Independent Prescribing Programme for GPhC Registered Pharmacists Short Course

Independent Prescribing Programme for GPhC Registered Pharmacists Short Course
This course provides pharmacists with the necessary skills to allow them to independently prescribe. The course is led staff from the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Science but is supported by the School of Medicine allowing all necessary diagnostic, physical and clinical examination skills to be taught by pharmacists, doctors and independent prescribers.

The course is designed for GPhC registered Pharmacists. 

Independent Prescribing Course Indicative Timetable - download here



Entry and Admissions

Award Type:

Short Course


Short Course / CPD

Study Mode:

Part time

Delivery Method:

Mixed Mode

Course Length:

6 months


School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College



Start Date:

April and September, Monday 3rd February, Monday 24th February, April 2020 (TBC)

Entry Requirements:

  • Have a Pharmacy degree and be currently registered as a Pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council
  • Be working in, or able to access a practice environment that will enable you to meet and achieve the course learning outcomes
  • A minimum level of English language proficiency equal to IELTS 7.0 or equivalent
  • Be able to satisfy the Course Leader that you have sufficient expertise and competence in the chosen area of prescribing (through application form and/or informal interview)
  • Have a minimum of two years post registration experience
  • Be able to identify and nominate a Designated Medical Practitioner (DMP)
  • On enrolment, you will be encouraged to identify a work based mentor, who will support and guide your development throughout the course

Please download the Non-Medical Prescribing Screening form (.docx) 55.9kb. Please send the completed screening form with your application form.

Course Handbook

To read about the course in more depth, please download the course handbook: 2019/20 | 2020/21.

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

Course Content

Course Outline:
The course content and learning outcomes are mandated by the pharmacy regulator, the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). The course is appropriately taught and assessed through a blend of learning styles including nine face-to-face instructional delivery sessions, practice-based activities and a large element of distance learning. Our face-to-face sessions are delivered by practitioners who are experts in their field as well as academic staff who will deliver specialist training. You will be required to undertake the equivalent of 26 days learning in addition to a minimum of 90 hours patient contact overseen by your designated medical practitioner.

You will be assessed by compiling a portfolio of evidence and an OSCE to test your clinical skill competencies. Passing of all required assessments will enable the University to provide the GPhC with successful candidate names so that annotation of the GPhC register can take place. As a result you’ll be then allowed to practise as an independent prescriber.

  • Taught in dedicated clinical skills suites
  • Structured online directed study with tutor access
  • Multi-professionally taught
  • Emphasis on professional development reflected in portfolio building as a major assessment mechanism
  • OSCE support

The course will broadly cover the following main themes:

  • Consultation, decision making, assessment and review
  • Influences on and psychology of prescribing
  • Prescribing in a team context
  • Applying knowledge of therapeutics into a prescribing context
  • Evidence based practice and clinical governance
  • Legal, policy, professional and ethical aspects of prescribing
  • Prescribing in the public health context

Learning Environment & Assessment:

  • Use of clinical skills suite.
  • You will be assessed by compiling a portfolio of evidence and an OSCE to test your clinical skill competencies.


Academic Expertise

For details on the independent prescribing course, please email:

Ishaq Goga or​

Learning outcome & aims

The course prepares pharmacists to practise as Independent Prescribers according to standards as stipulated by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).


Industry links & professional accreditation

The GPhC has accredited the course until September 2020.

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 Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing is now an important qualification to hold if you are looking for work in specialist posts in hospital or working within GP practices.



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Progression Routes

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Fees & Funding

You can contact the Student Fees and Funding Team via phone, email, or post. If you are on the campus you can call into The 'i', for advice.
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892440
Student Fees and Funding Team, Foster Building 117, UCLan, Preston, PR1 2HE

For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

How to Apply

Please register via our Online Application System then search and select Advanced Certificate in Independent Prescribing.

Download the Non-Medical Prescribing Screening form (.docx) 55.9kb. Please send the completed screening form with your application form.

For further queries then contact or

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