Non-medical prescribing, NU3023 Short Course

Non-medical prescribing, NU3023 Short Course
At UCLan, our post-qualifying framework (PQF) allows health and social care practitioners to continue their professional development and achieve further qualifications in their field. You have the opportunity to study individual modules in subject areas that interest you. You can select from a comprehensive and contemporary range of modules that fit your personal development and career plans; either on an individual basis or combined in a planned programme to eventually achieve a degree.

Entry and Admissions

Award Type:

Short Course


Short Course / CPD

Study Mode:

Full time

Delivery Method:


Course Length:

The course comprises of 26 theory days and 12 practice placement days, over a 6 month period, in line with the Department of Health requirements.

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College



Start Date:

September 2016 - Wednesdays/Thursdays - Sept 08, 15, 22*, 29; Oct 06*, 13, 20*, 26*, 27: Nov 02*, 03, 10*, 17*, 24; Dec 01, 07*, 08, 15, 22*; Jan 04*, 05*, 12, 19*, 26; Feb 02, 09 OSCE. * denotes self-directed study days. From 9am-4pm., January 2017 - Wednesdays/Thursdays: Jan 11, 18, 25*; Feb 01, 08*, 15, 22*; Mar 01, 02*, 08, 09*, 15, 22, 29*; Apr 05*, 19*, 26; May 03*, 10*, 17, 24*, 31; Jun 07*, 14, 21, 27 - OSCE. * denotes self-directed study. From 9am-4pm.,

Entry Requirements:

All entrants must meet the following requirements and applications will be overseen by relevant professional representatives:

Be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (Level 1 Registered Nurse, Midwife and /or Specialist Community Public Health Nurse) or the General Pharmaceutical Council and/or the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland or the Health and Care Professions Council.

Nurses, midwives and specialist community public health nurses and relevant allied health professionals are required to have a minimum of three years relevant post registration experience. Nurses, midwives and specialist community public health nurses are required to have been in the clinical area and field they intend to prescribe for at least one year immediately preceding application to the course. Pharmacists must have a minimum of two years appropriate patient orientated experience in addition to the pre-registration year following graduation.

Approval by the relevant Trust Prescribing Lead and Clinical Manager.

Ability to identify the benefits to practice of undertaking the course.

Every applicant must hold a current criminal identity check (enhanced disclosure) via Disclosure and Barring Scheme (DBS) prior to admission to the programme. It is a requirement of the Health and Care Professions Council that allied health professionals show the original copy to the admissions tutor or sign a self declaration form regarding criminal conviction status until such time as the formal DBS has been completed and cleared.

Has identified a designated medical practitioner (DMP) who has experience in relevant field of practice; trained and experienced in supervising, supporting and assessing trainees; and has agreed to provide the trainee with opportunities to develop competencies in prescribing, supervise support and assess clinical practice.

It is a requirement of the Health and Care Professions Council that allied health professions provide a medical certificate verifying that they are in good health.
Demonstrate ability to study at academic level 6 or 7 through providing evidence via the Accreditation of Prior and Experiential Learning (APEL) process.
All entrants must have a basic familiarity with Internet usage and Microsoft word processing is required. University support is available for less confident students.
Some of the course content is delivered via the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE) known as Blackboard and via a Web Resource. The University computer labs meet the specifications required to use this. If you choose to use this resource at home you will need:

  • A computer with an audio playback capability including speakers or headphones, windows media player 
  • Internet access / modem /dial up (Minimum connection of 56KB) and Internet Explorer 5 or above
  • Windows 98, Windows Millennium, Windows 2000 or Windows XP operating systems
  • Adobe reader (to view PDF files).


NB: The GPhC require that students & potential students are made aware that the successful completion of an accredited course is not a guarantee of annotation or of future employment as a pharmacist independent prescriber.

The university’s GPhC's accreditation report can be found at the Pharmacy Regulation website.

Course Content

Course Outline:

The Advanced Certificate Non Medical Prescribing prepares nurses/ midwives, pharmacists and relevant allied health professionals to practice within current non medical prescribing legislation. It is aimed at experienced practitioners who wish to enhance their clinical practice by prescribing as Independent Prescribers from the British National Formulary (BNF) and/or as Supplementary Prescribers using clinical management plans according to relevant professional standards as stipulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). The generic nature of the course enables the student to apply the theory directly to his or her own practice area or speciality.

On successful completion of the course and subsequent registration with the appropriate regulatory body:

  •  Nurses and midwives will receive the V300 Independent and Supplementary Prescribing entry to the NMC register.
  • Pharmacists will receive a ‘Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing’ which can be used to have their entry in the Register of Pharmaceutical Chemists annotated (GPhC). 
  • Allied Health Professionals (Physiotherapists) will receive a statement of competence to practice as an Independent and Supplementary prescriber from the HCPC.

All successful candidates will receive an Advanced Certificate Non Medical Prescribing.

This course is offered as a double module and attracts 40 credits at level 6 (NU3023) or 40 credits at level 7 (NU4023). Students may only undertake one of these modules. The course is delivered twice a year, commencing September (normally Thursdays) and January (normally Wednesdays). This course is offered as a combination of taught study days within the university and via directed study using the university’s resources, a Non Medical Prescribing Web Resource and the university’s on-line Learning Environment (Blackboard). It can be taken as a free-standing module or as part of undergraduate or postgraduate programmes..

Course Content

Consultation, decision making, assessment and review of therapy, including non-drug treatment
Influences on and psychology of prescribing
Context of prescribing – team, supplementary, independent
Clinical pharmacology, including the effects of co morbidity
Pathophysiology, natural history and progression of defined conditions for which the professional may prescribe
Principles and methods of patient monitoring
Evidence based practice and clinical governance in relation to non medical prescribing
Legal policy and ethical aspects in relation to non medical prescribing, including unlicensed and off-license medicines, remote prescribing, botulinum toxin and related products
Professional accountability and responsibility in relation to non medical prescribing
Prescribing in the public health context
Policy in Trust, local health economy and national contexts
Reflective approaches and continuing professional development

Learning Environment & Assessment:

The course is designed for experienced practitioners and the use of student centred teaching and learning strategies is central to the course design. The sessions are delivered by a very experienced multiprofessional team via a range of approaches including: lectures, group discussions, case studies, seminars, tutorials, on-line Blackboard materials and an interactive elearning Web Resource. In addition, the opportunity afforded by shared multiprofessional learning will enhance your educational experience.  

Student support from module supervisors will be ongoing throughout the programme, which includes direct contact and via email and telephone.

Assessment of the course is in four parts, all of which must be passed in order to successfully complete the course. These are the production of a 4000 word portfolio of professional development in prescribing practice, written examination, Observed Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) and achievement of competence in practice. Students who undertake the level 7 module (NU4023) will also have a viva voce with the OSCE.

Study Mode

Students will undertake 13 days of direct multiprofessional teaching and 1 day for examinations at the Preston campus.

Students will undertake 12 days of directed study based upon their identified learning needs. All students will be required to identify an area of clinical practice for which they could prescribe and focus on during the course.

Practice days are negotiated between the student and their designated medical practitioner (DMP) but must be completed within the duration of the course. A minimum of 6 of the practice days must be spent with the designated medical practitioner (ie. 45 hours).

Students can choose to study at either level 6 or seven depending on their academic qualifications and experience. The level 6 module (NU3023) is designed for undergraduate students who may be working towards an academic degree and who have only undertaken a minimum amount of level 6 study previously. Although, if you do have a degree you can still choose to undertake the level 6 module.

The level 7 module (NU4023) is designed for graduates who wish to pursue post graduate level 7 study. Please note that this course’s academic level of study relates to knowledge, understanding and thinking skills relevant to prescribing and will be assessed mainly through portfolio writing. NU4023 students will also have these skills assessed through a viva. Level 7 students will be expected to demonstrate a greater ability to critically appraise, synthesise and evaluate prescribing knowledge and understanding.

Pharmacists are advised and encouraged to study the course at Level 7 (Masters’ level) in order to continue and demonstrate their Continuous Professional Development. Nurses and AHPs are also encouraged to study this course at Masters’ level particularly if they already hold a Masters’ degree, although this is not a requisite for admission.

All students will have to demonstrate safe and competent practice whether studying at level 6 or level 7. If students are unsure at which level to study please discuss this further with the course leader who will advise you accordingly. Please note there are no APEL opportunities due to the professional requirements of the course.

Academic Expertise

We are committed to delivering academic learning of the highest quality, helping you to stretch your mind and fulfil your university ambitions.

Learning outcome & aims

On successful completion of the course and subsequent registration with the appropriate regulatory body:

  • Nurses and midwives will receive the V300 Independent and Supplementary Prescribing entry to the NMC register.
  • Pharmacists will receive a ‘Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing’ which can be used to have their entry in the Register of Pharmaceutical Chemists annotated (GPhC).
  • Allied Health Professionals (Physiotherapists) will receive a statement of competence to practice as an Independent and Supplementary prescriber from the HCPC.

Industry links & professional accreditation

The module is delivered under the NHS North West Contract and students are seconded to the module through this contract. If you wish to access the module from the independent sector, please contact the NHS Contracts Unit (Tel. 01772 893836) for details regarding module fees. 

Work experience and international opportunities

At UCLan we work with a range of businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme. Your course tutor will advise on opportunities available within your course and the UCLan Careers Team can provide help, advice and guidance on how to apply for them and how to make the most of these opportunities.

Graduate Careers

The module is an Advanced Certificate in its own right but also forms part of the undergraduate and postgraduate pathways of other programmes.


"I have recently passed my non-medical prescribing course! I just wanted to write this message to convey my sincerest of thanks to you all for the guidance and advice that you gave me throughout the course. I thoroughly enjoyed it and your insights were invaluable. The expertise you all provided from a multitude of backgrounds including nursing, pharmacy and law made for an informative and robust course covering all relevant aspects as hoped for. I thank you all for the time, effort and attention throughout and wish you nothing but the best for the future!"

Shakeel Aslam (Pharmacist)-  completed the course in June 2016

Progression Routes

From foundation courses through to world-leading research degrees, you can study a wide range of subject areas at UCLan. Whether you want to develop your knowledge in a subject you enjoy or gain further qualifications to enhance your career, at UCLan there are numerous progression routes for you to follow.

Fees & Funding

For details of the standard fee for UK/EU students studying this course please contact the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing.

£880 per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.

How to Apply

Information for application form

Application for the course is made directly to the University following completion of the specific Non Medical Application form that be obtained from:

Advanced Certificate Non Medical Prescribing
Mode of study- Part time, Level 6 or level 7

Students with Disabilities/Learning Difficulties

The University is concerned to provide an educational experience of the highest quality for students with disabilities/learning difficulties. We strongly recommend you contact us before applying to find out if we can offer you the support you need. We are always pleased to hear from those enquiring about or applying to the University. Tel: 01772 892593 (telephone/text phone) for advice.

Useful contact details

Course information: Lisa Broadley, Lecturer, 01772 895190,

NHS Contracts Unit
Brook Building 333
University of Central Lancashire
United Kingdom
Tel. 01772 893836

About UCLan

Post-registration Recruitment

Faculty of Health & Wellbeing

University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 89 3836 / 3839