How to become a pharmacy assistant
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
You can learn some of the skills you need for this job by doing a college course. Courses include:
- Level 2 Certificate in Pharmacy Principles and Practice
- Level 2 Certificate in Pharmaceutical Science
- Level 2 or 3 Certificate in Retail Skills
- T level for Pharmacy Science Assistants
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
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T level
You can get into this job through a pharmacy services assistant or retailer intermediate apprenticeship.
You'll usually need:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
You can apply directly for job vacancies. Experience of handling cash and serving customers will be helpful.
Employers will expect you to have good reading, number and IT skills. They may ask for GCSEs.
You can find out more about working as a pharmacy assistant from Health Careers.