The pre-registration training year has now been replaced by the foundation training year as of July 2021

Tutors are now known as designated supervisors and pre-registration trainees are now known as trainee pharmacists.

These changes were published by the GPhC in January 2021 and are likely to be gradual over the coming years.

The NPA’s integrated Foundation pharmacist training programme (formerly pre-registration) focuses on the GPhC assessment syllabus and performance standards, adopting a patient-centred approach. The course is written and delivered by a team of experienced Learning and Development pharmacists who will fully support and guide students to develop into confident and competent pharmacists. This programme provides students with an invaluable opportunity to interact, network and share experiences with other trainee pharmacists – all vital attributes for building a future multidisciplinary workforce.

We look forward to supporting you and your student in the coming months, which due to COVID may be challenging for both student and dedicated supervisor. However, we are confident we can deliver our training to meet your needs and have a flexible approach by using the NPA Learning Academy, our intuitive eLearning platform and webinars to support you every step of the way.

The programme includes Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) to enable students to develop their skills in adopting a patient-centred approach, improve their patient counselling and communication skills, and demonstrate clinical competence.

Our new brochure contains more information about the course including new additions for 2021-22, the schedule of learning and student testimonials.

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Foundation training programme brochure


The programme delivers an exceptional blended learning experience for your student that will not only equip them to pass their GPhC registration assessment, but will also provide them with the practical skills and knowledge to become a valuable, professional member of your team. The NPA’s pass rate for its 2019/2020 cohort exceeded that of the national pass rate published by the GPhC.

The NPA’s approach to learning and development enables students to pass the assessment and progress seamlessly into the workplace as dependable pharmacists.

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. I also like the mock exam papers that we do at the start, as they identify what I need to work on."

Manar Sabbagh Pharmacist (Hollowood Chemists)


Pharmacy graduates undertaking their foundation training year. Designated supervisors of pharmacy graduates who are enrolled on the programme can access our Designated supervisor training programme.

If you are a dedicated supervisor, who would like to obtain a copy of the NPA’s training plan, please contact our Member Services team – contact details are shown at the top of this page.


The blended-learning programme is delivered through three face-to-face study days at the following locations – London, Birmingham and Manchester, three interactive virtual study days plus six webinars – which can be viewed on demand if the trainee cannot attend the live sessions. The London study days are scheduled take place on Sundays between September 2021 – May 2022.

In addition, online resources and interactive modules via the NPA’s engaging eLearning platform, the Learning Academy, are available throughout the year and NPA Learning and Development pharmacists can communicate directly with students via this platform.

Ongoing support in preparation for the assessment is provided and students will also benefit from regular practice of exam-style questions throughout their training and a full-day mock examination, mapped to the GPhC assessment framework, towards the end of the year.

Course topics covered include:

  • GPhC registration assessment syllabus
  • GPhC performance standards
  • Clinical pharmacy topics
  • Responding to symptoms and minor ailments
  • Law and ethics
  • Pharmaceutical calculations
  • First aid
  • BNF Chapters
  • Bespoke CPCS training workshop with the RPS and RCGP on clinical consultations

Students will also have the opportunity to increase their knowledge and skills by taking the following training (included within the overall course fee):

Students enrolled benefit from the NPA’s flexible approach and a variety of learning styles. In addition, Pharmacists and students have access to free advice, resources and support from the NPA.


Trainee pharmacists will be required to have appraisals with their dedicated supervisor in weeks 13, 26 and 39 of their foundation training year. These appraisals will enable the trainee to review their progress with their dedicated supervisor. During these appraisal meetings, the trainee pharmacist is assessed against specific competencies and objectives.

At the face-to-face and virtual study days, trainees will answer exam style questions in preparation for the final GPhC assessment. The May study day takes the form of two full exam papers (calculations and clinical) under exam conditions to fully prepare students so they can be confident and competent in their exam technique. Students will be presented with answers, tailored guidance and learning points from dedicated Learning and Development pharmacists after the two papers.


For more information on this and additional resources available – visit our dedicated Foundation training page


There is no formal qualification for this course.


10 months

Start Date

September 2021 - applications are accepted from May - September.

Course Fee


£1,000 +VAT

£1,500 +VAT