Pharmacy Assistant

Course Aim

This course is designed to give you a solid foundation on which you can begin your career as a pharmacy assistant. Learners will develop medical knowledge to recognise common ailments and the skills necessary to assist with issues in the retail pharmacy sector. Learners will also complete cosmetic studies to assist with the informing and applying of beauty and make-up products.


Course Modules

  •  Medical Terminology
  • Medicines Counter Assistant
  • Cosmetic Studies
  • Nutrition
  • Retail Selling
  • Reception and Frontline Skills
  • Safety and Health at Work
  • Customer Service
  • Work Experience
  • Infection Prevention & Control
  • Word Processing
  • First Aid



5M4468 QQI Level 5 Community Health Services

Additional Certification

IPU Medicines Counter Assistant Certificate


Entry Requirements

All our Level 5 PLC courses are open to school leavers (Leaving Cert/ Leaving Cert Applied Students/A Levels/GCSE or equivalent), QQI Level 4 graduates and mature applicants. A QQI Level 5 award is a prerequisite to access a Level 6 programme.



Progression To Degrees

Graduates can progress to a variety of degree programmes including:


AIT | Pharmaceutical Sciences | Level 8

DkIT | Pharmaceutical Science | Level 7

TU Dublin/LyIT/IT Carlow | Pharmacy Technician Studies | Level 6

GMIT | Applied Biology and Biopharmaceutical Science | Level 8

AIT | Pharmaceutical Sciences (Drug Development & Analysis) | Level 7

Sligo IT | Pharmaceutical Science with Drug Development | Level 8


Career Opportunities

Graduates progress to employment in various roles including:

Medical Counter Assistant | Pharmacy Store Manager | Medical Secretary | Pharmacy Health Care Adviser | Health Store Adviser | Department Stores – Cosmetic Sales | Medical Sales Assistant


Earn up to €25,000 as a pharmacy assistant


Student Services Costs: €200

Government Levy (PPC): €200

The following categories of participant are exempt from paying the Government Levy (PPC):

  • Full medical Card holders in their own right and their dependent children
  • Those who are eligible under the student grant scheme
  • Those in receipt of the Back to Education Allowance (BTEA)


QQI Certification Charge:

  • QQI Level 5 €50
  • QQI Level 6 €80


Fees charged by professional bodies - These will be outlined under Additional fees for applicable courses.

Additional costs which may include: Books, uniforms, equipment and trips.



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