The course provides the underpinning knowledge for the Advanced Apprenticeship Programme. It delivers a comprehensive range of subjects including pharmaceutical science, pharmacy practice, pharmaceutics, laws and ethics, actions and uses of drugs and disease management. The learner should be someone showing a keen interest in professional development and a willingness to accept responsibility for a more senior role once qualified.
How will this course benefit me?
As increasing demands are made upon the whole pharmacy team there is a need for senior pharmacy support staff. Pharmacists need to be able to delegate to colleagues they know have the knowledge, skills and professionalism to cope with the responsibilities they are given. This course will provide you with the knowledge to develop in this role, to be able to deal with routine queries and enable you to be involved in professional discussions with the pharmacist regarding more complex issues.
This course is generally undertaken as part of the Advanced Apprenticeship Programme over a period of two years.
How is the course delivered?
All our courses are delivered by blended learning. This course benefits from a dedicated website where learners with internet access can download the course materials, along with additional support material.
The assessment involves assignments at the end of each module, which includes both multiple choice questions and short answer questions. You will also be asked to have recorded professional discussions with Buttercups Training in-house pharmacists.
This module covers working in pharmacy, dispensing prescriptions, and stock control
This module covers the lawful and safe delivery of medicines, other organisations involved in the delivery of a pharmacy service and professionalism in pharmacy
This covers the structure of atoms, bonding and the Periodic Table. You will study chemistry principles relevant to pharmacy
You'll study the structure and function of the essential components of human life - carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and enzymes, genetics, metabolism, and the biology of water
This module focuses on micro-organisms, their role in infection and how we seek to control them
This module studies our organs and body systems
You'll study how drugs work, their design and delivery systems
This module focuses on disorders associated with gastro-intestinal, nutrition and blood systems. The module will look on their management and treatment
This module focuses on disorders associated with cardio-respiratory systems. The module will look on their management and treatment
This module focuses on disorders associated with the Central Nervous System. The module will look on their management and treatment
This module focuses on infections, their treatment and prevention
This module focuses on disorders associated with endocrine, gynaecological and genito-urinary systems. The module will look on their management and treatment
This module focuses on disorders associated with malignancy and musculo-skeletal systems. The module will look on their management and treatment
This module focuses on disorders associated with the ears, eyes, nose and skin. The module will look on their management and treatment
Here we look at information and advice given at the pharmacy about medicines and good health and wellbeing
You will study communication and team working in the pharmacy as well as how to support learning and professional development
Dressings and appliances are studied here, as well as external pharmacy services delivered to patients
This module covers pharmaceutical calculations, the formulation and preparation of pharmaceutical products
This final module focuses on the legislation related to the manufacture of medicines, the manufacturing environment, quality assurance and control, and aseptic production
As well as on-line access to results and our FAQ section, learners can talk to dedicated tutors 24/7
Registration with the GPhC as a Pharmacy Technician is dependent upon the relevant two year work experience in a pharmacy, under the supervision of a pharmacist for a least 14 hours per week, in addition to the completion of a relevant competency based qualification, which is included as part of the Advanced Apprenticeship Programme.