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Key details

Attendance Part-time
Duration 2 years
Awarding Body
Level BTEC Level 3 Diploma
Start Date 06/09/2021

Other start dates

Course overview

BTEC Level 3 Diploma in the Principles and Practice for Pharmacy Technicians is for learners who are employed in the role of pre-registration trainee pharmacy technician.

The training consists of two years of consecutive work-based experience under the direction of a pharmacist or pharmacy technician for not less than 14 hours per week.

Pharmacy Technicians work in a wide range of settings, including (but not exclusively): registered pharmacies, community services, justice (the Prison Service), GP Practices, dispensing doctors’ practices, care homes and clinical commissioning groups, hospitals, mental health, defence (HM Armed Services) and within the pharmaceutical industry. They prepare medicines and other healthcare products for the supply to patients. They also take an active role in providing patients with guidance on taking medicines.

The qualification gives learners the opportunity to:

  •  develop the fundamental technical skills and underpinning knowledge and understanding required to become competent in the job role.
  •  develop appropriate professional attitudes and behaviours that will support personal success in their job role and the long-term success of their organisation
  • develop a range of interpersonal and intrapersonal skills to support progression to, and success in, further study and career advancement
  • achieve a nationally-recognised Level 3 qualification, accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)
  • register with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) as a pharmacy technician, and therefore be allowed to practice as a pharmacy technician in England and Wales.

What you'll study

One day per week teaching as either virtual classroom or College-based classroom.

  • One day per week teaching as either virtual classroom or College-based classroom.

Entry requirements

GCSE Maths
Grade 4 or C
GCSE English Language
Grade 4 or C
GCSEs in Science subjects
At least two at grade 4 or C

You must be working for a UK-registered pharmacist in a pharmacy for a minimum of 14 hours per week to participate in this course. These are the requirements of the Pharmacy Regulator.

You will be required to have a PC with access to the internet in the workplace.

Next steps

Find out more about the course from our Head of School.

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Gail Holmes

Head of School

Tuition fees

If you are 16 to 18 years old you won't have to pay tuition fees.

If you're 19 or older you may need to pay a fee.

All fees exclude exams, registration and administration charges. These fees apply to all learners, except those with full fee remission.

For information about our student services, please click here.

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