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Pharmacy services - Apprenticeship NI (Level 3)

The aim of this apprenticeship is that you achieve qualified status as a Pharmacy technician within the Dispensing Pharmaceutical Industry. Candidates need to be employed in a suitable role in a Pharmacy setting, for at least 21 hrs per week.
Bangor, Lisburn
Level 3

Course Overview

The aim of this course is: 

The development of the fundamental technical skills and underpinning knowledge and understanding required to become competent in the job role, of Pharmacy Technician, whilst also developing appropriate professional attitudes and behaviours that will support personal success in the learners job role along with long-term success of the employing organisation. 

You will also develop a range of interpersonal and intrapersonal skills to support progression to, and success in, further study and career advancement.  

On successful completion the learner will have achieved a nationally-recognised Level 3 qualification, which offers the opportunity to gain professional registration as a pharmacy technician, if accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).   

Please Note:  This is a two-year programme. 

Typically you will be in class for a minimum of one day per week.

You will be required to complete the Pharmacy specific ERR workbook provided by Skills for Health. 

You will be required to complete Essential Skills Literacy, Numeracy and ICT if you do not have a GCSE Grade C or above in these subjects. 


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Course Modules

Course Modules for this programme are listed in the 'You'll Learn' section.

Ideal If:

You are currently working in a community pharmacy environment, having secured a placement as trainee pharmacy technician, in N.Ireland. 

You'll Learn:

There are 21 compulsory units: 

  • 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  

You'll Love:

The flexible delivery and assessment approaches, for example virtual learning environments (VLEs), online lectures, 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. Examples of teaching and learning methods for off-the-job training include: enquiry-based learning, real-world problem solving, reflective practice, questioning and discussions, demonstration, simulation and role play, peer learning and virtual environments. There will also be opportunities for the development and practising of skills on the job. The on-the-job element of the programme offers opportunities for assessment and plays an important role in developing the learner’s routine expertise, resourcefulness, craftspersonship and professionalism 

You'll Progress:

Learners who achieve the Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in the Principles and Practice for Pharmacy Technicians can apply for professional registration as pharmacy technicians. In the longer term, learners can progress to more senior or complex job roles in pharmacy or the healthcare sector.

You'll Need:

  1. To be currently working in a pharmacy environment as a trainee pharmacy technician or have secured a placement as a trainee pharmacy technician, by the start of the course 
  2. 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Maths and Science. Equivalent qualifications will be considered individually. 
  3. An acceptable reference for good character and an acceptable self-declaration for health 

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.

In addition to the above Terms & Conditions students must also adhere to the following:

Students are required to:  

  • Comply with College Policies and procedures
  • Submit all coursework and assessments by specified dates, coursework submitted without consent after the deadline shall not normally be accepted 
  • Pass all modules in each year of study in order to proceed to the next year of the programme. 

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