Approved courses and qualifications for pharmacy technicians

Pharmacy technician training involves completing both a knowledge qualification/course and a competence qualification* or the combined competence and knowledge-based qualification/course**.

This can be achieved by undertaking GPhC-accredited courses, GPhC-recognised qualifications or a GPhC approved apprenticeship pathways.

For more information on the GPhC's accreditation and recognition process, please see the approval process for education and training providers.

* The separate knowledge qualification/course and a competency qualification must be undertaken on or around the same time for the purpose of registration with the GPhC.

** The combined qualification/course is only applicable in relation to qualifications/courses developed to the standards for the initial education and training of pharmacy technicians - October 2017 and is a single qualification/course for the purpose of registration with the GPhC.

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Recognised combined qualifications

The GPhC recognises the qualifications provided by the following awarding bodies:

Pearson/Edexcel

Current recognition period: until end of January 2026

Visit the Pearson/Edexcel website

NCFE Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education

Level 3 Diploma in Principles and Practice for Pharmacy Technicians

Current recognition period: until end of June 2026

Visit NCFE website

Open Awards

Level 3 Diploma in Principles and Practice for Pharmacy Technicians

Current recognition period: until end of January 2026

Visit Open Awards website

Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA)

Current recognition period: until end of May 2026

Visit SQA website  

Recognised non-combined qualifications

For the short term the GPhC will continue to recognise the qualification(s) listed below until the date shown.

Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA)

Current recognition period: ongoing (until the transition to the new qualification begins)

Visit SQA website    

Accredited combined programme providers

The GPhC accredits the following programme providers to offer pharmacy technician training courses.

Buttercups

Current accreditation period: until end of June 2022

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University of East Anglia - Certificate in Higher Education

Current accreditation period: until end of July 2023

Visit University of East Anglia website

Approved apprenticeship pathways

The apprenticeship pathway is made up of qualifications/courses offered by the providers below. These qualifications/course are integrated in terms of the end point assessment (EPA) requirement of the pharmacy technician apprenticeship standard.

Buttercups

Apprenticeship pathway - approval letter

Current accreditation period: until end of June 2022

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Pearson/Edexcel

Apprenticeship pathway - letter

Current recognition period: until end of January 2026

Visit Pearson/Edexcel website

University of East Anglia

Apprenticeship pathway - letter

Current accreditation period: until end of July 2023

Visit University of East Anglia website   

Qualifications and programmes currently in teach out

The GPhC continues to recognise the following qualifications and programmes for the purpose of registration provided that a trainee was enrolled prior to the dates shown below and completes the qualifications/programmes within the teach out period stated.

Buttercups- knowledge-based course

Pharmacy technician (knowledge-based) reaccreditation report

Current accreditation period: Ended Teach out period valid until 31 August 2022 (for trainees enrolled prior to 11:59 pm 31 August 2019).

Visit Buttercups website

National Pharmacy Association (NPA) - knowledge-based course

Current accreditation period: Ended Teach out period valid until 28 February 2023 (for trainees enrolled prior to 11:59 pm 29 February 2020).

Visit NPA website

City & Guilds

Current recognition period: Ended. Teach out period valid until 30th September 2023 (for trainees enrolled prior to 11:59 pm 30 September 2020).

Visit City & Guilds website

Pearson/Edexcel

Current recognition period: Ended. Teach out period valid until 30 September 2023 (for trainees enrolled prior to 11:59 pm 30 September 2020).

Visit Pearson/Edexcel website   

Providers that are able to deliver units for EEA-qualified pharmacy technicians

Buttercups Training ^

Visit Buttercups Training website

National Pharmacy Association (NPA)^

Visit NPA website

 

^ Trainees may enroll to undertake specific units of the knowledge-based course if it is for the purpose of meeting education requirements as part of the route to registration for EEA-qualified pharmacy technicians. To be eligible to undertake these units, applicants must have applied to register with the GPhC via the EEA route before the end of the Brexit transition period.