Non-Medical Prescribing (V300)

Continuing Professional Development (short course)

Chelmsford, Peterborough (Guild House), Cambridge

6 months

Module code: MOD001992

Module level: 7

Module credits: 30 credits

Before you apply, please carefully read the module information and entry requirements.


Our Non-Medical Prescribing course prepares you to prescribe medicines from the British National Formulary (BNF) in your area of competence, assisting you in extending your practice. You’ll learn to prescribe safely, appropriately and cost-effectively, as both an independent and supplementary prescriber.

Full description

Who should attend?

You'll already be a registered nurse, midwife, pharmacist, physiotherapist, paramedic, chiropodist, podiatrist, dietician, diagnostic or therapeutic radiographer, and this course may interest you because there is a recognised need for you to prescribe within your clinical practice.

Please read the specific entry requirements in the section below very carefully


This course will be delivered online.

September 2020 – full and closed for applications.

January 2021

28 January 2021
4, 11, 18, 25 February 2021
4, 11, 18, 25 March 2021
15 April 2021
22 April 2021 (clinical skills, for pharmacists only)
Exam: 26 April 2021
6, 13, 20, 27 May 2021
3, 10, 17, 24 June 2021
1, 8, 15, 22, 29 July 2021
5 August 2021
Assessment submission: 13 August 2021

May 2021

18, 25 May 2021
1, 8, 15, 22, 29 June 2021
6, 13, 20 July 2021
27 July 2021 (clinical skills, for pharmacists only)
Exam: 6 August 2021
7, 14, 21, 28 September 2021
5, 12, 19, 26 October 2021
2, 9, 16, 23, 30 November 2021
7 December 2021
Assessment submission: 7 January 2022

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care is the largest in ARU, with over 7,000 students. Our Faculty is teeming with expertise and primed to meet the demand for creating health professionals, teachers, doctors, scientists and educators for the three districts we serve: Chelmsford, Cambridge and Peterborough.

We have been training undergraduates for professional roles for over 25 years, with a reputation for quality, dedication and ambition balanced with student satisfaction.

We know that to give our students the very best experiential learning, prior to getting into the workplace, simulation is second to none, for safe, realistic, learning environments. We have invested heavily in purpose built simulated wards, science labs and skills space, to support our students through their learning.

Where can I study?

Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

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Peterborough (Guild House)
Guild House

Guild House is our small, friendly campus in the historic city of Peterborough.

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Lord Ashcroft Building on our Cambridge campus

Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

30 credits (Level 7) for courses starting in 2020/21


Funding for CPD

Please ask your manager or Education Lead about available funding before you apply.

Contact details

Michael Cumberbatch

CPD Admissions

Entry requirements

Please read carefully – for entry to this course, you must meet the following requirements:

  • registered for 12 months with the NMC (nurses/midwives)
  • registered with the HCPC (Allied Health professionals - with appropriate experience; paramedics must be working in an advanced practice, non-ambulance setting and must take this module at level 7
  • registered for 24 months with the GPhC (pharmacists); pharmacist applicants must take this module at level 7
  • have the appropriate background knowledge of anatomy and physiology (this is an intensive module which assumes a basic knowledge of these subjects; equivalent to year 3 nursing student degree)
  • have completed an Advanced Clinical Assessment Skills or similar 30 credit module at level 6 or 7.

Your employer will need to provide supportive evidence that you have:

  • at least one year's experience working in a role with an identified clinical need for prescribing
  • the appropriate knowledge and experience in the area in which you intend to prescribe
  • protected time for the 72 hours (90 hours for pharmacists) of clinical practice
  • protected time for the 25 days (26 days for pharmacists) of academic study time
  • the appropriate clinical supervision, clinical governance and indemnity insurance to cover your future prescribing practice
  • a current Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Self-funding applicants
We will consider self-funding applicants but you must be working for an organisation that will support you in this role. Your employer will still need to provide all the information above. If you are currently working in a role that will not allow you to prescribe, then you cannot apply for this module.

Self-employed and aesthetic practitioner applicants
Unfortunately, we are unable to accept self-employed applicants or those who work exclusively in aesthetic practice.

We will consider applications from pharmacists with their own pharmacy who work in partnership with a general practice. You will need to provide evidence of appropriate GPhC/CQC governance.

All applicants must complete the Supplementary Information Form (SIF) as part of the admission process, to provide evidence that they meet all of the above criteria.
Please ensure that all elements are completed or your application may be rejected.

Your trust educational lead must approve your application.

For additional information, please contact Dr Mike Cumberbatch using the contact details on this page.

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