Pharmacy Level 2 apprenticeship B D HEALTHCARE LTD

Pharmacy apprenticeships involve 18 months of combined on-the-job and classroom training. Duties include assisting with prescription dispensing, labelling, preparing over-the-counter medicines, and managing stock levels.

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Closing date: 31 Aug 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £13,312.00 to £23,795.20

    Performance and KPI based bonuses are also available

    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates
  • Working week

    Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm, shifts, may work one evening and alternate weekends. Breaks to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    22 May 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    4 available

What you will do in your working day

As a Level 2 apprentice in a retail pharmacy, you will be responsible for supporting the work of the registered pharmacist and other members of the pharmacy team.

Your duties may include:

  • Assisting with the dispensing of prescriptions and ensuring they are accurately labelled and stored
  • Preparing and dispensing over-the-counter medicines and other healthcare products
  • Managing stock levels and ensuring medicines are stored appropriately
  • Providing basic advice to customers about common ailments and over-the-counter medicines
  • Performing administrative tasks, such as answering the phone, booking appointments, and filing records
  • Supporting the delivery of pharmacy services, such as smoking cessation and emergency hormonal contraception
  • Maintaining a clean and safe working environment, including ensuring that all health and safety procedures are followed

Throughout your apprenticeship, you will also be expected to develop your knowledge of the pharmacy industry, including regulations and guidelines surrounding the handling and dispensing of medicines, customer service skills, and general pharmacy practice.

You will work under the supervision of a registered pharmacist and other members of the pharmacy team, receiving support and guidance as you learn and develop your skills.

The training you will be getting

The Level 2 Pharmacy Apprentice will undergo a comprehensive training program that includes on-the-job training and classroom-based learning. 

The training will cover various areas such as pharmacy laws and regulations, health and safety procedures, pharmacy practice, handling and dispensing of medicines, customer service skills, stock management, administrative tasks, and common ailments and over-the-counter medicines.

Upon completion of the apprenticeship, the apprentice will receive a nationally recognised Level 2 Pharmacy Service Assistant qualification. 

Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the End-Point Assessment.

Blended on/off the job training and location to be confirmed.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

As a Level 2 Pharmacy Assistant, you will be qualified to work under the supervision of a registered pharmacist in a pharmacy setting. 

Your main duties may include dispensing prescriptions, preparing medicines, managing stock, and providing customer service. With experience and further training, you can progress to become a Level 3 Pharmacy Technician and take on more responsibilities, such as managing a team, providing more complex pharmaceutical services, and working with other healthcare professionals to support patient care.

There may also be opportunities to specialise in areas such as hospital pharmacy or mental health pharmacy. As the demand for pharmaceutical services increases, there is a good demand for qualified pharmacy technicians, and there may be opportunities for career advancement, increased pay, and job stability. 

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Number skills, Team working, Initiative, Patience


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4) Desired

Things to consider

May be required to work one evening until 8pm.

About the employer

At BD Healthcare, we are a rapidly-growing retail pharmacy company based in the West Midlands, dedicated to providing our clients with unparalleled service and innovative healthcare solutions. As a leader in our field, we pride ourselves on our dynamic and supportive working environment, fostering growth, and encouraging employees to excel in their careers. Our team is a diverse and passionate group of professionals who share our commitment to excellence. With a strong focus on professional development and employee satisfaction, BD Healthcare offers competitive benefits, a vibrant workplace culture, and ample opportunities for career advancement.






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Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience

Apprenticeship standard

Pharmacy services assistant

Level 2 (GCSE)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

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