Level 3 Pharmacy Technician Apprenticeship Standard

Course Code: 334PMAPT

This one integrated programme has taken over from the previous system of two qualifications (NVQ & knowledge) required by the General Pharmaceutical Council GPhC.

The total qualification time over the two years is 1320 hours. 785 hours of this time will be Guided Learning Hours provided in your employer’s time when you attend classes and also have tuition to practice your pharmacy skills outside of your normal everyday duties. (This is referred to as “off-the job” training time). It is imperative that you have ring-fenced time in your pharmacy to develop your pharmacy skills in order for you to pass the skills assessments.

Note you will therefore need to commit 535 hours of your own time for personal study during this challenging programme.



  • Highbury Campus

    • Enrolling all year round (flexible start dates)

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Applicants are likely to be intending to join the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) register of Pharmacy Technicians. Learners must be working in a pharmacy environment with a job role of Pre-registration Trainee Pharmacy Technician (PTPT). Your employment may be in community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy or primary care pharmacy but must provide you with sufficient pharmacy practice activity to meet the skills assessments. You should be employed in pharmacy for a minimum 30 hours * per week on a continuous basis.

*Two year apprenticeship requires minimum of 30 hours week – time spent “off the job” in training is included in these hours. Part-time apprenticeships can be negotiated.
The September 2020 intake will be expected to attend classes every Tuesday 9-5pm during term time.

There will be two induction sessions on-site at Highbury College, Cosham on Tuesday 8th and 15th September for those who can travel to Cosham. Thereafter classes will be held on-site approximately one Tuesday per month. The other Tuesday classes will be performed on-line using Microsoft Teams. You will need to have access to a computer or device in order to interact with the tutors, receive materials and send your written work. Attendance at classes is mandatory.
There are 21 units, each taught and assessed by a Highbury pharmacist or pharmacy technician. In addition to live classes, you will receive course notes and structured tasks. Your knowledge will be assessed by means of end of unit assignments such as written reports. Four of the units are assessed in your workplace. The Lead Assessor will visit your workplace to review your practice log and to observe your practice.
You will graduate with a Level 3 Diploma in the Principles and Practice for Pharmacy Technicians which will be considered by the General Pharmaceutical Council as a qualification by which you may be registered for professional practice.
English: GCSE grade* 4 or above. An alternative is that you will have a certificate in Level 2 literacy.

Maths: GCSE grade* 4 or above. An alternative is that you will have a certificate in Level 2 numeracy.

Science: GCSE grade* 4 or above in Double Science or Biology. An alternative is that you will have achieved at least merit in a Level 2 BTEC Applied Science.

If you are being appointed to a NHS position as a Pre-registration Trainee Pharmacy Technician, the NHS section you have applied to will interview you.

If you are applying directly to Highbury College, you will be interviewed by Highbury personnel to ascertain that you are employed as a PTPT for the minimum number of hours per week and have the capabilities of undertaking this demanding programme. You need to provide evidence of your English, maths and science qualifications. You will need to provide an acceptable reference for good character and an acceptable self-declaration for health. Your workplace manager will need to satisfy the programme Lead Assessor that you will be supported in your pharmacy practice to meet your skills assessments.

*GCSE grade 4 or above was formerly grade C or above.

As a Registered Pharmacy Technician, you will be able to practise in any sector of pharmacy, not just the sector where you have been a PTPT. The programme encompasses the key transferable skills between sectors but is also broad enough to experience the range of roles a Pharmacy Technician can take on. The role of Pharmacy Technician is very well established in the hospital sector with well-structured career pathways. The role of Pharmacy Technicians in community and primary care is developing constantly to meet new demands by the NHS and to take on some of the roles formerly performed by pharmacists. You can read more about the role at the GPhC website.


Fee guidance


One of the great aspects of an apprenticeship is that no matter how old you are there are no fees for you to pay, all the fees are either covered by the Government or your Employer. Feel free to call a member of the Apprenticeship team on 023932 383131 Option 1.

General fee guidance (not including Apprenticeships)


  • 19+ Tuition Fee indicates the cost of the core tuition and materials required to complete the qualification.
  • 19+ Registration Fee indicates the cost to register with the awarding body.

For more information, please contact the College on 02392 383 131.

Courses below Level 3

You will usually not be expected to pay a fee if you are:

  • under 19 at the start of the academic year (as of 31st August)
  • aged 19 or over at the start of the academic year (as of 31st August) and are unemployed and in receipt of certain government benefits
  • aged 19–23 at the start of the academic year (as of 31st August) and are applying for a course Level 2 or below and do not already hold a full Level 2 qualification

If you are aged 19 over at the start of the academic year (as of 31st August) and are not in the above categories then you will usually pay the advertised fee.

Courses Level 3 and above

You will usually not be expected to pay a fee if you are:

  • under 19 at the start of the academic year (as of 31st August)
  • aged 19–23 at the start of the academic year (as of 31st August) and do not already hold a Full level 3 qualification

Advanced Learner Loan

If you’re 19 or older, you may be able to apply for a loan to help with the costs of a college or training course. The programme must be at Level 3 or Level 4 (such as Access). You won’t have to pay anything back until you’re earning over £26,575 a year.

For more information or to apply please contact 0845 240 2024 or visit www.gov.uk/advanced-learning-loans.

If you’re unsure about taking out a loan and want to seek advice then you’ll have the opportunity to do so. If you want advice on managing your finances, the Money Advice Service, established by the UK government, can offer free, impartial money advice. Visit their website at www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk

Students who are not ordinarily resident in the UK should contact Highbury College to discuss unfunded fees.

Please note: The College reserves the right to change the fees before the start of the course, such a course of action will only occur in exceptional circumstances.

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In these terms and conditions, the ‘Student’ signifies a person who has applied or enrolled on any type of learning provision offered through Highbury College. These terms apply to all website applications and once enrolled, the Student is deemed to have accepted these terms. Before you apply or enrol please be sure that you're clear about:

  • the level of study
  • the time you'll need
  • how the course fits into your qualification and career development plans
  • the resources you'll need access to
  • your payment options
  • the financial support available to you
  • the English language requirements for your study
  • whether your study plans are appropriate for your country of residence


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Students will not be entitled to a refund unless the withdrawal from the course is due to exceptional circumstances (evidence maybe required) and then refunds will only be permitted if the withdrawal is within the first third of the course duration. A minimum charge of £50.00 will apply in any event.

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  • Highbury Campus

    • Enrolling all year round (flexible start dates)

      Please contact us for further information

Qualification gained

  • BTEC Diploma in the Principles and Practice for Pharmacy Technicians