About the framework
This framework specifies the standards and criteria for the delivery of level 3 apprenticeship training to achieve qualified status within the dispensing pharmaceutical Industry.
Successful completion of the apprenticeship will lead to the award of a level 3 qualification and recognition as a qualified person within the industry sector.
Achievement of a level 3 apprenticeship in pharmacy services will be assessed by verification through the appropriate awarding body.
You must complete both the competence and knowledge-based qualification, or the combined qualification below, along with the mandatory essential skills qualifications.
Mandatory essential skills
To successfully complete the apprenticeship, apprentices must achieve the following essential skills qualifications as part of the apprenticeship or already hold a recognised equivalent:
- application of number – level 2
- communication – level 2
However, any qualifications you already have are assessed against the framework requirements and may result in an exemption from the above.
If you haven’t got a level 2 ICT qualification, your training contractor is strongly encouraged to offer ICT Essential Skills level 2 as well as the essential skills above.
Competency and knowledge qualifications
Apprentices need to complete both a competency-based and a knowledge-based qualification, or a combined qualification, from the list below.
Knowledge and skills based qualification:
Combined competence and knowledge and skills based qualification:
Eligibility and entry to the programme
You must be a new employee, or an existing employee taking on a new role to take part in the programme.
Employers may have specific expectations in terms of qualifications.
Entry to the level 3 apprenticeship is by progression from the apprenticeshipsni level 2 framework in pharmacy services. You may also enter the level 3 apprenticeship, subject to assessment by the training contractor and employer, if you:
- have already gained significant work experience in your occupational area, which could be considered as meeting the requirements of the relevant level 2 framework and can show the capacity to achieve a level 3 standard
- have previously achieved a relevant level 2 recognised vocational qualification that is a mandatory requirement of the Level 2 apprenticeshipsni pharmacy services framework
See also the DfE apprenticeship guidelines and operational requirements.
For this framework, you must complete a suitable employee rights and responsibilities (ERR) workbook. Framework certification is issued on confirmation from training suppliers that the ERR has been completed.
It is the responsibility of the training contractor/ college to ensure that all components of this framework are delivered in accordance with apprenticeshipsni operational requirements.
The apprentice must be employed from day one.
The content of this framework (Framework No 387 Issue 5: 08/20) has been agreed by the Department for the Economy.
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