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Open University Foundation Degree in Biological and Pharmaceutical Science

Open University Foundation Degree in Biological and Pharmaceutical Science

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Level 5
Mode of Study
Part Time
Course Type
Higher Education
Portadown Campus


This course, offered in conjunction with the Open University, is designed to give you the skills needed to gain employment in the fast growing sector of Biological and Pharmaceutical Science or to progress onto higher education courses in this area. The course will include lectures, tutorials, seminars and presentations, practical sessions (involving independent and team work), work-based skills and case studies and will be assessed by written examinations, class tests and coursework.

You will have 7 hours of timetabled classes one day per week. This will include classroom and laboratory sessions. In addition to timetabled sessions you will be expected to undertake private study, research and completion of coursework. Modules will be assessed by coursework or a combination of examination and coursework.

Modules are delivered by qualified subject specialists. There is the opportunity to undertake a work placement (in Semester 2 of Year 3) which is assessed and contributes to the overall mark of the final award.


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  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age on or before 1st July in the year of proposed entry to the course.
  • Applicants should have obtained a minimum of 48 UCAS points achieved through the completion of A Levels, National Awards, Access or other alternative approved level 3 qualifications.
  • Applicants should have successfully passed Chemistry at Level 3 through A-Levels, BTEC Extended Diploma or Adult Access Diploma (with an overall average of greater than 60% and with at least two science modules passed at a minimum of 60%) OR have successfully passed an equivalent standard in an approved alternative qualification approved by Open University.
  • Applicants should have attained at least 15 points at Level 2 or above (e.g. GCSE) or have alternative approved qualifications. This must include GCSE English Language Grade C or Essential Skills Communication Level 2 and GCSE Mathematics Grade C or Essential Skills Numeracy Level 2. In addition, applicants must provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English Language.
  • Applicants who do not meet the criteria outlined above but have evidence of substantial knowledge or relevant industrial experience and skills, which has not been formally assessed, should refer to the College’s Accreditation of Prior Experience and Learning (APEL) Policy at 

Please Note: The entrance criteria above may change subject to awarding body regulations. The College reserves the right to enhance the entrance requirements beyond the minimum 48 UCAS points where demand exceeds the number of available places. In addition, where places remain available the College reserves the right to offer places to candidates with a profile less than 48 UCAS points.

Applicants progressing to higher education courses at Level 4 and above in the College or UK Universities may require a specific GCSE/ A Level profile. In some cases, the Essential Skills in Literacy and Numeracy may not be a suitable alternative to a GCSE. The list of acceptable qualifications for equivalency to English and mathematics for Ulster University is available from the following link: It is the responsibility of the applicant to check each University’s progression requirements before enrolling on a course at the College.



Compulsory modules include:

  • Academic Skills
  • Mathematical and Statistical Science
  • Fundamentals of Chemistry
  • Good Laboratory Practice
  • Pharmaceutical and Organic Chemistry
  • Introduction to EBP
  • Biochemistry
  • Work Based Skills

Optional modules include:

  • Physiology of the Human Body
  • Inorganic and Physical Chemistry 1
  • Analytical Science
  • Cell Biology and Immunology
  • Microbiology
  • Advanced Analytical Science
  • Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • Discovery, Manufacturing and Stability



3 Years


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On successful completion of this course (Modules at Level 5) graduates of the Foundation Degree are eligible to apply for progression to the BSc Hons in Biological and Pharmaceutical Science at SRC (accredited by Open University). Alternatively, you may have the opportunity to go straight into employment.

Note: It is the responsibility of the applicant to check each University’s admission and progression requirements before enrolling on a course at the College.


All Higher Education courses starting in September 2022 are open for applications. Please click on the 'Apply Now' button above to begin your application. 

If you require any assistance with your application you can call us on 0300 123 1223.


Dr Deirdre Murray

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028 3025 9616


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