How to become a pharmacist
You can get into this job through a university course.
To become a pharmacist, you'll need to complete a master's of pharmacy (MPharm) degree, approved by the General Pharmaceutical Council which takes 4 years.
You'll then need to complete the pharmacist foundation training scheme which takes 1 year.
If you do not have the qualifications to get onto a master's of pharmacy degree, you could do a pharmacy foundation degree which takes 2 years.
You could then take a job as a pharmacy assistant or pharmacy technician and apply to join the master's degree in its second year.
You'll usually need:
- at least 1 A level, or equivalent, for a foundation degree
- 2 or 3 A levels, or equivalent, including chemistry
- you'll need to register with the General Pharmaceutical Council
You can find out more about becoming a pharmacist from Health Careers and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.