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Pharmacist Independent Prescribing PgCert

Pharmacist Independent Prescribing PgCert

Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas


Course type


Course Summary

This course is for you if you want to study a course accredited by the GPhC which has been designed to enhance your practice as a pharmacist and the delivery of care to your patients. This generic course has been designed to expand students’ existing knowledge and develop prescribing skills to support effective clinical care of patients in a patient-facing prescribing role. This course is suitable for all clinical specialties. The aim of this course is to enable students to: Understand the role and responsibilities of an independent prescriber; Prescribe safely, appropriately and cost effectively; Use diagnostic aids relevant to the conditions for which the pharmacist intends to prescribe, including monitoring response to therapy; Develop effective communication skills and relationships with patients, carers, other prescribers and members of the healthcare team; Describe the pathophysiology of the condition being treated, and recognise the signs and symptoms of illness; Take an accurate medical history and carry out relevant clinical assessments; Utilise knowledge and skills in a critical and systematic manner. This is a clinical course involving advanced health assessment of patients. You must be prepared to physically examine patients, models and fellow students. Successful candidates will qualify to apply for an annotation on the GPhC register as an Independent Prescriber. This enhances your practice as a pharmacist and the delivery of care to your patients by enabling you to manage fully patients’ medication as an independent prescriber.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


6 months

Start date


Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

Students need to pay £3,300 per year for 2018 entry. There will be a slight increase in 2019 entry.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students must be a registered pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) or the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI). They must have a minimum of 2 years post-registration experience within a patient-facing role. They must currently be employed in a patient-facing role. A relevant postgraduate clinical diploma (or equivalent) is desirable. Students must have a confirmed Designated Medical Practitioner (DMP) in place, who will take responsibility for supporting and supervising experiential learning for a period of 12 days (90 hours). For this clinically enhanced course a further 25 hours of in-practice learning in a suitable clinical environment must also be undertaken. They must have written approval from your employer supporting your study. A relevant clinical diploma (or equivalent) is desirable.