Foundation Year Overview

If you do not meet the requirements for direct entry into our MPharm Pharmacy course, our Foundation Year can provide an alternative route into your degree. This tab provides information relating to: 

  • Indicative modules for the Foundation Year
  • Foundation Year entry requirements
  • Information on how to apply
  • UCAS code for this course

Course Content

Our Foundation Year allows you to develop your critical thinking, academic reading, writing, and communication study skills along with subject-specific knowledge and skills. Upon meeting the progression criteria and successfully completing our Foundation Year, you will automatically progress into your Keele undergraduate degree with the confidence that you have the skills, and knowledge needed to successfully complete your course.

This Foundation Year is a two semester programme which provides a tailored pre-degree programme of study to better prepare you for the MPharm Pharmacy course. For example, in the Academic and Professional Development for Health module you will begin to develop an awareness of professional standards that you will be working to in your degree and professional career. Course content has been developed in collaboration with degree teaching teams, so that by the time you begin Year 1, you will be ready to excel at your studies, as the majority of our Foundation Year students do.

On this Foundation Year, we will advance your knowledge of human biology and chemistry, giving you a solid grasp of body systems, science and lab work. You’ll develop safe, professional laboratory skills and get to know the mathematical techniques and quantitative methods used across health science-related and social care programmes. You will also be introduced to concepts relating to organic, inorganic, physical and analytical chemistry.

Throughout the programme, you will develop subject-specific and broad based skills that will be invaluable in your academic career and beyond. You can find out more about our Foundation Year, Including Information on learning, teaching and assessment methods and further opportunities available to you by visiting our homepage

Course Structure

The module details given below are indicative and will give you a good idea of the range of subjects that we teach. We regularly review our teaching to ensure that the modules we offer are up-to-date; therefore, the modules available to study are liable to change.

Semester One Modules

Semester Two Modules

Year Long modules (Semesters One and Two)


Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

A satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check (Enhanced plus Barring Lists) will be required for successful candidates.

Health checks

A satisfactory health check will be required for successful candidates.


If you meet the academic entry requirements you will be offered an interview. The interview will be conducted virtually by an academic from the School of Pharmacy and Bioengineering using Microsoft Teams. Interviews will take place on Wednesday afternoons throughout the year. If you are successful at interview you will be made an offer.



Subjects NOT accepted

Alternative Qualifications

Additional GCSE requirements

A-level grades BBB are required if not taking A-level Chemistry or Biology. A-level grades CCC are required if taking A-level Chemistry or Biology. In addition applicants are required to have a successful interview

EPQ, General Studies and Critical Thinking

Further information

GCSE English Language at grade C (or 4) and Maths at grade C (or 4).

Progression Requirements 

To progress to Year 1, students will be required to achieve an average of 40% from the Semester 1 modules, plus a 65% average from the remaining 75 credits to give a total of 120 credits. You will also be required to complete a declaration stating no change in your fitness to practice.

How to Apply

UCAS Applications

Visit UCAS for applications. You should apply for Pharmacy with Foundation Year

UCAS code: B231

Direct Entry Students

If you are a UK or EU student, already have your qualifications, are not expecting any further results and only wish to apply to Keele, please contact the Admissions Office directly.

International Entry

Visit UCAS for applications. You should apply for Pharmacy with Foundation Year: The UCAS code for this course is B231

This application route does not affect the fee structure for international students