MPharm Pharmacy with a Foundation Year

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
The Pharmacist (Year 3): Developing Professional Practice

Course unit fact file
Unit code PHAR30200
Credit rating 30
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Full year
Available as a free choice unit? No


This unit provides students with the opportunity to develop their critical thinking, decision making and communication skills in a community pharmacy context. Students also develop their understanding of ethics and professional behaviour alongside NHS policy and service development in the wider NHS structure.


Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
PHAR10200 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
PHAR10400 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
PHAR20300 Pre-Requisite Compulsory


  • To give the students an opportunity to develop their communication skills with particular reference to advising patients how to treat minor ailments using OTC medicines.
  • To develop their problem solving skills in responding to patients symptoms and queries.
  • To give students the ability to deal with over the counter (OTC) queries, including more advanced queries.
  • To give students the ability to discuss with patients the safety and efficacy of complementary therapies.
  • To provide insight into professional and policy issues which impact on working within the NHS.
  • To provide an understanding of ethics and professional behaviour and their application to the practice of pharmacy in the UK.

Assessment methods

Assessment Weighting Equivalent credits
Exam 75% 13
Service proposal presentation 25% 5
CPPE consultation skills e-learning and associated e-learning assessment P/F 2

The OSCE exam is a special regulation exam, which allows students to have three attempts at the exam, provided they are eligible for resits. If a student causes significant patient harm during any OSCE station it will result in automatic failure.

Feedback methods

  • Formative exam (MOSCE).
  • Formative assessment checkpoints (three per semester).
  • Group feedback on presentation.
  • Weekly role play feedback and Mock OSCE.

Recommended reading

  • Symptoms in the Pharmacy: A guide to the Management of Common Illnesses. Eighth Edition. Blenkinsopp, Duerden and Blenkinsopp, Wiley-Blackwell, 2018. All relevant chapters.
  • Pharmaceutical Practice. fifth edition. Chapter 21, 24, 25, :Prescribing for minor ailments. Winfield AJ, Rees JA, Smith I. Churchill Livingstone, 2009. ISBN 978-0-443-06906-2.
  • Minor illness, Major disease. Fifth edition.  Addison, Brown Edwards and Gray. Pharmaceutical Press, 2012.
  • Pharmacy and Medicines Law, Appelbe and Wingfield, Pharmaceutical Press, 10th ed., 2013. Chapters 11 (sale and supply of homeopathic medicines) and 12 (herbal medicines).
  • Pharmacy in Public Health. Krska (Editor). Pharmaceutical Press 2011. Sections 2 & 3.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Assessment practical exam 10
Lectures 22
Practical classes & workshops 30
Independent study hours
Independent study 238

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Harsha Parmar Unit coordinator
Jenny Hughes Unit coordinator
Sonia Kauser Unit coordinator

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