Pharmacy Technician

Army Medical Services

At a glance

  • Soldier
  • medical

No Army medical team is complete without a Pharmacy Technician. You play a key role in caring for troops by dispensing vital medications and advice.

  • £18,687The minimum amount you’ll earn during training
  • £23,496Your pay after completing basic trade training
  • AgeFrom 17 years & 6 months to 35 years & 6 months
  • QualificationsGCSEs

You are often relied upon to give advice on the storage and handling of medications.

Keeping the Army fit and healthy means having the right medications available. That’s your job as a Pharmacy Technician – both at home and abroad on operations. First-class training will help you get to grips with the role. Once you’re qualified, you could work in field hospitals or medical centres, dispensing expert advice and medications, staying focused enough to help the people who need you, even under pressure in difficult conditions

The Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) is responsible for maintaining the health of servicemen and women. The Corps is represented wherever British Soldiers are deployed, providing medical support to operations, exercises and adventurous training expeditions all over the world.

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Key Responsibilities

  • Work in military medical centres, Defence Medical Group Hospital Units, Field Hospitals, Medical Regiments and Logistics units in the UK, and worldwide

  • Work closely with other health professionals and patients

  • Gain leadership and management qualifications.

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Regular (full time)

Entry requirements

  • Age:

    From 17 years & 6 months to 35 years & 6 months

  • Qualifications:

    4 GCSEs or equivalent at grades A–C / 9-4 in English, Maths and 1 Science.

  • Basic physical fitness assessment:

    • Mid Thigh Pull 50kg

    • Medicine Ball Throw 2.7m

    • MSFT (beep test) level 5.8

    More information about the fitness test

Training for the role

Step 1
Initial military training teaches you how to be a soldier. This covers everything from fieldcraft to how to handle a rifle. This 14-week course takes place at either Pirbright in Surrey or Winchester, Hampshire.

Step 2
You start two-and-a-half years of trade training. This course includes a BTEC in Pharmacy Services and Level 3 NVQ in Pharmacy Studies as well as practical work placements in pharmacies across the UK.

Qualifications you could get after training

Level 5 Diploma in Training and Education

Gain leadership and management qualifications

Pay & benefits

Earn £18,687 a year during training. When you have completed 26 weeks' service or finished basic trade training – whichever comes first – your pay will rise to £23,496.

How to Apply

Once your online application has been approved, you'll meet with a local recruiter. This is your chance to tell us about the role that you're interested in. When you go to the Assessment Centre,you'll take tests - the results will show whether you'd be suitable for this role, or should consider a different role.

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