Pharmacy Services Standard – Level 2

Outline of the Pharmacy Apprenticeship Course​


Level 2 - Certificate in the Principles and Practices for Pharmacy Support Staff

Entry Requirements​

Apprentices must have a GCSE or equivalent in English and Maths, Grade 2 (D) and above.

Working Hours

Apprentices will work 30 hours per week in the pharmacy and attend college once a week.

What will the apprentice be doing?
Duties will include (but will not be limited to):

  • Taking in and handing out prescriptions
  • Receiving and ordering stock
  • Selling over the counter medicines
  • Advising patients about medications

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

  • Potential employment within hospitals, community pharmacies, the Air Force, and pharmaceutical industries as Pharmacy Assistant, Dispensing Assistant, Medicines Counter Assistant, etc.
  • Undertake Level 3 Pharmacy Technician course or any other Healthcare courses

About the Course

Apprentices will be on the course for 12 months and an additional 2-3 months for the End-point assessment period.

From the course start date, apprentices will be given National Minimum  Apprentice Wage rate if they’re either:

  • aged under 19
  • aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship

For second year of apprenticeship Apprentices will be given the National Living Wage for their age.

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