• 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)


This 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.

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

  • 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
  • The student must be working in a 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
  • Hospital Pharmacies 
  • Community Pharmacies
Higher Education Progression*
Course Co-Ordinator

Laura Cullen

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