• Question: if I was to be a pharmacist what would I have to do at university?

    Asked by mc bunions to Alejandra, Ana, Daniel, Sophie, Todd, Zach on 10 Mar 2017.
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      Daniel Morse answered on 10 Mar 2017:

      It may vary slightly between university, but generally speaking you would need to have studied Chemistry (this is normally expected), and then at least one from biology, physics or maths, along with something else.

      Most pharmacy degrees have quite high entry requirements, maybe ABB at A level, so make sure you get your head down and work hard! But if you think you can do it, you’re probably right, and making the effort now will go a loooong way! Its a great course, and does open quite a lot doors for the future too!

      Good luck!

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      Todd Burton answered on 10 Mar 2017:

      Generally to study any science at university they as for either 2 or 3 science A-levels. For pharmacology they would definitely require chemistry.

      It might be worth looking for a work experience placement for a week or two so you’re sure of the path you want to take! It’ll give you a great insight into what being a pharmacist is all about! Look up pharmacology too, this look at the the action of drugs within the body and how they work!

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      Alejandra Aranceta answered on 10 Mar 2017:

      Hi Mc Bunions future pharmacist,

      This varies across universities, but fear not! most universities in the UK have Open Days for prospective students like you to have a chance to ask directly what you need to do and what you will be studying. I would google ‘Pharmacy Degree in the UK’, check which universities are out there, and click on their website, they often have a lot of information of the courses they offer (and the open day dates!).

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      Ana Gallego answered on 11 Mar 2017:

      I believe so.

      I have a friend back in Spain that studied it in university. I remember her talking about plants, a lot of chemistry and a lot of medicine subjects.

      If you want to make sure, I would go into a university’s website to check out the list.

      Here is an example of what you get to study if you go to Edinburgh university to study BSc