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Advanced Non-Medical Prescribing (V300)

CPD and short courses (short course)

Blended learning, Cambridge, Chelmsford

6 months

Module level: 7

Module credits: 30 credits


Prepare to prescribe medicines from the British National Formulary (BNF) in your area of competence. With our Non-Medical Prescribing course, you’ll learn to prescribe safely, appropriately and cost-effectively as both an independent and supplementary prescriber.

Our CPD course is taught by blended learning, with some online and some campus teaching. You can choose to join us on campus in Chelmsford or Cambridge.

You'll already be a registered nurse, midwife, pharmacist, physiotherapist, paramedic, chiropodist, podiatrist, dietician, diagnostic or therapeutic radiographer, and this course may interest you because there is a recognised need for you to prescribe within your clinical practice.

On successful completion of this course, you can be annotated/registered with your Professional Body as an independent and supplementary prescriber* and you'll be qualified to prescribe medications within your field of competence.

Independent prescribers are practitioners responsible and accountable for the assessment of patients with previously undiagnosed or diagnosed conditions and for decisions about the clinical management required, including prescribing.” BNF, 2020 (https://bnf.nice.org.uk/guidance/non-medical-prescribing.html)

Supplementary prescribing is a partnership between an independent prescriber (a doctor or a dentist) and a supplementary prescriber to implement an agreed Clinical Management Plan for an individual patient with that patient’s agreement.” BNF, 2020 (https://bnf.nice.org.uk/guidance/non-medical-prescribing.html)

Important notes

  • * Passing this module does not automatically qualify you to prescribe. The University is authorised to run this preparatory module and recommend appropriate practitioners for the qualification. Your professional body (NMC, HCPC or GPhC) retains the right to approve or refuse this recommendation.
  • Diagnostic Radiographers and Dieticians can only prescribe as a Supplementary Prescriber.
  • You must ensure that you check which medications you can prescribe according to UK legislation and your own professional registration (https://bnf.nice.org.uk/guidance/non-medical-prescribing.html)

How you'll learn

This module takes place over two trimesters, including 25 six-hour academic study days (26 days for pharmacists).

  • Eighteen of the study days will be delivered through a blend of online and on campus teaching, self-directed activities, short video lectures, and active learning exercises.
  • Pharmacists will also have one day of clinical skills training supported by activities to be completed in the practice setting.
  • One day for exams at the end of the first trimester.
  • The remaining six days will be taken towards the end of the second trimester and will give you the opportunity for self-directed research into your area of specialist practice.
  • These 25 (or 26) days are mandated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC), and the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). You will be expected to provide evidence that they have been taken.
  • You'll also need to complete 72 hours of clinical practice (90 hours for pharmacists) to demonstrate clinical competency in consulting, diagnosing and prescribing for service users.

Core content

The core teaching will involve an introduction to pharmacology and the generic aspects of prescribing. Although we don’t cover therapeutic indications, we’ll refer to common drugs throughout the module to demonstrate key pharmacological principals. The taught content will include:

  • application of consultation and clinical assessment within the prescribing context
  • critical application of knowledge of Pharmacology – pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics
  • prescribing for special risk groups including children, the elderly, pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • drug interactions and adverse events
  • holistic approach to prescribing including the biopsychosocial aspects of prescribing
  • effective medicines management
  • prescribing within the inter-professional team
  • legal and ethical issues, including professional accountability and impact on prescribing.

In addition to the generic taught content you’ll have the opportunity to learn about medications specific to your specialist area of practice; through your clinical practice hours and six days of self-directed academic research.

Practice assessment

In partnership with your employer, you must identify a suitable Practice Assessor.

A Practice Assessor is a registered healthcare professional with a prescribing qualification and a minimum of three years’ recent prescribing experience in this role; eg a doctor, nurse, pharmacist or other professionally registered, V300 trained independent prescriber.

Nursing and midwifery applicants

  • In conjunction with your Practice Assessor, you must identify suitable Practice Supervisor(s) to support your practice learning.
  • Practice Supervisors should also be registered V300 independent/supplementary prescribers (or equivalent) with at least one year of experience in this role.
  • In exceptional circumstances (for example, where there is limited access to non-medical prescribers) nurses/midwives can request from the module lead that the same person acts as both Practice Assessor and Practice Supervisor (https://www.nmc.org.uk/standards/standards-for-post-registration/standards-for-prescribers).

Pharmacists and allied healthcare professionals:

As an NMC or HCPC registrant you will need to demonstrate a minimum of 72 hours of supervised clinical practice, at least 22 hours of which must be with your Practice Assessor.

As a GPhC registrant you will need to demonstrate a minimum of 90 hours of supervised clinical practice, at least 28 hours of which must be with your Practice Assessor.

The remaining clinical hours must be spent with a Practice Supervisor (see above).

Your Practice Assessor, along with your Academic Assessor (module tutor or module lead) is responsible for signing you off as a competent and safe prescriber. As such you will need to make sure you keep accurate records of your clinical placement hours.


Your success on this programme will be determined on the basis of:

1. A practice assessment document consisting of:

  • a practice log demonstrating the minimum required practice clinical supervision hours
  • an assessment of competency against the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Competency Framework for all Prescribers (2021) which has been adopted as the common standard for all independent prescribing programs (NMC, 2018; HCPC, 2019; GPhC, 2022)
  • completion of a Clinical Management Plan (CMP) to demonstrate an understanding of supplementary prescribing
  • all students must also undertake a Summative Clinical Assessment of a patient under supervision of their Practice Assessor. For pharmacists this must be moderated by the Academic Assessor in person or by live video link

2. A calculations examination:

  • 30-minute unseen examination
  • 100% pass mark

3. A pharmacology examination:

  • 90-minute unseen examination
  • 80% pass mark

4. A critical case study:

  • 2,000-word critical analysis essay based on a patient prescribing episode. This can be either an Independent Prescribing Episode or a Supplementary Prescribing Episode (depending on how your health care professional body allows you to prescribe)

Please note that demonstration of unsafe practice in any of the assessments will result in a referral (second attempt required) for NMC and HCPC students or automatic failure (no second attempt allowed) for GPhC students.

Who should attend?

You'll already be a registered nurse, midwife, pharmacist, physiotherapist, paramedic, chiropodist, podiatrist, dietician, diagnostic or therapeutic radiographer, and this course may interest you because there is a recognised need for you to prescribe within your clinical practice.

Please read the entry requirements in the section below very carefully.


Important note about applications for this module:

  • Applications for January 2024 – now full
  • Applications for May 2024 will open on 6 February 2024
  • Applications for September 2024 will open on 4 June 2024
September 2023 - blended delivery with campus sessions held in Chelmsford and Cambridge (both fully booked) – teaching days Thursdays

Face to face on campus:
28 September 2023
12, 19, 26 October
2, 16, 30 November
7 December (pharmacists only)
11, 25 January 2024
8, 22 February
7, 21 March

5 October 2023
9 November
29 February 2024
18 April

Independent study days:
18 January 2024
1, 15 February
14 March
11, 25 April

Mock Exam - online:
23 November 2023

Exam - on campus:
14 December 2023

January 2024 - blended delivery with campus sessions held in Chelmsford and Cambridge (both fully booked) – teaching days Tuesdays

Face to face on campus:
23 January 2024
6, 13, 20, 27 February
12 March
9, 30 April
14, 28 May
11, 25 June
9 July

Clinical skills- on campus in Chelmsford (pharmacists only):
16 April 2024

30 January 2024
5 March
18 June
23 July

Independent study days:
7, 21 May 2024
4 June
2, 16, 30 July

Mock Exam - online:
19 March 2024

Exam - on campus:
23 April 2024

May 2024 - blended delivery with campus sessions held in Chelmsford and Cambridge – teaching days Thursdays. September 2024 to December 2024 dates still be be released

Face to face on campus:
16, 30 May 2024
6, 13, 20 June
4, 18 July
Please note: September 2024 to December dates are still to be released.

Clinical skills - on campus in Chelmsford (pharmacists only):
25 July 2024

23 May 2024
27 June
Please note: further dates to be released.

Independent study days:
Still to be confirmed.

Mock Exam - online:
11 July 2024

Exam - on campus:
1 August 2024

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Health, Medicine and Social Care at ARU is primed to meet the demand for healthcare professionals, doctors, scientists and social workers in the East of England.

We've been training undergraduates for professional roles for over 25 years, with a reputation for quality, dedication and ambition balanced with student satisfaction.

We know that our students want the very best experiential learning, and we've invested heavily in purpose-built simulated wards, science labs and skills spaces, to support your learning every step of the way.

Where can I study?

Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

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Blended learning
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Study through a mix of face-to-face teaching and online sessions.

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Lord Ashcroft Building on our Cambridge campus

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Fees & funding

Course fees

30 credits (Level 7) for courses starting in 2023/24


Funding for CPD

Please ask your manager or Education Lead about available funding before you apply.

Contact details

Michael Cumberbatch
[email protected]

CPD Admissions
[email protected]

Entry requirements

For entry to this course, you must meet the following requirements.

  • Registered for 12 months with the NMC (nurses/midwives).
  • Registered with the HCPC (allied health professionals - with appropriate experience; paramedics must be working in an advanced practice, non-ambulance setting and must take this module at level 7.
  • Pharmacist registered with the GPhC with experience in a UK pharmacy setting who is able to articulate their understanding and recognition of the skills and attributes required by a prescriber. Pharmacists must also have an identified area of clinical or therapeutic practice in which they will base their learning.
  • Have the appropriate background knowledge of anatomy and physiology (this is an intensive module which assumes a basic knowledge of these subjects; equivalent to Year 3 nursing student degree).
  • Have completed an Advanced Clinical Assessment Skills, or similar 30-credit module, at level 6 or 7 (if you are already working at this advanced level and do not have a qualification you will need to provide evidence supported by a statement from your trust's educational lead).

Your employer will need to provide supportive evidence that you have:

  • at least one year’s experience working in a role with an identified clinical need for prescribing (for NMC and HCPC registrants)
  • the appropriate knowledge and experience in the area in which you intend to prescribe
  • protected time for the 72 hours (90 hours for pharmacists) of clinical practice
  • protected time for the 25 days (26 days for pharmacists) of academic study time
  • the appropriate clinical supervision, clinical governance and indemnity insurance to cover your future prescribing practice
  • a current Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) check.

Self-funding applicants

We will consider self-funding applicants but you must be working for an organisation that will support you in this role. Your employer will still need to provide all the information above. If you are currently working in a role that will not allow you to prescribe, you cannot apply for this module.

Self-employed and aesthetic practitioner applicants

Unfortunately, we are unable to accept self-employed applicants* or those who work exclusively in aesthetic practice.

*We will consider applications from pharmacists with their own pharmacy who work in partnership with a general practice. You will need to provide evidence of appropriate GPhC/CQC governance.

All applicants must complete the Supplementary Information Form (SIF) as part of the admission process, to provide evidence that they meet all of the above criteria.

Please ensure that all elements are completed or your application may be rejected.

Your Trust educational lead must approve your application.

For additional information, please contact Eleanor Hawley: [email protected]

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