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Anyone wishing to become a pharmacy technician must be employed and working under the supervision of a pharmacist to whom they are directly accountable. Trainees need to work for at least 14 hours each week for two consecutive years and complete both a GPhC approved competency-based qualification and a knowledge-based qualification.

Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirements in the East of England are four or five GCSEs at Grade C or above including English, Science (Chemistry & Biology) and Maths.

Work-based Programme

Over the two year period, the ongoing work-based assessments will develop into a portfolio of evidence which is assessed by an NVQ/QCF Assessor and quality assured by an Internal Quality Assurer against the National Occupational Standards (NOS).

Knowledge-based Programme

To complete the knowledge qualification, UEA provides a unique programme in partnership with the West Suffolk College and taught by staff from both institutions.

Over the two year period, trainees will attend four 5 day residentials at the School of Pharmacy and additional Network Study Days every 5-6 weeks which are delivered at various locations across the region.


Depending on previous qualifications, trainees may qualify for Advanced Apprenticeship funding.

Awarding Bodies

City & Guilds and Pearsons.

Apprenticeship Funding

For more information on apprenticeship funding contact m.boughen@uea.ac.uk.


During the two years, trainees need to complete the following QCF qualifications:

  • Level 3 (NVQ) Diploma in Pharmacy Service Skills – work based
  • Level 3 Diploma in Pharmaceutical Science – knowledge based


A full list of other accredited Level 3 underpinning knowledge providers can be found on the GPhC website.