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Independent Prescribing for Pharmacists

University of Portsmouth · School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

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Entry requirements

A Pharmacy degree (BSc, BPharm or MPharm) with a minimum classification of 2.2, registration as a practising pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council and two year's UK-based patient-facing experience post-registration.
Applicants require the written agreement of a Designated Medical Practitioner to mentor them throughout the course and the support of their employing organisation where applicable.
English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 7.0.
If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
All shortlisted applicants are subject to interview.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

If you're an experienced practising pharmacist and want to further your career in a specialist area, such as mental health, critical care or HIV medicine, joining our PgCert Independent Prescribing for Pharmacists course is the perfect way to fulfil your ambitions.
On this course, you'll develop your clinical examination, pharmacology and therapeutics skills, and build on your understanding of evidence-based management of common medical conditions.
And when you graduate, you'll be qualified for a career as an independent prescriber within a clinical setting.
What you'll experience
On this course, you'll:
Learn from experts in the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, and the School of Health and Care Professions
Get hands-on experience in clinical examination and history taking
Study topics including pharmacology and therapeutics for prescribers, clinical skills for prescribers, and professional aspects of prescribing
Improve your counselling and consultation skills in our practice dispensary facilities, where you'll consult with patient actors
Build on your clinical simulation expertise in our clinical skills suite, featuring both CAE and Laerdal human patient simulators
Be supported by experienced clinical pharmacists as you develop your competencies portfolio
Careers and opportunities
What can you do with a Independent Prescribing for Pharmacists qualification?
Graduates have gone on to take roles in:
Mental health
Minor ailments
Pain management
Travel medicine
Critical care
Renal disease
HIV medicine
We'll provide you with as much support as possible in finding employment through close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.
Work experience and career planning
We'll help you to find opportunities that will complement your studies.
When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the healthcare industry.
After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.
What you'll study on this PgCert Independent Prescribing for Pharmacists course
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Core modules
Clinical Skills for Prescribers
Pharmacology and Therapeutics for Prescribers
Professional Aspects of Prescribing
Teaching on this course includes:
online learning
How you'll spend your time
Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks:
September to December – teaching block 1
January to May (early February to May for some courses in 2020/21 only) – teaching block 2
How you're assessed
You'll be assessed through:
written examination
practical skills assessment
written case studies and therapeutic reviews
portfolio of competencies and reflective accounts

Fees and funding

UK students
Part time: £2,430 *Tuition fee is subject to annual increase.
International students
Part time: £2,430 *Tuition fee is subject to annual increase.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

    1 year part-time

Course contact details

Admissions Team
023 9284 5566