Pharmaceutical Science (5356)

Last Updated: 13 Oct 2016

If you'd like to work in a pharmacy setting, perhaps in a chemist or hospital, these qualifications in Pharmaceutical Science can help you move forward in your career.

To register as a pharmacy technician, as required by the General Pharmaceutical Council, you need the Level 3 Diploma in Pharmaceutical Science and the Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Pharmacy Service Skills (5355). You can take them separately or as part of an Apprenticeship for Pharmacy.

Level 3 Diploma in Pharmaceutical Science UCAS tariff

 

Grade

New Tariff points

P

64

These knowledge qualifications are for anyone interested in a career as a pharmacy assistant or technician. You don't need any previous experience to start the Level 2 qualification.
Available to deliver in the following:
  • England
  • Wales
  • Scotland
  • Northern Ireland
  • International

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General Information

What Is Involved In Studying This Course?

At Level 2 you'll gain the knowledge to work in a pharmacy team, process prescriptions and manage stock. You'll cover things like:

  • helping customers in the pharmacy
  • laws, regulations and health and safety
  • working in a team
  • selling over-the-counter medicines
  • assembling prescriptions.

At Level 3 you'll understand the science of how medicines work and how to advise customers on their use. You'll cover things like:

  • Microbiology
  • Physiology
  • Dispensing medicines
  • Pharmaceutics
  • Pharmacy law, ethics and practice.

Which Level is right for me?

Level 2
You want to work as a pharmacy assistant and are developing your knowledge relating to taking on basic duties in the pharmacy setting. You may be taking an apprenticeship.

Level 3
You have completed your Level 2 qualification. You're ready to increase your knowledge of medicines and physiology to register as a pharmacy technician. You may be taking an apprenticeship.

What Careers Can This Lead To?

Level 2
The Level 2 qualification is part of an approved training scheme that allows you to work as a pharmacy assistant.
Level 3
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.
To become a technician you also need to complete the related Level 3 qualification in Pharmacy Service Skills (5355) and apply for registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council.

What Is Involved With Delivering This Course?

To deliver these qualifications you will need suitably qualified staff to carry out training .

You will also need suitable facilities to carry out the required training to enable learners to achieve industry standards. These qualifications are delivered in the workplace.

To find all the resource requirements, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.

You will have received automatic approval if you already offered the Level 3 Certificate in Pharmacy Services (7356).

There are no eligibility requirements for Levels 2 and 3.

Level 2

The level 2 certificate will suit you if you wish to work as a pharmacy assistant and are developing your knowledge of the area. You may be taking an apprenticeship.

You complete three core units at level 2:

  • Communicating with pharmacy customers
  • Law, regulation, health and safety in pharmacy
  • Working in the pharmacy team.

You also choose three optional units from a range, including:

  • Preparing for and manufacture of aseptic products
  • Ordering and issuing stock in the pharmacy
  • Assembling prescriptions safely.

For a full list of units, download the qualification handbook from the Centre Documents section.

The assessment method changed on 1 November 2013 to online multiple choice tests rather than assignments. However, learners may still claim for the assignment units (hidden in the background) until 1 February 2014. The Walled Garden contains the information on how to claim for the assignment units.

What Careers Can This Lead To?

The Level 2 qualification is part of an approved training scheme that allows you to work as a pharmacy assistant.

Level 2 Certificate in Pharmaceutical Science (QCF) (5356-02)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2017

Level 2 Certificate Pharmaceutical Science

  • Accreditation No: 500/9575/4 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Technical This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 30 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 180 - 180 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • UCAS Points - Distinction*: 0 - Distinction: 0 - Merit: 0 - Pass: 0 This is how many UCAS points this qualification is equivalent to
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2019 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued
  • Performance table: Data unavailable This is the year in which this qualification will count towards English performance tables

Level 3

One or more pathways within this qualification has been approved by the DfE to appear in the 2016 Performance Tables. To review the qualifications approved please click here.

The level 3 diploma will suit you if you have completed the level 2 certificate. You're ready to increase your knowledge of medicines and physiology to register as a pharmacy technician. You may be taking an apprenticeship.

You complete 19 core units at level 3 from a range that includes:

  • Microbiology for pharmacy
  • Human physiology for pharmacy
  • Pharmacy law, ethics and practice
  • Infections, immunological products and vaccines.

For a full list of units, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.

What Careers Can This Lead To?

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.
To become a technician you also need to complete the related Level 3 qualification in Pharmacy Service Skills (5355) and apply for registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council.

Level 3 Diploma in Pharmaceutical Science (QCF) (5356-03)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2017

Level 3 in Diploma in Pharmaceutical Science

  • Accreditation No: 500/9959/0 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 120 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 720 - 720 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2020 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Here you can find all documents related to this suite of qualifications.

By clicking on the section headings below, you can access a variety of documents such as the qualification handbooks and assessment materials, Statements of Purpose, and recognition letters from industry and employers.

Some documents may be password protected. Passwords can be retrieved by logging in to WalledGarden.com and visiting the Administration section of the relevant qualification catalogue page.

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