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COURSE

Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)

BH-PHARM

TAUGHT BY: School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

DURATION

Duration of the course with a full-time study load. Studying part-time will extend the duration of your course.

If duration is not available (N/A) the offering may be part of a larger course.

4years

CREDIT

A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.

800

About offering

The goal of pharmacy care is to maximise positive healthcare outcomes and improve patients’ quality of life with minimum risk.

In your first year you will learn the foundations of biochemistry, physiology and pharmacy practice. Your first year will also cover interprofessional healthcare and you will study alongside students from other health science degrees.

In your following years, you will study pharmaceutics, medicinal chemistry, antimicrobial chemotherapy, pharmacology and pharmacotherapy. You will also continue to develop your pharmacy practice skills.

Please note you must complete each year of this course before commencing the next. 

You will complete a minimum of 12 weeks of clinical placements during the course and there are opportunities for you to take your placements interstate and overseas in hospitals, the community or in industry. Pharmacy students undertake over 400 hours of professional placements prior to graduation.

Take a Google Maps virtual tour of our model pharmacy suite.

What you'll learn

  • apply extensive knowledge and cognitive skills with initiative and judgement in professional pharmacy practice, and contribute to evidence-based practice through scholarship and research
  • apply critical thinking, creativity and reflection to plan and execute project work and/or provide solutions to complex pharmaceutical problems with intellectual independence
  • access, review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise information to resolve clinical, professional and scientific problems in pharmacy
  • communicate effectively as a pharmacist with a variety of audiences to present a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas for professional and research purposes
  • utilise pharmacy software and technology for pharmacy practice, scholarship and research purposes
  • demonstrate responsibility and accountability for own learning as a pharmacist
  • provide pharmaceutical services, and undertake pharmacy practice research, with sensitivity to political, social, cultural, geographical, technological and global influences
  • engage in high-quality, ethical and culturally-competent pharmaceutical service delivery and research as appropriate to individuals, as well as broader sociocultural contexts
  • work collaboratively and ethically within complex and dynamic practice and research parameters; demonstrating sophisticated skills for numeracy, literacy, technical writing and interpersonal communication

Why study Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)

  • This is the only undergraduate course in Western Australia that leads to eligibility for registration as a pharmacist.
  • Staff are committed to delivering innovative and excellent teaching to enable learning.
  • Curtin has a new, modern model dispensary.
  • The curriculum reflects contemporary practice.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Professional recognition

Professional Accreditation

Accredited by the Australian Pharmacy Council and is the only accredited undergraduate pharmacy course in Western Australia.

Professional Registration

After completing your degree, you will need to complete an internship of 1,824 hours (approximately one year full-time) before you can register as a pharmacist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Professional Recognition

This degree is recognised worldwide, although in some countries you may have to do additional training.

Career information

  • Consultant Pharmacist
  • Compoudning Pharmacist
  • Drug Information Pharmacist
  • Researcher
  • Academic
  • Hospital Pharmacist
  • Community Pharmacist
  • Industrial Pharmacist
  • Retail Pharmacist
  • Clinical Pharmacologist
  • Pharmacologist (Non-clinical)

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

English language proficiency

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are as outlined in the IELTS table below. Additional information on how you can meet the English requirement can be found on the English proficiency page.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 7.0
Speaking 7.0
Reading 7.0
Listening 7.0
Overall band score 7.0

What kind of applicant are you?

Applicants with recent secondary education
(within the past two years)

Completed your secondary education in Australia within the past two years? Learn how you can apply to Curtin.

Applicants with higher education study

Undertaken higher education study before? Find out how you can apply for a Curtin course and what credit you may be eligible for.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

Have you studied a VET course? Find out how you can get into Curtin using these qualifications.

Applicants with work and life experience

Spent time in the workforce, completed a pathway program or finished secondary education more than two years ago? See how you can apply to study at Curtin

Applicants with recent secondary education
(within the past two years)

Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, but also includes those who may have completed their senior secondary studies with a TAFE or other VET provider within the same time frame. This includes applicants whose secondary education was undertaken interstate or overseas.

  • Minimum ATAR: 80

    This figure refers to the ATAR level below which an application will not be considered. This is not a guarantee of admission.
  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    Chemistry ATAR and Mathematics: Applications ATAR

  • Desirable WACE subjects: Human Biology ATAR or Biology ATAR
  • STAT entry: Not accepted. May be used to demonstrate English competence.

    The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni.
    These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Other admission options

  • Successful StepUp Entry and StepUp Equity Adjustment Admission Pathway (StepUp Bonus) applicants will be eligible to be considered for admission into this course.

  • If you’re an indigenous applicant who hasn’t met Curtin’s minimum admissions criteria, the Centre for Aboriginal Studies offers bridging courses that are tailored to help you gain entry into this course.

Lowest ATAR to which an offer was made (exclusive of any adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)

View the lowest ATAR (excluding adjustments) of an applicant who was offered a place in this course in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available.

Selection rank adjustments (previously referred to as ATAR related adjustments)

Details of the types of adjustment factors (bonus points) commonly available to applicants can be found on our StepUp to Curtin webpage.

ATAR and selection rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most recent intake period

View data on the ATAR and selection rank profile of offers made from the most relevant recent intake period.

Applicants with higher education study

Applicants with higher education are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, such as a university degree. This includes applicants who are currently studying a higher education course at another education provider and want to transfer to Curtin University, or applicants who are currently studying at Curtin but want to switch to a different course. It also includes applicants who have completed past study with university and non-university higher education providers.

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    Chemistry ATAR and Mathematics: Applications ATAR

  • Desirable WACE subjects: Human Biology ATAR or Biology ATAR

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Curtin course switcher criteria

To switch into this course in semester two 2018, you need to have:

  • completed 100 credits within one semester, with a semester weighted average (SWA) of 70% or higher; and
  • an academic status of Good Standing; and
  • met the prerequisites.

The Chemistry prerequisite can be met with:

  • CHEM1003 Introduction to Chemistry; or
  • CHEM1001 Biological Chemistry.

The Math Applications prerequisite can be met with:

  • MATH1013 Introductory Mathematics.

To switch into this course from semester one 2019, you need to have:

  • completed 100 credits within one semester, with an SWA of 70% or higher; and
  • an academic status of Good Standing.

Students must have completed:

  • HUMB1000 Human Structure and Function; and
  • CMHL1000 Foundations for Professional Health Practice;and
  • CHEM1003 Introduction to Chemistry or BCCB2000 Foundations of Biochemistry; and
  • MATH1013 Introductory Maths or PUBH1000 Introduction to Public Health (if Math Applicatons is already met).
Higher education course switcher criteria

To switch into this course from another higher education course, you need to have:

  • completed at least 150 credits within two semesters, with a semester weighted average (SWA) of 70% or higher; and
    • an academic status of Good Standing; and
    • completed equivalent units to meet prerequisites, if an ATAR of 80 was not previously achieved. Students must have completed units equivalent to the first semester of studies in this course; or
  • completed 75 credits or more within one semester, with an SWA of 70% or higher; and
    • an academic status of Good Standing; and
    • completed equivalent units to meet prerequisites if an ATAR of 80 was previously achieved. Students must have completed units equivalent to the first semester of studies in this course.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

  • Minimum ATAR: 80

    This figure refers to the ATAR level below which an application will not be considered. This is not a guarantee of admission.
    OR
  • TAFE:

    Not accepted. VET study cannot meet the equivalent ATAR requirement.

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    Chemistry ATAR and Mathematics: Applications ATAR

  • Desirable WACE subjects: Human Biology ATAR or Biology ATAR
  • STAT entry: Not accepted. May be used to demonstrate English competence.

    The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni.
    These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Applicants with work and life experience

Applicants with work and life experience are those who left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

‘Experience’ includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

  • Minimum ATAR: 80

    This figure refers to the ATAR level below which an application will not be considered. This is not a guarantee of admission.
  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    Chemistry ATAR and Mathematics: Applications ATAR

  • Desirable WACE subjects: Human Biology ATAR or Biology ATAR
  • STAT entry: Not accepted. May be used to demonstrate English competence.

    The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni.
    These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Cut-off scores

Please note: The cut-off scores below are for 2018 only.

Qualification Score
GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three) 8
HKDSE 18
IB 28
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) 70
ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE) 80
WAUFP (CPS) 59
India (CBSE) 70%
India (HSC) 71%
Sri Lanka 8

Minimum academic entry requirements

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Other requirements and notes for this course

Please note: you must complete each year of this course before commencing the next.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

Essential requirements for admission (including fieldwork requirements)

Many of our courses require students to comply with additional essential requirements. Failure to comply with any of the essential requirements may potentially prevent the successful completion of the course and/or achieving professional registration.

Fieldwork requirements during the course

Please refer to the following statements on the fieldwork component of this course:

Advanced standing / credit transfer / recognition of prior learning

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please visit our credit for recognised learning webpage or contact our CRL Office on crl@curtin.edu.au or 1300 222 888.

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please see our credit for previous study website or contact tne_pathways@curtin.edu.au.

Fees and charges

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

Australian and New Zealand student indicative fees for 2018

Student type Cost

Commonwealth supported

What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)?

A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the student pays the remainder (referred to as the “student contribution amount”). The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.

All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place. A limited number of Commonwealth supported places are also available for some postgraduate courses.

Learn more about CSPs and whether you’re eligible by visiting the Australian Government’s StudyAssist website.

$9,190*

Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on [offering.credits] credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks – visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you’re not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

International student indicative fees for 2018

International onshore – fee paying
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $17,300*
Indicative year 1 fee $34,300*
Total indicative course fee $134,100*
Indicative essential incidental course fee $908 *

The indicative fees shown above apply to international students studying on-campus in Western Australia. For information about fees at other locations please visit Curtin International’s offshore site.

Where you can study

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Bentley Campus

On Campus
Study Period 1, Semester 1 and Semester 2

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Where to get further information

Applicants applying with an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

Find information on how you can apply to study at Curtin with an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma.

Applicants with other international qualifications

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  • The offering information on this website applies only to future students. Current students should refer to faculty handbooks for current or past course information. View courses information disclaimer.

  • Curtin course code: BH-PHARM
  • CRICOS code: 096304A
  • This offering was last updated on: September 25, 2018