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Non-medical Prescribing for Health Care Professionals (Level 6) - 40 credits *

  • Level: Short Course
  • Starting: September 2021
  • Study mode: Short Course
  • Location: City South

Studying with us in 2021/22

It is possible that the 2021/22 academic year may be affected by the ongoing disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Any arrangements put in place by the University for the 2021/22 academic year will be in accordance with the latest government public health advice, pandemic-related/health and safety legislation, and the terms and conditions of the student contract.

The course meets the requirements and standards of both the NMC and HCPC and prepares you to prescribe safely and competently as an independent prescriber or supplementary prescriber to meet the needs of clients/patients and carers with whom you work. As a supplementary prescriber you will work in a voluntary partnership with a registered medical practitioner (a doctor or dentist) to implement an agreed patient-specific written clinical management plan (CMP) with the patient’s agreement. As an independent prescriber, you will be responsible and accountable for the assessment of patients with undiagnosed or diagnosed conditions and for decisions about the clinical management required, including prescribing.

You will be required to reflect systematically on your learning to evaluate and apply knowledge and skills to achieve the assessments of the course. Key aspects of the course are the practice assessment document including the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Competency Framework for all Prescribers; personal development planning; reflective practice and a pharmacology examination. In line with PSRB requirements there will be a written pharmacology examination with a pass mark of 80% and a numeracy assessment with a pass mark of 100%.   The course learning outcomes are written to ensure that they are applied to adult, mental health, learning disabilities; children’s nursing; midwifery and also SCPHN.

We are committed to providing excellent, innovative, learning, teaching and assessment experiences. We use technology to enhance your learning, through lectures, seminars, skills, simulation and virtual learning. Engagement of practice partners and service users in all areas of learning, teaching and assessment is integral to our approach. Our evidence based curriculum will empower you to develop and maintain high quality, safe and effective interdisciplinary prescribing provision.

The prescribing courses are available to practitioners working in both the NHS, self-employed or non-NHS employed registrants. You must meet NMC or HCPC entry criteria alongside any specific entry requirements set by your employer.

Nurses and midwives must register the V300 award with the NMC within five years of successfully completing the course. If you fail to do this you will have to retake and successfully complete the course in order to qualify and register your award as a prescriber.

You may only prescribe once your prescribing qualification has been recorded/annotated on the relevant PRSB register and you may only prescribe from the formulary you are qualified to prescribe from and within your competence and scope of practice.


This course is worth...

40 credits

This course is not open to International students

Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS) rating

The credit accumulation and transfer scheme is a system in which you can accumulate the credits and build them towards recognised awards, if you so wish. On successful completion of this course the University will award 30 CAT points.

Course Accreditations

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

Subject to approval

This course is in the final stages of approval to ensure it meets the very highest standards of quality, creativity and applied learning.

  • UK students
  • International students

Award: NA

Starting: Sep 2021

Pathway: Level 6

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Short Course
  • TBC
  • TBC

Award: NA



Pathway: Level 6`

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Short Course
  • TBC
  • TBC

Sorry, this course is not available to International students.

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF form instead. The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

UK students
Entry requirements

Registered Nurse (level 1) or Midwife or Specialist Community Public Health Nursing registrant OR Health and Care Professions Council registrant whose profession is legislated as being able to act as a prescriber

NMC Registrants: Registered nurse (level 1)/Midwife or SCPHN (including NHS, self-employed or non-NHS employed registrants)

HCPC Registrants: registered Health Care Professional (including NHS, self-employed or non-NHS employed registrants)

Capable of safe and effective practice in clinical/health assessment, diagnostics/care management and planning and evaluation of care (as per Section 4 of Regional Application Form)

At least 1 year post registration experience, prior to application on to the course

Have the competence, experience, and academic ability to study at degree level

Have the necessary governance structures (including clinical support, access to protected learning time and employer support) to undertake the course

Have suitable and effective arrangements and governance for practice learning in place for all applicants including arrangements specifically tailored to those applicants who are self-employed

Has access to an appropriately qualified Practice Educator or Practice Supervisor and Practice Assessor

A declaration of good character from the proposed student’s employer that confirms the student practises in line with the requirements of  NMC (2018) The Code, the professional standards of practice and behaviour or HCPC (2016) Standards of conduct, performance and ethics

Other requirements
In addition for those applicants that are self-employed,

A satisfactory DBS check

Admissions Procedure

All prospective candidates must complete both the BCU application form and the Regional Application Form (RAF).

All applications are reviewed by a member of the course team and assessed against PSRB and course entry requirements. Where all entry criteria are met an offer on the course is made.

Candidates where admission is not appropriate at the time of application are advised to seek advice from the course team on how to prepare for a subsequent application and a suggested timeframe for future applications.

The process for selection has been designed in partnership with practice partners and service users/carers.

Recognition of prior learning

In line with the NMC (2018) Standards for prescribing programmes, it is possible to request recognition of prior learning (RPL) that is capable of being mapped against the RPS Competency Framework for all Prescribers.  Such requests will be considered on an individual basis and should be done prior to admission by discussion with the Course Team who will advise on this process and the documentation required for it.

Level 6

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete a core double module totalling 40 credits

The non-medical prescribing for health care professionals course - including V300 consists of three potential pathways:

  • Independent/supplementary prescribing for nurses, midwives and Specialist Community Public Health Nurses (SCPHNs) -V300 (level 6)
  • Independent/supplementary prescribing for allied health professionals (level 6)
  • Supplementary prescribing for allied health professionals (level 6)

The courses meet the requirements and standards of the Nursing and Midwifery Council and Health and Care Professions Council. Upon successful completion you will be awarded 40 credits at Level 6.

40 credits

To be completed by NMC Registrants

HCPC Registrants would complete ONE the following depending on their legislative prescribing rights (the course team will advise you on which one you are able to complete):

Independent/supplementary prescribing for allied health professionals OR
40 credits
Supplementary prescribing for allied health professionals
40 credits

A variety of teaching and learning methods with be used to link theory and practice in developing students’ knowledge, skills and understanding. Methods of learning and teaching include lecture/seminars, interactive lectures, Moodle based activities and on line learning; group work, case studies relating to profession-specific skills, student presentations, and inter professional learning. 

Practice based learning experiences will include opportunities to be exposed, participate, identify and internalise pharmacology and the principles of prescribing, achieving the proficiencies as set out in The Prescribing Competency Framework for all prescribers (RPS, 2016).

Formative assessments are those interim assessment opportunities whereby you can gain an enhanced understanding of how well you are progressing with your learning. Modes of formative feedback include self-evaluation quizzes with automated answer feedback, group work feedback and peer feedback and mock exams. 

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
The Nursing and Midwifery Council

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) works with partner organisations to set and maintain high standards of nursing and midwifery education across the UK.

This course has been approved and monitored by the NMC to make sure that the education and training on offer meets their standards.

To work as a nurse or midwife, you must pass an NMC approved course at a higher education institution (HEI) in pre-registration nursing and midwifery, leading to registration with the NMC.

Health and Care Professions Council

This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council, and will give you eligibility to apply for registration if you successfully complete the course.

Summative assessment methods

  • Practice Assessment Document assessment is recorded a Pass/Fail.  Passing this assures us that you have met The Prescribing Competency Framework or all prescribers  ( RPS, 2016)
  • Numeracy is recorded as Pass/Fail.  The numeracy assessment pass mark is 100%
  • Pharmacology exam is recorded as Pass/Fail.  The pass mark is 80%
  • In-person assessment which will be graded according to University regulations (this will give the overall mark for the module).

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £340 million on new learning facilities.

We boast up-to-date, innovative facilities that simulate the real situations that medical staff may come across.

These resources are essential in offering students a hands-on introduction to health and social care practice. Much of our teaching is carried out within our state-of-the-art, £30m Seacole Building, which houses cutting-edge facilities.

Take a virtual tour of our skills suites at Seacole

In a sector where new techniques are constantly being discovered, we work hard to ensure that students learn using the most up-to-date equipment available. These include the only mock operating theatre in an English university and a cutting-edge radiography virtual clinical training facility, virtual ward and virtual case creator.

Virtual Case Creator

For pre-registration nurses and midwives, Virtual Case Creator software contains a range of scenarios to let you experience birthing situations and decide on appropriate interventions in a safe environment.

Hospital Ward

Our mock wards enable you to get a feel of what a ward is really like before you head out for your first placement. They contain ‘Sim Men’, which are demonstration dummies that develop ailments, allowing you to treat them as you would a real patient and build your confidence in reacting to the changing needs of patients.

The Hospital Ward can be adapted from a low care to high dependency care environment with the necessary monitoring equipment.

Part of the package is our SIM baby, SIM man and Mega code kid. There are also nursing manikins for fundamental skills teaching and various equipment to support essential skills teaching, such as blood pressure monitoring venepuncture and cannulation equipment.

Skills Practice and Care Enhancement facility

The SPACE (Skills Practice And Care Enhancement) learning facility lets you further practice the skills taught in class, at your own pace and convenience.

It is fully stocked with the specialist items and equipment needed for procedures such as taking blood pressure, giving an injection, abdominal examination of a pregnant woman and caring for ill babies in an incubator.

Biomedical Laboratories

We have recently installed new laboratory facilities to help you explore understand the scientific principles underpinning many of our courses. The physiology laboratory is equipped to help you learn about the way the human body works by performing investigative experiments. The biomedical science laboratory is undergoing an upgrade over the summer and will allow you to learn about anatomy, cellular processes, immunology and enzymology in a hands-on way that links directly to day-to-day health care.

Simulation Manikins

We have several Simulation men (SIM men) and Simulation babies (SIM babies) which are leading edge, anatomically correct manikins used for teaching specific techniques such as advanced adult and paediatric life support skills, acute and high dependency clinical skills, first aid and communication skills.

The SIM men and SIM baby manikins are complete with software, which is used to replicate real symptoms, and are enhanced by the manipulation of for example blood pressure, pulse and heart rate for extra realism. SIM Man can also “talk” to the students which adds another dimension to their use in teaching clinical skills and in simulation exercises.

Mary Seacole Library

The Seacole library, based at City South Campus, is one of the UK's largest specialist health education libraries. The state-of-the art facility offers an extensive range of range of information and reference materials set out in a relaxing environment, conducive to studying. There are comfortable seating areas, group study areas, a silent study area and private study rooms.

The Seacole building houses a large open access IT Suite which comprises of 96 PCs, full colour printers, photocopiers and scanners. Our PCs utilise the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:

  • Fast (unrestricted) internet connectivity
  • Ability to save files to USB, DVD & CD
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Research and statistical software
  • Storage space which can be accessed from any PC across the University and from home

Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.

The IT Suite offers extended opening hours and is supported by a specialist Open Access Assistant during term time. In addition to the open access PCs within the IT Suite, there are 12 networked student PCs available within Seacole library.

Katharine Hardware

Programme Director, Non-Medical Prescribing.

Katharine teaches on the following courses:

  • Independent and Supplementary Prescribing for Nurses
  • Supplementary Prescribing for Allied Health professionals (V300) at Levels 6 and 7
  • Prescribing from the Community Practitioner Formulary (V150)

Course Enquiries

For any enquiries please contact the course leader, Katharine Hardware: