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Pharmacy tuition fees to top £6,000 at one school

By News team

Pharmacy tuition fees are likely to exceed the £6,000 basic fee in at least one pharmacy school but most have yet to decide fees for 2012 onwards.

British Pharmaceutical Students’ Association president Louise Hemmings is urging all schools to keep their fees to the minimum.

Anthony Smith, principal and dean of the School of Pharmacy, University of London, said the minimum £6,000 price tag, set out by the Government, would likely be exceeded at the School of Pharmacy because of the cost of delivery for science courses.

However, Professor Smith expressed his support for Government proposals to force income from higher fees to be spent on a national scholarship programme to help widen access to higher education. He added that no discussions have been had on the subject of fee waivers and any announcement will depend on the independent higher education regulator.

Ms Hemmings stressed that BPSA members do not wish to have high tuition fees and said that schools of pharmacy should look into alternative funding opportunities, instead of relying on students to pay.  

Other schools and departments of pharmacy approached by PJ Online were unable to provide details on fees, and said these would be set by their parent universities.

Fees for the University of Brighton are due to be set in the next two to three weeks, the University of Manchester and the University of Portsmouth will decide at the end of March, the University of Reading expects a decision around Easter, the University of Huddersfield has set a date in June and a De Montfort University spokesman said a decision is “not expected for a few weeks”.

University access agreements

The independent higher education regulator, the Office For Fair Access, announced last week (10 February 2011) it will draw up guidance setting out what university access agreements will need to cover if theywish to charge more than £6,000 in 2012–13.

It is expected to give its decision to universities by mid-July ensuring that 2012–13 applicants know the cost of individual courses, including any institutional financial support available, before startingto apply in the autumn. 

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 11068917

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