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Pharmacy Services - Apprenticeship NI (Level 2)

Apprenticeship NI - Level 2 Pharmacy Services
Level 2

Course Overview

You must be employed in a suitable role within a pharmacy, in N.Ireland, for at least 21 hours per week.
On successful completion of this apprenticeship you will meet the statutory requirements for working as a pharmacy assistant.
The apprenticeship has 3 elements:
Edexcel Level 2 Certificate in Pharmacy Services Skills (NVQ) (QCF) – 500/9351/4;
Edexcel BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Pharmaceutical Science (QCF) – 500/9579/1
Students without Grade C in Maths and English or Level 2 in Essential skills Literacy or Numeracy, will be required to complete Level 2 in Essential skills Literacy or Numeracy as part of the apprenticeship.

For this framework, the apprentice is required to complete the Pharmacy specific ERR workbook provided by Skills for Health
This qualification confirms competence in a range of skills undertaken by a
Pharmacy assistant, including:
• Assisting with the provision of pharmacy services
• Assisting with the sale of medicines and products
• Receiving prescriptions from individuals
• Assembling and, assisting with the issuing of, prescribed items
• Assisting with the manufacture and assembly of medicinal products


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Course Modules

Pearson Edexcel Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Pharmacy Service Skills 

Mandatory Units:

1 Assist with the provision of a pharmacy service to meet individuals’ needs

2 Ensure your own Actions Reduce risks to Health and Safety

3 Contribute to the effectiveness of teams

Optional Units (to give a total minimum of 12 credits):

4 Assist in the sale of medicines and products

5 Assemble prescribed items

6 Assist in the Issuing of Pharmaceutical Stock

7 Assist in the manufacture and assembly of medicinal products

8 Prepare aseptic products

9 Prepare documentation, materials, components and other items for the preparation of aseptic products

10 Assist in the preparation of documentation, materials and other items for manufacture and assembly of medicinal products

11 Assist in the issuing of prescribed items

12 Receive prescriptions from individuals

13 Receive Pharmaceutical Stock

14 Maintain pharmaceutical stock

15 Undertake an in-process accuracy check of assembled prescribed items prior to the final accuracy check

16 Order Routine Pharmaceutical Stock

Edexcel BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Pharmaceutical Science

Mandatory units:

1 Communicating with Pharmacy Customers

2 Law, Regulation, Health and Safety in Pharmacy

3 Working in the Pharmacy Team

Optional Units (to give a total minimum of 15 credits):

4 Ordering and Issuing Stock in the Pharmacy

5 Receiving, Storing and Maintaining Stock in the Pharmacy

6 Preparing for and Manufacture of Aseptic Products

7 Assisting in the Preparation, Manufacture and Assembly of Medicinal Products

8 Selling Over the Counter Medicines in the Pharmacy

9 Processing a Prescription

10 Assemble Prescriptions Safely

Ideal If:

You are working as a dispensing assistant in the community pharmaceutical sector.

You'll Learn:

The knowledge, understanding and practical skills that are needed to prepare for employment, in the role of a dispensing assistant. You will learn how to communicate effectively with both customers and the rest of your team and how to work safely with due regard to legislation and to meet individuals' needs.

You'll Love:

The flexible delivery and assessment approaches, for example virtual learning environments (VLEs), video, printable online resources, virtual visits, webcams for distance training, e-portfolios. The balance of on-the-job and off-the-job training. A range of teaching and learning methods is used to deliver this training effectively while still meeting varying learner needs. 

You'll Progress:

In the longer term, learners can progress to a role of trainee Pharmacy Technician, within the sector.

Please note: the entry requirements for L3 Pharmacy Services include 4 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Maths and Science. Equivalent qualifications will be considered individually. 

You'll Need:

An employer, 5 GCSEs (Grades D-G) including at least Grade D in English and Maths (or an equivalency, such as Level 1 Essential skills). 

Terms & Conditions

Students will be required to comply with SERC's Terms & Conditions of study.

While we endeavour to run all our courses on the advertised day, SERC reserves the right to change the day of week on which the course runs.

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