Skip to content
Keywords e.g. warehousing
Qualification Code e.g. 600/5640/X
Keywords e.g. warehousing
Unit Code e.g. Y/505/4889
Open Awards Unit ID e.g. CBF498
Keywords e.g. warehousing
Open Awards Unit Code e.g. UA33ART12
Open Awards Unit ID e.g. CBF521

Pharmacy - Another Milestone in Open Awards Journey

Nina Hinton, Head of Business and Development

I joined Open Awards in 2015 and one of the first meetings I attended was to look at a new qualification in pharmacy to combine knowledge and skills. I left the meeting with a nagging feeling that I was in way over my head but nonetheless feeling inspired by the passion of everyone who had been in the room. The world of pharmacy was one I was excited to be getting involved in.

Fast forward 5 years and we have been on quite a journey at Open Awards and, as we enter National Apprenticeship Week 2021, I am delighted that we have just been approved by ESFA as an end-point assessment organisation for the Level 3 Pharmacy Technician Integrated Apprenticeship Standard. Last week also saw our formal approval from the General Pharmaceutical Council for our new Level 2 qualification for Pharmacy Support Staff.

These mark another milestone in our pharmacy education and training journey. A milestone that feels particularly important as every day sees another news story or social media post about the vital role pharmacists and pharmacy technicians play in the national roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccination.

Over the last 5 years, we have worked closely with other awarding organisations, training providers, colleges, universities, subject specialists and employers to develop the new curriculum alongside the General Pharmaceutical Council; Skills for Health; and Health Education England. We now have qualifications approved by the General Pharmaceutical Council at both Levels 2 and 3, and are approved by ESFA for end-point assessment at both levels.

Throughout the different development projects, the key theme has been a dedication to the sector and to patients and learners alike. Every stakeholder at every stage of development has consistently held true to the key priorities of patient safety; quality and accuracy; and person-centred support.

Pharmacy is an occupational sector that I am proud to support through my work with Open Awards. We now have learners undertaking their studies at Levels 2 and 3, including as part of an apprenticeship Standard and I cannot wait to see how they progress throughout 2021 and beyond.

Open Awards offers the following pharmacy-related qualifications and assessments:

Pharmacy Support Staff

  • Level 2 Certificate in the Principles and Practices for Pharmacy Support Staff
  • Level 2 Certificate in the Principles and Practices for Pharmacy Support Staff (Apprenticeship Route)
  • End-Point Assessment Level 2 Pharmacy Support Services

Pharmacy Technician

  • Level 3 Diploma in the Principles and Practice for Pharmacy Technicians
  • Level 3 Diploma in the Principles and Practice for Pharmacy Technicians (Integrated Apprenticeship)
  • End-Point Assessment Level 3 Pharmacy Technician


  • Level 3 Diploma in the Principles of Aseptic Pharmaceuticals Processing

For more information on any of these qualifications, or to apply to deliver them, please contact us at or 0151 494 2072.

Leave a Comment

* Indicates fields are required

Your name
Your email address