NVQ (QCF) Level 3 in Pharmacy Service Skills

The course includes 20 knowledge-based modules (accredited by GPhC) and 17 competency based units.


Who is this course suitable for?

  • Any member of pharmacy staff wishing to pursue a career as a Pharmacy Technician

Benefits of this course

  • A Pre-registration Pharmacy Technician frees the pharmacist allowing more time for patient care and increased service provision
  • Better skill mix within the pharmacy team
  • Prepare the learner to be able to deal with routine pharmacy queries and support the pharmacist with day to day running of the pharmacy
  • Increase professional service to the pharmacy customers

Learning outcomes

  • Development of professional awareness and pharmacy practice
  • Provides the learner with the skills and knowledge for progression within the pharmacy
  • Supports progression to an Accuracy Checking Technician (ACT)


The course includes 20 knowledge-based modules and 17 competency based units to be completed over 2 years.

Module assessments include:

  • Workbooks
  • Multiple choice questions
  • Case studies
  • Calculation papers

Unit assessments include:

  • Evidence gathering activities including professional discussions with an NPA assessor and direct observations of practice

Each Module and Unit must be completed and sent to your allocated external NPA assessor who will grade and provide feedback on the work.


  • Paper:                         £1,250 + VAT
  • Blended learning:     £1,130 + VAT
    (Units completed online)

Students who have successfully completed the NPA Accredited Dispensary Assistants Course (ADAC) within 15 months of enrolment, are able to progress and transfer directly onto Module 5.

  • Paper Transfer:      £1,065.00 + VAT
  • Blended learning:  £985.00 + VAT
    (Units completed online)

Enrol online

Download the appropriate registration form:

Please note: The price shown is for NPA members, non-member enrolments will incur a 50% mark up on the advertised cost. The cost of the course will be invoiced to your employer.