Higher Certificate in Science (Pharmacy Technician)

Higher Certificate in Science Pharmacy Technician

Course Overview

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    CAO Course Code

Why take this course?

AIT has been to the fore in developing higher education opportunities to degree level for pharmacy technicians. The programme is delivered in an attractive, modern facility, situated on AIT’s East Campus.

A pharmacy technician plays a central role in the smooth operation of today’s pharmacy, by supporting and assisting the pharmacist in their various activities. Pharmacy technicians are employed in both the private sector in community and private hospital pharmacies and by the HSE in hospital pharmacies.

What will I experience?

The main aim of this course is to provide you with the appropriate multi-disciplined skills and theory to enable you to play a key role in both community and hospital pharmacies. In addition to lectures, the course contains a strong practical element and you spend twenty weeks of placement in total in year two in a community and hospital pharmacy. This placement is organised by AIT and is deemed to be enormously beneficial to your employment prospects. One of our unique elements of this programme is the provision of a first aid qualification within the professional development module.

What opportunities might it lead to?

Employment prospects for pharmacy technicians are excellent. Work opportunities exist in community and hospital pharmacies, wholesale division, pharmaceutical industry, sale and marketing, IT training, management, purchasing roles and many more. The qualification can lead to many opportunities to diversify. A number of graduates of this programme have been successful in entering pharmacy degrees (MPharm) in the Ireland (UCC & RCSI) & UK (Coleraine, Brighton, Kingston, Liverpool & Sunderland).

Additional Information

35% of the Class of 2014 were in employment, while 60% were continuing their studies six months after completing their programme.

Students spend the second semester in year 2 on work placement.

Course Details

Course Duration:
2 Years
CAO Course Code:
Cut Off CAO Points:
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Course Award:
Higher Certificate in Science
Course NFQ Level:
Level 6
Dept of Nursing & Healthcare
Minimum Entry Requirements:

Grade O6 at ordinary level in 5 subjects in the Leaving Certificate to include a laboratory-based science subject, Mathematics and a language (English or Irish).

QQI: Any major QQI award with three distinctions and a pass in C20139 or 5N1833 or C20174 or C2017 or Leaving Certificate Maths at O6/H7.

Student Testimonial

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Brianna Kelly, Pharmacy Technician graduate

One of the most import ant elements of this course is the work placement allocation

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Brianna Kelly, Pharmacy Technician graduate

This offers students an opportunity to gain invaluable experience. The placement is flexible and time allowances can be accumulated working in a pharmacy throughout the duration of the programme

Course Structure

Year 1

Chemistry, Mathematics for Scientists Fundamentals of Pharmacology, Laboratory Practice, Learning and Development for Higher Education, Drug Uses and Actions, Community Pharmacy Practice.

Year 2

Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Finance and Accounting, Pharmaceutical Microbiology, Hospital Pharmacy Practice, Drug Uses and Actions, Formulation and Compounding, Professional Development, Professional Practice Placement.

Careers & Opportunities

Career Prospects

Employment prospects for pharmacy technicians are excellent. Work opportunities exist in community and hospital pharmacies nationwide.

Work Placement

​Students spend the second semester in year 2 on work placement.

Further Study

After graduating from this programme you may apply to join the BSc Pharmacy Technician at AIT.

Bachelor of Science (Pharmacy Technician)

Bachelor of Science

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