Do you want to contribute to the fight against illness? Study for an apprenticeship in pharmacy services and be part of an industry that’s committed to shaping Scotland’s medical future.  

Discover how to prepare medical supplies for different customers. Learn how to prescribe over the counter medicine and ensure people receive the right products.  

Whether you’re interested in prescriptions or holistic items, theres a job for you in Scotland’s pharmacy services sector. Work as a pharmacist and provide customers with medical stock. Become a dispensing assistant and carry out administrative duties within a hospital. Work as a pharmacy technician and deliver high-quality customer service to patients.  

What's the qualification?

You will gain a qualification at SCQF level 6 or 8 in pharmacy services. The qualifications include:  

  • Core units of aSVQ in pharmacy services at SCQF level 6 or 8  
  • Work experience in an industry that will give you the opportunity to help people  

SCQF qualification level explained

What will I learn?

During your apprenticeship, you'll learn how to:   

  • Assist with the provision of pharmacy service to meet individual needs 
  • Ensure your own actions reduce risks to health and safety 
  • Contribute to the effectiveness of teams 
  • Assist in the sales of medicines and products 
  • Receive prescriptions from individuals  
  • Assemble prescribed items 
  • Order, receive and maintain pharmaceutical stock  
  • Assist in the manufacture and assembly of medicinal products 
  • Prepare aseptic products 
  • Prepare documentation, materials, components and other items for the preparation of aseptic products   

You will develop the following core skills:    

  • Time management  
  • Problem-solving  
  • Teamwork  
  • Communication   

These transferrable skills are useful for working in other jobs such as business administration and nursing. 

Where could it take me?

This Modern Apprenticeship gives you a range of optionsCarry on your studies with a technical apprenticeship in medicine or go into full-time work.   

Further education Improve your medical knowledge by studying for a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy management or nursing. Your experience will support your university application.   

Straight to work: Use your qualifications and find a job in the pharmaceutical industry. Several roles are listed below:

  • Pharmacist 
  • Dispensing assistant 
  • Nurse 
  • Pharmacy assistant 
  • Clinical pharmacist 
  • Pharmacy technician 

Entry requirements

There are no set requirements for this apprenticeship. However, it is beneficial to have an interest in medicine and a desire to help patients.  


The Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF level 6 will take 12-24 months to complete.  

The Technical Apprenticeship at SCQF level 8 will take 24-36 months to complete.

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