicians Unit 18 Genetics and genetic engineering Unit 19: Practical chemical analysis Unit 20: Medical physics techniques Unit 21: Biomedical science techniques Unit 22: Chemical laboratory techniques Unit 43: Diseases and infections Health and Social Care (Health Sciences); Distinctions in any 2 of the following modules: Unit 22: Research Methodology for Health and Social Care Unit 34: Human Inheritance for Health and Social Care Unit 35: Introduction to Microbiology for Health and Social Care Unit 36: Communicable Diseases Unit 37: Defence against Disease Unit 43: Technology in Health and Social Care Services

112 UCAS points, including Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Science or Applied Science. General Studies and Critical Thinking not accepted

UCAS Tariff

112

Our typical offer is 112 UCAS Points. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement.

100%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2018

Subjects

Pharmacology

Physiology

On this degree you’ll study the human body in both normal and altered states, including the development of disease processes. You’ll gather a sound understanding of how drugs and medicines can have a beneficial effect on the body and how adverse reactions to pharmaceuticals can arise. If you have an interest in the human body and want to learn more about how the body functions to maintain a stable environment then this is the ideal course for you. It is the perfect route if you want a career in the pharmaceutical industry – drug testing, drug research, drug design and development, lab work or other bioscience based careers.

You’ll have the opportunity in your second year to study abroad and this includes European countries and the United States of America.

There are possible opportunities to work as a paid summer intern in the labs - working alongside academics on their specialised research area and this can often lead to publications.

This is the ideal degree if you want a career in the pharmaceutical industry – drug testing, drug research, drug design and development which in many cases will involve laboratory work but may also involve in silico studies. Some of our graduates have entered medicine and many go on to postgraduate studies in many areas of bioscience, some directly related to medical research. The generic skills learnt during this degree including writing reports and oral presentations can prove to be very useful in many managerial jobs.

Modules

Year 1: Integrative Biological Sciences, Introduction to Health Care Sciences, Supplementary Physiology and Pharmacology, Research Skills, Introduction to Pharmacology, Biological Chemistry and Foundation Mathematics, Elective

Year 2: Molecular and Cellular Biology, Diagnostic Analysis, Biostatistics, Cellular Investigation, Physiological Systems, Systems Pharmacology, Contemporary Cell Biology Techniques

Year 3: Drugs: From Discovery to Use and Abuse, Drug Therapies II: Pathophysiology and Treatment of CNS, Cancer and Pain, Molecular Neurobiology, Advanced Systems Pharmacology, Research Project or Group Research Project

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Central Lancashire

Department:

School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

67%
low
Pharmacology
86%
med
Physiology

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Pharmacology

Teaching and learning

62%
Staff make the subject interesting
82%
Staff are good at explaining things
76%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
79%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

82%
Library resources
84%
IT resources
90%
Course specific equipment and facilities
42%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

94%
UK students
6%
International students
42%
Male students
58%
Female students
1%
2:1 or above
12%
Drop out rate
347

Anatomy, physiology and pathology

Teaching and learning

84%
Staff make the subject interesting
96%
Staff are good at explaining things
91%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
91%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

93%
Library resources
98%
IT resources
98%
Course specific equipment and facilities
84%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

95%
UK students
5%
International students
42%
Male students
58%
Female students
85%
2:1 or above
21%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
C
392

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Pharmacology

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£21,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
med
Employed or in further education
88%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

18%
Nursing and midwifery professionals
13%
Caring personal services
7%
Therapy professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

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.

Anatomy, physiology and pathology

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£21,000
med
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
99%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

48%
Therapy professionals
10%
Science, engineering and production technicians
7%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

The stats here cover not just anatomy, physiology and pathology courses, but also neuroscience and physiotherapy. Physiotherapy is much the most popular of the four. So, a lot of the data you’re looking at is really for physiotherapists, who have excellent employment rates - although all the subjects under this group do better than average. Anatomy and physiology graduates often take further study — usually moving on to a medical degree - and neurosciences graduates opt for a more academic route in study. Pathology graduates tend to go into work. Physiotherapy graduates mainly go straight into work, and a large majority got into physiotherapy roles within six months of graduation in 2016, usually either in hospitals or private practice. There are shortages of graduates in all of these disciplines although issues with funding roles, particularly in physiotherapy, still mean that these degrees are not a guaranteed path to a job - but the chances of getting a job are very good.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Subjects allied to medicine

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£15k

£15k

£17k

£17k

£21k

£21k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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Post-six month graduation stats:

This is from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, based on responses from graduates who studied the same subject area here.

It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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Graduate field commentary:

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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