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Pharmacy MPharm Year Zero

This full-time, one year course is ideal if you want to become a pharmacist, but do not currently have the relevant subjects or grades to study Pharmacy MPharm (Hons) at degree level.

Overview

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Provided by Leicester Pathway College (LIPC), this full-time, one year course is ideal if you want to become a pharmacist, but do not have the relevant grades to study pharmacy at degree level. You will be taught the core skills in chemistry, biology, mathematics, IT and communication, providing you with key requirements needed to study Pharmacy MPharm (Hons) at DMU.

LIPC occupies a single, specially-designed site in the heart of the DMU campus. As a DMU student, you will have full access to all the university’s facilities including the library, gym, bookshop, cafes and computer labs.

Additionally, you will be taught in small class sizes by experienced tutors, receiving excellent academic teaching and superb support to ensure that you get all the help you need to succeed.

Once you have successfully completed the year zero stage of your degree at LIPC and have met the criteria for continuation, you will continue studying directly with the university for your remaining years on our Pharmacy MPharm (Hons) degree.  

 

Reasons to study Year Zero Pharmacy at DMU:

  • Direct progression onto the Pharmacy MPharm (Hons) programme at DMU
    following successful completition of the year zero programme
  • You will normally be taught in classes of no more than 18 students
    allowing you to receive individual support
  • LIPC occupies a single, specifically-designed site in the heart of the DMU campus
    giving you full access to all of the university's facilities including the library, gym, bookshop, cafes and computer labs
  • 100% of our Pharmacy graduates from summer 2016 are in work or further study after graduating
    according to the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2015-16 report [above the sector average of 94.3%]

  • DMU has achieved Gold, the highest ranking possible under the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
    indicating the outstanding learning and teaching on offer at DMU. [Office for Students, 2017]
  • The TEF Panel judged that De Montfort University delivers “consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.” [Office for Students, 2017]

 

 

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  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: B231

Duration: One year full-time

Location: Leicester Pathway College (LIPC), UK

Fees and funding: For 2018/19 tuition fees will be £9,250

Find out more about tuition fees and available funding.

Apply for the Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship, worth up to £6,000.

 

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme, including the cost of travelling to and from project/placement locations.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

 

 

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Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: B231

Duration: One years full-time

Location: Leicester Pathway College (LIPC), UK

Fees and funding: For 2018/19 tuition fees will be £13,250 

From 2016, if you wish to undertake pre-registration training in the UK on completion of the Pharmacy MPharm (Hons) degree, most overseas students will be expected to apply for a Tier 2 visa or a two year work visa under the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme.

Anybody wishing to work as a pharmacist in the UK is required to complete one year of postgraduate training and pass the GPhC registration assessment after successfully completing the Pharmacy MPharm with Honours degree. Please visit the pre-registration training visa requirements for more information.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

How to apply: International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online portal or by submitting a direct application form.

Please visit dmu.ac.uk/international for more information or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

 

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Entry criteria

For details about the entry criteria for this programme, please contact the HLS Admissions Team at: 

Selection event: All applicants will be invited to attend a selection event or selection interview.

Work experience: None required

Personal Statement selection criteria

  • Clear communication skills, including good grammar and spelling
  • Information relevant to the course applied for
  • Interest in the course demonstrated with explanation and evidence

If relevant for the course - work and life experience.

English language requirements:

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5, with no element at lower than 6.0, or equivalent when you start the course is essential.

English language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning (CELL), is available both before and during the course.

Please visit dmu.ac.uk/international for more information.

Additional information:

You must complete a declaration form and enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service disclosure application form before starting the course, which needs to be cleared in accordance with DMU's admission policy. An additional self-declaration form covering occupational health and fitness to study pharmacy are completed upon enrolment. Contact us for up-to-date information.

Please note, we do not normally accept applicants who have previously enrolled on a Pharmacy MPharm degree or a science foundation / year zero degree in the UK.

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September 2019 will be made offers based on the latest UCAS Tariff. Find out more.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Accreditations

 

 

Year 0

  • Human Biology
  • Basic Microbiology for Biomedical Science
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Study Skills 1, Introduction to DMU
  • Study Skills 2, Information Technology & Numeracy
  • Study Skills 3, Communication Skills
  • Functions of Cells & Tissues
  • Chemistry 1
  • Chemistry 2
  • Introductory Biochemistry

 

For more information on the modules available on the Pharmacy MPharm (Hons) degree programme, available upon successful completion of the Year Zero programme, please visit the Pharmacy MPharm (Hons) page.

You will be taught in small class sizes by experienced tutors, receiving excellent academic teaching and superb support to ensure that you get all the help you need to succeed.

Each module in your Year Zero programme of study has different methods of assessment related to what you are expected to learn (learning outcomes) on that particular module. This means that you should see a clear relationship between the learning outcomes in your module handbook and the assessment task you are being asked to do. 

Types of assessments:

Assessments come in three main forms:

  • Diagnostic assessment allows you and your tutors to see your strengths and weaknesses so you can focus your efforts more effectively (e.g. your tutor may ask you to complete a task in class which you can then ‘mark’ yourself and see where your strengths and areas for focus lie).
  • Formative assessment allows your tutors to give you feedback which you can use to improve (e.g. you may be asked to write a report for one of your earlier assignments). You will be a given a mark and feedback for this which you can then use to improve your report writing in a later assignment or exam question.
  • Summative assessment in which your grade or mark counts towards your final module mark (e.g. an exam at the end of a module).

In order to ensure that you can achieve your full potential, you will receive regular feedback on your assessed work. Feedback will be given in a variety of ways: written, verbal, audio-visual, email and so on. Feedback has one purpose - to assist you in reflecting upon and revising your work. If you do not act on feedback, or choose not to engage in the different feedback opportunities, your grades are likely to suffer.

For all assignments submitted on time, our aim is to mark and return your work within 20 working days. Your tutors will make every effort to ensure that this target is met.

Blackboard is the University’s Virtual Learning Environment. You will use Blackboard as an integral part of the teaching and learning experience throughout your time at DMU. Almost all of your modules will have a Blackboard site which module leaders will use to post information and exercises to supplement formal, face-to-face teaching. You will also submit work through Turnitin via the specific module Blackboard sites.

The Year Zero in Pharmacy has a continuation route onto the MPharm at DMU. Our MPharm is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) - The Leicester School of Pharmacy’s most recent re-accreditation (2018) was for the full six year term with no conditions or recommendations; demonstrating the quality of our academic teaching and student experience.

If you would like to continue on to the Pharmacy MPharm (Hons) degree, you must achieve 65% in both LIPCF025 Chemistry 1 and LIPCF026 Chemistry 2, and an overall average of 60% for the Pharmacy Year Zero programme. The number of formal reassessment opportunities on this programme is restricted to 2 per module.

Facilities and features

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facilities

LIPC occupies a single, specially-designed site in the heart of the DMU campus. As a DMU student, you will have full access to all the university’s facilities including the laboratories, library, gym, bookshop, cafes and computer labs.


Investment of £12 million in Health and Life Sciences has developed our first-class teaching and learning facilities to help you develop your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.

Library

We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus.

During term time the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, giving access to more than half a million publications and a wide range of DVDs, as well as e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks.

We offer a range of workshops, drop-ins and one-to-one sessions, plus our Just Ask service provides email or telephone support.

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

Opportunities and careers

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Graduate careers 

If you would like to continue on to the Pharmacy MPharm (Hons) degree, you must achieve 65% in both LIPCF025 Chemistry 1 and LIPCF026 Chemistry 2, and an overall average of 60% for the Pharmacy Year Zero programme. The number of formal reassessment opportunities on this programme is restricted to 2 per module.

Our MPharm graduates progress on to rewarding and stimulating careers in all sectors of pharmacy, including major employers in community pharmacy, the NHS, primary care settings and the pharmaceutical industry.

Throughout your four years with us we will help you to enhance your employment opportunities by embedding transferable skill in to the programme and exposing you to key employers and stakeholders through the bespoke Leicester School of Pharmacy careers events and mentoring scheme. 

We also offer a range of postgraduate opportunities relevant to your career interests. 

 

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Code of conduct

You must comply with the code of conduct for pharmacy students. Successful completion of the degree is one step in becoming a pharmacist; you must also successfully complete one year's pre-registration training and pass the registration assessment, set by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), to be able to register as a pharmacist.

The GPhC will not offer prospective registration advice. Applicants can appeal against a registration refusal. Any appeal must be made to the GPhC’s appeals committee.

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