Published on November 15th, 20111
Become A Pharmacy Student
Pharmacy is one of the fastest growing areas of healthcare and offers students’ the chance to train as experts in medication and its uses. As a pharmacy student it is possible to train in different sectors, including community, industrial or hospital pharmacy. There are also opportunities to train as a pharmacy technician or assistant.
In the coming years there will be some amazing developments in science which will lead to the introduction of new medicines. Pharmacists will be involved in this at every step of the process – from development of medicines in the lab to distribution in the community and hospitals.
Where can pharmacy take me?
The answer to this is anywhere! Pharmacist’s are in demand worldwide. Pharmacists are expert health professionals and after five years of study and training you’ll find many doors open to a career that offers flexibility, variety, opportunity, satisfaction and excellent rewards.
What qualifications do I need?
Most pharmacy courses require three science A-levels in chemistry and two other subjects in either biology, mathematics or physics. However, students with chemistry and one other science A-Level may be considered with a third unrelated subject.
In Scotland, students require Highers in Chemistry and English plus two of either mathematics, physics or biology.
To qualify as a pharmacist, you must undertake a four-year accredited Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) degree course, followed by the successful completion of a year’s pre-registration training within a pharmacy. The final stage is to pass the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain’s registration exam to qualify as a registered pharmacist in England, Scotland and Wales.