Course Information

Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Pharmaceutical Science (QCF)


Below are the sessions that are available for this course.


This qualification has been developed as part of Edexcel’s BTEC Nationals suite of qualifications to allow pharmacy employees (either in a community or non-community setting) and full-time learners the opportunity to achieve a nationally recognised Level 3 vocationally specific qualification. It can be taken as a stand-alone qualification or, when taken in conjunction with Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Pharmacy Service Skills (QCF), will contribute to the Level 3 Apprenticeship in Pharmacy. Completing both will satisfy the requirements for registration to work as a pharmacy technician (provided all other registration requirements are also met) as required by the General Pharmaceutical Council.

Course Content

Scientific principles for pharmacy technicians. Actions and uses of different types of medicines. Community pharmacy practice. Communicating in pharmacy. Making, dispensing and supplying medicines. Pharmaceutics. Law, ethics and practice. Professional development.

Assessment Method

All units are internally assessed and are graded – pass, merit and distinction. Assessment must be reliable and fit for purpose. If this qualification is taken alongside the Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Pharmacy Service Skills (QCF) then an integrated approach to delivery and assessment is recommended (students must be working in a Pharmacy for not less than 14hrs/week over a 2 year period to complete the L3 NVQ under the supervision of a Pharmacist). All centres must have internal verification processes in place. A lead verifier will also be appointed at each centre and will have to complete training set by Edexcel. All centres will be externally verified by an Edexcel Standards Verifier.

Progression Opportunities

Learners can progress onto other Higher Level courses at SWC or other institutions, provided they meet the respective entry criteria or into employment.

Entry Requirements

Learners must be 16+ years. Learners must achieve at least 120 credits from 19 mandatory units.. This is a 720 guided learning hour qualification. There are no optional units – All 19 Units are Mandatory.