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Medical and medical support

Pharmacy Technician Change role

Step 1 Eligibility Check


16 - 47 (Must attest before 48th birthday).


Be a citizen of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, holder of dual UK/other nationality or have been a Commonwealth citizen since birth.

Whether or not you were born in the United Kingdom, you should have resided there for the 5 years immediately preceding your application. However, candidates with a minimum of 3 years will be considered.


You need at least 4 GCSEs at Grade C (Grade 4 to 5 with effect from Aug 17) or equivalent, including English Language, Mathematics and 2 Science subjects; or at least 4 SCE Standard Grades at Grade 2/Scottish National 5, including English, Mathematics and 2 Science subjects. Qualified Pharmacy Technicians must be registered as a Pharmacy Technician with the GPhC.

All RAF ground trade recruits (except Air Traffic Controller – Senior Non-Commissioned Officer) must have or gain Functional Skills (FS) qualifications in English and Mathematics to graduate from Recruit Training. Your first chance to pass these tests, if you do not already have the necessary FS grades, will be at the Pre-Recruit Training Course.  The level of FS qualifications you need to achieve depend on the trade you are applying for; as, Pharmacy Technician, you will need to pass the Level 1 FS tests in Mathematics and English.

Even if you have other qualifications in Mathematics and English (like GCSE/SCEs), you will still have to take and pass the FS Mathematics and English tests.  Further information will be available from your local Armed Forces Careers Office.  You will also have to perform well at a specialist interview.

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