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Independent Prescribing for Pharmacists

2024-25 (also available for 2023-24)

This course is eligible for Master's loan funding. Find out more.

Start date

16 September 2024

6 January 2025


6 months

Places available (subject to change)


About the course

Reasons to study

  1. This course aims to provide you with the necessary skills and knowledge to practise safely and effectively as a prescriber.
  2. The course is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).
  3. Placements: you will spend a total of 90 hours in supervised practice.

This short course aims to provide pharmacists with the necessary skills and knowledge to practise safely and effectively as a prescriber.The course is delivered over 6 months through 12 blended learning academic study days during the first 3 months, plus a further 3 months to focus on learning in practice.

The 12 academic study days (Tuesdays) include at least 2 face-to-face study days with a focus on clinical skills and developing a portfolio of practice, supported by an online study programme that includes a combination of scheduled remote activities and learning the student can complete independently.

Course detail


This module provides pharmacists with the necessary skills and knowledge to meet the learning outcomes and to practice safely and effectively as an independent prescriber. Successful completion of the module will provide the student with a practice certificate in independent prescribing.

The course is aimed at you an experienced pharmacist with up to date clinical knowledge and a defined area of practice in which you wish to prescribe. The course is suitable for pharmacists working in primary (community and PCN), intermediate and secondary care within the UK. The course is delivered as a blended learning programme to deliver a syllabus that aligns with learning outcomes as defined by the GPhC and underpin the principle areas of knowledge, understanding and abilities required for the practice of prescribing: * The roles and responsibilities of the independent prescribing pharmacist, understanding and acting within your scope of practice and competence, understanding and actioning appropriate signposting and referral, supporting the patient to self-manage their heath where appropriate. * Understanding the legal and ethical frameworks that encompass the role of the prescriber. * Clinical skills to support prescribing practice and the development of a treatment plan, including history taking, undertaking an effective consultation and an introduction to completing an appropriate physical assessment using diagnostic aids. * Developing effective communication strategies to support patient centred care. * Develop reflective practice

The full learning outcomes are available at Standards for the education and training of pharmacist independent prescribers

Entry requirements

These are determined by professional requirements as defined by the General Pharmaceutical Council. The course is offered part-time to pharmacists registered as a pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) or, in Northern Ireland, with the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI).

Students must be UK registered pharmacists and be in good standing with the GPhC and /or PSNI and any other healthcare regulator with which they are registered.

They must have relevant experience in a UK pharmacy setting and be able to recognise, understand and articulate the skills and attributes required by a prescriber.

They must have identified an area of clinical practice in which to develop their prescribing practice, and have an up-to-date experience and clinical, knowledge relevant to their intended area of practice.

All students must have a Designated Prescribing Practitioner who has agreed to supervise their learning in practice. The DPP must be UK registered independent prescriber with suitable experience and capacity to support learning in practice. The full details of appropriate people to undertake this role is available at DPP competency framework | RPS ( In addition to the RPS requirement, the DPP must be able to act as an impartial assessor and therefore should not be a family member or similar.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages.


You will spend a total of 90 hours in supervised practice, which will be facilitated by your practice supervisor and assessed by your practice assessor.

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