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Over the Counter Pharmacy Assistant
QQI Level 5 5M4468

Overview

Over the Counter Pharmacy Assistant - Dublin

At BFEI, located in Blackrock, Co.Dublin we offer a one year QQI Level 5 Over the Counter Pharmacy Assistant course.

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 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 will be well placed to gain full-time employment and advance your career. Over 85% of course graduates have secured employment in pharmacies.

Course Code OTC
Duration 1 Year – full time September to May
Number of Places 34
Contact Hours Per Week 20 approx
Timetable Contact 5 Days Mornings Only (8.50am-2.00pm)

Assessment and Certification

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

  • The IPU MCA Course has recently achieved ATHE Endorsed Standard of Education and Assessment.  ATHE (Awards for Training and Higher Education)  is an Ofqual regulated Awarding Body  credited by a regulated Awarding Body and is recognised in 40 countries worldwide. A learner's benefit in achieving the IPU MCA Endorsed Certificate is higher employability and recognised portable skills. 

  • 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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Entry Requirements

  • You must have achieved 5 passes or 5 O6/ H7s or a combination of 5 O6/H7s or have achieved the LCA with a Merit profile, or have achieved a full relevant QQI Level 4 Award.
  •  Mature applicants (aged 21 and over) and other applicants without the formal entry requirements will be assessed individually for suitability.

What Will I Study?

IPU Medicines Counter Assistant Certificate

QQI Certificate in Community Health Services

  • Nutrition
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Retail Selling
  • Reception and Frontline Skills
  • Word Processing
  • Safety and Health at Work
  • Customer Service
  • Work Experience

Year 1 Nutrition Anatomy and Physiology Retail Selling Reception and Frontline Skills Word Processing Safety and Health at Work Customer Service Work Experience

What Will I Do?

  • You will also be given the opportunity to complete Manual Handling Training which is an essential qualification to work in a Pharmacy.
  • Career advice and help with CV preparation is provided by the Guidance and Career Service.

Career Opportunities

As a graduate of this course, you can pursue careers in a range of areas including:

  • Pharmacies

  • Health Stores

  • Department Stores – Cosmetic Sales & Skincare Advisor

  • Healthcare Sales Representatives

  • Reception in Healthcare Field

Progression

Once you gain employment in a pharmacy, you can apply to study for the:

If you want to get a degree, then you can apply through the CAO system for entry into courses in the QQI Higher Education Links Scheme such as:

Check out more progression options by downloading the BFEI Progression Pathways Chart at www.bfei.ie

Fees

At course commencement, students are required to pay for books, exams, a Student Services fee and where applicable professional body registration fees. There are no tuition fees for EU students.

Students will be required to purchase certain items including a uniform and product kits.

Get in touch
+353 1 2889717 BFEI, Main Street, Blackrock, Co Dublin
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