Taught course

Independent/Supplementary Prescribing

University of Kent · Medway School of Pharmacy

Entry requirements

Registration with the appropriate professional/regulatory body (GPhC or PSNI for pharmacists, HCPC for allied health professionals). A first degree or evidence of having studied at level H (for those wishing to undertake a Master’s-level qualification); at least two years’ post-registration clinical experience (pharmacists); at least three years’ post-registration clinical experience (allied health professionals).

Students on this programme will also need support from a sponsoring organisation, confirming service need and access to a prescribing budget to meet the costs of prescriptions on completion of training, and a named designated medical practitioner who will supervise and provide support during clinical placement.

All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, and professional qualifications and experience will also be taken into account when considering applications.

Months of entry

May, October

Course content

This programme, approved by the appropriate professional/regulatory bodies, provides a distance learning option for qualification as a non-medical prescriber.

Eight contact days cover communication and diagnostic skills. Other topics on the syllabus include the legal, policy, professional and ethical aspects of prescribing, plus pharmacology and patient assessment and monitoring.

Course structure

You can take the Master’s programme as a stand-alone PCert in Independent / Supplementary Prescribing, or as one pathway into the Medicines Management programme, by studying prescribing as either the first or second year of the Medicines Management PDip.

On successful completion, the school notifies the appropriate professional / regulatory body that you have qualified as an independent / supplementary prescriber.

Teaching and Assessment

Assessment is by Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), assignments, case-study analysis, multiple-choice questions, short answer paper, narrative based on portfolio entries and attendance at a period of learning in practice.

Information for international students

For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages. http://www.kent.ac.uk/ems/eng-lang-reqs/index.html Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.

Fees and funding

Please visit our funding web pages for the most current opportunities and application details.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCert
    part time
    8 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    Eight months part-time, flexible learning.

Course contact details

Medway School of Pharmacy,
+44 (0)1634 202935