Taught course

Reflective Practice for Prescribers

University of Reading · Institute of Education

Entry requirements

You are required to have:

  • an undergraduate honours degree in the first- or second-class range, or international equivalent, in a relevant healthcare subject
  • a current role working in, or sufficiently linked to, healthcare in the United Kingdom
  • evidence of being able to study at level 7 (master's level)
  • the ability to meet any module specific entry requirements (e.g. Independent Prescribing); you will need to meet these requirements to be eligible to study these modules
  • a minimum of one year of relevant work experience, or sufficient evidence of how you will be supported if you do not have this existing workplace-based experience (this does not apply to modules that are designed to be studied in the first year of qualified practice)
  • a discussion with the admissions tutor prior to submitting an application if you wish to have previous academic credits recognised.

Before you apply

1. If you are applying for the full MSc or to RPL/RPEL academic credits you should email the admissions tutor at cippet@reading.ac.uk to discuss the modular structure you are interested in applying for. If you are applying for a specific CPD module you can submit an application following the instructions below as per the information provided by the admissions team via cippet@reading.ac.uk.

How to apply

Once the admissions tutor has recommended you are ready to apply, you should complete the following:

2. Write a statement of purpose that includes information on these points:

  • A brief outline of your current clinical work
  • How you will be supported in the workplace to undertake the programme
  • Any information on your readiness for the module, for example for the MSc top-up this might include a brief outline of your research experience and an outline of your project proposal (the project idea could be an audit, service evaluation, quality improvement, quantitative research or qualitative research in design.). For the advanced history taking and physical skills module this might include your existing experience in clinical sills and how you will use the qualification).

3. Prepare the following documents:

CPD programme checklist (PDF)

Workplace-based learning declaration or if you are self-funding and completing the programme without the support of your current employer, the self-funding declaration.

If you are being part or fully sponsored: Proof of funding (some NHS organisations require a Purchase Order number for the payment of invoices. This must be stated on this letter to ensure invoices are paid promptly).

If you are self-funding, or doing your learning in practice hours with an organisation who is not your employer, the Self-funding declaration.

4. To apply to the programme, you need to use the University's online application portal.

All communication from the application system is via automated email. Some National Health Service (NHS) email servers flag these email addresses as spam, so we recommend using a personal email address to ensure you receive all communications at this stage.

Once you have started an application, the system will email you to remind you to start, and/or complete, your application at regular intervals. If your account is flagged as dormant for three or more weeks, your application may be automatically removed.

5. Once you have created an account, select your programme choice from the drop-down menu:

  • CPD course Advancing Healthcare Practice (part-time flexible)
  • N.B. all students are enrolled and billed on a modular basis but they sit under this generic programme. The CPD application checklist (see step 3) will indicate to the admissions tutor which modules you want to study.

6. Complete all the required fields (marked with an asterix *) and upload all of the documents stated above (step 2 and 3).

  • Make sure you upload your statement of purpose to the 'statement of purpose' field in the application portal.
  • Upload your degree certificates and transcripts.
  • The application portal cannot accept multiple uploads therefore, you may need to scan the documents from step 3 into one document.

7. References

Once you have submitted an application, an automatic email will be sent to your referees (if you have provided an email address for them). It is your responsibility to make sure that your referee supplies a reference. We would therefore advise that you contact them in advance of submitting an application so that they have time to prepare a reference. They can use this template to prepare their reference in advance. Please also note that emails from the application system may be sent to their 'spam' folder, which they should check if they have not received the email when expected.

You should provide the email address of one academic and one non-academic referee; a suitable non-academic referee is typically a past or current employer, or a workplace-based supervisor.

8. Attending an interview

As part of the application process, students may be asked to attend an interview. This enables us to determine your suitability for the programme against the entry criteria and find out further information about your experience. Interviews will usually take place online via MS Teams.

9. The outcome of your application

Applications are reviewed throughout the year. However, the greater the number of applications we receive, the longer it may take to inform you of the outcome.

Pre-sessional English language programme

If you need to improve your English language score, you can take a pre-sessional English course prior to entry onto your degree.

Months of entry

February, May, September

Course content

Please note that this course page includes information for the 2022/23 academic year. Details for 2023/24 entry to this course have not yet been finalised. Contact us for more information.

CIPPET offers educational training modules to support and develop registered healthcare professionals in their practice.

This module is aimed at practising healthcare professionals who are working as prescribers (supplementary or independent) who can underpin their workplace-based prescribing practice with a professional portfolio of evidence.

The portfolio will support practitioners to reflect on their experiences by mapping evidence to the Competency Framework for all Prescribers. Practitioners can choose to map their learning to a second national or international professional framework to support their practice and/or revalidation.

Upcoming cohort enrolment options

As this module does not involve study days with other practitioners, there are usually opportunities to enrol throughout the year.

Applicants for this module will be enrolled on the overarching CPD programme in Advancing Healthcare Practice, then enrolled on the individual modules.

For more information, please contact the admissions tutor via cippet@reading.ac.uk

Fees and funding

New UK/Republic of Ireland students: £500

New international students: Not applicable - this course is only open to UK applicants

The fees listed are for full-time study, unless otherwise stated. Fee information will be confirmed in offer letters sent out to successful applicants. You can find further information, including information for part-time study, through our dedicated fees and funding page.

EU student fees

With effect from 1 August 2021, new EU students will pay international tuition fees. For exceptions, please read the UK government’s guidance for EU students.

Additional costs

Some courses will require additional payments for field trips and extra resources. You will also need to budget for your accommodation and living costs. See our information on living costs for more details.

Financial support for your studies

You may be eligible for a scholarship or bursary to help pay for your study. Students from the UK may also be eligible for a student loan to help cover these costs. See our fees and funding information for more information on what's available.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCert
    part time
    3 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Global Recruitment Team