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This module will equip the individual pharmacist with the necessary skills and knowledge to meet the learning outcomes and to practice safely and effectively as a prescriber.

Who the module is aimed at 

Students undertaking this module will already be employed as pharmacists. It is aimed at experienced practitioners in primary, intermediate or secondary care. Individuals will have identified an area of clinical practice in which they wish to prescribe & have up-to-date clinical knowledge.

This module is not available to pharmacists based outside the UK.

Benefits of taking the module to the individual, the organisation and the patient

Completion of the module will provide role development of the individual extending practice to effective prescribing. The programme will advance clinical practice and enhance career opportunities.

The organisation will benefit from the increased flexibility of a pharmacist workforce with advanced practitioner skills (independent non-medical prescribing).

Patients will benefit from improved, more timely access to medicines.

What you learn 

You will learn how to demonstrate the necessary skills and knowledge to practice safely and effectively as a prescriber in your chosen area. 

General areas covered 

  • Knowledge of medical conditions that impact on scope of prescribing practice, including an understanding of the pathophysiology of disease and the ability to recognise signs and symptoms, monitor response to treatment and review working diagnoses
  • Roles and responsibilities of independent prescriber, working within own area of competence whilst being aware of when to refer on
  • Clinical skills including history taking, consultation and physical assessment using relevant diagnostic aids to develop a treatment plan
  • Effective communication both with patients and carers and within the health care team, demonstrating good record keeping skills

Skills gained for the workplace, technical skills or academic skills

  • Advanced clinical assessment / examination skills
  • The principles of safe and effective prescribing
  • Critical analysis and synthesis
  • Reflective practice skills

Unique or interesting features

Opportunities to link with students undertaking the non-medical prescribing course for nurses, physiotherapists, and podiatrists, for peer support and interprofessional learning.

Professional recognition

This module is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council.

Assessment information

The assessment tasks for this module are: exam; Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE); a reflective portfolio demonstrating achievement of:

  • satisfactory completion of a period of 90 hours practice learning and assessment of competence by a Designated Medical Practitioner through a completed practice assessment booklet
  • a reflective commentary on 2 patient case studies from practice supported by evidence to confirm achievement of the learning outcomes, including a Clinical Management Plan and examples of prescription writing
  • satisfactory completion of a case-based discussion (CBD) undertaken in practice, by a Designated Medical Practitioner.  The CBD will be video recorded and this will be included in the portfolio of assessment

How to apply

  • Self-funding applicants: please complete both the PIP Application Form and the PG Application forms below
  • Sponsored students (employers paying) applicants: please complete both the PIP Application Form and the PG Application forms below and ensure a sponsor letter from your employer is included with your application - see here for further guidance
  • Learning Beyond Registration (LBR) / Specialist Skills Post Registration Development (SSPRD) applicants: please complete the relevant LBR/SSPRD Application Form and the PIP Application Form below
  • Pharmacy Integration Fund (PIF) applicants: please complete the PIP Application Form and PG Application Forms below, and include an email from your CPPE supervisor confirming support for your application

Fees and Funding for 2021/22

Indicative price for stand-alone module

Home student: £1,560

EU / International students: £2,410 - this is part-time study and therefore cannot provide sponsorship for Tier 4.


This module attracts Workforce Development / Workforce Transformation funding WDF/WTF by the following schemes:

How to apply

To apply for a self-funded place, please complete and return the application form below:

To apply for a Workforce Development / Workforce Transformation funding WDF/WTF funded place, please complete and return the relevant application form below:

Further information and Workforce Development Funding / CPD Funding online application form

  • Entry requirements

    • Applicants will be registered with the General pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) or the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI) and will be working as a practising pharmacist.
    • Entrants must have at least two years appropriate patient-orientated experience in a UK hospital, community or primary care setting following their preregistration year.
    • Entrants must have identified an area of clinical practice in which to develop their prescribing skills and have up-to-date clinical, pharmacological and pharmaceutical knowledge relevant to their intended area of prescribing practice.

    The above must be evidenced in your application form

    The module is not available to pharmacists outside of the UK.

    With regard to the application form for self-funding/self-employed students the Designated Medical Practitioner can sign to confirm that an applicant meets the entry requirements and as the non-medical prescribing lead. For students completing their 90 hours of clinical observation in an area that is not their usual place of work the checklist in the application form should be completed with regard to the clinical area they will be in Practice.

  • Attendance

    Delivery Method:

    Blended Learning this module will involve a limited number of face-to-face study days supported by online distance learning activities

    View our statement on notional study hours »

    Provisional timetable


    Intakes Planned for September 2021 and February 2022


    Remaining dates for February 21 intake is   

    22 April, 29 April and 8 May


    View our statement on timetable changes »

  • Assessment

    Module assessment is made up of one or more assessment tasks. The assessment task(s) for this module are:

    • Practical Examination
    • Written Report

    Successful completion of this module will earn you 30 level 7 credits

Further details

For further information please contact the module leader Helen Kundu - or contact the student experience team:

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