Cost €580

inc. Govt Charge

Pharmacy Assistant

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QQI Level 5 Award in Community Health Services 5M4468                                      Duration: 1 year
Certificate in Manual handling

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This course costs €380 if you are exempt from €200 Government Charge

What will I study?

  • Nutrition
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Retail Selling
  • Work Experience
  • Communications
  • Over the Counter Medicine
  • Biology
  • Human Growth & Development
  • Retail Display
  • Spreadsheets

How will I learn?

You will have a mixture of classroom-based subjects, laboratory practicals, mandatory work placement and independent study. You will be expected to complete assignments throughout the year.

How will I be assessed?

A full Award is granted on passing the relevant eight components. You will be assessed throughout and at the end of the year.(Continuous Assessment)On successful completion of each component, you will be awarded a Pass, a Merit or a Distinction grade.

What we would like from you!

Applicants who would like to blend an interest in retail with science and who have an interest in health in the community will find this course a useful introduction to the world of pharmacy.

Career Opportunities/Further Studies

Graduates of this course will assist the Pharmacist in providing a care service to the community. As well as pharmacy work, students can work as sales assistants in health stores etc.  Students may also progress to participating Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) through the QQI Higher Education Links Scheme.  This course may link with AIT, DIT & Carlow IT Pharmacy Technician course etc. Past students have gone on to Health & Society Degree in DCU, Pharmacy Technician in DIT, Athlone IT & Drogheda Further Ed.  

Click this course code 5M4468 to see the list of Third Level courses this Award links with.You can also select “any award” in the same search box and this will return all courses open to students who have successfully completed a QQI Level 5 course.

Entry Requirements

Any student over 16 years seeking entry to this programme does not need a previous formal qualification.  However, the student must demonstrate at interview the capacity to successfully participate on this programme. This includes both the academic and work experience elements of the programme. Should the student have previous qualifications, one of the following may be advantageous for admission to the programme:

  • Leaving Certificate/LCVP/LCA
  • QQI Level 4 Award
  • Students who may not have formal academic requirements but who have the ability to successfully participate on the course will be considered. (RPL Recognition of Prior Learning)
  • Mature students  (over 21 years) may be entitled to VTOS funding
  • Interview


Course Code 1336