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Entry Requirements - Pharmacy

Minimum Entry Requirements


AAB/ABB including Chemistry and at least one other science subject, preferably Biology. Mathematics or Physics is an advantage. General Studies or Critical Thinking are not considered a suitable third A-level.


In exceptional circumstances two AS-level subjects will be considered in lieu of a third A-level.

Welsh Baccalaureate

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma with a pass in the Core and grades AA/AB in Chemistry plus Biology, Physics or Maths.


A biological subject or a double Science award at grade B if Biology has not been studied at A-level. Mathematics and English at grade A – C.


International students can find entry requirements for some other qualifications on our website. Persons offering alternative qualifications are considered and should contact the Pharmacy UG Admissions Student Office (see address at the end of this document) by email or letter (not telephone) detailing their qualifications and experience.

English Language Qualifications

In the case of applicants whose first language is not English, competence in the English language is also a criterion of admission.

More information on English Language Requirements

Additional Requirements for Admission

The Cardiff School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences awards a number of scholarships per annum to International students who are self-funded. Such awards are made on the basis of academic performance, interview performance and need.

Candidates will only be invited to apply for a scholarship if they have already received an Unconditional, or Conditional, offer from the School of Pharmacy. The level of award will normally be a minimum of £1,000 or a maximum of £2,000 in any academic year. The Pharmacy International Scholarship Panel will consider all applications by early August each year.

Student Code of Conduct and Fitness to Practise

In view of the vocational orientation of the MPharm degree, the GPhC has introduced a Student Code of Conduct and Fitness to Practise procedures in schools of pharmacy.

For further information see

These principles and procedures came into force in 2010.

One consequence is that our students must undergo regular checks to establish that they are of good character. These include Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks. Failure to undergo such a check will result in a student being unable to join or complete the course.

The GPhC produces its own literature and has its own webpages devoted to the Code of Conduct, Fitness to Practise and pharmacist registration, covering what it means to be a pharmacist and career opportunities in Pharmacy.

You can contact the General Pharmaceutical Council by post or email at: General Pharmaceutical Council, 25 Canada Square, London E14 5LQ /

NB The GPhC will carry out its own health, good character and identity checks when students complete their training and apply to register with the regulatory body. These checks relate solely to registration and are in addition to any checks carried out during previous study, pre-registration training or employment. The GPhC may not register a student if a check is failed, even if they have passed previous checks.

The GPhC will NOT offer prospective registration advice.

Resit Candidates

Resit candidates will be considered but can be set higher than standard conditional offer grades.

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