Pharmacy Science Foundation Year

School of Pharmacy

The School of Pharmacy aims to produce pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists who are equipped to address future healthcare challenges and optimise the effectiveness and safety of medicines through research and education.

Students have the opportunity to learn from academics who are at the forefront of their fields, together with practising pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists. Pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists have the potential to forge strong and unique bridges between science and healthcare to improve health outcomes, built on the back of developing good relationships with patients, healthcare practitioners and the pharmaceutical industry.

Teaching and Learning During COVID-19

The current COVID-19 pandemic has meant that at Lincoln we are making changes to our teaching and learning approach and to our campus, to ensure that students and staff can enjoy a safe and positive learning experience here at Lincoln.

From autumn 2020 our aim is to provide an on-campus learning experience. Our intention is that teaching will be delivered through a mixture of face-to-face and online sessions. There will be social activities in place for students - all in line with appropriate social distancing and fully adhering to any changes in government guidance as our students' safety is our primary concern.

We want to ensure that your Lincoln experience is as positive, exciting and enjoyable as possible as you embark on the next phase of your life. COVID-19 has encouraged us to review our practices and, as a result, to take the opportunity to find new ways to enhance the Lincoln experience. It has challenged us to find innovative new approaches to supporting students' learning and social interactions. These learning experiences, which blend digital and face-to-face, will be vital in helping to prepare our students for a 21st Century workplace.

Of course at Lincoln, personal tutoring is key to our delivery, providing every student with a dedicated tutor to support them throughout their time here at the University. Smaller class sizes mean our academic staff can engage with each student as an individual, and work with them to enhance their strengths. In this environment we hope that students have more opportunities for discussion and engagement and get to know each other better.

Course learning outcomes are vital to prepare you for your future and we aim to utilise this mix of face-to-face and online teaching to deliver these. Students benefit from and enjoy fieldtrips and placements and, whilst it is currently hard to predict the availability of these, we are working hard and with partners and will aspire to offer these wherever possible - obviously in compliance with whatever government guidance is in place at the time.

We are utilising a range of different digital tools for teaching including our dedicated online managed learning environment. All lectures for larger groups will be delivered online using interactive software and a range of different formats. We aim to make every contact count and seminars and small group sessions will maximise face-to-face interaction. Practicals, workshops, studio sessions and performance-based sessions are planned to be delivered face-to-face, in a socially distanced way with appropriate PPE.

The University of Lincoln is a top 20 TEF Gold University and we have won awards for our approach to teaching and learning, our partnerships and industry links, and the opportunities these provide for our students. Our aim is that our online and socially distanced delivery during this COVID-19 pandemic is engaging and that students can interact with their tutors and each other and contribute to our academic community.

As and when restrictions start to lift, we aim to deliver an increasing amount of face-to-face teaching and external engagements, depending on each course. Safety will continue to be our primary focus and we will respond to any changing circumstances as they arise to ensure our community is supported. More information about the specific approaches for each course will be shared when teaching starts.

Of course as you start a new academic year it will be challenging but we will be working with you every step of the way. For all our students new and established, we look forward to welcoming you to our vibrant community this Autumn. If you have any questions please visit our FAQs or contact us on 01522 886644.

Foundation Programmes


Course Title UCAS Code Validation Status Entry Requirements (A level) Entry Requirements (BTEC) Additional Requirements (GCSE)
Pharmaceutical Science with Science Foundation Year BSc B233 Validated CC (64 UCAS Tariff points) MPP (Merit, Pass, Pass) 3 GCSEs at grade C to include English and Maths
Pharmacy with Science Foundation Year MPharm B232 Validated CCC (96 UCAS Tariff points) MMM (Merit, Merit, Merit) 3 GCSEs at grade C to include English and Maths

For information on any other qualifications please contact

How You Study

Students on all foundation programmes study a combination of core and subject specific modules during the first year as part of an integrated degree programme. The combination of modules studied is tailored to the needs of the full degree programme that students wish to progress onto after successful completion of the foundation year.

Students study a core module at the start of the programme, which aims to introduce key study skills required for further study. Students also study three further modules which introduce fundamental aspects of specific areas of science and mathematics relevant to the chosen foundation year programme. Students will also study an integrative module which is aligned to the full degree programme which students' wish to progress onto upon successful completion of the Science Foundation Year.

Following successful completion of the Science Foundation Year, students will then progress onto the first undergraduate year of their chosen degree programme. This means students will study for a total of four years for a standard degree, or five years if they take an integrated Master’s degree. Students’ final awards upon graduating will reflect the full course title, for example “MPharm Pharmacy with Science Foundation Year”.Course specific information on the full degree programmes within the School of Pharmacy can be found on our course pages.

How You Are Assessed

The way students will be assessed on the foundation year will vary for each module. It could include coursework, such as a lab report or essay, written and practical exams, portfolio development, group work or presentations to name some examples.


All students will study the core module:

  • Study Skills

Students will also study:

  • Fundamentals of Chemistry
  • Fundamentals of Biology
  • Fundamentals of Mathematics

Students also complete the integrative module:

  • Foundation Year Pharmacy

Following successful completion of the foundation year, students will then progress onto their chosen full degree programme. Full module details can be found below:

Study Skills

This core module is compulsory for all Science Foundation Year students. During the communication elements of the module, you will have the opportunity to develop your learning, group work and presentation skills, together with both written and verbal communication skills and ICT skills. The module will be assessed via submission of three pieces of coursework.

  • A reflective learning journal
  • A group presentation
  • A scientific essay

Fundamentals of Chemistry

This module is compulsory for students progressing into Chemistry, Life Sciences and Pharmacy degrees, and is an optional choice for those on Engineering degree paths. The aim of this module is to develop your knowledge on key areas of Organic, Inorganic and Physical Chemistry, whilst also developing key processing and problem-solving skills in an academically challenging yet supportive environment. Work within laboratory sessions also aim to increase your confidence in both working practically and analysing practical results.

Fundamentals of Biology

This module is compulsory for students progressing into Life Sciences and Pharmacy degrees and is an optional choice for those on Chemistry degree paths. The Fundamentals of Biology module aims to enable students to gain a solid understanding of a broad range of aspects of biology, in preparation for their chosen degree programme, within an academically challenging yet supportive environment. Practical classes in the laboratory and field aim to allow students to develop their skills in project management and data gathering, handling and interpretation.

Fundamentals of Mathematics

This module is compulsory for students progressing into Chemistry, Life Sciences, or Pharmacy degrees. The module aims to develop the relevant problem solving and mathematical skills to provide a solid mathematical base to support future studies. The module will be assessed via regular submission of coursework questions and an end of year examination.

Foundation Year: Pharmacy

This module aims to enable students to gain an understanding of their chosen degree and career path, as well as supporting them in their personal development as reflective learners and scientists. Shaped around a series of tutorials and seminars, students will explore current and future developments in pharmacy and the pharmaceutical industry. At the same time they will reflect on their personal skills and traits relevant to their chosen careers (such as leadership, communication skills and teamwork), and will be supported in developing a reflective portfolio of evidence relating to these skills and traits.


Throughout this programme, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may be supported in their learning by other students. For a comprehensive list of teaching staff, please see our School Of Pharmacy Staff Pages.


Full-time £9,250 per level* £15,900 per level**
Part-time £77.00 per credit point†  N/A
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt
Full-time £9,250 per level* TBC
Part-time £77.00 per credit point†  N/A
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt

†Please note that not all courses are available as a part-time option.

* UK/EU: The University undergraduate tuition fee may increase year on year in line with government policy. This will enable us to continue to provide the best possible educational facilities and student experience.

** International: The fees quoted are for one year of study. For continuing students fees are subject to an increase of 2% each year and rounded to the nearest £100.

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions (PDF).

University Regulations