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.

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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 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.


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 maintenance
• Selling over the counter medicines

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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 provide a portfolio 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 assessment centres across the country.

Level 3 learners will complete paper based assessments covering all units for the knowledge based certificate  under exam conditions and invigilated by an authorised invigilator and also provide a portfolio 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 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 Grade 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. 


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"Easy to follow"

I completed my level 2 pharmacy dispensing course in 2016. I found the modules easy to follow and the company have been very helpful if I've ever had a query. I will be doing my level 3 pharmacy technicians course with Skills4 because they have been helpful.

Chloe Oliver - Level 2 Pharmacy Student

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It was great from start to finish and the support and learning materials were second to none, it really made a difference to the who experience, go for it is all I can say, it's the best thing I've done.

James Taylor - Level 2 Pharmacy Student


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