OSPAP (Overseas Pharmacists Assessment Programme) is a program in the UK designed for overseas pharmacists who wish to practice in the UK. The program is conducted by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), which is the regulatory body for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in the UK.

The OSPAP program consists of two parts. The first part is an online course that covers the UK pharmacy system and is designed to help overseas pharmacists adapt to the UK practice. The second part is an assessment that consists of two components – a written exam and a practical exam. The written exam consists of 120 multiple-choice questions, and the practical exam is designed to assess the practical skills and knowledge of the pharmacist.

Once a pharmacist successfully completes the OSPAP program, they can apply to the GPhC to register as a pharmacist and begin practicing in the UK. However, it is important to note that registration requirements may vary depending on the country of origin and the individual’s qualifications and experience.

Overall, the OSPAP program provides an opportunity for overseas pharmacists to demonstrate their skills and knowledge, and to meet the requirements for practicing pharmacy in the UK.

OSPAP Universities

Following ate the popular universities in UK chosen by Indians (and international students) for OSPAP.

  • OSPAP at Aston University (Birmingham, UK)

Aston University offers OSPAP in two different variants – as a PGDip course (9 months duration) and an M Sc. course (12 months duration). The intake for OSPAP is in September of each year. The fee for PGDip is £11,700  while that for M Sc. is £17,550. In addition, a deposit of £2000 will be required in advance to secure a place on this OSPAP programme. 

  • OSPAP at Kingston University (London, UK)

The intake for OSPAP course at Kingston University is also in September. The duration of the course is 1 year. Attendance for OSPAP course is 3 days per week and includes a mixture of lectures, workshops and practicals. According to the university website, you must successfully pass the PGDip before you can register for the M Sc. OSPAP top-up.

  • OSPAP at University of Hertfordshire (Hatfield), UK

The School of Life and Medical Sciences under University of Hertfordshire offers 1 year OSPAP course. The course starts in September and ends in May/June. The tuition fees for OSPAP course for Indians (international students) is £13530 for the 2020/2021 academic year.

  • OSPAP at Brighton University (Moulsecoomb, UK) 

Brighton University offers OSPAP course with 1 year duration. The OSPAP course fees for Indian (international) students at Brighton is £16,218. Their OSPAP course includes seven diploma modules that are covered over two semesters. Attendance for the diploma modules of OSPAP is only two days per week but that for M Sc. project requires 5 days per week. 

OSPAP - Requirements

Most universities in UK assess the following three factors when considering your OSPAP application:-

  1. A Degree in Pharmacy that enables you to register as a pharmacist under the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) .

In the Indian context, this can include courses like Bachelor of Pharmacy (B Pharm.), Master of Pharmacy (M Pharm.), Master of Science in Pharmacy (MS Pharm.), Master of Technology in Pharmacy (M Tech. Pharm.) and Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm. D).

2. An English language qualification – in most cases IELTS with an overall minimum 7.0 score is required (with no less than 7.0 in each of the four bands). Specifically, you need the following minimum score in IELTS. 

Writing : 7.0 | Speaking : 7.0 | Listening : 7.0 | Reading : 7.0

3. GPhC approval – approval letter from the GPhC regarding eligibility to undertake OSPAP prior to application.
Course / University NameCOURSE FEES
OSPAP at Aston University£ 11,700 for PGDip. | £ 17,550 for M Sc.
OSPAP at Kingston University£ 13,000 - £ 16,000
OSPAP at University of Hertfordshire£ 13,530 for 2020/21 academic year
OSPAP at Brighton University£ 16,218

OSPAP - Application

To apply for OSPAP course at Aston University, you need to register yourself on the Aston University website. Their online application portal is named Aston MAP. Once the account is created, you can proceed with OSPAP course application. However, if you apply with the assistance of a qualified education agent at Ealoor, there are higher chances for approval and lower chances for rejection. 

In case of Kingston University, you cannot apply for OSPAP courses directly to them. Applications for OSPAP has to be made directly to the General Pharmaceutical Council. Once approved by GPhC, they will pass the information to Kingston, following which you have to complete the application form provided by the university. 

To apply for OSPAP course at University of Hertfordshire, their online system can be used. However, the application procedure for OSPAP is quite daunting and sometimes tiring, so we strongly advise you to get the assistance  of a qualified education agent. 

In case of Brighton University, again the application for OSPAP is online. You have to create an account on the university website to get started. Once the account is created, you can proceed with the OSPAP application. 

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