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Prescribing from the Community Practitioner Formulary Programme (V150) - 15 credits - Module *

This course is designed for first level nurses who do not hold a Specialist Practitioner degree who wish to undertake prescribing from the community practitioner formulary. The course meets the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) standards for nurse and midwife prescribers (2006)....

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.  Information about the arrangements the University has put in place for the 2021/22 academic year in response to Covid-19 and the emerging variants can be found here.

Should the impact of Covid-19 continue in subsequent years of your course, any additional and/or alternative arrangements put in place by the University in response 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.

  • Level Short Course
  • Study mode Short Course
  • Location City South
  • School School of Health Sciences
  • Faculty Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) which regulates Nurse and Midwife education have changed the standards required to be a non-medical prescriber. This module will be subject to a reapproval against the new NMC standards during the 2020/21 academic year. Course documents will be available following the approval event, the date of which is yet to be confirmed. If you have any questions please do contact the module leader:

In the meantime please visit the NMC website for more information about the new standards.


This course is designed for first level nurses who do not hold a Specialist Practitioner degree who wish to undertake prescribing from the community practitioner formulary. The course meets the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) standards for nurse and midwife prescribers (2006). Upon successful completion the university will award 15 credits at academic Level 6 and students will be able to apply to record their qualification of a V150 Prescriber with the NMC.

This course is not open to International students.

What's covered in this course?

The course prepares you to undertake the dynamic role of a V150 prescriber to meet the needs of clients/patients and carers with whom you work. The course is a means for synthesising and examining your professional knowledge, skills, analysis and theoretical frameworks of prescribing. You are required to reflect systematically on their learning using a reflective learning work book to evaluate and apply your knowledge and skills to achieve the assessments of the programme. The programme is delivered by qualified Non-Medical Prescribers experienced in a range of healthcare settings. The pharmacology element is taught by an academic with a pharmacological background. 

Why Choose Us?

  • NMC approved programme
  • One of the largest providers of prescribing programmes within the region
  • Multi-professional learning opportunities
  • Excellent working partnerships with many health care providers across the region
  • Consistently well evaluated programme via student feedback
  • High rate of student achievement

Fees & How to Apply

  • International students

Award: Module

Starting: Jun 2021

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Short Course
  • TBC
  • £830 per year

Award: Module

Starting: Jan 2022

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Short Course
  • TBC
  • £830 per year

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.

Entry requirements

The course is available to first level registered nurses working in both the NHS and independent sector who do not hold a specialist practitioner qualification. All applicants must meet Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) standards and those working within the NHS must have the written support from their Trust. A current Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is required and without this there may be a delay in commencement of educationally-led practice.  

How to apply

You will need to apply using the regional application form which is obtainable from the trust NMP lead or contact programme lead for more information. 

Course in Depth

Module Description

Community practitioner prescribing is an important development for patients, nurses, midwives and health visitors. Patient-centred care is at the core of the NHS delivery strategy. Patients require safe and timely access to medicines.

The aim of the module seeks to prepare you to be able to safely, competently and cost effectively prescribe, from the Community Practitioner Formulary adhering to codes of conduct/ethics.

Download the full module specification

Course structure

The course will be taught over 10 days using a variety of teaching methods. This will be 1 day per week at university over a 3 month period. 

The equivalent of 10 days educationally led practice in own area of work.


Assessments are set by the NMC as follows:

The assessment strategy comprises:

1. Invigilated examination consisting of:

  • Part A - Short answer and multiple-choice questions (pass mark 80 per cent)
  • Part B - Drug calculation scenarios and multiple-choice questions (pass mark 100 per cent)

2. Completion of a prescribing workbook

3. Completion of educationally led education practice which includes:

  • The successful achievement of 15 Standards of Proficiency
  • Completion of 10 days (65 hours equivalent) educationally-led practice

Facilities and Staff

The creation of our new suite of courses in Sport and Life Sciences is yet another exciting development at Birmingham City University. The 10,500sq metre building at City South Campus will enable us to offer a wide range of new health, nutrition, biomedical science and sports courses, as well as providing a new home for our education programmes.

Not only are we investing £41 million in a new building to house the laboratories and teaching spaces needed, but we also plan to open up these facilities to benefit all students and the wider community. This will complement our existing sports facilities, which already provide a base for students to compete in activities ranging from rugby to jiu jitsu.

The courses will reflect the latest developments in our teaching and our focus on practice-led learning with work placements and live industry case studies incorporated into the curriculum. All courses have been co-designed with employers and are endorsed or accredited by professional bodies where appropriate.

By expanding our provision to these new areas, we will be helping to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing society today, such as obesity and unhealthy lifestyles, by encouraging and supporting healthy eating and greater physical activity.

In addition, we will be producing graduates who can support elite performers in meeting the UK’s ambitions for sporting success at events such as the Olympics and other world sporting tournaments. We are constantly looking to enhance the range of courses we offer - please check all our courses for the latest additions to our portfolio.

Simulation Mannequins

We have several Simulation men (SIM men) and Simulation babies (SIM babies) which are leading edge, anatomically correct mannequins 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.

Simulation Mannequins

SPACE skills practice model


SPACE is an innovative practice area all students can access to use equipment and resources to practise a wide range of skills in a safe, welcoming and supportive environment. It provides students with a creative learning environment to get the best educational experience before becoming a health care professional.


Learning Facilities

We offer 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.

Learning Facilities

Nursing - Facilities - Virtual Tour

Virtual Tour

Explore our facilities in 360 panoramas, including welcome videos from key members of staff and Health and Wellbeing student profiles.

Virtual Tour

Doug Ellis Sports Centre

Our £8.5 million Doug Ellis Sports Centre boasts an 80-station fitness suite, an eight-court sports hall, and workout and spinning studios. The centre offers state-of-the-art fitness training equipment and plenty of room for team sports including five-a-side football and cricket. An all-weather pitch adds the finishing touches to the centre.

Visitors to the gym can choose a personalised fitness programme, instructed by qualified fitness trainers, and take advantage of a selection of classes, such as yoga, salsa or body combat.

Doug Ellis Sports Centre website

Our staff

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)

More about Katharine


Course enquiries

For any enquiries about this course please contact Rachel Hogan on: