Non-Medical Prescribing (V300)

Continuing Professional Development (short course)

Blended learning

6 months

Module code: MOD001992

Module level: 7

Module credits: 30 credits

Important note about applications for this module:
Applications for September 2021 will open on 31 May 2021
Applications for January 2022 will open on 13 September 2021
Applications for May 2022 will open on 10 January 2022


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


Important note about applications for this module:
Applications for September 2021 will open on 31 May 2021
Applications for January 2022 will open on 13 September 2021
Applications for May 2022 will open on 10 January 2022

You will be able to choose a blended (face-to-face/online) or fully online delivery.

September cohort study dates
30 September 2021
7, 14, 21, 28 October 2021
4, 11, 18, 25 November 2021
2, 16 December 2021
9 December 2021 PHARMACISTS ONLY - skills session, on campus
13, 20, 27 January 2022
3, 10, 17, 24 February 2022
3, 10, 17, 24, 31 March 2022
7, 28 April 2022
Essay and Practice Assessment Document submission: 6 May 2022

January cohort study dates
25 January 2022
1, 8, 15, 22 February 2022
1, 8, 15, 22, 29 March 2022
5 April 2021 PHARMACISTS ONLY - skills session, on campus
26 April 2022
3, 10, 17, 24, 31 May 2022
7, 14, 21, 28 June 2022
5, 12, 19, 26 July 2022
2 August 2022
Essay and Practice Assessment Document submission: 9 August 2022

May cohort study dates
12, 19, 26 May 2022
9, 16, 23, 30 June 2022
7, 14, 21 July 2022
28 July 2022 PHARMACISTS ONLY - skills session, on campus
4 August 2022
8, 15, 22, 29 September 2022
6, 13, 20, 27 October 2022
3, 10, 17, 24 November 2022
8 December 2022
Essay and Practice Assessment Document submission: 6 January 2023

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?

Blended learning
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Study at a time that suits you, using our learning management system.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

30 credits (Level 7) for courses starting in 2021/22


Funding for CPD

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

Contact details

Michael Cumberbatch

CPD Admissions

Entry requirements

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). Additionally, pharmacist applicants must have at least 24 months experience in the specialist role in which they will prescribe and 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 (if you are already working at this advanced level and do not have a qualification you will need to provide evidence supported by a statement from your trust's educational lead).

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 (two years years for pharmacists
  • 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 Services (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, 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:

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