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Level 4 - Enhanced Practice Programme for Pharmacy Technicians

Course Details
Course Cost
See Pathways Section
Duration
Full Pathway, 24 months - See Pathways Section for Specific Pathways
Accredited by
The content of this course is accredited by the Open Awards

Enrolments for the cohort in March 2024 are now closed and any applications submitted now will be held for consideration for the September 2024 cohort.

 

The Level 4 Enhanced Practice Programme is an opportunity for pharmacy technicians to develop knowledge and skills for enhanced practice roles. This post-registration programme supports a range of roles for pharmacy technicians across all pharmacy sectors, including, but not limited to:

 

  • Dispensary and pharmacy managers
  • Medicines management pharmacy technicians
  • Technical services leads
  • Optimisation pharmacy technicians
  • Pharmacy procurement pharmacy technicians
  • Pharmacy educational / supervisors / leads
  • Managers
  • Specialist pharmacy technicians
  • Pharmacy service lead

 

The programme is delivered as a ‘pick and mix’ unit format across the full programme and several role specific pathways. The full programme will take 2-years to complete on a part-time basis commitment of 4-6 hours of study per week.

A blended learning model of teaching will be used to include online learning, independent research, individual and group tutorials, presentations from subject matter experts and peers and residentials (depending on unit options). The delivery model will utilise peers/networks and communities of practices as well as independent study.

The Level 4 Enhanced Practice Programme covers 11 units (mandatory and optional) covering the full programme and 6 pathways.

 

Programme Pathways and Structure Diagram

 

Please read our programme information pack before enrolling

 

Level 4 information pack thumbnail

 

Download programme information pack

 

Pathways

Full programme

Enrolments onto this programme are March 2024 or September 2024

Duration: 24 months

If Unit 08 – Vaccination Services and First Aid in a Healthcare Setting is chosen as an optional unit, a 2-day residential in Nottingham for practical training and assessment is required. Variety of dates to be offered.

Key: Red = mandatory unit

March 2024 start - complete March Year 2026
Unit reference Teaching start date Teaching end date Assessment date Select
Induction / Unit 01 March Year 1 May Year 1 August Year 1
Unit 02 May Year 1 July Year 1 August Year 1

Unit 09

 

Or

September Year 1

 

March Year 2

November Year 1 (research starts)

 

May Year 2 (research starts

July Year 2

 

January Year 2

Optional Units (choose 3)

Unit 03 

 

Or

September Year 1

 

March Year 2

January Year 1

 

July Year 2

February Year 1

 

August Year 2

 

Unit 04

 

Or 

September Year 1

 

March Year 2

January Year 1

 

July Year 2

February Year 1

 

August Year 2

 

Unit 05

 

Or

September Year 1

 

March Year 2

January Year 1

 

July Year 2

February Year 1

 

August Year 2

 

Unit 06

 

Or

January Year 1

 

July Year 2

February Year 1

 

August Year 2

Choice of dates April/May/June Year 2

 

Choice of dates October/November/ December Year 2

 

Unit 07

 

Or

March Year 2

 

September Year 2

May Year 2

 

November Year 2

June Year 2

 

December Year 2

 

Unit 08*

 

Or

June/July/August Year 1

 

December Year 1/January/ February Year 1

June/July/August Year 1

 

December Year 1/January/ February Year 1

Choice of dates June/July/August Year 1

 

Choice of dates December Year 1/January/ February Year 1

 

Unit 10

 

Or

January Year 1

 

July Year 2

March Year 2

 

September Year 2

April Year 2

 

October Year 2

 

Unit 11

 

Or

January Year 1

 

July Year 2

March Year 2

 

September Year 2

April Year 2

 

October Year 2

 

*Requires a 2-day residential in Nottingham for practical training and assessment. Variety of dates to be offered.

Key: Red = mandatory unit

September 2024 start - complete September 2026
Unit reference Teaching start date Teaching end date Assessment date Select
Induction / Unit 01 September Year 1 November Year 1 February Year 2
Unit 02 November Year 1 January Year 1 February Year 1
Unit 09 September Year 2 November Year 2 (research starts) July Year 2
Optional Units (choose 3)

Unit 03

 

Or

March Year 1

 

September Year 2

July Year 1

 

January Year 2

August Year 1

 

February Year 2

 

Unit 04

 

Or

March Year 1

 

September Year 2

July Year 1

 

January Year 2

August Year 1

 

February Year 2

 

Unit 05

 

Or

March Year 1

 

September Year 2

July Year 1

 

January Year 2

August Year 1

 

February Year 2

 
Unit 06 January Year 2 February Year 2 Choice of dates April/May/June Year 2  
Unit 07  March Year 2 May Year 2 June Year 2  

Unit 08*

 

Or

June/July/August Year 1

 

December Year 2/January/February Year 2

June/July/ August Year 1

 

December Year2/January/February Year 2

Choice of dates June/July/August Year 1

 

Choice of dates December Year 2/January/February Year 2

 
Unit 10 January Year 2 March Year 2 April Year 2  
Unit 11 January Year 2 March Year 2 April Year 2  

*Requires a 2-day residential in Nottingham for practical training and assessment. Variety of dates to be offered.

Pathway timetables

The programme is also available in pathways to support specific roles for pharmacy technicians who may not be able to complete the full programme. The timetables for those pathways are as follows.

Antimicrobial Stewardship Pathway

Enrolments onto this pathway are March 2024 or September 2024

Duration: 12 months

Key: Red = mandatory unit

March 2024 start - complete February 2025
Unit reference Teaching start date Teaching end date Assessment date Select
Induction / Unit 01 March Year 1 May Year 1 August Year 1
Unit 04 September Year 1 January Year 2 February Year 2
September 2024 start - complete August 2025
Unit reference Teaching start date Teaching end date Assessment date Select
Induction / Unit 01 September Year 1 November Year 1 February Year 2
Unit 04 March Year 2 July Year 2 August Year 2

Vaccination and First Aid Pathway

Enrolments onto this pathway are March 2024 only.

Duration: 10 months

Key: Red = mandatory unit

March 2024 start - complete August 2024
Unit reference Teaching start date Teaching end date Assessment date Select
Induction / Unit 01 March Year 1 May Year 1 August Year 1
Unit 08* June/July/August Year 1 June/July/August Year 1 June/July/August Year 1

*Requires a 2-day residential in Nottingham for practical training and assessment. Variety of dates to be offered in June/July/August.

Supporting Provision of Health Services Pathway

Enrolments onto this pathway are March 2024 only.

Duration: 18 months

Key: Red = mandatory unit

March 2024 start - complete June 2025
Unit reference Teaching start date Teaching end date Assessment date Select
Induction / Unit 01 March Year 1 May Year 1 August Year 1
Unit 06 January Year 2 February Year 2

April Year 2

May Year 2

June Year 2

Unit 07 March Year 2 May Year 2 June Year 2
Optional Units (choose 3)
Unit 03 March Year 1 July Year 1 August Year 1  
Unit 04 March Year 1 July Year 1 August Year 1  
Unit 05 March Year 1 July Year 1 August Year 1  

Note: Pathway contains a break September 2024 - January 2025

Research and Leadership Pathway

Enrolments onto this pathway are March 2024 only.

Duration: 18 months

Key: Red = mandatory unit

March 2024 start - complete July 2025
Unit reference Teaching start date Teaching end date Assessment date

Select

Induction March Year 1 March Year 1 N/A
Unit 02 May Year 1 July Year 1 August Year 1
Unit 09 September Year 1 November Year 1 (research starts) July Year 2

Pharmacy Aseptic Services Pathway

Enrolments onto this pathway are March 2024 only.

Duration: 10 months

Key: Red = mandatory unit

March 2024 start - complete April 2025
Unit reference Teaching start date Teaching end date Assessment date Select
Induction March Year 1 March Year 1 N/A
Unit 02 May Year 1 July Year 1 August Year 1
Unit 10 January Year 2 March Year 2 April Year 2

Note: Pathway contains a break September 2024 - January 2025

Pharmacy Procurement Pathway

Enrolments onto this pathway are March 2024 only.

Duration: 10 months

Key: Red = mandatory unit

Unit reference Teaching start date Teaching end date Assessment date Select
Induction March Year 1 March Year 1 N/A
Unit 02 May Year 1 July Year 1 August Year 1
Unit 11 January Year 2 March Year 2 April Year 2

Note: Pathway contains a break September 2024 - January 2025

Course Features
Regular contact with a personal tutor
Interactive e-learning teaching platform
Group tutorials from subject matter experts, for specific units
Peer support through discussion forums and group tutorials
Residential requirements for practical skills assessments (Unit 6 and Unit 8)