Health, Social Care and Health Science
Pharmacy update - May 2022
An update on everything new within the pharmacy sector.
Pharmacy Qualification Adaptations
In 2020 to mitigate the disruption to teaching, learning and assessment of Pharmacy qualifications, flexible approaches were applied specifically where:
There are requirements to include direct observation as the main source of evidence.
The adaptations currently apply to the following qualifications:
- Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Pharmacy Service Skills (now closed for registrations)
- Level 2 Certificate in the Principles and Practice for Pharmacy Support Staff
- Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Pharmacy Service Skills (now closed for registrations)
- Level 3 Diploma in the Principles and Practice for Pharmacy Technicians
From the 1 October 2022 these adaptations will be withdrawn by all Awarding Organisations offering Pharmacy qualifications, the assessment requirements will revert to the assessment strategy of the qualification, across the qualification’s skills-based units there must be at least three observations which cover the required skills. Evidence should be generated over a period of time to show consistent performance.
The full Contingencies for 2021-2022 for Health Service Sciences document can be found here:
Approaches when the new plan is published
Once the new plan is published, Pearson will:
Withdraw the qualification with Integrated Apprenticeship - Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in the Principles and Practice for Pharmacy Technicians (integrated apprenticeship) 603/6304/6.
Learners who are registered on this will be transferred to Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in the Principles and Practice for Pharmacy Technicians 603/5160/3 but with a different internal code for learners on Apprenticeship to differentiate on reporting.
Centres need to make sure that learners are registered on the correct internal code.
The recording of the webinar – Preparing learners for the pharmacy EPAs can be found here: