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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)

£21,892 Starter

to

£30,615 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 a pharmacy technician

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • a trainee position

College

You could do a course at college that may improve your chances of getting into this role.

Courses include:

  • T level for Pharmacy Science Assistants

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T level

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Apprenticeship

You could do a pharmacy technician advanced apprenticeship.

You can also train to be a pharmacy technician through an apprenticeship in 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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Other Routes

You can apply for a trainee pharmacy technician position. 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 qualifications which show your knowledge and skills, like a:

  • Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Pharmacy Service Skills
  • Level 3 Diploma in Pharmaceutical Science

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Registration

Further information

You can find out more about careers as 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

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this role you could:

  • choose the correct items for a prescription
  • weigh ingredients, measure liquids and count tablets
  • put together ointments and medicines
  • make sure prescriptions are legal and accurate
  • create labels to tell people how to take medicine
  • order new stock using computerised systems
  • give advice to customers about prescription and over-the-counter medicines
  • handle confidential information

Working environment

You could work at a health centre 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

In a hospital, you could move to:

  • a specialist role like clinical technician, working with healthcare professionals and patients on wards
  • a specialist area of work like oncology, paediatrics, or clinical trials
  • research and development

In a pharmacy, you could become a supervisor or manager.

You could also train as a pharmacist through a pharmacy foundation degree, which is a two-year, full-time course. When you finish this course, you can then apply for year two of an accredited MPharm degree.

In industry, you could move into more specialised areas of development and production, or move into sales or marketing.

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

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Pharmacy Technician Apprenticeship

  • Wage: £10,400.00 Annually
  • Location:

Level 3 Pharmacy Technician Apprentice

  • Wage: £146.25 Weekly
  • Location: London

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