Pharmacy Assistant - 5M4468

This one-year course will equip learners with the relevant knowledge and experience to work as a pharmacy counter assistant or pursue a pharmacy technician qualification in the future. From dispensing over-the-counter medications, helping clients choose medical aids and appliances to demonstrating and selling products, this course covers the most relevant skills. This course will also focus on a range of health related subjects relevant to employment as a pharmacy assistant. Work experience is within a retail pharmacy where, as a pharmacy assistant, you can work as part of a team of health professionals in order to help customers achieve the best possible health outcome.


Prepare participants to work in the pharma sector or to pursue specialised degree programmes in the pharmaceutical sector in Higher Education Colleges throughout Ireland. Progression routes in the North West include ATU Sligo who will introduce a new Pharmacy Degree Programme in September 2025. This course offers comprehensive training for participants interested in working in the Retail Pharmacy Sector. Students will gain a knowledge of science-based subjects, IT skills, ‘Over the Counter Medicines’ and customer service experience.


  • Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied, or equivalent
  • Interview
  • Mature applicants welcome
  • Applicants whose first language is not English will require a competency as stated in our admissions policy here
  • Ukranian applicants should have a certificate of complete secondary education (after grade 11) or higher Click Here


  • Pharmacy Theory & Practice
  • Nutrition & Health Promotion 5N2006
  • Dietetics 5N3736
  • Care of the Older Person 5N2706
  • Anatomy & Physiology 5N0749
  • Infection Prevention & Control 5N3734
  • Biology 5N2746
  • Customer Service 5N0972
  • Work Experience 5N1356


Learners may also have the opportunity to study Maths (5N1833) as an extra module.


QQI Level 5 Award in Community Health services (5M4468)


Students who successfully complete the course may gain entry to Third Level Institutes and Colleges through the QQI Higher Education Links Scheme.
The most up-to-date information on Higher Education Links is located at the CAO website.
Click here for details of CAO QQI Requirements Lookup
The following are examples of courses to which students' progress from this programme;

ATU - Sligo

Please note that all QQI Further Education graduates who hold a major Level 5 or Level 6 award are eligible to apply for any ATU Sligo programme through the CAO system.

ATU - Letterkenny

TUS - Athlone


There are no fees to study this course


This is full-time one-year course and runs from September to May


Phone 071-9202200 or email [email protected]


A new National Common Awards System (CAS) is being introduced by QQI for Further Education and Training programmes. Sligocfe reserves the right to make changes in any course, to limit the number of places available or to withdraw a course. No part of this information shall be deemed to form a contract between the Institute and a student or third party.