Pharmacy Technician Studies / Staidéar Teicneora Cógaslainne

Programme Title: Higher Certificate in Science in Pharmacy Technician Studies

2021 CAO Points 350

Leaving Cert
Minimum Number of





Minimum Grade in


English OR Irish



Other Grade Requirements

At least O6/H7 in Physics, Chemistry, Physics & Chemistry, Biology, Agricultural Science or Home Economics

Additional Requirements/Information:
TU Dublin students must undergo Garda Vetting. They must complete the required documentation, including a full list of all previous addresses, in order for clearance checks to be made. Currently, Irish addresses are vetted by the Garda Vetting Bureau at no cost to the student.

Applications from QQI Level 5 and 6 are welcome. Further details at 

Mature applicants (23+) are welcome. Further details at

In this programme, you’ll gain the practical, professional and academic skills you need to assist in the various activities of the pharmacy that do not require the professional judgement of the pharmacist.

There are many employment opportunities in community and hospital pharmacies, as well as openings in medical sales for pharmaceutical suppliers.

In this programme, you’ll acquire knowledge of prescription and non-prescription medicines, and how they’re formulated and used to treat illnesses. You’ll develop the medical knowledge needed to recognise common illnesses, as well as the communication skills to liaise with pharmacists and counsel patients on healthcare issues, including the various healthcare schemes available in Ireland.

You’ll gain experience in dispensing procedures and practices, and be able to interpret prescriptions and prepare medicines for dispensing; maintain patient records and operate pharmacy computer systems, and supply non-prescription medicines in accordance with legislation and guidelines.

You’ll also get theoretical and practical training in basic sciences, including biology, chemistry, microbiology, maths, and pharmacology. These subjects support the pharmacy technician profession, and also provide a pathway to higher qualifications, including the BSc in Pharmacy.

You’ll take part in a pharmacy placement in a hospital or community pharmacy so that you can apply your theoretical knowledge and your skills.

Note: The work placement is flexible; time allowances can be accumulated working in a pharmacy throughout the programme. Prior experience in a pharmacy can be considered as part of the placement. Payment for this placement is not guaranteed and is subject to arrangement between you and the placement pharmacy.

On graduation, you’ll be equipped to progress to ordinary and honours degree programmes in TU Dublin.

Graduate Job Titles

  • Pharmacy Technician

Graduate Employers:       

       • Adrian Dunne Pharmacies
       • Boots Pharmacies
       • HSE (Hospital Pharmacies)
       • Lloyds Pharmacies
       • Stacks Pharmacies

Semester 1:

Basic Business with IT skills
Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry
Introductory Microbiology
Principles of Cellular Biology

Semester 2:

Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry
Introduction to Occupational Safety and Health Management
Pharmacology and Toxicology
Principles of Systems Biology

Year long:

Mathematics for Pharmaceutical Sciences
Pharmacy Practice I
Professional Development ePortfolio

• Nutrition and Health Studies
• Pharmaceutical Formulations
• Pharmacology and Therapeutics
• Pharmacy Practice II
• Pharmacy Work Placement  
• Professional Development e-Portfolio 
   Pharmaceutical Microbiology


The Pharmacy Technician Studies course has been a remarkable grounding in the sciences and labs, and has provided me with a diverse amount of knowledge in the area of pharmacy and pharmacy-related subjects… The camaraderie in the class was wonderful and the structure of the course, with its large emphasis on labs, ensures team work, which helps forge great relationships.. The academic experience has exceeded my expectations and has led me to apply for a pharmacy degree and I thank the course for paving the way for my passion in the area.

TU Code



Level 6


Higher Certificate in Science


2 years

Number of Places



City Centre: Grangegorman


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