MCAST Diploma in Applied Science – Level 3 6 SEC/O-Level passes - Compulsory: English Language, Mathematics, Chemistry
The Level 4 MCAST Diploma for Pharmacy Technicians is a two-year programme of studies designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary for a career as a pharmacy technician. Students will be exposed to scientific and pharmaceutical principles as well as be given a sound knowledge of health-related material, resulting in an all-round approach to effectively and competently embark on a career as a pharmacy technician. The programme is designed to provide participants with all the necessary information, technical skills, knowledge of procedures, legislation and responsibilities requested by such a career, which strongly underpins the provision of health care and services.
During 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.
All units for this course are locally assessed through formal exams. 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 Outcomes
1.Understand how to 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 Units
Biological Sciences Chemical Sciences and Microbiology Physiology Action and Use of Drugs (A) Action and Use of Drugs (B) Action and Use of Drugs (C) Action and Use of Drugs (D) Action and Use of Drugs (E) Pharmaceutics Pharmacy Law and Ethical Practice Scientific Method Pharmacy Practice Pharmacy Production Organization Procedures and Practices Chemistry for Pharmacy English within the Pharmacy Environment Pharmacy Workplace Practice
Progress After Completion
MCAST-BTEC Higher National Diploma in Health and Social Care (Practice).