Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Pharmacy Service Skills (QCF) and Level 2 Certificate in Pharmaceutical Science (QCF)
12 months

Working as a pharmacy dispensing assistant you will prepare, supply and dispense medicines and products prescribed for patients under the supervision of a registered pharmacist. Working in the community or at a hospital, you will meet lots of people and gain the skills and knowledge you need to work in the industry.

There are around 64,000 people employed in community pharmacies in the UK. A further 18,000 people are employed within hospital pharmacies, NHS Trusts and within the pharmaceutical industry.

What will I learn?

Examples of areas covered include:

  • Assisting with the provision of a pharmacy service to meet individual needs
  • Ensuring your own actions reduce a risk to health & safety
  • Receipt and assembly of prescriptions
  • Supporting the work of your team
  • Support to selling over the counter medicines
  • Receiving, storing and maintaining stock

Unless exempt, you will also be required to study maths and English, as well as any additional qualifications that your employment needs.

How will I be taught?

Level 2 apprentices are based with their employer and will receive a mixture of online and one-to-one training from their work based tutor.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed in one or more of the following ways:

  • Observations
  • Professional discussion
  • ePortfolio of evidence
  • Written & online assignments
  • Examination (Pharmacy Science)

What can I do next?

The Level 2 Apprenticeship provides progression to the Level 3 Pharmacy Technician (Pharmaceutical Science and Services Diploma) Apprenticeship dependent on your Maths, English and Science qualifications. 

Is there anything else I need to know?

Duration: 12 months

Entry Requirements

All Apprenticeships require an initial assessment, interview and employment in the industry. At Level 2, GCSE English and Maths is preferable at grade 3 (D) or above. Apprentices who do not have these qualifications will need to complete Functional Skills during their apprenticeship.


If the start date for your course has already passed we may still be able to accommodate you.

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