Part-Time Pharmacy Assistant (Level 5)

The course is suited to those intending to work in a pharmacy as a Pharmacy Assistant or in a health food store as a Sales Assistant. There are also opportunities to progress to studies at Third Level.


Two years part-time for the full award. Students will receive a component certificate at the end of the first year.



  • Nutrition 5N2006
  • Word Processing 5N1358
  • Medical Terminology 5N2428
  • Communications 5N0690


  • Anatomy & Physiology 5N0749
  • Work Experience 5N1356
  • Social Studies 5N1370
  • Retail Selling 5N1619


NFQ Level 5 award made by QQI Community Health Services (5M4468).

Career Options

Students may find employment in a pharmacy as a Pharmacy Assistant or in a health food store as a Sales Assistant.

Third Level Progression

This course allows progression to a number of courses including:

  • Pharmacy Technician TU654, Pharmaceutical Science TU876 and Applied Social Care TU997 in TU Dublin-Tallaght.
  • TU Dublin- City Centre Campus accept this course on many courses including Visual Merchandising and Display TU795 and  Social Care TU996.
  • A number of degrees in UCD accept this award including Humanities DN530, Social Sciences DN700, Psychology DN720 and Social Policy and Sociology DN750.
  • Applied Social Studies in Social Care TU791 and Community and Youth Development TU792 in TU Dublin- Blanchardstown

Please contact with any queries.

Entry Requirements

  • Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied Programme, QQI Level 4 full major award or equivalent.
  • Work/life experience may be acceptable for mature students.
  • Students should be 17 years or over at the start of the course.
  • Aptitude: Applicants must have a motivation to learn, an interest in the subject area and the ability to acquire the knowledge, skills and competencies set out in the course.
  • CEFR B1 or higher competence in English for candidates whose first language is not English.
  • Garda vetting clearance is required for all students taking this course.


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