The Advanced Apprenticeship in Pharmacy Programme allows candidates, with relevant experience, to register as a pharmacy technician with the General Pharmaceutical Council. Apprentices and employers benefit together, with additional course components and incentives.
The Advanced Apprenticeship programme consists of the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Pharmaceutical Science (QCF), Level 3 Diploma in Pharmacy Service Skills (NVQ) (QCF) (formerly NVQ 3 Pharmacy Services Evidence Collection), Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths and English and Employee Rights and Responsibilities Workbook. Buttercups Training work in partnership with lead providers to access funding for the Apprenticeship in Pharmacy programmes. Candidates enrolled onto the Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship programme must be on programme for a minimum of 18 months before their completion of the programme; our Delivery Plans are tailored to accommodate this.
Please note, for non-levy employers, Buttercups Training works with main providers to secure funding for Apprenticeship in Pharmacy programmes. Within our non-levy funding contracts, we have funding availability for candidates aged 19+ and limited funding available for 16 - 18 year old learners.
To be eligible for Apprenticeship funding, the following criteria must be met:
- Candidates must live and work in England and have been a resident in the EU for a minimum of 3 years
- Candidates cannot be in full time education and must be aged 16 years old or above
- Candidates must hold a National Insurance Number
- Candidates must hold a contract of employment and be working a minimum of 16 contracted hours per week
- Candidates cannot be enrolled onto another government funded programme
- Candidates cannot hold a Level 4 qualification or above, unless the qualification is "materially different" from the Apprenticeship in Pharmacy framework. Any queries in relation to prior qualifications and their content in relation to the Apprenticeship programme will be passed to our Principal Pharmacist
- 20% off the job training must be delivered, in relation to the apprentice's contracted working hours. Off the job training includes online learning, practical training through shadowing and mentoring, alongside learning support and time spent writing assessments and assignments. Buttercups will work with the employer to agree a training plan prior to enrolment. Please note, time within work for any Functional Skills courses must be allowed in addition to this 20% off the job training for the BTEC and NVQ courses.
- Candidates must be on programme for a minimum of 18 months from their start date with Buttercups.
Enrolment packs for funded programmes must be posted to:
Castlebridge Office Village,
Castle Marina Road,
Nottingham NG7 1TN
If you are based within a Dispensing Doctors' Practice, please visit the Advanced Apprenticeship (no pharmacist) Programme (AA-DD) page: