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A case study of the recognition of the Foundation Degree qualification for pharmacy technicians

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The Foundation Degree (FD) is a work-related, intermediate-level higher education qualification. Issues around its recognition can affect success in attracting students where the literature suggests that uptake should be adequate. This research represented a case study which explored for the first time, whether the above applied to the FD for pharmacy technicians. One-to-one and group interviews with stakeholders involved with the FD in Medicines Management (University of Portsmouth) were used for this purpose. Key findings were that the qualification was considered fit for purpose, although of limited value due to basic skills being provided by other training courses. This had a negative effect on the recognition of the FD. As a consequence, dissemination of information about the programme was impaired and a lack of awareness about it existed. Further research is needed to fully describe this situation, particularly around the benefits of this form of education.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-142
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Vocational Education & Training
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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