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Consider your options carefully. It is likely that you are expecting top grades in your Leaving Certificate if you are considering pharmacy as a career so there will be plenty of doors open to you. Make sure you do plenty of work experience in different areas of pharmacy and if it is healthcare you are interested in then consider getting some work experience in medicine etc. I know quite a few people who have completed a pharmacy degree only to realise they actually want to do medicine!
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Retail Pharmacy & Retail Sales Assistant

Course Code(s):  5M4468 RPA
QQI Award Code:  5M4468 Community Health Services
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

Course Code 5M4468 RPA
QQI Award Code 5M4468 Community Health Services
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

Would you enjoy being at the front-end of pharmacies, interacting with people, giving advice on over-the-counter medicines, and healthcare products? Would you like to acquire skills in make-up application, customer service and retail selling? Could you see yourself advising on beauty and make-up products? There are many new job opportunities in the expanding retail pharmacy sector, and with these qualifications you be well placed to gain full-time employment and advance your career.

What will you Study?

The Pharmacy sector is buoyant and employment opportunities are growing. This one year course will give learners the relevant skills and knowledge required for working at the front-end of pharmacies, giving advice on over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, healthcare products, beauty and make-up products.  This is both a practical and skills course. see www.bfei.ie for full details

IPU Medicines Counter Assistant Certificate
Healthcare Products
Babycare Products

QQI Certificate in Community Health Services
Nutrition
Anatomy and Physiology
Retail Selling 5N1619
Reception and Frontline Office Skills 5N1407
Word Processing 5N1358
Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
Customer Service 5N0972
Work Experience 5N1356

ITEC Certificate in Beauty Consultancy
Make-Up Application Unit
Cosmetic Product Knowledge
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