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

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

Additional Modules

  • Word Processing
  • First Aid Responder
  • Mathematics



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


2021-22 Course Fees

  • Enrolment Fee
  • Student Registration
  • PLC Government Levy
  • Exam Fees
  • Specialist Course Fees


Note - Some courses may require the learner to purchase relevant industry-specific material for their own use which may not be included in the list of course fees.

€30 of Enrolment Fees are Non-Refundable. All fees subject to change.

Fee Exemptions

The following categories of participant are exempt from paying the PLC Government Levy:

  • Medical Card/SUSI Grant/Back to Education Allowance Holders may be exempted from PLC Government Levy. Documentary Evidence must be presented immediately to avail of such exemptions.

  • Medical Card/Back to Education Allowance Holders may be exempted from QQI Exam Fees. Documentary Evidence must be presented immediately to avail of such exemptions.

Fee Payments

All fees must be paid online with a Credit/Debit card in advance of course commencement on 13th September 2021. Fees are subject to change. Please note that no refunds will be made by OFI after 1st October 2021. All requests for refunds must be made by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 



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