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The advise that I would give to someone considering this job is to do their Leaving Cert and do the Transition year as this would give an opportunity to get some job experience or do some voluntary work within the community.

Do a Level 5 FETAC health related course. The skills and qualities that are needed to do this type of work are a real sense of caring for other people, communication skills, listening skills, be able to take and give constructive criticism without causing or taking offence, patience a willing to give your best effort to your work.
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Applied Science - Pharmacy Studies

Course Code(s):  5M3807 CI061PH
QQI Award Code:  5M3807 Laboratory Techniques
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

Course Code 5M3807 CI061PH
QQI Award Code 5M3807 Laboratory Techniques
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

Pharmacies also sell products such as baby care accessories, cosmetics, perfumes and health supplements. Sales of these products are becoming an increasingly important part of a pharmacys income and graduates of this course will be well placed to recommend and sell such products, having studied modules in customer service and beauty therapy as part of this course. As a pharmacy assistant, you will work as part of a team of health professionals in order to help customers achieve the best possible health outcomes.

Students of this course may also be offered the opportunity to complete the Medicine Counter Assistant award from the Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU).

What will you Study?

Biology 5N2746
Chemistry 5N2747
Communications 5N0690
Customer Service 5N0972
Laboratory Skills 5N2751
Word Processing 5N1358
Mathematics 5N1833
MicroBiology 5N0737
Retail Selling 5N1619
Work Experience 5N1356
Skin Care Eye Treatments and Make Up 5N3466
Important Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands. Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

Progression to CAO Courses

Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS)

This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

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Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
CASLT 5M3807

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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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