Undergraduate placements

Pharmacy students and preregistration trainees now have the opportunity to gain experience in GP practices. Placement activities include how to conduct a clinical audit, observing consultations undertaken by practice-based pharmacists and other healthcare professionals, and learning how repeat prescriptions are managed.

Pre-registration is an important step in the journey to become a pharmacist.

The pharmacy pre-registration training scheme is made up of:

  • a pre-registration training placement: under the supervision of a tutor, trainees spend at least 52 weeks in an approved training site, developing their practice to meet a range of performance standards. Their progress is guided by and verified by their tutor, using progress reviews set out in the General Pharmaceutical Council pre-registration manual.
  • a registration assessment: trainees sit an assessment which tests specific knowledge and skills set out in the assessment framework. Trainees must demonstrate that they are making sufficient progress to meet all the performance standards by the end of their placement to be eligible to sit the registration assessment

Apply to start the pharmacist pre-registration scheme

This course can be taken as an entry route for anyone wanting to pursue a career in pharmacy who doesn’t currently have the required qualifications to be accepted straight onto an MPharm degree.

The pharmacy foundation degree is a two year full-time course which includes the content of year one of an MPharm degree combined with work experience placements. The purpose of the foundation degree is to equip a student with the appropriate knowledge and experience to allow them to apply to enter an accredited MPharm degree directly into year two.

The foundation degree does not guarantee a place on an MPharm degree, however, it can be used as an entry route for anyone wanting to pursue a career in pharmacy who does not currently have the required qualifications to go straight into an MPharm degree.

Entry requirements

To view a list of accepted qualifications for entry to the foundation degree, please visit the website of the course providers.

Accredited pharmacy foundation degrees

You can find a list of the universities that offer pharmacy foundation degrees together with the lastest accreditation reports.

For more information on the accreditation of pharmacy foundation degrees please see Approval process for education and training providers.

The standards for pharmacy professionals are relevant to all pharmacy students while they are on their journey towards registration and practice. The standards explain the knowledge, attitudes and behaviours that will be expected of students and trainees if they apply to join the register.

Students should use them as a tool to prepare for registration and read them alongside other relevant documents that are provided by their education and training provider

Student fitness to practise

Anyone applying to register as a pharmacist must demonstrate their fitness to practise. The General Pharmaceutical Council has issued guidance to all schools of pharmacy offering accredited MPharm degrees, foundation degrees and OSPAP courses to provide them with advice on how to develop and apply consistent fitness to practise procedures for students.

Guidance on student fitness to practise procedures