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Certificate of Higher Education in Pharmacy Technician Practice    (Level 4)


This course is the first of its kind in Great Britain that provides a Pharmacy Technician qualification in Higher Education.  Currently awaiting GPhC registrar confirmation, the GPhC have confirmed:

“In May 2020, the Certificate of Higher Education in Pharmacy Technician Practice provided by the University of East Anglia (UEA) was recommended for full approval for a period of 3 years with no conditions or recommendations. This is subject to the Registrar of the GPhC giving final approval which may take up to 10 weeks. The GPhC recognises that this length of time may impact on the development of the course material and tenders by the UEA. Therefore, the GPhC has given approval by exception for UEA to advertise the Certificate of Higher Education in Pharmacy Technician Practice course.”



The Certificate of Higher Education in Pharmacy Technician Practice forms part of the apprenticeship standard for Pharmacy Technicians in England.


About the course

As a blended learning course, trainees will work through a curriculum of interactive online learning, face to face study days (live online sessions during COVID-19) and work-based learning.

In order to enrol for the course and become a pre-registration trainee pharmacy technician, applicants must be employed in a pharmacy setting and working under the direction of a pharmacist or pharmacy technician for not less than 14 hours per week over a consecutive two-year period. Trainees may be employed in one setting or undertaking cross-sector training across two or more settings.


Workplace supervision

Each trainee must be allocated an Educational Supervisor in the workplace who will have the responsibility of overseeing the trainees work-based training for the duration of the course. This can be either a pharmacist or pharmacy technician with appropriate experience. UEA provides mandatory training for anyone undertaking this role.


Course modules

The Certificate of Higher Education is awarded on completion of four x 30 credit modules:

Year 1

  • Module 1: The Pharmacy Technician as a Healthcare Professional: Safe Medicines Supply

  • Module 2: Medicines, Diseases and Health 1

Year 2

  • Module 3: Providing Safe and Effective Person-centred Care in a Complex Environment

  • Module 4: Medicines, Diseases and Health 2


Entry requirements

 A minimum of 4 GCSEs grade A* - C (new grades 9 - 4) or equivalent including:

  • GCSE English at Grade C/Level 4 or above, Scottish National 5 or above, or equivalent English language evidence which can include Functional Skills Level 2*  

  • GCSE Maths at Grade C/Level 4, Scottish National 5 or above, or equivalent evidence of numeracy which can include Functional Skills Level 2 

  • GCSE Science x 1 at Grade C/Level 4 or above, or Scottish National 5 or equivalent 

*PLEASE NOTE that English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) is not an equivalent to GCSE English Grade C/Level 4 or above and does not meet the entry requirements.  


Course start dates

  • 7th September 2020 (East of England, London and the South East & East Midlands Only)

  • 1st February 2021

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Useful links

General Pharmaceutical Council

Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK (APTUK)

NHS Careers