Continuing Professional Development for Pharmacy Technicians 2017-18

This course also available for 2018-19 entry


About the course

This course has been designed to help pharmacy technicians, involved in the delivery and development of new and extended roles, with their continuing professional development (CPD).

Our experience of delivering CPD to pharmacy technicians demonstrates that career progression is facilitated by university courses. This course could be ideal for anyone wanting to expand their role, gain the tools for promotion and enhance their career.

There is no qualification awarded for this course but those who successfully complete the course will receive a letter confirming their completion.

Start date:
01 / 04 / 2018


1 year part-time

Entry requirements

You must be a Registered Pharmacy Technician with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and be able to use the internet, email and have basic competence in 'Office' programmes such as Word and PowerPoint. You must also have access to the internet.

Please note: UCAS points are based on the new UCAS tariff, introduced for courses starting in 2017/18.


Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)1484 473867

Places available:


(this number may be subject to change)

Huddersfield, HD1 3DH

Course content

The course consists of three 20 credit modules at ‘F' level (60 credits in total) and is delivered in an integrated way to provide skills related to professional development, medicines management and medication safety or accuracy checking for pharmacy (ACT).

Year 1

Core modules:

Professional Development

This module offers the study skills and professional skills necessary for new and extended roles in pharmacy. It gives you the opportunity to expand your knowledge and skills in relation to the use of electronic resources for medicines information and problem solving, and introduces reflective practice, the management of change and report writing. You'll undertake a mini audit project in the workplace, which is presented at a ‘showcase conference’ to give you the chance to demonstrate your presentation and project management skills.

Medicines Management

This module gives you the opportunity to expand your knowledge about how medicines work, adverse drug reactions, the managed introduction of new drugs, medication history taking, medicines reconciliation and medicines optimisation. The teaching includes the management of interface issues, communication about medicines, brand changes, pharmaceutical care planning, effective counselling, the use of guidance and targets and public health. An introduction to individualised therapeutics is also provided.

Option modules: Choose one from a list which may include-

Medication Safety

This module is for those with no dispensing role and includes the safe supply and handling of medicines, error reduction strategies, improving safety and identifying risk. It also includes a workplace assessment.

Accredited Accuracy Checking for Pharmacy

The module is for those in a dispensing role and who have the support of their employer to complete their assessment. It includes the safe supply and handling of medicines, error reduction strategies, improving safety and identifying risk. It also includes a checking portfolio, where technicians keep a record of medicines they have checked.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Teaching and assessment

You'll be taught through a series of lectures, tutorials and practical exercises. Assessment will include coursework completed throughout the year and three major assignments, as well as a mini-project, which is presented at a showcase conference at the end of the course.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Huddersfield is the UK's only university where 100% of the permanent teaching staff are fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

How much will it cost me?

Modules are priced at £900 each. (£2,700 for the whole course) for 2017/18.


If you are working for the NHS in the Yorkshire and Humber area you may be eligible for full funding via your NHS employer. This is arranged by the University.

You are also welcome to apply if you are working for other NHS Trusts or employers. The University will invoice the NHS Trust or employer directly for the course fee if you are eligible for sponsorship.

How to apply

Please contact the admissions office for an application pack and if you have any queries on Tel: +44 (0)1484 473867 or E-mail:

Research community

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities.Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to patient care.For more information see the Research section of our website ( of our website.