This mandatory course meets the training requirements outlined by the GPhC for staff undertaking dispensing activities.


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.

The course can also be studied as part of the NPA/Qube Pharmacy retail apprenticeship.


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


This course is available in paper and e-learning formats. More details of the NPA Learning Academy, the NPA’s e-learning platform can be found here.


The estimated study time to complete the course is 150 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 e-certificate will be provided as well as a progress report.

N.B. The NPA now offers a combined level 2 course entitled Medicines counter and dispensing course – details can be viewed here.


e-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