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Principles of Prescribing for Health Care Professionals (Level 7) - 30 credits - L7

  • Course Code: CP0322
  • Level: Short Course
  • Starting: January 2021
  • Study mode: Short Course (38 days over six months)
  • Location: City South

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The  goal of non-medical prescribing is to enable swifter and speedier access to medicines for patients/clients and carers, an activity requiring health professionals to expand their skills and knowledge in developing their role proficiently and effectively and in line with their professional code of conduct/ethics.

The course meets the requirements and standards of both the NMC and HCPC and prepares students to prescribe safely and competently as an independent prescriber or supplementary prescriber to meet the needs of clients/patients and carers with whom they work.

What's covered in the course?

Supplementary prescribing is a voluntary partnership between a registered medical practitioner (a doctor or dentist) and a named health professional to implement an agreed patient-specific written Clinical Management Plan (CMP) with the patient’s agreement.

Independent prescribing is prescribing by a practitioner responsible and accountable for the assessment of patients with undiagnosed or diagnosed conditions and for decisions about the clinical management required, including prescribing.

Students are required to reflect systematically on their learning using a reflective learning journal to evaluate and apply knowledge and skills to achieve the assessments of the programme. Key aspects of the course are the practice assessment and standards of proficiency documentation, the personal development plan, reflective learning journal and pharmacology presentation.

Students are able to choose either Degree Level 6 or Postgraduate Diploma Level 7 studies, depending upon evidence of previous study and career aspirations.

For those students who are undertaking the course to enhance their clinical role, the Non-medical Prescribing for Health Care Professionals Level 6 course will be sufficient. However, students who already have a first degree and wish to progress with their study may wish to apply for and undertake the Principles of Prescribing for Health Care Professionals Level 7 course.

The prescribing courses are available to practitioners working in both the NHS and independent sector. You must meet NMC or HCPC entry criteria; in addition, you must meet your specific employer's entry requirement as well as the University academic entry criteria for your chosen level of study. You must have three years' post-registration experience, with the last 12 months being in the area you intend to prescribe within. Please see the entry requirements section for more information.

We have a Disability Tutor who can help and support you.

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 CATS points


This course is worth...

30 credits

This course is not open to International students

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Course Accreditations

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
  • UK/EU students
  • International students

Award: L7



  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Short Course
  • 38 days over six months
  • £1,640 per 30 credit module
  • Short Course
  • 38 days over six months
  • £1,640 per 30 credit module

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.

Online application and enrolment process

  1. Complete the online application form above.
  2. When your submitted application form has been processed and approved, details of the module and enrolment details will be sent to the email address stated on your application form.
  3. You will be sent an email asking you to complete your online pre-enrolment. This must be completed before you enrol.
  4. If you employer is funding this course they will need to review and approve this before you are offered a place on the course, please speak to your employer if funding has not been confirmed.

Please submit your application as early as possible. We aim to give you a decision within two weeks of receiving your application. Please note that NHS Trust application deadlines may differ from our own and you should check with your NHS Trust training/education contact for confirmation of their deadlines.

Please ensure that you include full details of your qualifications and relevant work experience as part of your application.

Additional costs

We offer a wide range of professionally accredited and vocational courses that require the purchase of, among other things, uniforms, equipment, subscriptions, professional body memberships and DBS checks, and may require you to pay to attend conferences or participate in placements.

The link below provides our estimate of the possible costs associated with key activities on specific courses. Please bear in mind that these are only estimates of costs based on past student experience and feedback. The actual costs to you could vary considerably (either greater or lower than these estimates) depending on your choices as you progress through the course. We set out where we can, based on experience, where these indicative costs are for activities that are optional or compulsory.

All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

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Accommodation and living costs

The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.


The non-medical prescribing for health care professionals course consists of the following pathways:

  • Independent and Supplementary Prescribing for Nurses and Midwives (Level 7)
  • Supplementary Prescribing for Allied Health Professionals (Level 7)
  • Independent and Supplementary Prescribing for Allied Health Professionals (Level 7)
  • Independent Prescribing for Podiatrists and Physiotherapists - conversion (Level 7)

The modules are delivered together and you enrol on the module that is relevant to your profession and clinical background.

Independent and Supplementary Prescribing for Nurses and Midwives (Level 7)
30 credits
Supplementary Prescribing for Allied Health Professionals (Level 7)
30 credits
Independent and Supplementary Prescribing for Allied Health Professionals (Level 7)
30 credits
Independent and Supplementary Prescribing for Podiatrists and Physiotherapists – conversion (Level 7)
10 credits

Course structure

The modules are delivered together and students enrol on the module that is relevant to their profession and clinical background.

The courses meet the requirements and standards of the Nursing and Midwifery Council and Health and Care Professions Council. Upon successful completion the University will award 30 credits at Level 7.

Successful completion of the course enables students to undertake the dynamic role of either an independent and supplementary or supplementary prescriber to meet the needs of clients/patients and carers with whom they work.

Nurses and midwives will be able to apply to record the qualification of Independent and Supplementary Prescribing with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Allied Health Professionals will be able apply to have their qualification of either Independent and Supplementary Prescribing or Supplementary Prescribing, depending upon the pathway taken, annotated onto the Health and Care Professions Council register.

All registrants must record their prescribing qualification with their professional bodies within 12 months of successfully completing the approved programme.

Note: Prior to your results being uploaded to the NMC or HCPC you will be required to sign a self-declaration stating that there have been no changes to DBS status since enrolment onto the programme.


The course consists of a double module at Level 7 (30 credits). Students who undertake the part-time course will attend University one day a week over a period of 6 months. Students undertaking the fast track course attend University two days a week over a period of 4 months. 

  • Part-time = 38 days over 6 months including 12 days educationally led practice
  • Fast-track* = 38 days over 4 months including 12 days educationally led practice

*The fast-track delivery is subject to sufficient student demand.

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.


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. Observed Structured Clinical Examination

3. Completion of educationally led education practice which includes:

  • The successful achievement of Standards of Proficiency
  • Completion of a Journal of Reflection
  • Completion of 12 days (78 hours equivalent for nurses and midwives, 90 hours equivalent for Allied Health Professionals) educationally led practice
  • Identification and development of a personal formulary

4. Presentation focused on the pharmacology of a drug the student will potentially prescribe

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)

Entry requirements

The safety of patients/clients is paramount and the entry requirements focus on protection of patients/clients including:

  • The legal requirement to be registered to practice as a non-medical prescriber
  • The service need to protect patients
  • Demonstrating and maintaining proficiency and competence in a clinical specialty adhering to codes of conduct/ethics in a clinical area of prescribing
  • Responsibility of services to identify:
    • Where this development needs to occur
    • Those potential prescribers are in roles, which require such development
    • Paramedics are only able to study this course at level 7

When an applicant works within an NHS Trust, they cannot apply to undertake the course without being put forward by their Trust. You must, therefore, discuss your interest in undertaking the course with your line manager and Trust Non-medical Prescribing Lead.

The prescribing courses are available to practitioners working in both the NHS and independent sector. You must meet NMC or HCPC entry criteria; in addition, you must meet your specific employer's entry requirement as well as the University academic entry criteria for your chosen level of study. You must have three years' post-registration experience, with the last 12 months being in the area you intend to prescribe within. 

All applicants prior to gaining entry to the course must complete a University application form and demonstrate documented evidence that you have the ability to study at academic Level 7 (Postgraduate level). The evidence may be through HEI credits awarded or a portfolio.

There is no opportunity for students to APEL the final assessment. However V150 student prescribers may negotiate out of teaching and learning time in University by providing evidence of previous learning and experience in prescribing to the course leader.

You must also complete a course specific application form (Regional Non-medical Prescribing Group form) which must be signed by your manager verifying that you meet the following entry criteria:

  1. You have reliable numerical ability to undertake the course
  2. You have appropriate background knowledge and experience to enter the programme
  3. Nurses must be a registered level 1 nurse. NB: Registered level two nurses (RN2) are not eligible to undertake the prescribing training
  4. Paramedics must be working at an advanced level 
  5. You have been assessed competent by your employer in clinical assessment and diagnosis skills. Achieved either through internal assessment of competence or completion of an appropriate health/clinical assessment course.
  6. You have agreement from your manager in the organisation that you are able to prescribe in practice upon completion of the programme.
  7. You are agreeing to attend and complete the course
  8. You have a satisfactory Occupational Health Report
  9. You have a satisfactory DBS (formerly CRB) check within last three years for nurses and midwives (without this there may be delay in enrolling upon the course and commencement of educationally led practice).
  10. You have signed agreement from an appropriate doctor who has agreed to be your Designated Medical Supervisor (DMS). The DMS must have experience in a relevant field of practice, training and experience of support, supervision and assessment of trainees and be able to provide these skills for you during the educationally led practice part of the course.

The form also requires signatures from your Trust non-medical prescribing lead and DMS.

Course enquiries

For further information please contact Course Leader Katharine Hardware.