How do I become a...

There are a huge range of careers within Pharmacy. Some you can apply for at 16, straight from school. Others need more qualifications, or some work experience.

To help you get a better understanding of some of the careers available to you within Kings Health Partners, explore the information below. We’ll update this section regularly, with exciting new careers to get you inspired.

How do I become a...

This is an entry-level role – which can be either a rewarding job in and of itself, or your first step in a career in Pharmacy. You’ll learn the ropes working in a hugely busy South East London teaching hospital that leads the UK in healthcare, and helps hundreds of thousands of people from your local community. Working with a wide range of pharmaceuticals in our dispensary, you’ll help manage stock lists and stock levels, log incoming goods, and make sure everything is running smoothly. All the time you’ll be learning, as you work towards your NVQ Level 2 in Pharmacy skills. It’s a great first step on the career ladder.

  1. 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths, English and a Science subject

This is a trainee role – where you’ll work your way through a two-year programme to register as a Pharmacy Technician. It’s a technical role that requires plenty of manual dexterity, as you’ll be preparing the widest range of medicines, from making up injections to preparing creams – always with plenty of support from our Pharmacists. As well as on the job training, you’ll also work towards industry-recognised qualifications, covering topics from human physiology and disease management to the actions of medicines and pharmacy law. As you gain in experience, you’ll also get involved in working with patients and other healthcare professionals to check and record medicines patients are taking, and making sure they understand their drug regime when they go home.

  1. 5 GCSEs Grade A-C including Maths, English and a Science subject
  2. Gain a place as a Pre-Registration Trainee Pharmacy Technician at King’s Health Partners
  3. Work-based learning towards Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Pharmacy Skills (QCF)
  4. Study on day release Level 3 Diploma in Pharmaceutical Studies
  5. Achieve registration as Pharmacy Technician after 2 years
  6. Go on to additional training to move up the Pharmacy Technician banding (Bands 4-7)

Pharmacists get involved at a clinical level. In other words, they have an in-depth understanding of the effects of drugs and how they act on the body. To be a Pharmacist, you need to take a degree. Some people join us working as Pharmacist Assistants and Technicians, and then leave to take their degree, before returning. Others join us straight from University with their MPharm degree.

Hospital pharmacists are responsible for the dispensing of prescriptions, as well as the purchase, manufacture and quality testing of all medicines used in a hospital. Many are qualified to prescribe in their own right. Pharmacists work closely with medical and nursing staff to ensure that patients receive the best treatment. In a typical day, you could be checking prescriptions, taking part in a ward round and offering advice on any patients who’re having difficulty taking their medicines, working on a clinical trial or supervising other members of the Pharmacy team.

  1. 5 GCSEs at grade A-C, including English, Maths and Double Science.
  2. 3 A Levels one of which must be Chemistry (many schools of Pharmacy ask that your two other subjects include Biology, Physics or Maths, but individual courses vary).
  3. Some Pharmacy degrees also accept MPharm students with an ‘Access to Science’ Level 3 course.
  4. Study for a 4-year MPharm degree.
  5. Year of pre-registration training (which can be done at King’s Health Partners).
  6. Entrance exam, set by the General Medical Council, to gain registration as a Pharmacist.
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