• Question: what gcse subjects do you have to take if you want to become a pharmacis?

    Asked by tharushi to David, Thiloka, Shonna, Shobhana, Ryan, Ross, Rebecca, Rachel, Patrick, Nina, MattyB, Matthew, Marianne, Lorena, Kate, Kaitlin, James, Ettie, Emmanuelle, Deepak, Anabel, Ambre, Alex, AlexAgrotis, Aina on 17 Jun 2019.
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      Shonna Johnston answered on 17 Jun 2019:


      I would have liked to become a pharmacist but there are not many courses available for this. I’m in Edinburgh and the nearest course for me was in Aberdeen.
      Best to check out which universities run suitable courses and see what the entry requirements are.
      Also, look for Saturday jobs in your local chemist or Boots as this will give you some experience of a pharmacist’s working environment. I did this and really enjoyed it.
      Good luck!

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      Marianne King answered on 17 Jun 2019:


      The pharmacy degree at my uni requires 5 GCSEs at Grade C/4, including English Language and Maths. They’re more specific at A level in that they want Chemistry and one other science subject. So I’d choose GCSEs based on that. πŸ™‚ This is just the entry requirements for the course my uni offers though. I’d have a look around other websites but I’m sure it won’t be too different.

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      Kaitlin Wade answered on 17 Jun 2019:


      With GCSE, the core subjects that you get (Biology, Maths, Chemistry) will cover the main things you need. It get a more specialised at A level so you would probably need to take these types of subjects at A Levels. Amazing that you think you know what you want to be!

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      Nina Rzechorzek answered on 17 Jun 2019:


      Great career choice! This info was largely extracted from the NHS webpages:

      Entry requirements

      To practise as a pharmacist, you have to be registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). To register, you need to study for an accredited Masters degree in pharmacy (MPharm). Universities across the UK offer the course, which lasts four years, full time. This course finder will help you find out where you can study pharmacy:
      https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/career-planning/course-finder

      To get onto a Master’s course in pharmacy you need three A-B grade A-levels in chemistry and biology, maths or physics along with five GCSEs (grades A-C), including English language, maths and at least one science.

      Or you could use alternative qualifications, including:

      foundation degree in pharmacy
      BTEC, HND or HNC which includes science
      relevant NVQ
      science-based access course
      equivalent Scottish or Irish qualifications

      However, each institution sets its own entry requirements, so it’s important to check carefully. Wherever you study, you will need to show that you have an understanding of pharmacy and how it benefits patients. It is a good idea to spend some time with a registered pharmacist to see what the work is like.

      After university, to become a fully qualified pharmacist you’ll need to:

      work for a 1-year pre-registration period under supervision in a community or hospital pharmacy
      pass a registration exam

      Hope that helps!

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      Rebecca Moon answered on 17 Jun 2019:


      Looks like the guys below have answered already. I would also suggest looking at some university websites and checking out which ones do pharmacy courses as they will give you exact information on what their entry requirements are for GCSE and Alevel. Best of luck.

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      Kate Timms answered on 18 Jun 2019:


      You would have to take maths, biology, chemistry and english for certain. It would also be helpful to get some experience volunteering at a pharmacy. That looks really good on your CV for when you want to apply for university.

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      David Wilson answered on 18 Jun 2019:


      UCAS has some helpful advice on becoming a pharmacist: https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/explore-roles/pharmacy/studying-pharmacy

      Entry requirements for pharmacy degree courses vary because each university sets its own entry criteria, but you are likely to need three A-levels or four Highers, plus supporting GCSEs. Contact universities directly to find out whether qualifications equivalent to A-levels or GCSEs are acceptable.

      You need to aim for as high grades at A-level or equivalent as possible. Courses specify certain subjects such as chemistry, and perhaps biology or another science subject, or maths.

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      Matthew Bareford answered on 20 Jun 2019:


      I think you would most certainly require Science (particularly Biology and chemistry) as well as maths and English for particular GCSE’s.

      For A-levels you’ll want things like Biology and Chemistry, perhaps Maths and even Psychology could be a help.

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