A work-based programme A work-based programme

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 Level 4 (if using the new grading system) or above.  These must include English, Maths and Science.

Competency-based Programme

Over the two year period, 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 of learning. 

Over the two-year period, trainees will attend four five-day residentials at the School of Pharmacy, as well as additional network study days every five to six weeks which are delivered at various locations across the region.


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

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

Awarding Bodies

City & Guilds and Pearsons.