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Pharmacy - Advanced Apprenticeship at Total People

Course description

Advanced Apprenticeship 

  • Edexcel Level 3 NVQ Certificate in Pharmacy Services
  • Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Cert in Pharmaceutical Science
  • Functional skills in Maths, English and ICT

Length of the course - 24 months approximately

What you’ll be doing

  • Provide an effective and responsive pharmacy service
  • Process pharmaceutical queries
  • Issue prescribed items
  • Order pharmaceutical stock.

You also choose three optional units from a range that includes:

  • Contribute to the effectiveness of teams
  • Provide advice on symptoms and the actions and uses of medicines
  • Prepare to conduct a review of an individual's medicine

Who is it for?

Level 3 is ideal if you've worked in a pharmacy setting for some time and have completed your Level 2 qualification. You're ready to increase your knowledge of pharmacy procedures to register as a pharmacy technician.

To gain an NVQ, you need to show you've got a particular set of skills. You usually work with your training provider to review your current skills and find the best way to gain new ones - perhaps by trying new things at work, or by studying.

Course content

  • Edexcel Level 3 NVQ Certificate in Pharmacy Services
  • Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Cert in Pharmaceutical Science

Entry requirements

These qualifications are for anyone interested in a career as a pharmacy assistant or technician.

To register as a pharmacy technician, as required by the General Pharmaceutical Council, you need the Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Pharmacy Service Skills and the Level 3 Diploma in Pharmaceutical Science (5356). You can take them separately, or as part of an apprenticeship for Pharmacy.


You'll be assessed in your workplace, so you need to have a job or trainee post in a pharmacy setting.

Financial information

Aged 16-18
Fully funded

Aged 19-23
Fully funded for employers with less than 1000 employees. For employers with 1000+ employees, please contact us for further details.

Aged 24 and over
Total People require employers to make a contribution towards the cost for all learners aged 24 years and over, embarking on an Apprenticeship.

Future opportunities

The Level 3 qualification is part of an approved training scheme that allows you to work as a pharmacy technician, dispensing medicines in a pharmacy setting.

Further information

Please visit our website for further information

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Total People directly.

Last updated date: 15 February 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Throughout the year
  • Duration: 24 months approximately