• Code:JJ
  • Certification 

    City & Guilds Diploma in Pharmacy  Service Skills after year 1

    City & Guilds Diploma in  Pharmaceutical Science after year 2

    QQI Level 6 Minor Award in Health  Services Supervisory Management  Skills (6M4978)

  • Duration  Two Years (2 days each week)


The course is modular with continuous assessment over the two years.  Students will develop medical knowledge to recognise common illnesses and  communication skills to liase with pharmacists and council patients on healthcare  issues. Students will gain experience in dispensing procedures and practices and  be able to interpret prescriptions and prepare medicines for dispensing. They will  be able to maintain patient records and operate pharmacy computer systems.  They will also be able to supply non-prescription medicines in accordance with  legislation and guidelines. The Pharmacy Technician assists the Pharmacist in the  preparation, checking, storage and dispensing of drugs.

Programme of Study

Year 1: Diploma in Pharmacy Service Skills

  • Provide an effective and responsive  pharmacy service
  • Actions to reduce risks to health and  safety
  • Reflect on and develop your practice
  • Assemble prescribed items
  • Order & Maintain pharmaceutical stock
  • Provide advice on symptoms and uses  of medicines

Year 2: Diploma in Pharmaceutical Science

  • Chemical & biological principles for  pharmacy
  • Microbiology & human physiology for  pharmacy
  • Use of medicines for various illnesses  and conditions
  • Community pharmacy practice
  • Professional development in pharmacy
  • Pharmacy law, ethics & practice

Components subject to change

Entry Requirements

  • QQI Level 5 in Pharmacy & Retail  Selling
  • City & Guilds Level 2 in Pharmacy  Services
  • IPU Certificate in Medical Counter  Assistant with at least 6 months  pharmacy retail experience
  • Applicants with at least 2 years  experience working in a pharmacy
  • The student must be working in the  pharmacy for the duration of the  course for a minimum of 20 hours a  week. All applicants will be interviewed

Places are offered following successful  interview. Learners must source their own  work experience.

Career Opportunities

Pharmacy technicians are employed in both the private sector in community and  private hospital pharmacies and by the HSE  in hospital pharmacies. Other employment  opportunities include medical sales for  pharmaceutical suppliers.This qualification is recognised in Ireland and the UK.

Higher Education Progression*
Course Co-Ordinator

Margaret Allen

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