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Clinical Practice (Independent and Supplementary Prescribing) PGCert

Clinical Practice (Independent and Supplementary Prescribing) PGCert

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Study mode

Part time


9 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Drug Medicine Control (Nursing) Paramedical Services / Supplementary Medicine Health Studies Medical Sciences

Course type


Course Summary


This course aims to prepare you with the knowledge, understanding and skills to prescribe safely, appropriately and cost-effectively as an independent and supplementary prescriber. It is intended for

  • registered nurses (level 1)
  • midwives
  • specialist community public health nurses
  • paramedics
  • physiotherapists.

This course is run at the West London campus, but it is also offered at our Berkshire Institute for Health in Reading.

Course detail

This new course reflects the current climate in healthcare where a range of health professionals acquire the knowledge and skills to manage an entire clinical episode, both non-pharmacologically and pharmacologically, of a patient’s presentation.

This clinically-focused award has been designed to have significant impact on your practice.

Learning methods

Learning will take place in a multi-professional environment that will value your prior knowledge, skills and life experience. It will encompass:

learning in University with other professional groups (nurses, midwives, paramedics, physiotherapists)
learning in profession-specific groups
practice-based learning in your area of work or placements organised by your employer.

We use a wide range of approaches to learning and teaching, including:

  • technology enhanced learning
  • lectures and seminars
  • action learning sets
  • simulated learning
  • forum theatre
  • service user and carer involvement
  • inter-professional learning
  • practice-based learning
  • critical reflection
  • critical analysis and synthesis of evidence.


The module assessments are designed to fit the learning outcomes of the course and meet the requirements of your professional body. They will enable you to demonstrate you are consistently competent and capable of the role, both academically and in real-life complex and dynamic service environments.

Career progression for a paramedic or physiotherapist

Successful completion of this course will lead to eligibility for a paramedic/physiotherapist to become annotated with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as an independent and supplementary prescriber.

Career progression for a nurse, midwife or specialist community public health nurse

Successful completion of this course will lead to eligibility for a nurse / midwife / specialist community public health nurse to become annotated with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as an independent and supplementary prescriber.

This is sometimes known as a ‘V300’, from the code that is used to enter the annotation onto the NMC register indicating successful completion of a NMC-approved prescribing programme that gives the registrant independent/ supplementary prescriber status.


The module aims to develop the skills required to conduct a patient consultation: take a patient history, perform a physical examination, gather clinical data and accurately record findings. The practitioner will identify negative and positive findings, respond to clinical ?red flags? appropriately, and communicate clearly with professional colleagues.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

To be confirmed

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for HCPC Registrants (paramedics and physiotherapists only): You must hold a degree from a UK university or equivalent or, in the case of non-graduates, be able to demonstrate equivalent academic ability and professional experience.

University information

The University of West London (UWL) is based in the heart of one of the UK’s most successful business regions, with a number of global organisations such a GlaxoSmithKline and Sky based locally. The University offers postgraduate courses in subjects ranging from nursing to music. Known as the ‘career university’, there is an impressive graduate employment rate, with courses specifically designed to enable students to secure work after...more

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