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Introduction to Pharmacy

Campus Sighthill Campus

Qualification SCQF Level 4

Study mode Full time

Duration 20 weeks

Start date Aug 2022

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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 three hour per week self-study allocation). For further information please contact carol.hyland@edinburghcollege.ac.uk 

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. Learn more about the General Pharmaceutical Council. 

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. 

How the course is assessed

  • You will be assessed by end of unit assignments and continually throughout.

Number of days per week

  • Three days per week 
  • Three hours per week for self-study 
  • Additional team working and community-based activities as appropriate 

    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. 

    Information on Tests / 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.

    English Proficiency Requirements

    IELTS 5.5

    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
    • Route to Careers in Pharmacy
    • Diploma Pharmacy Services

    Career options

    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. 

    Study Options

    Campus Study mode Start date Duration
    Sighthill Campus Full time 29/08/22 20 Weeks

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