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Cavan Institute
Applied Science - Pharmacy Studies

Pharmacies are an important and integral part of the health care system in Ireland. Irish pharmacies and their staff play a vital role as primary health care providers.

Applied Science - Pharmacy Studies


Course Fees

€650 (optional extra training €450)

There are 1700 pharmacies in Ireland and there is a growing need for pharmacy assistants to help the pharmacist with an increased workload. Pharmacies no longer just dispense medicine. They often offer advice on health issues, drug interactions, vaccinations and some basic health 'check-ups'. 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 pharmacy's 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 Applied Science -Pharmacy Studies course may also be offered the opportunity to complete the Medicine Counter Assistant award from the Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU).

About This Course

Course Content

Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate or Leaving Certificate Applied or  LCVP or QQI Level 4 Award. Equal consideration will be given to mature applicants (those aged over 23) who do not meet these entry requirements.

Further Study

At Cavan Institute: 

Graduates of this level 5 Applied Science - Pharmacy Studies course are eligible to apply to the first year of the BSc in General Science being delivered at Cavan Institute in partnership with Sligo IT. Students study year one of this degree programme at Cavan Institute and transfer to Sligo IT for years two and three.


Graduates are also eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme for entry to year one of a range of higher certificate and degree programmes at Institutes of Technology and Universities (please check with the particular institution regarding local eligibility requirements).

Career Opportunities

Students who complete this course in Applied Science - Pharmacy Studies will graduate with a good mix of science, retail and customer service knowledge and skills. Graduates may obtain employment in local pharmacies, assisting the pharmacist to provide a complete care service to the community including health care advice, beauty and cosmetic tips, good customer service, retail display and sales skills.


QQI Level 5 Certificate in Laboratory Techniques.



QQI Level 5 Certificate in Laboratory Techniques.



Work Experience                                                      

Medical Terminology                   


Laboratory Skills


Retail Display


Word Processing

Retail Selling

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