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PgDip Pharmacy - Overseas Pharmacists Assessment Programme (OSPAP)

University of Hertfordshire

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Course options

  • Qualification

    Postgraduate Diploma

  • Location

    University of Hertfordshire

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    28-SEP-21, 28-SEP-22

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

About the course

This course is for overseas (non-EEA) pharmacists who wish to convert their existing qualifications so they can practice as a pharmacist in Great Britain. The University of Hertfordshire OSPAP is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). The Overseas Pharmacy Assessment Programme (OSPAP) is a full-time postgraduate diploma starting during September and ending in May/June. The teaching is undertaken over a 3 day week during the academic year which is divided into two terms. The OSPAP will give you an insight into the way the National Health Service in the UK operates, inform you of the health regulatory laws and professional codes pharmacists must abide by, in addition to allowing you to integrate science based knowledge, such as pharmaceutics and microbiology, into clinical and patient focused settings. The OSPAP aims to prepare you for UK practice and entry to pre-registration training. Whilst at the University you will be expected to act professionally and in agreement with the Standards for Pharmacy Professionals and GPhC Fitness to Practise standards.

Why choose this course?

Excellent facilities including a simulated pharmacy and refurbished labs Placements and visits in hospital and community pharmacy Interprofessional learning opportunities Support for your pre-registration training year which follows on from the OSPAP Friendly and supportive staff Active Pharmacy Society Encouraged attendance at local Pharmacy events such as the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Local Practice Forum University is well placed geographically and has strong links with local healthcare providers and pharmaceutical industries

What will I study?

Teaching during the academic year is divided into two terms, with written assessment papers at the end of the academic year (May/June). During the programme, you will be taught and learn via a range of techniques, including formal lectures, laboratory based classes, on-line discussions, tutorials and simulation. You will develop a wide range of academic and practical skills such as written and verbal communication, team work and leadership capabilities, critical evaluation, clinical judgement and organisational skills. You will be expected to submit a variety of assignments regularly, as required by each module leader, in order to meet the specified learning outcomes of the programme. Professional Accreditations - General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)

Careers

After completing the OSPAP Diploma and successfully passing the subsequent GPhC pre-registration pharmacist training year, you will be able to register and practice as a UK qualified pharmacist in various environments, (including community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy industrial or academic establishments), undertaking a diverse array of challenging roles. You are strongly advised to check the latest visa details or changes on the Home Office website and UK Border Agency website regarding working in the UK. This is very important as you will need to work as a pre-registration Pharmacist for 12 months after successfully completing the OSPAP course. Whilst every effort will be made to guide you through the application process, including assistance with interview skills and CV writing, please be aware that it is not the University's responsibility to secure you a pre-registration position.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 13,920per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Hertfordshire

  • University League Table

    80th

  • Campus address

    University of Hertfordshire, College Lane, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL10 9AB, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    40th out of 46

  • Entry standards

    / Max 222
    114 52%

    34th

    7
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    80.0 80%

    36th

    10
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.05 81%

    23rd

    9

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