SCQF Level 4
Health Professions & Social Services

Course Overview

This Introduction to Pharmacy course is designed for school leavers, young people, adults and mature applicants and those wishing to return to formal education and gain recognised qualifications. This is a starter level course and covers skills and knowledge related to working in a pharmacy. 

This is a short full-time course which runs for 18 weeks (with about 16 hours per week in college plus a 3 hour per week self-study allocation). For further information please contact  

Students studying pharmacy courses will be required to apply for a PVG and may be eligible in the future (after undertaking further studies) to register with the General Pharmaceutical Council. Read about these here and find out what you need to do. 

What You Will Learn
  • Medicines in the Body
  • Introduction to Pharmaceutics
  • Introduction to Pharmacy Legal and Ethics
  • Communication in the Pharmacy Environment
  • Introduction to Health and Safety
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Numeracy 
Placement Information

There is no formal placement requirement for this course, however, there may be work experience opportunities in a pharmacy setting as available, where you would be observing members of the pharmacy team. There is also a project where you will be working with other students and staff promoting health. 

Entry Requirements
  • There are no formal entry requirements, however candidates must demonstrate a keen interest in pharmacy and/or health care, be well presented and have good interpersonal and communication skills. 
English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 5.5
How the course is assessed
  • You will be assessed by end of unit assignments and continually throughout.
Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements
  • All successful applicants will be invited along to an applicant day 
  • For this level, of course, your workwear is funded through your bursary award (no requirement for you to pay). Workwear is required to be worn when in College pharmacy areas 
Progression And Articulation Routes
  • All applications for progression are considered on merit. Suitability for progression onto further study will be determined by achievement, a good attendance record, good conduct and a successful progression discussion with the delivery team will be required.  
  • Studies: Preparing for Practice
  • NC Pharmacy Services 
Career Opportunities

This Introduction to Pharmacy course is designed for you to progress onto further study and in itself will not lead to direct employment in a pharmacy setting. 

Number Of Days Per Week
  • 3 days per week 
  • 3 hours per week for self-study 
  • Additional team working and community-based activities as appropriate 
Course Cost And Funding Options
Student Stories

Nineteen-year-old Pharmacy student Hannah came to Edinburgh College to learn more about the medical and health care field and soon found that her course was the prescription for success. Hannah is the winner of this year’s Prize Giving Academic Excellence Dental and Pharmacy Award, we caught up with her about her college experience: 

“It was a nice and rewarding surprise to see that my hard work had been recognised. I was interested in studying Pharmacy and saw that Edinburgh College were providing a course on their website. I was really keen on the progression route opportunity of going to university which this course provides. 

I struggle with anxiety, so confidence and self-doubt are regular challenges for me. I’ve had a few setbacks over the last year but now, coming to the end of a course that I’ve really enjoyed, I feel like I’ve got a lot more to be excited about in my future than to worry about. I’ve received a lot of kindness and support from my lecturers and classmates and I know that despite the rough patches, I will look back on this year as an overall good one. 

I plan to go to Queen Margaret University to study the medical and healthcare field further.” 

Start Date and Time

Full Time

This course will start week commencing...
  • Monday 30/08/2021
End Date

Full Time

This course will end on...
  • Friday 21/01/2022
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