Pharmacy Technician Apprenticeship Standard | Walsall College

Pharmacy Technician Apprenticeship Standard

Recognised by The General Pharmaceutical Council, this apprenticeship is ideal for those looking to gain both knowledge and competency-based qualifications in the Pharmacy industry.

Apprentices will learn about the overall management and supplying of medicines to patients, whether on prescription or over the counter, as well assembling medicines for prescriptions. 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.

This is a two-year course, where apprentices will be required to attend college one day per week. As a modular programme, there will also be continuous assessment carried out within the work place.

Employer overview

This apprenticeship is increasingly becoming the preferred route for those looking to pursue a career within the Pharmacy industry. It provides a unique opportunity for employers to secure talented and enthusiastic employees who can be moulded to suit your business requirements.  

Apprentices on this course will develop the following skills, knowledge and behaviours:

  • A confident understanding of the organisation, its values, policies and procedures
  • Demonstrating professionalism, self-management, quality assurance and industry approved standards of behaviour
  • Confidently delivering person-centred care, whilst striving for the best outcomes in relation to suggesting, ordering and managing medicines for patients
  • Supporting the everyday management of the pharmacy, including the safety of medicines and an overall understanding of safeguarding children and vulnerable people, in particular.


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The selection process will include a basic Initial Assessment, Skill Scan and an interview during which an apprentices 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. Apprentices will need to be assessed as working to at least level 2 in literacy and level 2 in numeracy. If literacy and numeracy levels are at basic level we may recommend that apprentices upskill in these areas before progressing onto this course. This will be discussed in the 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.
Apprentices 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.
Apprentices 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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