About the job

“Pharmacy is such a varied area to work in; some people think pharmacists just stick labels on boxes but there’s a lot more to the role than that! Advising healthcare professionals and patients on effective treatments to manage conditions is interesting and rewarding.”

Pharmacists are experts in medicines; their knowledge of medicines and the effect they have on the human body is critical for managing medical conditions. The role of a pharmacist is varied and can include advising doctors and nurses on how to choose medicines and use them correctly, ensuring that new medicines are safe to use with other medication, advising on dosage and suggesting the most appropriate form of medication such as tablet, injection, ointment or inhaler, and making sure that patients use their medicines safely.

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MPharm (Hons)

Entry requirements

GCSEs grade C/4 or above in maths and English.

One of the following: 3 A Levels including chemistry (typically AAB), International Baccalaureate Diploma, BTEC RQF, BTEC QCF, Access to HE Diploma.

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Length of study

4 years full time with placements

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Charlie – pharmacist

Meet Charlie, a Medicines Optimisation Pharmacist in Torquay.

At school I really enjoyed science, so I always knew I wanted to do something science based but doing a vocational patient-facing role was important to me too. I did some work experience both in a high street pharmacy and in a hospital pharmacy, which really helped me to decide this was the career for me.

After completing my A levels and taking a year out to travel, I moved to Cardiff to complete a four-year MPharm degree.

Read more about Charlie’s journey and why he believes pharmacy is such a rewarding and varied career choice.

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