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Original post by Gsheppard
I’m just wondering how in depth the course is, and what qualifications you require to be accepted on the course?
Is this course available to do from home? And felxiable?
How much is online tutor to face-face?

Any help greatly appreciated, Thanks


Depends on the provider but yes its flexible and you can do it from home, there's nothing face to face with online providers, just phonelines if you need to speak to someone.
Reply 2
Original post by claireestelle
Depends on the provider but yes its flexible and you can do it from home, there's nothing face to face with online providers, just phonelines if you need to speak to someone.


I’ve seen Nvq L3 pharmaceutical science and Nvq pharmacy service skills. Are these completed together? And are both necessary to be a pharmacy technician?
Original post by Gsheppard
I’ve seen Nvq L3 pharmaceutical science and Nvq pharmacy service skills. Are these completed together? And are both necessary to be a pharmacy technician?


Yes you do them together and you need both.
It is supposed to be done at work, however... pharmacy being pharmacy you will be doing it at home. You won't get any 'help' although buttercups are quite accommodating, do not go anywhere near the NPA.

It's 20 modules v 4 a piece for medicines counter assistant and dispenser. A module a month and then a bit spare. Minimum 2 years to be a tech. It's quite a tight pace. It is significantly harder then the dispenser and counter assistant course.

Requirements not so relevant, pharmacy is medieval, you need the permission of your pharmacist and corporate overlords to leave the manor. No pharmacist and no backing of corporate overlords and no technician course for you!
Reply 5
This is really helpful, thank you
Reply 6
How hard is it ? Is it quite hard
hi can i get job without nvq2 course?i'm a oversea pharmacist
Original post by salehaAli
hi can i get job without nvq2 course?i'm a oversea pharmacist

In a community pharmacy, yes. By no means essential. Of the dispensing assistants I locum alongside many have no formal qualifications, either “apprentices” or just enrolled on one of the courses.
It would be valuable for you to experience working in community pharmacy before making decisions.
Original post by marinade
It is supposed to be done at work, however... pharmacy being pharmacy you will be doing it at home. You won't get any 'help' although buttercups are quite accommodating, do not go anywhere near the NPA.
It's 20 modules v 4 a piece for medicines counter assistant and dispenser. A module a month and then a bit spare. Minimum 2 years to be a tech. It's quite a tight pace. It is significantly harder then the dispenser and counter assistant course.
Requirements not so relevant, pharmacy is medieval, you need the permission of your pharmacist and corporate overlords to leave the manor. No pharmacist and no backing of corporate overlords and no technician course for you!

If I may add to Marinade’s informative reply.

I am sorry, but you do need to ask yourself whether the qualifications are worth the time and effort in community pharmacy.

In the pharmacies I locum in (NE England) qualified dispensers are on minimum wage plus 30-50p an hour. Even more qualified ACTs are on insultingly little more. Minimum wage plus £1/hr is common.

Then there is the issue of workload, stress and general working conditions. Many community pharmacies now are little more than sweatshops. Staff turnover is high. A checkout job at Aldi will give you a pay rise.

Please do research fully before committing
Original post by Sarah H.
In a community pharmacy, yes. By no means essential. Of the dispensing assistants I locum alongside many have no formal qualifications, either “apprentices” or just enrolled on one of the courses.
It would be valuable for you to experience working in community pharmacy before making decisions.


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