A-levels or BTEC
Entry requirements are in the range of A-level ABB–BBB (128-120 UCAS Tariff points), or BTEC Extended Diploma DDM plus A-level chemistry at grade B.
A-levels should include chemistry and one further science. BTEC should be applied science with chemistry units.
32 points, with three subjects at Higher level. Higher level subjects must include chemistry and biology at grade 5.
Access to HE Diploma
Pass with 60 credits overall. Must include 24 credits at distinction in biology and chemistry. At least 45 credits at level 3, with 30 credits at distinction.
GCSE (minimum grade B or grade 5)
At least maths and English language.
If you do not have the required GCSEs, find out which equivalent qualifications we accept instead.
English language requirements
IELTS 7.0 overall, with a minimum of 6.5 in all four elements.
After you apply
Admission to this course will include an online maths test and an interview.
If we make you an offer
Once you've accepted your offer, to fulfil professional requirements, you will be expected to provide evidence of the following:
- satisfactory DBS disclosure, and an overseas police check for international applicants
- satisfactory health declaration/clearance.
Interviews take place each Wednesday until the end of April.
Your interview will be held online using MS Teams, with a member of our pharmacy teaching staff and, in some instances, an observer. It is designed around what is known as values-based recruitment (VBR).
We may ask you questions about:
- what motivated you to consider a career in pharmacy
- why do you wish to study at Brighton
- what subjects you enjoyed the most at school or college
- examples of when you have worked well in a team and individually
- your opinions of health care and science in the wider sense.
We will also ask you to consider and discuss a pharmacy-related scenario. Your responses to the scenario and these questions will allow us to find out if you have the right attributes to successfully engage with and complete the course. All candidates are asked the same set of questions and answers are assessed against a standard framework to ensure a fair interview and selection process. Finally, you will have an opportunity to ask us questions about the course, studying and living and Brighton or anything else you’d like to know.
Find out more about values-based recruitment and the NHS Constitution for England, the core values that underpin the NHS.
When will I hear about my offer?
Our Pharmacy MPharm degree is very popular so to make sure that our admissions process is fair to everyone we operate a staged ‘gathered field’ admissions process – meaning that we consider candidates together to make final decisions.
We aim to give you a decision soon after your interview, however because of the volume and competition for places, sometimes it may be necessary to hold offers until after all interviews have taken place. So, if you don’t hear straight away, please do not worry, as the outcome is being carefully considered by our tutors.
This course will close to new applications on 31 January 2024.
Info for international pharmacy students
All international students who graduate with an MPharm from a UK university must apply for a visa in order to work in the UK (ie to undertake their foundation training).
Information on visa options that may be suitable for the pre-registration training year can be found on the UK Visas and Immigration website. You may want to consider whether applying for Tier 2 or Tier 5 sponsorship may be suitable for your particular circumstances.
Please note, however, that the UK Visas and Immigration website provides the most up-to-date information, and it is possible that there may be changes to visa and/or immigration policy by the time you start your foundation training – particularly in light of the recent government response to the Migration and Advisory Committee Tier 2 report. (See also: 'Sponsor a Tier 2 or 5 worker: guidance for employers'.)
You should be aware that it may not be possible to obtain a visa for the foundation training year, so there is no guarantee you will be able to stay in the UK to complete your training.
For further guidance on visas for the foundation training year, please contact our international student advisers. You can also contact the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS), either by telephone on 0845 257 2570 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When you apply to Brighton we want to hear about who you are. Grades are never the whole picture; we're interested in things like creativity, resourcefulness, persistence and the capacity to think big and find new ways of doing things. And we recognise that not everyone has the same background. That's why we treat everyone who applies as an individual. We recognise many qualifications and we care about all of your achievements and the experiences you've had that set you apart.
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