Independent Prescribing

Aim of the module

This 40-credit module at Level 7 aims to prepare students, both academically and practically, for the role of independent prescribing. The module also meets the registration criteria for the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

All applicants/students should have considerable prior knowledge of medicines used in range of medical conditions and possess considerable professional experience. 

What you will study

The training programme will facilitate 26 study days over an academic year and will facilitate the further development of self-direction and critical reflection skills using student-focused interactive teaching and a variety of learning methods including case analysis, reflective diaries and critical incident analysis.

This module can be studied alone or as an optional module on the following degree courses:


The Independent Prescribing course runs from the end of September through to May, with attendance once day a week at the University, either a Thursday or a Friday. 


Summative assessments

  • Critical analysis incorporating a study of a medicine group that will be prescribed by the student. This will feature pathophysiology, pharmacology and therapeutic application (3500 words).
  • A reflective account that focuses upon the experiences of the practitioner in developing their practical/ diagnostic skills (2000 words).
  • Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) – There will be a one-hour written MCQ examination, which will consist of twenty short answer and/or MCQs (Pass mark: 80%).
  • Numeracy assessment – the learning experience undertaken in this module will serve to assist the student in developing the calculation skills required for prescribing (pass/ fail).

Portfolio of evidence of achievement which comprises the following:

  • Completed self-assessment and action plan.
  • Log of satisfactory completion of the 12 day (90 hours) in practice period-signed by supervising medical mentor/verified by tutor. 
  • Two 'in-practice' OSCEs will be carried out, the structure of which will reflect the skills and knowledge required for safe and effective independent prescribing practice. 
  • Verification by medical mentor that the student is suitable for professional registration. 

Since prescribing is a competency-based skill, students are required to satisfactorily complete the practice experience element of the programme in accordance with the assessment strategy. Competencies relating to practice are those outlined in by the respective professions (NMC, GPhC and HCPC). Adequate records of a student’s prescribing practice must be maintained. This will also contribute to an individual’s CPD portfolio. All summative assessments must be passed in order to attain either academic credits or eligibility for professional registration/ certification.


Applicants must be:  

  • A nurse, pharmacist or physiotherapist and registered with the NMC, GPhC or HCPC
  • Have been qualified for at least three years
  • Have worked in the current area of practice for at least one year
  • Have previously studied at degree level; have line manager support 
  • Have agreement of Doctor to act as your medical mentor (DMP)
  • Have the full support of their employer.

You may be required to be interviewed in person or over the phone and all successful applications are subject to an enhanced DBS check.

To apply or to request more information please email

Additional information

Module code: PE4D017

Module cost: £1340 for 2017/8

Module leader: Ben Pitcher

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