MCAST Advanced Diploma for Pharmacy Technicians

MCAST Advanced Diploma for Pharmacy Technicians

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MCAST Advanced Diploma for Pharmacy Technicians
Course CodeAS4-01-14
MQF LevelLevel 4
Duration2 years full-time
Awarding BodyMCAST
Entry RequirementsMCAST Diploma in Applied Science or MCAST Diploma in Health and Social Care (with additional module in Chemistry) or 4 SEC/O-Level passes/SSC&P (Level 3) passes Compulsory: English Language, Mathematics, Chemistry Preferred: Biology
Other Entry Requirements
Course Description
Study/Course DeliveryDuring this two-year programme students will follow 17 units of study and will also experience work placement training. Students will follow a structured taught programme that will consist of class-based lectures. Work placement will be carried out on a one-day work placement per week for both academic years in a pharmacy environment, as well as an annual block placement.
AssessmentAll units within this course are locally assessed through formal assessments. For each unit of study a limited number of formal assessments (between 2 to 4) will also be carried out by students to provide evidence of their learning. Work-placed assessments will also be carried out through visits and monitoring of students’ logbooks.
Programme Learning Outcomes1.Assist in the provision of services within the pharmacy environment.

2.Recall the national regulations and policies regarding use, distribution, storage and supply of medicines to patients and pharmacy customers.

3.Explain the uses and limitations of medicines, including their management in practice.

4.Use standard pharmacy resources to provide a service to pharmacy customers.

Core Study UnitsPharmacy technician
Specialist UnitsBiological Science and Human Physiology Microbiology and its application Chemistry for Pharmacy Actions and Uses of Medicines(A) Actions and Uses of Medicines(B) Actions and Uses of Medicines(C) Actions and Uses of Medicines(D) Pharmaceutics Principles and standards for good pharmaceutical practices Pharmacy Law and Ethics Pharmacy Practice Pharmaceutical services and activities in primary care Practice and activity in the hospital setting Pharmaceutical activities in the industry Work experience in the primary care setting Work experience in the hospital setting
Supplementary Units
Supporting UnitsKey Skills
Optional Units
Progress After Completion
Career OpportunitiesBachelor of Science (Honours) in Health Sciences (Physiological Measurements)