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Entry Requirements for the MPharm Degree

This page gives details of the A-level or alternative entry requirements for the MPharm  degree programme.  

For other information about the course please use the navigation bar to the left or see the prospectus to the right.


AAB/ABB to include Chemistry and at least one other science subject, preferably Biology, Mathematics or Physics. General Studies & Critical Thinking are not accepted as the third A level.


Normally not accepted.


AAAAABB at Higher Level.


Obtain Diploma with an overall score of 34 points to include Chemistry, and ideally Biology, Mathematics or Physics at Higher Level. A grade 6 is required in these subjects.


Obtain Diploma with an overall average of 70%. Subjects must include English, Maths, Chemistry, Biology and Physics and scores of 8/10 are required in these areas.


A-level Chemistry, minimum grade B is required alongside BTEC Pharmaceutical Sciences at double distinction.

Vocational A-Level

A combination of A-level Chemistry and a twelve unit Vocational A-level in Advanced Science may be acceptable.

Welsh Baccalaureate

WB Advanced Diploma plus A level Chemistry and one other A level from Biology, Physics and Maths at AA/AB grades

Scottish Higher


Key Skills

Evidence of competence in key skills is welcomed, although success in the Key Skills qualification forms no part of the School's formal entry requirements.


Candidates who already possess a degree must have achieved a First Class Honours in a relevant discipline. GCSE Mathematics grade B, English grade C.

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.

Interviewing Policy

All applicants, selected on their qualifications, academic reference and personal statement, are invited for interview. At interview applicants are also required to demonstrate a number of non-academic criteria such as commitment to and a basic understanding of pharmacy. No offer is made without an interview.

Available Places

Cardiff School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (formerly known as the Welsh School of Pharmacy): 120


Admissions Office

Phone: +44 (0)29 208 74080
Pharmacy Admissions Office
The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Cardiff University
King Edward VII Avenue, Cathays Park
CF10 3NB