• Code: JI
  • Certification:City & Guilds Level 2 in Pharmacy Service Skills
    • QQI Level 5 Component in Community Health Services (5M4468)
  • Duration: One Year


This course is aimed at those interested in working in a community pharmacy or
for those wishing to progress to our two year (part-time) Pharmacy Technician

Program of Study

• Pharmacy Studies - Theory and Practice
• Over the Counter Medicines
• Infection Prevention and Control
• Biology
• Anatomy and Physiology
• Introduction to Nursing
• Mathematics
• Computer Applications
• Safety & Health at Work
• Communications
• Work Experience

Components subject to change

Entry Requirements
  • One of the following:
    • Leaving Certificate (minimum of five 06/H7’s or combination of five 06/H7’s) or its equivalent. Extenuating circumstances may be considered
    • Leaving Certificate Applied Award
    • Full QQI Level 4 Award
    • Mature Applicants - experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications

Places are offered following successful interview. Applicants should have good basic literacy and mathematical skills.

Career Opportunities

Students completing this course can compete for employment in community Pharmacies as Pharmacy Assistants. Students will also have completed a QQI Level 5 award in Community and Health which allows students apply for related Degree courses in Institutes of Technology and Universities nationally. Successful graduates may also progress to our two year (part-time) Pharmacy Technician course (see next page)

Higher Education Progression*

Graduates are eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme for entry to year one of a range of higher certificate and degree programmes at Institutes of Technology and Universities such as:
Pharmacy Technician Level 6 (JJ)
• DCU:
Health & Society (DC209)
• IT Carlow:
Pharmacy Technician Studies (CW116)
• TU Dublin:
Pharmacy Technician Studies (DT425)

*Places are not guaranteed in these institutes and are subject to students meeting certain criteria. Please consult the individual college websites for more information on application. Information available also at www.cao.ie

Course Coordinator

Laura Cullen

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