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Pharmacy technician

Alternative titles for this job include Pharmaceutical technician

Pharmacy technicians prepare and supply medicines for prescriptions, under the supervision of a pharmacist.

Average salary (a year)

£25,000 Starter


£35,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 40 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays on a rota

How to become

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How to become Pharmacy technician

You can get into this job through:

  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role


You could do a Pharmacy Technician Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship.

You can also train to be a pharmacy technician through an apprenticeship with the NHS or the armed forces.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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You can apply for a trainee pharmacy technician position and learn on the job.

Employers will often ask for 4 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English, maths and science, Level 2 Diploma in Applied Science, or equivalent qualifications.

You'll do on-the-job training over 2 years and work towards a Level 3 Diploma in the Principles and Practice for Pharmacy Technicians.

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Professional and industry bodies

Once qualified you can join the Association of Pharmacy Technicians for continuous professional development.

Further information

You can find out more about becoming a pharmacy technician from Health Careers and the Association of Pharmacy Technicians.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • customer service skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • active listening skills
  • maths knowledge
  • the ability to work well with others
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • administration skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this role you could:

  • prepare prescription items
  • make sure prescriptions are legal and accurate
  • order new stock using computerised systems
  • give advice to customers about medicines and refer complex queries to the pharmacist
  • handle confidential information

Working environment

You could work in an NHS or private hospital, at a health centre, in a prison or at a store.

You may need to wear protective clothing and a uniform.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience you could become a lead pharmacy technician or a department manager.

You could take on a specialist role like clinical technician, working with healthcare professionals and patients on wards. There may also be opportunities to move into areas like oncology, paediatrics or clinical trials.

Some pharmacy technicians go into research and development work, or move into pharmaceutical production, sales or marketing.

You could train to be a pharmacist.

Another option is to become a pharmacy assessor working with trainee pharmacy technicians.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

L3 Pharmacy Technician Apprentice

  • Wage: £12,480 a year Annually
  • Location: London

L3 Pharmacy Technician Apprentice

  • Wage: £12,480 a year Annually
  • Location: SHEPPERTON

Courses In England

Access to HE - Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Science - Full L3 1st Yr 2Yr prog

  • Start date: 16 September 2024
  • Location: Welwyn Garden City

Applied Science

  • Start date: 03 September 2024
  • Location: Leeds

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