The Foundation training programme (formerly Pre-registration) features a high level of student to teacher interaction that enables an insightful learning experience which is exemplified in the feedback on this page.

Employer feedback


“As the largest local community pharmacy group in Northern Ireland, we have always valued the high standard of training and support provided by the NPA. It was therefore an easy decision to turn to them over five years ago to facilitate a bespoke program for our trainees. Our trainees have benefited from the structured training, online support and face to face meetings. Our trainees have always found NPA tutors to be accessible to answer queries and provide guidance outside of the planned study events.”

Colin Deehan, Professional Services Manager, MediCare Pharmacy Group



Student feedback on the Foundation training programme

The video below, highlights what some of our students have said about the Foundation course.


The table below features a further selection of responses from students highlighting how they have found the course and its delivery.

“Delivery by the teachers was really good. We were encouraged to interact which I think was really helpful, it gave us the chance to apply our knowledge”

“I really like the GPHC style questions, these combined with the end of topic and end of month calculations are very useful to my learning and really make the study days. I find these really useful during the study days. The additional information that is available is also very useful.”

“Very engaging sessions especially with the face-to-face ones, the feedback on calculations is always very useful, Beats a day in work!”

“Find the exam and calculations questions really helpful as well as the ability to ask questions and show worked out answers within the face-to-face session”

“The teachers were really welcoming and facilitated a great learning environment for the sessions of Foundation training at the NPA. They led a very useful session on GI/contraception, topics which I am now more confident in. This provided structure on what to learn for the GPhC exam. Thank you!”


Student feedback on the Foundation training Mock exam

The mock exam is an important feature of our Foundation training programme as it provides students with an opportunity to prepare for the registration examination, below is some feedback to how students have found the mock.

“I thought the mock exam was very useful, I appreciated how it was set out like the exam would be. Overall really pleased with the NPA programme!”

“All brilliantly delivered. Thank you!”

“It has helped me to identify my weaker topics and then to go and revise these areas.”

“I like the interactive aspect of the NPA’s study days. When we go through case studies, we review the question and how to answer it and we discuss what’s likely to come up in the exam. It helps me remember the best way to answer the question and that’s how I like to learn. I also like the mock exam papers that we do, as they identify what I need to work on.”


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