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Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing for Pharmacists

Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing for Pharmacists

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Study mode

Part time


6 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Pharmacy Drug Medicine Control (Nursing) Paramedical Services / Supplementary Medicine

Course type


Course Summary


This course is designed for pharmacists working in a variety of areas, including in community pharmacies, hospitals, general practice, prisons, or the private sector. Accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), the successful completion of this course will enable pharmacists to apply for an annotation on the GPhC register as an independent prescriber.

This course will help you to learn about the many facets of prescribing, including clinical, communication, and consultation skills, the psychology of prescribing, and legal and ethical considerations of prescribing.

The course is delivered over six months. However, for students with sufficient time and resources, the opportunity exists to undertake all learning and assessment within four months.

During the course, you will be expected to complete 450 hours of learning across a variety of platforms. You will attend eight compulsory face-to-face study days where you will be taught in small groups. This encourages important discussion and debate between pharmacists and lecturers, allowing for valuable reflection on the future of prescribing practice and promoting self-awareness as a non-medical prescriber.

You will also undertake the equivalent of at least 12 days (or 90 hours) of practice-based experience, under the supervision of your Designated Prescribing Practitioner (DPP), working towards competencies in a chosen area of practice.

To reinforce your learning, we support self-directed learning through our easy-to-use online learning platform. This format allows you to study at a time convenient to you, and encourages communication with fellow pharmacists and lecturers through discussion boards.

Teaching and assessment

All pharmacists will have chosen their own personal area of practice in which to develop their prescribing competency. This course does not teach therapeutics for individual scopes of practice, but instead facilitates structured independent learning for our students’ therapeutic areas of practice. The course encourages learning that will help pharmacists develop prescribing-related competencies and tools to expand therapeutic areas of practice post-qualification.

Graduate careers

Upon successful completion of this course you will be awarded a Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing, which will allow you to apply to the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) for your register entry to be annotated to that of a prescriber. You will then be able to work as a pharmacist independent prescriber.


Clinical skills including NEWS2 assessment, cardiovascular, abdominal and respiratory examinations
Communication and consultation skills
Influences on prescribing
Psychology of prescribing
Prescribing in a team and inter-professional education
Understanding clinical risk 
Clinical reasoning and decision making
Using evidence-based medicine and critical appraisal
Legal and ethical aspects of prescribing

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

£2,000 for 45 credits.

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

Part time - £2,000 for 45 credits. This course can only accept international students who are residing in the UK on a Tier 2 visa, and who are employed in the UK by an NHS Trust or a healthcare organisation that provides NHS services.

Entry requirements

Be a registered pharmacist with the GPhC or the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI). Have at least two years appropriate patient-orientated experience in a UK hospital, community or primary care setting following their pre-registration year. Applicants need to identify an area of clinical practice in which to develop their prescribing skills and have up-to-date clinical, pharmacological and pharmaceutical knowledge and experience relevant to that area of prescribing practice. Be able to demonstrate reflective practice on performance and the ability to take responsibility for continuing professional development.

University information

De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) offers the perfect combination of award-winning teaching and specialist facilities. Based in the centre of the bustling and multicultural city of Leicester, rich in cultural heritage, history, and diversity, making it feel like the world is on your doorstep, located in the heart of England, our campus blends the historical and the new and has provided an inspiring place to study for more than 150...more

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