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BTEC Diploma in Principles and Practice for Pharmacy Technicians

Qualification Gained
BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Principles and Practice for Pharmacy Technicians
Study Level
Level 3
Course Type
2 years
Start Date
September 2024
Study Mode
Advanced Technology Centre


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.

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

  Key Info

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

Entry to this course requires four GCSEs at grade A*-C/ 9-4, three of which must include English language, Mathematics and one Science subject, Biology or Chemistry (please contact us if it is a Physics qualification).

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.

For more information regarding enrolment and entry requirements, please contact our Special Projects Officer, Karen Piotr [email protected].

For more information regarding the course, please contact our Pharmacy Academic Lead Zoe Corcoran at [email protected].

Or the Pharmacy Skills Lead, Sam Bradshaw [email protected].

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.

This is representative of the most common fees scenario, but actual fees can vary depending on a number of factors. Please contact us if you need more guidance.

If you have any questions or require any additional information, please contact [email protected]

Disclaimer: Our prospectus, college documents and website are simply here to offer a guide. We accept no liability for any inaccurate statements and are not responsible for any negative outcomes if you rely on an inaccurate statement. We reserve the right to withdraw any programmes or service at any time.

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