SCQF Level 6
Health Professions & Social Services

Course Overview
This course will prepare you for the role of Pharmacy Technician. A Pharmacy Technician is a qualified and registered member of the health care professional team and works alongside pharmacists in the course of medicine and pharmaceutical care provision.

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.

For further information please contact Karen Young at
What You Will Learn
  • Pharmaceutics 
  • Pharmacology 
  • Sale & Supply of Medicines 
  • Microbiology 
  • Chemistry
  • Aseptic Dispensing 
  • Medical Terminology 
  • Professionalism
Placement Information

All students are required to undertake a work placement of 2 days per week (subject to change). This provides useful practical experience in a pharmacy and will be beneficial to those seeking employment at the end of their studies.

Entry Requirements
  • For this level, of course, you are required to hold certification at SCQF level 5 or above (or equivalent) including English or Communication and a science. 
  • Applicants should hold qualifications or have experience that demonstrates their ability in basic research, basic report writing and writing basic compositions. 
  • For mature applicants, relevant work experience could demonstrate ability rather than qualifications. Please state any relevant experience in your personal statement.
English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 5.5
How the course is assessed
  • Practical skills assessment
  • Reports
  • Research topics  
  • Formal assessments
Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements
All successful applicants will be invited along to an applicant day. Dates TBC.
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
  • Further study - successful students from Edinburgh College will be considered for relevant and related Degree programmes at QMU (terms and conditions apply) – these programmes are Nutrition and Food Science and Nutrition and Podiatry.
  • Employment - Successful students can continue their studies at SVQ level 3 (This level of study has to be completed in a Pharmacy setting with a minimum of 14 hours per week) or gain employment in a Pharmacy at an appropriate level.
Career Opportunities
  • Employment in a range of pharmacy settings which can be in the community, hospitals or with other pharmacy service providers.
Number Of Days Per Week
  • 3 days per week in college and 2 days placement

Course Cost And Funding Options
Fee: £532 Granton part-time (year 2)
Fee: £747 Granton part-time (year 1)
Student Stories
Start Date and Time

Part Time

This course will start on…
  • Tuesday 01/09/2020
End Date

Part Time

This course will end on...
  • Friday 18/06/2021
Course Delivery
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Courses may be subject to alteration or cancellation

Our Campuses
Pharmaceutical Courses

​Our pharmacy qualifications range from entry level SVQ Level 2 Pharmacy Services to advanced level HNC Pharmacy Services Development and Management.  

Our NC in Pharmacy Services is approved by the General Pharmaceutical Council.  All our pharmacy courses are delivered in collaboration with the NHS to offer you valuable work experience.

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To apply please download an SCP application form and contact your guidance teacher who will support you through your application.

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