Taught course

Non-Medical Prescribing for Pharmacists

Swansea University · Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences

Entry requirements

You can apply for this course if you:

  • 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 enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to meet specific requirements of their professional body
  • demonstrate ability to study at academic Level 7

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
  • are in good standing with the GPhC and/or PSNI and any other healthcare regulator with which they are registered.
  • have at least two years’ appropriate patient-orientated experience in a UK hospital, community or primary care setting following their pre-registration year
  • have an identified area of clinical or therapeutic practice in which to develop independent prescribing practice. They must also have relevant clinical or therapeutic experience in that area, which is suitable to act as the foundation of their prescribing practice while training.
  • must have a Designated Prescribing Practitioner (DPP) who has agreed to supervise their learning in practice.

Months of entry


Course content

The Non-Medical prescribing qualification at Swansea University is available through a stand alone 40 credit module - Non-Medical prescribing (GPhC) SHGM22(approved by the GPhC) or by doing a Post Graduate Certificate in Non-Medical prescribing.

The Post Graduate Certificate combines the stand-alone module (SHGM22) with an additional pharmacology module (20 credits) to comprise the Post Graduate Certificate. Some pharmacists might choose this option if they have not studied for some time or if they wish to gain an additional academic qualification.

From the Non-Medical Prescribing qualification you will gain the knowledge and skills needed to prescribe safely and appropriately within your area of practice.

The standalone module or the PGCert will equip you with the competency to practise within current legislation as an independent Non-Medical prescriber.

Information for international students

Unfortunately this course is not available to international students.

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