Pharmacy Manufacturing Course

Type of Study
Pharmacy Support Staff
Study Time
12 months
Online Course Cost
£150 (Exc VAT)

Level 2 Equivalent Course for Pharmacy Manufacturing

Entry Criteria
The course is for those starting in a pharmacy manufacturing role within hospitals or manufacturing units who have not previously completed a dispensing assistant qualification. The learner will require a pharmacist or pharmacy technician to act as training supervisor during the course.
What's New

Our latest versions of our courses are now fully integrated into the b-Hive online learning platform. Some of the new features include:

  • Online learning on any device allowing learners to study at home, work or on the go
  • Interactive quizzes and content throughout the course
  • Accessibility mode enabling those with additional needs to work through the course online
  • Print friendly - our online courses are optimised for printing, even allowing completion of interactive content using QR codes on a smartphone
  • New online end of module tests with instant feedback
  • New Final Test in our online Test Zone
  • Real-time course tracking in b-Hive Analytics for the training supervisor
Course Overview

The Manufacturing Course covers the practical and legal aspects of working in pharmacy manufacturing – including aseptics – in licensed and unlicensed units, as well as the basic principles needed for working in a dispensing environment, and meets the following units of the GPhC minimum training requirements:

  • Assist with the provision of a pharmacy service to meet individuals' needs
  • Ensure your own actions reduce risks to health and safety
  • Contribute to the effectiveness of teams
  • Assemble prescribed items
  • Receive pharmaceutical stock
  • Maintain pharmaceutical stock
  • Order routine pharmaceutical stock
  • Assist in the issuing of pharmaceutical stock
  • Assist in the manufacture and assembly of medicinal products
  • Prepare aseptic products
  • Assist in the preparation of documentation, materials and other items for manufacture and assembly of aseptic products
  • Assist in the preparation of documentation, materials and other items for manufacture and assembly of medicinal products
How will this course benefit me?

This course provides the underpinning knowledge and skills for pharmacy practice and working in a pharmacy manufacturing role.

How is the course delivered?

All our courses are delivered by blended learning, via the b-Hive learning system. The course comprises 10 modules, end-of-module quizzes to assess knowledge, activity books to be signed off by the training supervisor, and a Final Test administered under exam conditions.


As well as online access to results and our FAQ section, learners can talk to dedicated tutors year-round, including at evenings and weekends, via our out of hours helpline. In addition, learners are supported throughout their course by a workplace training supervisor who is nominated on enrolment to review and invigilate work based activities and assessments, ensuring the learner is competent in the workplace. To aid them in this role the training supervisor will have access to the b-Hive Learner Analytics dashboard through which they can easily filter and view the progress and expected progress of their learner(s). This dashboard will display real-time data to provide a snapshot of whether a learner is on target or requires further support on a particular area of the course.

The Course Content
Module 1
Keeping You and the Public Safe

Covers the key responsibilities with regards to health and safety, SOPs and safeguarding the public. Learners will understand the roles of the wider team and the importance of team work, and be introduced to effective communication and customer service.

Module 2
Knowledge for Assembling Prescriptions

This module introduces dispensary equipment, resources, calculations and abbreviations which underpin the dispensing processes required to dispense or label prescription items.

Module 3
Skills for Assembling Prescriptions

The module covers the practical processes and skills required to safely and hygienically dispense a prescription, including the checks each prescription will undergo.

Module 4

Learners will understand how to order, receive, maintain and issue dispensary stock, along with any administrative tasks associated with these processes.

Module 5
Controlled Drugs

This module focuses on the additional legislation and procedures required for handling and dispensing controlled drugs safely.

Module 6
Clinical Governance

This module introduces the concept of clinical governance within dispensaries, including error monitoring, error reduction, audits, information governance and whistleblowing.

Module 7
Team Work and Professional Development

Covers the importance of team work, including the wider multidisciplinary team, and developing communication skills and personal practice to deliver high quality care to patients.

Module 8
Aseptic Manufacturing: Legislation and Procedures

Provides awareness of the legislation and guidance in relation to aseptic manufacture, including cGMP, audits, inspections and documentation required to provide quality assurance.

Module 9
The Aseptic Manufacturing Process

Covers the key processes for labelling, preparing, dispensing and packaging aseptic products in both licensed and unlicensed units.

Module 10
Manufacturing Medicinal Products

Covers the processes that are used in the preparation and manufacture of medicinal products, alongside the requirements for packaging, documentation and storage.