Pharmacy Services Apprenticeship Level 2/3

Science and Mathematics

Science and Mathematics
Science and Mathematics
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code P00141
Qualification Type Apprenticeship
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


This is a full time work based training course.

About the course

This course is a training programme leading to becoming a registered Pharmacy Technician. Upon successful completion of the qualification you will be required to register with The General Pharmaceutical Council.

As an apprentice, you will be working as a Pre- Registration Pharmacy Technician either in a hospital or community pharmacy, undertaking a variety of supervised tasks within the pharmacy. Your duties will vary depending on the setting, but may include selling over-the-counter medicines under supervision, dispensing prescriptions, generating labels, Aseptic production, ordering and storing pharmaceutical stock, and providing information on symptoms and products to customers. You will be working towards a level 2/3 NVQ Diploma in Pharmacy Service Skills which will be assessed at the workplace by a qualified assessor.

The day you are in college you will be working towards a BTEC level 2/3 Diploma in Pharmaceutical Science.  You will study a wide range of related units including Chemistry, Biology and Microbiology for Pharmacy. You will learn about Human Physiology and the action and uses of medicines. Some units will focus on Community Pharmacy practice and you will cover the dispensing and supply of medicines including Aseptic. You will also study the law, ethics and practice relating to pharmacy.

The course consists of a minimum of 30 hours per week in a pharmacy environment, which includes a one day a week attendance at college. 

If you need to complete Functional Skills qualifications, these will be delivered in college in the first year of the course. You may have to come in during college holidays for this.

Will this course suit me?

An ideal student for this course is one who is motivated and enthusiastic and has a keen interest in science and maths. You must be prepared for hard work with a desire to learn. Good communication skills are really important and you must be able to work well in a team. An aptitude for and interest in Maths and Science, particularly Chemistry and Biology, is essential.

Qualification Titles
BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Pharmaceutical Science
NVQ Level 2 Certificate in Pharmacy Service Skills

What students say about this course:

"It's a busy role working as a Pharmacy Technician at the Northern General Hospital dispensing prescriptions for the wards and outpatients. You get valuable work experience training on the job as well as earning a wage and gaining a qualification. It's a good route into employment. You also get to study at Sheffield City College, meeting lots of other apprentices and learning the theory of the course to help you with your studies."




How will it be delivered?

You will build a portfolio of evidence to support the tasks you complete at the workplace to demonstrate you can complete tasks safely and use knowledge learnt.
Assessment for the BTEC is continuous throughout the course by a combination of case studies, assignments and work-based assessments which are internally marked and graded Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Entry requirements

Level 2

4 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include Double Science, including English Language and Maths.  You will also need to gain a suitable employer.

Level 3

5 GCSEs at grade 4  or above to include Double Science, including English Language and Maths.  You will also need to gain a suitable employer.

You will also need to gain a suitable employer. You can do this through searching for vacancies on our website and applying directly to the employer. This will be followed by a competitive interview process. Or by approaching employers yourself to ask if they will take on an apprentice. Once you find a suitable employer you should contact the college with their details. 

Your next steps...

Where can it lead?

You will be eligible to register as a qualified Pharmacy Technician with the General Pharmaceutical Council and apply for Pharmacy Technician posts in the Hospital (usually starting at NHS salary Band 4) and follow a choice of career pathways through medicines management, medicines information, pharmaceutical production, procurement, IT, training and development and more. You will have a qualification which allows you to work in all other sectors of pharmacy e.g. community and the pharmaceutical industry.

The BTEC Diploma in Pharmaceutical Science at double distinction gives 240 UCAS points towards university entry.  The Masters Degree in Pharmacy at some universities will accept this qualification, along with other requirements such as A level Chemistry.

Registered Pharmacy Technicians are able to gain experience in all areas of pharmacy including aseptic dispensing, manufacturing, dispensing checking for both outpatients and inpatient prescriptions and provision of patient services (helping patients to manage their medicines).

Technicians can work in roles such as Prescribing Support for G.P. Practices. They may also work in industry, Information Technology, Prison Pharmacy Services, research and teaching/training roles.

Technicians work alongside the Pharmacists, increasingly taking on new and advanced roles as the pharmacy service continues to develop services for patients.