South West College have provided Pharmacy Services qualifications at Level 2 and are continuing to offer the qualification at both level 2 and level 3. There are qualified, experienced pharmacists delivering the qualification.

As pharmacy is deemed a high priority skill area by the government, the course is fully funded and there are no age restrictions (This may be subject to change in March next year):

1. Programme criteria; the qualification is fully funded for students of any age. An employer grant is available on successful completion of the course. £500 is payable to employers for apprentices up to 24 years of age and £250 for apprentices 25 years and over.

2. Duration of the programme; Level 2 can take up to 1 academic year and Level 3 would be around 1 ½ year. The length of time may vary depending on the progress of each class.

3. Structure of the training; Apprentices attend class 1 morning per week for the duration of the qualification, usually in college but training can be delivered in-house (numbers permitting). We are flexible and can work around busy times of the year for the pharmacy. Tutors will complete on site observations two to three times over the qualification. Apprentices who do not have C or above in Maths and English must complete essential skills in order to achieve their full qualification. This will be timetabled at a time to suit each employer.

4. Content of the training; Units covered are:

  • Communicating with pharmacy customers

  • Law, regulation, health and safety in pharmacy

  • Working in the pharmacy team

  • Ordering and issuing stock in the pharmacy

  • Receiving, storing and maintaining stock in the pharmacy

  • Selling over the counter medicines in the pharmacy


If you are interested or have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact: Nicki Gregg, Support Staff – South West College – Omagh Campus

Tel: 0845 603 1881 ext: 5346/077 3995 1972 Email: Web:

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