Taught course

Independent/Supplementary Prescribing (V300) PG Cert

De Montfort University · Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Entry requirements

Candidates should:

    • Be a nurse (level 1) or midwife registered with the NMC or a:
      • physiotherapist
      • podiatrist
      • paramedic
      • therapeutic radiographer
      • dietician
      • diagnostic radiographer

    (all registered with the HCPC)

  • Possess 2:2 or equivalent BSc (Hons) degree
  • Have been on a relevant HCP /NMC Professional Register for a minimum of one year
  • Be competent in: patient assessment, diagnostics, planning and evaluation of care.

Ideally you should possess a course such as a "Consultation and Physical Examination skills" module or equivalent before you apply for the V300

Alternatively, you can present your portfolio of evidence of how you have developed these skills to the Programme Leader ddowsett@dmu.ac.uk or the Module Leader Hfield@dmu.ac.uk

  • Have the support of a suitably qualified Practice Supervisor and Practice Assessor
  • Have the support of a prescriber willing to take on the role of continuing professional development facilitator on qualification
  • Have, if applicable, managerial and non-medical prescribing lead support (for self-employed candidates this is not required but a professional reference is required instead.)
  • Complete a placement audit for their practice area
  • Complete a good health good character form
  • Have an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check within 3 years of start of the course
  • Be interviewed by the prescribing team/practice staff

Find out more information about the requirements for the role of practice supervisor and practice assessor.

English language requirements:

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 7 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning (CELL), is available both before and during the course.

Months of entry


Course content

On successful completion the student will be awarded 45 credits at level 7 in addition to the professional qualification.

One of the major changes promoted within the NHS 5 Year Forward plan is the changing roles of nurses/midwives and allied health professionals who with appropriate training can undertake some of the roles previously under taken by doctors. The Independent/Supplementary Prescribing (V300) programme addresses this by preparing nurses/midwives and allied health professionals to prescribe.

The programme has been validated by the NMC and HCPC and prepares students to prescribe from the BNF within their competency and professional bodies’ authorisation.

The curriculum has been designed with expert advice from a multidisciplinary team of clinicians and academics to address the academic and clinical demands of the role of a prescriber.

The programme is designed to have a 50:50 split between theory and practice. You will be taught general principles in class, but will need to relate these to your own practice area with the support of your practice supervisor and practice assessor. You must complete 12 days (84 hours) in a supernumerary capacity observing a variety of prescribing decisions. The student will be allocated time for these practice days but is responsible for organising suitable experiences to enhance their knowledge.

The V300 course must be studied as a total of 45 credits (one 15c Module and x1 30c Module) to be able to achieve the V300 NMC award and students must enrol onto the modules as part of the MSc Professional Clinical Practice programme.

Please note Pharmacists wishing to undertake the prescribing programme should visit the Practice Certificate in Prescribing for Pharmacists page.

How to apply

Initially contact your education and prescribing lead, as they will need to be involved in approving your application and interviewing with the university.

Complete the online application form. Once it has been processed you will be asked to complete a number of appendices.

Application forms and guidance notes
Professional appendices
Standard appendices

You will need to apply through the Professional Clinical Practice programme unless you are already enrolled on the Advanced Clinical Practice programme in which case you apply through this programme.

The modules are:

  • PRES 5005 - Applied Prescribing
  • PRES 5006 - Pharmacology for Prescribers

For the September cohort you must apply for PRES 5005 - 1 and PRES 5006 -1

For the January cohort you must apply for PRES 5005 – 2 and PRES 5006 - 2

For further information contact:

Hilary Field
Senior Lecturer
T: 0116 201 3892
E: hfield@dmu.ac.uk

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PCert
    part time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Enquiries Team
0116 250 6070