Health (Pharmacy Services) — Level 3 Apprenticeship Framework

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Course information

Pharmacy technicians prepare, supply and dispense medicines prescribed for patients under the supervision of a registered pharmacist. The Pharmacy Services Apprenticeship offers a combination of a technical certificate and the Diploma in Pharmacy services.
Advanced Apprenticeships allow people to start work and earn a wage, while learning new skills that lead to nationally recognised qualifications. Advanced Apprenticeships are designed with the help of employers in the industry, so they offer a structured programme that takes apprentices through the skills needed to do a job well. Most of an apprentice's training takes place on the job but they will also have to complete off-the-job training within college by day release.
If you want a career in Pharmacy Services then this Apprenticeship is for you. The Pharmacy Services Apprenticeship offers a combination of qualifications that will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to work in both the retail industry and the private and National Health Service.
A selection of the Edexcel L3 Diploma units can be seen below:
• Chemical Principles for Pharmacy Technicians
• Biological Principles for Pharmacy Technicians
• Human Physiology for Pharmacy Technicians
• Action & Uses of Medicines
• Cardio-Respiratory Medicines
• Gastrointestinal and Nutritional Medicines
• Infections, Immunological Products and Vaccines
Examples of the Edexcel L3 NVQ units can be seen below
• Assisting with the provision of pharmacy customer service
• Ensuring your own provision of pharmacy customer service
• Supporting the work of your team
• Selling over the counter medicines
• Providing information to customers on symptoms and products
• Preparing pharmacy products
• Supporting the use of specialist IT in the pharmacy
You will be assessed through:
• Work-based Evidence
• Oral Questioning
• Portfolio of Evidence


At the end of the two year course you will have gained:
Edexcel Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Pharmacy Service Skills
Edexcel Level 3 Diploma in Pharmaceutical Science
Functional Skills/Key Skills in Application of Number

This course leads to...

Once you have completed the Apprenticeship you will be equipped with the necessary skills and qualifications required for working within the pharmacy industry opening a variety of employment opportunities.

Entry Requirements

You must be working in a hospital or community pharmacy for a minimum of 16 hours per week. You will also undertake a numeracy and literacy assessment to check that you are able to work at this level.
You must have a grade A*-C in English, Maths and Science GCSE

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Course ID: 156123

Course Year: 18/19

Course Duration: Unknown


All fees will be paid by your employer. Employers should contact the Apprenticeship team directly for more information, as fees vary based on a number of factors. Government contributions may be available to apprenticeship employers. To find out more, please contact the apprenticeships team at or 0151 252 3800

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