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About the courseThis 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
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)
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.
In order to enter the Overseas Pharmacist Assessment Programme (OSPAP), you must first successfully complete the adjudication process of the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). You can visit the GPhC website and check the details of how to apply, necessary documentation and evidence required. Before you start the qualifying process, it is your responsibility to check with the Home Office whether you will be able to get the necessary visas and work permits. There are limited visa options available to international students and as such there is no guarantee that you will be able to secure the necessary visa to undertake pre-registration training in the UK.
Once you have been approved by the GPhC, you will be sent application details directly from the university. We will invite you to visit us (in person or via Skype) for an interview about your work experiences and interest in pharmacy. This will also give you the opportunity to ask us any questions you may have about the course, the University, the pre-registration year, and to view our facilities. It is beneficial to have some patient-facing experience.
Master your dream
At Herts, the university offers a huge variety of postgraduate courses covering everything from animation to environmental management. It offers flexible study options to suit a student’s lifestyle, fantastic links to business and expert guidance every step of the way.
Why choose postgraduate study at Herts?
Employment prospects: 91.5% of postgraduates are in work or further study*
Industry connections: Links with over 1,700 businesses and industrial placements
Accredited courses: over 40 industry accredited courses and work placements
Financial support: No application fees. 20% postgraduate fee discount for University of Hertfordshire graduates. Plus, there's £11,836 of postgraduate funding available**. Find out more about discounts, loans, bursaries, scholarships and grants.