Pharmacy Services NVQ Apprenticeships

South West College have provided Pharmacy Services qualifications at Level 2 and are continuing to offer the qualification at both level 2 and level 3. There are qualified, experienced pharmacists delivering the qualification.

As pharmacy is deemed a high priority skill area by the government, the course is fully funded and there are no age restrictions (This may be subject to change in March next year):

1. Programme criteria; the qualification is fully funded for students of any age. An employer grant is available on successful completion of the course. £500 is payable to employers for apprentices up to 24 years of age and £250 for apprentices 25 years and over.

2. Duration of the programme; Level 2 can take up to 1 academic year and Level 3 would be around 1 ½ year. The length of time may vary depending on the progress of each class.

3. Structure of the training; Apprentices attend class 1 morning per week for the duration of the qualification, usually in college but training can be delivered in-house (numbers permitting). We are flexible and can work around busy times of the year for the pharmacy. Tutors will complete on site observations 2-3 times over the qualification. Apprentices who do not have C or above in maths and English must complete essential skills in order to achieve their full qualification. This will be timetabled at a time to suit each employer.

4. Content of the training; Units covered are:

  • Communicating with pharmacy customers
  • Law, regulation, health and safety in pharmacy
  • Working in the pharmacy team
  • Ordering and issuing stock in the pharmacy
  • Receiving, storing and maintaining stock in the pharmacy
  • Selling over the counter medicines in the pharmacy


If you are interested or have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact: Nicki Gregg, Support Staff – South West College – Omagh Campus

Tel: 0845 603 1881 ext: 5346/077 3995 1972 Email: Web:


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