How to become a pharmacy assistant
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- a trainee position
- applying directly
You could do a college course to get some of the skills you'll need as a pharmacy assistant.
You could do a Level 2 or 3 Certificate in Retail Skills.
You may need:
- 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
You could do a Pharmacy Services Assistant or Retailer Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship.
You'll usually need:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
You might be able to get a trainee pharmacy assistant job in a pharmacy.
You could work and do a part time qualification like the Level 2 Certificate in the Principles and Practice for Pharmacy Support Staff.
You can apply directly for pharmacy assistant roles
You might need:
- experience of customer service
- good reading, number and IT skills
- GCSEs or equivalent
You can find out more about working as a pharmacy assistant from Health Careers.