Non-Medical Prescribing (NMC Award) Level 7 (PG CERTIFICATE OF PROFESSIONAL STUDIES)

Take your career to the next level through this NMC-accredited course

This part-time course is designed to meet your continuing professional development (CPD) needs, fitting around your existing work in a healthcare profession, such as nursing, midwifery or public health nursing. Accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), on graduation from this Level 7 (30 credit) course you’ll be ready to become an Independent or Supplementary Non-Medical Prescriber.

Studying one day per week over a period of 21 taught days and undertaking an appropriate mix of theoretical learning and supervised practice, you’ll examine drug actions, interactions and reactions, as well as pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. Drawing on the expertise of experienced healthcare professionals, you’ll develop a critical understanding of factors that underpin safe, appropriate and cost-effective prescribing and how to make best use of evidence-based theory as you make prescribing decisions.

You’ll improve your personal approach to assessment, history-taking and interpreting diagnostic indicators, while building your understanding of legal, professional and ethical issues. By the end of the course, you’ll be well equipped to provide holistic care that meets patient needs.


  • Pharmacology for Prescribing
  • Prescribing Practice

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Study style

This is a part-time course and you will study one day per week over a period of 21 taught days.

You will learn through a blended approach that includes a variety of methods, such as individual support tutorials, lectures, online learning, reflection, library study and visits to professional areas where prescribing practices are undertaken.  This will enable you to achieve the NMC standards of proficiency for prescribing.

The modules at the chosen level of study are assessed using a variety of methods including written exams, online assessments, OSCEs and case studies. You will also be required to create a portfolio of evidence, demonstrating clinical competency within a non-medical prescribing role.

Course modules

Take a look at the course map for a breakdown of modules that you'll study to complete the course.

Entry requirements

  • You must be working in the relevant clinical setting for the past year or more
  • You must be registered with the NMC and have no restrictions on working practice
  • You will need to be able to demonstrate evidence of the ability to study at your chosen level
  • You will need a Designated Medical Practitioner who agrees to formally support you through this programme of study
  • If you are employed, you will need support from your line manager and NMP Lead for clinical experience and study.


Fees - 2019/20 Academic Year
Home and EU Students
Full-Time Fees
Certificate £1400
Non-EU Students
Full-Time Fees
Certificate £1400

The fee displayed is the total course fee for full-time or part-time study; see also the details of potential extra costs. Please refer to the Tuition Fee and Bursary Policy for payment methods and timescales.


Progression through this award will enable practitioners to link learning to their revalidation and online portfolio of CPD, demonstrating evidence of professional development in safe prescribing practices.

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Meet NMC Standards

This course is fully accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, ensuring you’ll meet NMC proficiency standards for prescribing.

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Become a safe prescriber

You will gain the knowledge and skills to become a safe non-medical prescriber and undertake the role of an Independent or Supplementary Non-Medical Prescriber.

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Build your CPD portfolio

You’ll be able to link your learning in safe prescribing practices to your revalidation and online portfolio of continuing professional development.

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