Non-medical Prescribing for Health Care Professionals (Level 6/7) - 30 credits

Short Course
September 2018
£1,500 for UK/EU Short Course 2018 entry (view all fees)

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.

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 dependent upon evidence of previous study and career aspirations.

For those students who are undertaking the course to enhance their clinical role, the Level 6 Non-medical Prescribing for Health Care Professionals 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.

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 entry requirements section for more information.

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

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This course is worth...

30 credits

This course is not open to International students

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 CAT points.

UK or EU students

Pathway Award Start Mode Duration Fees
Level 6 NA Sep 2018 SC TBC £1,500
Level 7 NA Sep 2018 SC TBC £1,500

International Students

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 an online application form via the link. The form requires you to submit a completed authorised funding form which must be uploaded with the application. Alternatively, you can download a hard copy application form.
  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. Without proof of funding, you will not be able to complete your enrolment/receive online pre-enrolment email.  The funding form must be received within four weeks of the enrolment date; otherwise you will be withdrawn from the course.

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.

If you have any difficulty applying online please contact 

Method of payment

The method of payment of your course fees will differ depending on whether you are a self-funding, sponsored or contracted/commissioned applicant. Definitions are provided below and you must choose the appropriate option when prompted. If you are unsure which funding method applies to you please consult your training/education contact in your NHS Trust prior to applying:

1) Self-funding

You are paying for the course and responsible for the fees.

Select 'Self Funded' when making your application.

2) Sponsored

Course fees are paid directly by the employer/NHS Trust which means we invoice your employer/NHS Trust to obtain payment.

To apply for this course you must download and complete the CPD Sponsorship Agreement Form, and submit it with your application. The upload facility is available in Section 3 of the application form: Fees and Sponsorship.

Select ‘Sponsored (eg employer, NHS Trust, charity)’ when making your application’.

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3) Contracted/Commissioned

The NHS Trust agrees with HE West Midlands for your course fees to be paid directly to the University from funds managed by HE West Midlands for pre-agreed programmes.

To apply for this course you must obtain a contracted/commissioned financial support form from your Trust contact and upload the completed form and submit it with your application. The upload facility is available in Section 3 of the application form: Fees and Sponsorship.

Select ‘Funded by HE West Midlands (Contracted/Commissioned)’ when making 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 three pathways:

  • Independent and Supplementary Prescribing for Nurses and Midwives (Level 6)
  • Supplementary Prescribing for Allied Health Professionals (Level 6).
  • Independent and Supplementary Prescribing for Allied Health Professionals (Level 6)

The modules are delivered together and you enrol on the module that is relevant to your 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 you will be awarded 30 credits at Level 6.

Successful completion of the course enables you 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 you 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, dependent upon pathway undertaken, annotated onto the Health and Care Professions Council register.

You must record your 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 (CRB) status since enrolment onto the programme. 


The course consists of a double module at Level 6 (30 credits). If you undertake the fast track course, you will attend University two days a week over a period of four months. If you undertake the part-time course, you will attend University one day a week over a period of six months. 

  • Part-time = 38 days over six months includes 12 days educationally led practice
  • Fast track* = 38 days over four months includes 12 days educationally led practice

*The fast track delivery is subject to sufficient student demand

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 prescribing formulary
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SPACE is an innovative practice area all students can access to use equipment and resources to practise a wide range of skills in a safe, welcoming and supportive environment. It provides students with a creative learning environment to get the best educational experience before becoming a health care professional.


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Katharine Hardware

Programme Director, Non-Medical Prescribing.

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
    • hose potential prescribers are in roles, which require such development

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. Please see the entry requirements section for more information.

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 6. 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 director.

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. 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.
  5. You have agreement from your manager in the organisation that you are able to prescribe in practice upon completion of the programme.
  6. You are agreeing to attend and complete the course
  7. You have a satisfactory Occupational Health Report
  8. You have a satisfactory DBS (formerly CRB) check within last three years for nurses and midwives and three months for Allied Health professionals (without this there may be delay in enrolling upon the course and commencement of educationally led practice).
  9. 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 any enquiries please contact the course leader, Katharine Hardware:

Tel: 0121 331 6068

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 6295

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

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