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Our courses

This is a workplace-based programme is aligned to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society's Foundation Pharmacy Framework. It allows registered early career pharmacists, returning to practice pharmacists or pharmacists changing sector of practice, to develop their clinical and service-based skills aligned to the RPS Foundation Pharmacy Framework.
It helps to support development of core skills, competencies, and knowledge required to perform pharmaceutical care alongside professional development.

It is particularly useful for those looking to change their scope of practice, or to move their career forward and develop on-going proficiency.

Course requirements

Applicants must be registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council and working as a pharmacist in primary or secondary care at an accredited training centre. There is also a programme requirement to have an educational supervisor to support the workplace-based assessments and portfolio requirements of the course.

PG Certificate in Pharmacy Practice

The Certificate in Pharmacy Practice (60 credits) is usually undertaken over 14 to 16 months, with afternoon learning sets and clinical masterclasses every 4-6 weeks to support learning in the workplace. The curriculum focuses on clusters 1-3 of the Foundation Pharmacy Framework. The programme starts in November on an annual basis.

PG Diploma in Pharmacy Practice

The Diploma in Pharmacy Practice (60 credits) can only be taken once the Certificate in Foundation Pharmacy Practice is completed. The Diploma is undertaken as three modules which take six months each, and is an extension of your learning from the Certificate.

The curriculum focuses on cluster 4 of the Foundation Pharmacy Framework and transition to Advanced Stage I of the Advanced Pharmacy Framework. The programme starts in April on an annual basis.

Accreditation and partnerships

The content of the Certificate and Diploma in Foundation Pharmacy Practice is accredited by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and we hold Pharmacy Foundation School status.

CIPPET is part of the Joint Programme Board (JPB) which is a brand name representing the partnership between NHS pharmacy services and nine local Schools of Pharmacy.

This partnership aims to ensure the content and structure of postgraduate professional education meets current and anticipated requirements of patients, practitioners, and health service organisations.

The programme is designed around an ethos of workplace learning, which is supported by a professional practice portfolio you can take with you after you have finished the programme so you can build on your future learning needs. 


Our research

97% of our research is of international standing (Research Excellence Framework 2021, combining 4*, 3* and 2* submissions – Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy).

Our staff

Meet our teaching and academic staff, and find out who might be teaching you on our various courses.


Find out more from our students and staff about what it's like to study and work in the University of Reading School of Pharmacy.