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Retail Pharmacy Assistant

Introduction

Would you enjoy being at the front-end of pharmacies, interacting with people, giving advice on over-the-counter medicines, and healthcare products? Would you like to acquire skills in make-up application, customer service and retail selling? Could you see yourself advising on beauty and make-up products? There are many new job opportunities in the expanding retail pharmacy sector, and with these qualifications you be well placed to gain full-time employment and advance your career.

Career Opportunities

BFEI Graduates can look forward to interesting, rewarding and challenging careers with a wide range of employment options in:

  • Pharmacies

  • Health Stores

  • Department Stores – Cosmetic Sales

  • Beauty or Healthcare Sales Representatives

  • Reception in Healthcare field

Course Structure

The emphasis will be on providing learners with specialist knowledge on over-the-counter medicines, beauty products, nutrition, customer services and retail selling.  Learners will also be provided with an opportunity to acquire skills in make-up application.

Assessment and certification
  • IPU Medicines Counter Assistant Course 2018 is certified by the IPU. The IPU exam takes place in April/May.

  • The Make Up Application Unit and Cosmetic Product Knowledge are certified by ITEC
    Case studies are required for ITEC units. ITEC applies a rigid set of standards governing attendance, learning and examinations.

  • The remaining subjects are certified by QQI.

  • Assessment is based on a combination of work submitted during the year and exams.

  • Learners who successfully pass all 8 QQI subjects will be awarded a QQI Level 5 Certificate in Community Health Services (5M4468).

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Progression

Education/ Training

Graduates who complete this course may apply to the following course in BFEI:

Learners may also apply through the CAO system for entry into Degree Courses in the QQI Higher Education Links Scheme.

BSC Social Sciences - University College Dublin - www.ucd.ie

Once you gain employment in a pharmacy, you can apply to study for the IPU Pharmacy Technician Course certified by the Irish Pharmacy Union.

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