Becoming an Apprentice

Once you become an apprentice in a pharmacy, you will learn how to assist in the running of a pharmacy and this will include dispensing and supplying medicines and products which have been prescribed to patients. All pharmacy staff work under the supervision of a GPHC registered pharmacist.

In all pharmacy settings (community, hospital, dispensing doctors, prison, internet) you will gain the skills and knowledge to work as part of a team and meet your customer needs,

The Pharmacy industry provides many jobs and there is a huge potential for both job satisfaction and also good prospects of progression.

The journey of pharmacy staff can be to progress from a Level 2 pharmacy assistant to Level 3 GPHC registered Pharmacy Technician . After this an experienced Pharmacy Technician can train as an Accuracy Checking Technician. There are also roles in Medicines Management for the more experienced staff.

 

WHAT WILL I LEARN

 

The course is split into separate units and some are optional giving the opportunity to adapt the course to the student requirements.

Examples of areas covered are :

Communicating with Pharmacy customers

Law Regulation Health and Safety

Working as part of a team

Processing prescriptions

Stock ordering and maintainance

Selling over the counter medicines

 

HOW WILL I BE TAUGHT

 

This is an online course where you will attend tutorials with other students on a weekly basis.

Level 2 learners will complete Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) covering all units for the knowledge based certificate and also provide a protfolio of evidence to show competence in the workplace.

You will also be expected to liaise with your allocated assessor who will help you to provide work based evidence of your competence.

All evidence will be recorded and assessed on your Online portfolio.

There will be a requirement for you to travel to an Assessment Centre in your area for the assessments to take place. There are currently 7 assesssment centres across the country.

 

Level 3 learners will complete paperbased assessments covering all units for the knowledge based certificate  under exam conditions and invigulated by a authorised invigilator and also provide a protfolio of evidence to show competence in the workplace.

You will also be expected to liaise with your allocated assessor who will help you to provide work based evidence of your competence.

 

WHAT ARE THE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS ?

 

All apprentices will have an initial assessment, an interview and must be working in a pharmacy setting.

For the Level 2 you will need GCSE Maths and English certificates Grace E or 3 and above or Functional skills level 1 which must be produced by the prospective student.

For Level 3 you will need at least 5 GCSEs Minimum Grade C ( or equivalent) and these must include Maths , English and Science, especially Biology.

 

WHAT QUALIFICATION WILL I GAIN ?

 

Level 2/3 certificate in Pharmacy Services.

 

 

 

 

 

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