Prescribing Practice PGCert

Module code 
Credits 60
Start date September 2019
Fees £3,600
Module leader Su Everett


This programme has been designed for nurses, midwives, mental health nurses and Specialist Community Public Health Nurses (SCHPN) who wish to qualify for the Nursing and Midwifery Council recordable qualification of Independent Prescriber.

This course will include the Non-Medical Prescribing module with the Physical Health and Wellbeing module or the Advanced Physical Assessment module.

Course content

Over the course of the programme, you will:

  • Increase and enhance your professional knowledge and practice
  • Develop your physical assessment and clinical skills and enhance your professional practice.

Successful completion of the programme will result in the V300 recordable qualification of independent prescriber.

Learning and teaching

A range of assessment strategies will be used to develop your professionalism including reflection and discussion as well as group presentations. Teaching will be blended learning, utilising online resources and lectures, and face-to-face lectures and discussion groups involving critical incident analysis.

The teaching and acquisition of physical assessment and prescribing practice will take place in the practice setting as well as in the classroom. Formative and summative assessment will be used throughout through Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE), examinations and assignments.


The Physical Health and Wellbeing module is a summative assessment through a written examination of multiple choice and structured questions (1 hour and 15 minutes).

The Physical Assessment module is a summative assessment through an OSCE with focused and general assessment of key systems taught.

The Non-Medical Prescribing module will be examined through a multiple choice and short answer examination of pharmacology and numeracy and prescription as well as through a 3,000 word assignment. You will also have to successfully complete a Clinical Assessment Document following 12 days of supervised clinical practice with a designated assessor.

How to apply

To apply for this module, please download and complete the Entry Criteria Form then complete the Nursing CPD application form. Please ensure to upload your completed Entry Criteria form when submitting the completed application form.

Please note that both forms must be submitted together for your application to be considered.

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