Approved pharmacy technician courses

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

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NCFE Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education

Current recognition period: until end of June 2026

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Open Awards

Current recognition period: until end of January 2026

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    Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA)

    Current recognition period: until end of May 2026

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    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)

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    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

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    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

    Current accreditation period: until end of June 2022

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    Pearson/Edexcel

    Current recognition period: until end of January 2026

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    University of East Anglia

    Current accreditation period: until end of July 2023

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    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

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

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    National Pharmacy Association (NPA) - knowledge-based course

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

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    City & Guilds

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

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    Pearson/Edexcel

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

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

     

    Buttercups Training^

     

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    National Pharmacy Association (NPA)^

     

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    ^Trainees may enrol 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.