Advanced Apprenticeship in Health (Pharmacy Services) | Walsall College

Advanced Apprenticeship in Health (Pharmacy Services)

An apprenticeship is a work-based training programme that provides you with practical skills through on-the-job training combined with theoretical knowledge through off-the-job learning. An apprenticeship will give you the best of worlds, learning and working, enabling you to earn money whilst gaining qualifications and experience. This apprenticeship is best suited to those wishing to work towards the requirements to register as a Pharmacy Technician.


These qualifications within the apprenticeship are recognised by The General Pharmaceutical Council - providing both a Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Pharmacy Services Skills and a Level 3 Diploma in Pharmaceutical Science.  Other elements of the apprenticeship include Functional Skills. This Advanced Apprenticeship is ideal for those looking to gain both knowledge and competency-based qualifications. This is a two-year course, where you will attend college one day per week. As a modular programme, there will also be continuous assessment carried out within your work place.


Assessment is based on a portfolio of evidence. Homework or private study is a mandatory requirement.


What do Employers get out of Apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships are popular with employers as Apprenticeships offer them the opportunity to train new or existing members of staff to understand and support the unique requirements of their business.

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The selection process will include a basic Initial Assessment, Skill Scan and an interview during which your suitability, commitment and interest for the programme will be determined.
Entry criteria onto the course include one or more of the following:

  • Maths GCSE at grade B (or above) English and Science (either one at grade B or above or the other at grade C or above).
  • Maths GCSE at grade B (or above) and 4 other subjects at a minimum of grade C or above and an additional Pharmacy qualification or significant experience of working in a dispensary.
  • A BTEC Level 2 certificate, or equivalent, in Pharmaceutical Science/Applied Science and an additional Pharmacy qualification or significant experience of working in a dispensary.
  • A Levels, where one of which is a relevant Science subject and GCSE maths at grade B (or above).
  • A degree in science or humanities, plus GCSE at Maths at grade B (or above).
  • Substantial experience of working within a Pharmacy, and recommendation of a GPhC registered Pharmacist. You will need to be assessed as working to at least level 2 in literacy and level 2 in numeracy. If your literacy and numeracy levels are at basic level we may recommend that you up skill in these areas before progressing onto this course. This will be discussed in your interview.

How do you become an Apprentice?
You might already be employed but if not, we may be able to help you find a suitable vacancy. View the Apprenticeships we currently have available at:

Qualifications within this Advanced Apprenticeship are recognised by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), and will form part of the requirements for registration as a Pharmacy Technician.
Candidates will be able to register once they complete both the Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Pharmacy Services Skills (QCF) and Level 3 Diploma in Pharmaceutical Science (QCF).
This level 3 qualification is a vocational qualification which focuses on the development of the underlying principles required to work in pharmacy service support roles.
Progression should not just be seen as vertical. In some instances progressing into another role at the same level may be just as rewarding as it offers the opportunity to develop new skills and knowledge.
Learners may also progress from this pathway onto further qualifications specific to their work context. Many Pharmacy Technicians progress onto post registration courses, such as; Accuracy Checking Technicians. Some progress onto Higher Education.

Basic Information

Course Code B79A34807P
Location Various Locations, not at Walsall College sites.
Level Level 3
Type Adv Apprenticeship
Start Date Various

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