This mandatory course meets the training requirements outlined by the GPhC for staff undertaking dispensing activities. Successful completion of this fully accredited Dispensary Assistant Course within 15 months of enrolment allows transfer onto the Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Pharmacy Service Skills at Module 5 – thereby saving valuable time and money.


This course is accredited by the GPhC as it is meeting the minimum training requirements for individuals involved with the dispensing process. It provides Dispensary Assistants with the skills and knowledge relating to legal aspects and procedures within the dispensary.

I felt that I gained more knowledge about my job when working through the course

Julie Cooper, Trainee Dispensary Assistant


This course is suitable for pharmacy staff planning on undertaking dispensing activities. This comprehensive course also serves as a great stepping stone for progression onto pre-registration pharmacy technician training and a career as a pharmacy technician.


Distance learning in a modular format complete with learning resources comprising inter-text activities and formal assessments based on multiple choice questions/case studies to formally assess the learning. Course covers the following topics:

  • Introduction to dispensing and stock control
  • Pharmacy practice and procedures
  • Law and ethics
  • Drug Tariff


The estimated study time to complete each module is 20 hours. This can be divided to suit the learner and the pharmacy.

The assessments include:

  • Workbook completion
  • Case studies and multiple choice questions for Modules 2 and 3
  • Inter-text exercises and questions throughout
  • Evidence gathering activities

Each module must be completed and the work sent to your allocated external NPA tutor who will give you a grade and provide feedback on the quality of your work.

Upon successful completion of Modules 1-4, an end of course certificate will be provided as well as a progress report.


Certificate to show completion of the relevant modules to meet the GPhC requirements for Dispensing and Pharmacy Assistants.


6 - 12 months

Start Date

Applications accepted throughout the year

Course Fee


£185 + VAT

£277.50 + VAT


£145 + VAT

£217.50 + VAT