Taught course

Non-Medical Prescribing for Pharmacists

Swansea University · College of Human and Health Sciences

Entry requirements

  • have a prescribing budget in place
  • meet specific entry requirements set by the General Pharmaceutical Healthcare Council (see below)
  • be approved by Health Board Prescribing Lead and Clinical Manager
  • hold a current criminal identity check to meet specific requirements of their professional body
  • have identified an appropriately qualified designated medical practitioner
  • demonstrate ability to study at academic Level 7
  • recognition of previous learning is not applicable for this programme. Part accreditation of a module, regardless of previous learning or experience, isn't possible

Pharmacists applying to undertake an independent prescribing programme must:

  • be a registered pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council or the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland
  • have at least two years’ appropriate patient-orientated experience in a UK hospital, community or primary care setting following their pre-registration year

Months of entry

March, September

Course content

The Postgraduate Certificate in Non-Medical Prescribing aims to prepare pharmacists to practice within current non-medical prescribing legislation. The non-medical prescribing qualification annotated by the General Pharmaceutical Healthcare Council can be achieved by successful completion of a stand-alone 40 credit module, ‘Non-medical prescribing’ - SHGM22. Students wishing to complete the full Post Graduate Certificate in Non-Medical Prescribing for Pharmacists must also complete an optional 20 credit module, Pharmacology principles and practice (NMC) SHGM23.

There will be two cohorts per year (subject to sufficient interest and professional body approval), starting in March and September each year. The Spring cohort will run every Wednesday from March to November (No lectures during August) and the Autumn cohort will be taught every Tuesday from September to the following March.

Unfortunately this course is not available to international students.

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Information for international students

Unfortunately this course is not available to international students.

Fees and funding

  • Applicants may be eligible for funding support
  • This programme has the possibility of being funded by the Welsh Government, so the student may not need to pay any fees. Please speak to the programme director for further information.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Swansea University Postgraduate
+44 (0)1792 295358