Postgraduate prospectus

Independent/Supplementary Prescribing, PGCert

Our blended-learning Postgraduate Certificate in Independent/Supplementary Prescribing allows a wide range of healthcare professionals to qualify as non-medical prescribers.

Enhance your career opportunities by qualifying as a non-medical prescriber. The Standard version of our course is for community and primary care pharmacists, nurses, midwives, physiotherapists, podiatrists, radiographers and dietitians. The Clinically Enhanced version is for hospital and mental health pharmacists. If you're a professional in these areas, you'll be able to qualify as an independent or supplementary prescriber with a qualification that meets regulatory standards.

This course is delivered by distance learning, but you'll also spend nine days at the university, covering issues including communication and diagnostic skills, patient assessment, and the legal and ethical aspects of prescribing. The emphasis on each skill or aspect of non-medical prescribing is tailored to meet the needs of the different professions we cater for.




Start month

September; February; April; October

Home/international fees

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What you should know about this course

  • You can begin in January, April, June, September and October each year
  • The course is run by active academics and healthcare professionals at the Medway School of Pharmacy. The entire team are qualified Non-Medical Prescribers
  • The course is fully accredited by GPhC, NMC and HCPC
  • If you aren’t quite ready for this course, we also offer Preparing for Prescribing (P4P) short courses
  • The standard course is also available as a pathway into our Medicines Optimisation course. You would study prescribing as the first or second year of the PGDip Medicines Optimisation.

Pharmacy programme overview 2019

Postgraduate study at Medway School of Pharmacy

What you will study


Course information is currently unavailable for this programme. Please contact for more information.

About the course team

Trudy Thomas and Fiona Peniston-Bird lead this course. You will be taught by a mix of academics and healthcare professionals. You will have a personal tutor assigned to you on starting and there is support from the postgraduate administrative team.

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Entry requirements

If you are

  • Registration with the appropriate professional/regulatory body (NMC, GPhC, PSNI or HCPC)
  • Appropriate experience in the area of practice in which applicant will be prescribing
  • The ability to study at academic Level 6 or Level 7
  • Nurses and Midwives: At least one year of post-registration clinical experience in the UK. This includes all nurse (level 1), midwife or SCPHN registrants (including NHS, self-employed or non-NHS employed registrants)
  • Pharmacists: At least two years' post-registration clinical experience in the UK
  • Allied Health Professionals (excluding Paramedics) At least three years' post-registration clinical experience in the UK
  • Advanced Paramedic Practitioners: College of Paramedics recommend that paramedics are registered and qualified for at least five years with at least three years' relevant post-qualification experience in the clinical area in which they will be prescribing
  • Appropriate numeracy skills, clinical/health assessment, diagnostics/care management and planning and evaluation of care in their intended area of prescribing practice
  • Support from the sponsoring organisation confirming service need and access to appropriate supervised practice, and a prescribing budget to meet the costs of prescriptions on completion of training
  • A named practice supervisor (nurses and midwives) / designated medical practitioner (allied health professionals and pharmacists) who will facilitate, supervise and support the student during their clinical placement
  • Nurse applicants must have a Disclosure and Barring Service check no more than three years old.

For more information, contact or 020 8331 9000.

You can also read our admissions policy.

The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses.

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Further information about entry

Police and Health Checks: any offer will be subject to satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and relevant health checks.

Available to overseas students?


Can I use prior learning?

No RPL is available for the Prescribing programmes.

How you will learn

Covid safe teaching and learning

We are looking forward to welcoming students to our campuses for 2021/22 and we are committed to delivering as much of our teaching, learning and student activity as possible face-to-face and on campus for the 2021/22 academic year. Please note that UK Coronavirus policy continues to adapt to ongoing changes. Our plans may need to change and we may need to move activity online at short notice in response to any changes in Government guidance and Covid safety requirements.

Learning experience

The Prescribing programme is studied by distance learning with a total of nine study days at the university and 12 days' clinical practice overseen by a practice supervisor (nurses and midwives) or a designated medical practitioner (allied health professionals and pharmacists).

There are also 20 hours of clinical skills practice overseen by a clinical supervisor for the clinically enhanced programme students.

Class sizes

Typical student intake per year is 30. Lectures and seminars/tutorials are normally attended by all.

Independent learning

Distance learning requires discipline and excellent time-management skills. You need to organise your time and negotiate your protected study time with your employer.

You may need to refresh your academic and/or computer skills, depending on when you last studied. Universities have good resources that you can access to help you rediscover these skills as needed.

The course is delivered through a virtual platform called Moodle. It's useful to become familiar with this at an early stage. Here, you'll access practice quizzes and sample assessments, receive your feedback, revisit lecture material on-demand and download study guides and workbooks for the four courses.

Overall workload

As well as the nine study days and 12 days in clinical practice you need to plan for 18 days of independent study.

We will provide you with a comprehensive list of dates for submission to help you plan your placement time and help you negotiate study leave to complete your assignments and portfolio.


Students will be assessed through a variety of methods, such as:

  • Classroom presentations, discussions and case-studies
  • Critical reviews, looking at new areas of research
  • Examinations.

Feedback summary

University policy is to give feedback on assignments within 15 working days of the coursework submission date.

Examination results will be available within 28 days.

Dates and timetables

Each entry point has a bespoke timetable of study days and submission points.

Those starting in September, October, January and April have an 8-month calendar.

Those who start in June study for 12 months.

* Calculated as an average of compulsory and optional modules (where applicable each year). You can find out more detail about how individual modules are taught within the 'What you will study' section.

Fees and funding

For courses taught at the Medway School of Pharmacy please visit their postgraduate fees page

Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. We have dedicated accommodation for postgraduate students (Devonport House) available from just £160 per person per week, with bills included. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost. Students based at the Medway Campus can also reside in student halls in Chatham or rent privately in the local area.

There is a range of financial support available to support your studies. This includes postgraduate loans, international scholarships, and options for current students and alumni to continue studying at the university. EU students may be eligible for a bursary to support their study. View our EU bursary to find out more.

We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Careers and placements

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

There is high and rising demand for both non-medical prescribing nurse practitioners and pharmacists in GP surgeries or other primary care settings. There are also enhanced career opportunities for radiographers, physiotherapists, podiatrists, dietitians and advanced paramedic practitioners with the prescribing qualification.

Do you provide employability services?

This is a work-based programme. You must must already be working in an accredited workplace with an accredited educational supervisor.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

You will be assigned a personal tutor who you can contact throughout the programme for support and advice. You will also be able to contact the module convenors for information about each particular element of assessment.

Support from the department

The individual personal tutors and the administrative team in the postgraduate office will offer support and advice throughout your time on the programme.

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