International Foundation Certificate - Pharmacy

This course gives you the solid foundation in the principles of chemistry and biochemistry that you need to be able to study towards a pharmacy degree with the prestigious Leicester School of Pharmacy

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Course Overview

If you would like a rewarding career in healthcare helping patients and caring for others, then Pharmacy is for you.

DMUIC’s IFC: Pharmacy is the first step to your career in health services.

There is huge demand for pharmacists all around the world and DMU’s Pharmacy degree has an exceptionally high employment rate. More than 96 per cent of DMU graduates are in work or full-time education within six months of graduating.

Qualified pharmacists have a wide variety of exciting and challenging career choices in the industry – for example, they can work alongside family doctors in busy hospitals or pursue medicines research.

DMU has invested millions in facilities so you will have access to the very latest laboratory equipment. Our Pharmacy school is home to world-leading academics who are conducting life-changing research.

On this course you will:

  • Have access to DMU’s state of the art laboratories which includes a real-life Pharmacy centre
  • Learn how medicines work in the human body
  • Discover how medicines are made and tested
  • Gain a basic understanding of chemical processes in the laboratory

The university’s School of Pharmacy has been producing talented Pharmacy graduates for more than 100 years. Once you complete the IFC, you can continue with your degree of choice in this exciting area.

Key Information



9 months:

Start Dates

January | September

Pathway Tuition Fee


Course English Language Requirement
Minimum IELTS 5.0 with no less than 4.5 in each component (UKVI)

What you will study

What you will study

This module will introduce students to basic concepts of anatomy, histology and physiology as an integrated experience of theory and laboratory observation. It is intended to serve as a preparation and foundation for histopathology/physiology studies at level 4 and beyond.

You may have already studied chemistry but this module will ensure you have the knowledge and practical skills to study at degree level. Students will learn the theories which support the study of chemistry and see them demonstrated in the laboratory. This module includes how to write formulae, atomic structure and chemical bonding – all vital to your future studies.

The aims of this module are to introduce further topics in Chemistry and to build on the subject knowledge and practical skills acquired and developed in Chemistry I.

Students will further develop their understanding of basic theoretical principles and associated laboratory practice. These are important skills as degree courses will expect you to study how pharmaceutical drugs work on a chemical level.

How do our bodies fight off infection? What does an illness do to our cells and tissues? This introduction to basic biochemistry will give you a perfect grounding to begin your Medical or Biomedical degree at DMU. Learn about basic processes such as how humans get their energy from food, how exercise keeps us healthy and how diseases attack the body.

As DMUIC is situated in England’s most vibrant and multicultural city, I had the opportunity to make friends from different countries. The most amazing thing was that the DMUIC staff including all teachers and the office persons were very motivational and welcoming. They provide the best routes for study to every individual.”

Syed Asim Hussain Pakistan, De Montfort University International College (DMUIC)

I’ve enjoyed studying at DMUIC, the tutors are excellent and have helped me settle into life as a university student. They are also really supportive and have helped myself and other students with other issues outside of the classroom such as accommodation.

Nafisa Bangladesh, De Montfort University International College (DMUIC)

I have successfully progressed onto my degree course at the University of Bradford because of UBIC's reliable policies and teaching programme. To the new students, those who just started their foundation at Bradford International College, I must say you are going to pass the class, the only thing required is your attention and leave the rest on UBIC's staff because they are the one that are going to lead you to a brilliant future as it is a pathway to success.

Shoaib Khan Pakistan, University of Bradford International College (UBIC)

I have a lot of international friends here at BUIC, and I’ve learnt so much from them. There is always a lot to do together both on and off-campus.

Sagar Nepal, Bangor University International College (BUIC)

I would recommend UGIC because it is based on the main University of Greenwich campus, a cosmopolitan university. At UGIC, there are students from all around the world, and I've made a lot of friends from exciting places."

Gozel Turkmenistan, University of Greenwich International College (UGIC)

I think one of the main reasons the IIM (pre-masters) has been so helpful is because the staff are so supportive and are always able to help me. Whether it is understanding a module or finding out how to sort accommodation, they will help you with everything. I’ve enjoyed studying at Bangor, the people are friendly, and the environment is also really peaceful and safe. It’s given me the best opportunity to succeed in my studies here in the UK.

Tong Tong China, Bangor University International College (BUIC)