Pharmacy technician apprenticeships - where to start
You can get into this job through
a college coursean apprenticeshipa trainee position
You could do a course at college that may improve your chances of getting into this role.
Courses include a T Level for Pharmacy Science Assistants.
You'll usually need 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths.
You could do a pharmacy technician Level 3 apprenticeship.
You can also train to be a pharmacy technician through an apprenticeship
in the armed forces. You'll usually need 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths.
You can apply for a trainee pharmacy technician position. Employers will often ask for 4 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English, maths and science, Level 2 Diploma in Applied Science, or equivalent qualifications.
You'll do on-the-job training over 2 years and work towards qualifications which show your knowledge and skills, like a:
- Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Pharmacy Service Skills
- Level 3 Diploma in Pharmaceutical Science
- You'll need to register with the General Pharmaceutical Council
Pharmacy technician apprenticeships - what it takes
Skills and knowledge
- customer service skills
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- excellent verbal communication skills
- active listening skills
- maths knowledge
- the ability to work well with others
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- administration skills
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
Restrictions and Requirements
You'll need to pass enhanced background checks
Pharmacy technician apprenticeships - what you'll do
In this role you could:
- choose the correct items for a prescription
- weigh ingredients, measure liquids and count tablets
- put together ointments and medicines
- make sure prescriptions are legal and accurate
- create labels to tell people how to take medicine
- order new stock using computerised systems
- give advice to customers about prescription and over-the-counter medicines
- handle confidential information
You could work at a health centre or at a store.
You may need to wear protective clothing and a uniform.
Career path and progression - Pharmacy technician apprenticeships
In a hospital, you could move to:
a specialist role like clinical technician, working with healthcare professionals and patients on wards
a specialist area of work like oncology, paediatrics, or clinical trials
research and development
In a pharmacy, you could become a supervisor or manager.
You could also train as a pharmacist through a pharmacy foundation degree, which is a two-year, full-time course.
When you finish this course, you can then apply for year two of an accredited MPharm degree.
In industry, you could move into more specialised areas of development and production, or move into sales or marketing.
Another option is to become a pharmacy assessor working with trainee pharmacy technicians.