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Level 3 Apprenticeship Pharmacy Services

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The Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in the Principles and Practice for Pharmacy Technicians is for learners who are already employed in the role of pre-registration trainee, or want to gain employment in pharmacy services. The qualification focuses on the technical skills and knowledge required for a Pharmacy Technician and meets the requirements of the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and the Pharmaceutical Society for Northern Ireland for Pharmacy Technicians. The course will be delivered through a combination of face to face and online teaching – one day per week. The course is of two years duration. Trainees will also receive one on one support from an assessor. It is assessed by a combination of assignment work and workplace assessments. After receiving the qualification, trainees can register as a Pharmacy Technician with the Pharmaceutical Society for Northern Ireland.

Course Modules for this programme are:

  • Principles of Person-Centred Approaches for Pharmacy Technicians
  • Principles of Health and Safety for Pharmacy Technicians
  • Personal Development for Pharmacy Technicians
  • Principles of Health Promotion and Well-being in Pharmacy Services
  • Contribute to Service Improvement in the Delivery of Pharmacy Services
  • Principles for the Management of Pharmaceutical Stock
  • Undertake Medicines Reconciliation and Supply
  • Principles of Health Promotion and Well-being in Pharmacy Services
  • Receive, Validate and Issue Prescriptions
  • Chemical Principles for Pharmacy Technicians
  • Biological Principles for Pharmacy Technicians
  • Medicinal and Non-medicinal Treatments for Gastrointestinal and Nutritional Conditions
  • Medicinal Treatments for Cardio-respiratory Conditions
  • Medicinal and Non-medicinal Treatments for Malignant Diseases and Musculoskeletal Conditions
  • Microbiology for Pharmacy Technicians
  • Actions and Uses of Medicines
  • Medicinal and Non-medicinal Treatments for Central Nervous System Conditions
  • Medicinal Methods for the Prevention, Protection from and Treatment of Infections
  • Medicinal Treatments for Endocrine, Gynaecological and Genitourinary Conditions
  • Medicinal Treatments for Sensory Organ Conditions
  • Principles of Safe Manufacture of Quality Medicines in the Pharmaceutical Environment

4 GCSEs, preferably to include: English, Mathematics and Science. Employment in a suitable Pharmacy role for at least 14 hrs per week.

The units in this qualification are assessed through an internally and externally quality-assured Portfolio of Evidence, made up of evidence gathered during the course of the learner’s work.

Successful completion of this Apprenticeship programme will meet the requirements for registration as a pharmacy technician.

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*The fees quoted are per annum and are payable for each year of the course’s duration.




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