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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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Note: This course costs €380 if you are exempt from €200 Government Charge
Mature students (over 21 years) may be entitled to VTOS funding

In association with McCabes, Allcare & Adrian Dunne Pharmacies

What will I study?

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Nutrition
  • Customer Services
  • Work Experience
  • Retail Display
  • Retail Selling
  • Spreadsheet Methods
  • Communications
  • Over the Counter Medicine

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/TU Dublin, Carlow IT, Letterkenny IT & Tralee IT Pharmacy Technician courses. Past students have gone on to Health & Society Degree in DCU, Medical Science in GMIT, Pharmacy Technician in DIT/TU Dublin, 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.

“At 27 years old, I was ready to change careers and move onto 3rd level education. Before commiting to a 4 year long degree, I decided to attend KCFE and complete the QQI level 5 course, Pharmacy Assistant. I found the course really enjoyable as it offered a wide range of modules which helped me decide on my 3rd level course choice. I am currently in my 1st year of medical science in GMIT and couldn’t be happier. It would not have been possible without the help of everybody at KCFE. My knowledge, confidence and learning skills developed greatly during my time attending and I would recommend KCFE to everybody.”
Karl Jones 2018-’19

Killester College of Further Education was an amazing experience in equipping me prior to 3rd level education in University. As a mature student who had not sat in a classroom/school setting in over 10 years, I was quiet nervous and anxious. However, KCFE, remarkably eased me into the routine of being a full-time student; studying both then(KCFE-Pharmacy Assistant) and now (TUDublin-Pharmacy Technician) with their amazing curriculum, supportive teachers, VP,Principal, Guidance Counsellor and Auxiliary staff that guided and guaranteed my success.
Garret Green 2018-’19

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/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)
  • Interview


Course Code 1336

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