Pharmacy Technician Studies / Staidéar Teicneora Cógaslainne

Sept 2020 – Grangegorman Campus

2019 CAO Points - 351

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

Applications from QQI Level 5 are welcome. Further details at 

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

Additional Requirements/ Information: All students will be vetted by An Garda Síochána.

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.

  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Introduction to Business with IT skills
  • Microbiology
  • Pharmacy Practice
  • Mathematics for Scientists
  • Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • Introduction to Occupational Safety and Health Management
  • Professional Development ePortfolio
  • Nutrition and Health Studies
  • Basic Pharmaceutical Microbiology
  • Pharmacology and Therapeutics
  • Pharmaceutical Formulations
  • Pharmacy Practice
  • Pharmacy Work Placement

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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