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Take a pre-registration training year before taking the General Pharmaceutical Council’s registration exam. This 10-session course will support you with specialist training and provide opportunities to network with fellow pre-registration pharmacists.

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We fully understand the pressures of the pre-registration year and this course will help you develop your full potential by focusing on key elements of the pre-registration syllabus. We will support your professional development through monthly sessions on topics such as pharmacy law, communication skills, calculation practice, business management and emergency first aid.

We will also prepare you for your registration assessment with the General Pharmaceutical Council.

The contact time for this course is one day per month at the University of Sunderland, for a total of 10 sessions. The course does not earn you credits, but it will help prepare you for the exam that will result in your registration as a pharmacist.

For further details on how to apply for this course, please contact Kathryn Moffitt at

Why us?

  • This Continuing Professional Development course helps pre-registration pharmacists make the most of the pre-registration year and prepare for the registration exam
  • Teaching is supplemented by external speakers who focus on up-to-date clinical issues
  • Academic staff have backgrounds in both hospital and community pharmacy. Our teaching is supplemented by external speakers who focus on up-to-date clinical issues

Course structure

The course mixes taught elements with independent research and supportive supervision.

Topics on this course include:

  • Over-the-counter Medicine Sales
  • Clinical revision of British National Formulary Chapters
  • Audit
  • Communication Skills
  • Calculations
  • Law and Ethics
  • First Aid Course
  • Diabetes Testing
  • Drug Tariff: Prescription Pricing
  • Business Management


Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.

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  • We've got thousands of books and e-books on pharmaceutical and biomedical science, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals so you can access the most reliable and up-to-date academic and industry articles.

    Some of the most important sources for your studies include:

    • Embase: A complex database covering drug research, pharmacology, pharmaceutics, toxicology, clinical and experimental human medicine, health policy and management, public health, occupational health, environmental health, drug dependence and abuse, psychiatry, forensic medicine and biomedical engineering/instrumentation.
    • PsycINF: Includes information about the psychological aspects of medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, pharmacology and physiology.
    • PubMed: Contains life science journals, online books and abstracts that cover fields such as medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine and health care.
    • Science Direct: Offers more than 18,000 full-text journals published by Elsevier
    • Web of Science: Which covers a broad range of science areas.
  • This course is based in the Sciences Complex in our City Campus, which has benefited from multi-million pound investment in modern facilities.

    IT facilities are excellent with hundreds of workstations available as well as wireless internet access. If you have any computer problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

    The Sciences Complex


Sunderland's exceptional facilities include state-of-the-art equipment for pharmaceutics, medicinal chemistry and pharmacology.

Entry requirements

Our typical offer is an MPharm degree or Overseas Pharmacists’ Assessment Programme (OSPAP).

Fees and finance

The fee for this course is to be confirmed.

If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.

Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.

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