Non-Medical Prescribing (NMC Award) Level 6 (Certificate of Professional Studies)

Develop the skills and confidence to become a safe prescriber within clinical work settings, while gaining a Nursing and Midwifery Council-accredited level 6 qualification. You will underpin your theoretical learning with supervised practice.  

As a nurse, midwife and/or specialist public health nurse, gain the knowledge and skills to become a safe non-medical prescriber. Studying one day per week over the period of 21 taught days for a Level 6 qualification (30 credits), you will enhance your ability to provide holistic care that meets the requirements of patients within clinical work settings.

Accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), the programme is designed to develop the knowledge, skills and competency required to undertake the role of an independent or supplementary non-medical prescriber.

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Study style

Teaching methods are varied and include formal lectures, use of a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), simulated clinical practice sessions, workshops, guided reflections and tutorials. You will benefit from objective structured clinical observation, case study essays and portfolio development.

Course modules

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

Entry requirements

Entry requirements are in line with the NMC mandatory requirement.

  • The applicant must be a registered nurse (level 1), a registered midwife or a SCPHN before being considered as eligible to apply for entry onto an NMC approved prescribing programme.
  • There should be governance structures in place (including clinical support, access to protected learning time and employer support where appropriate) to enable students to undertake, and be adequately supported throughout, the programme.
  • The applicant must be capable of safe and effective practice at a level of proficiency appropriate to the programme to be undertaken and their intended area of prescribing practice in the following areas: Clinical/health assessment, Diagnostics/care management, Planning and evaluation of care
  • Applicants for V300 supplementary/independent prescribing programmes must have been registered with the NMC for a minimum of one year prior to application for entry onto the programme, and have a year or more of relevant clinical experience.
  • Applicants must have the competence, experience and academic ability to study at the level required for that programme (if necessary, they will be asked to demonstrate evidence of the ability to study at their chosen level.
  • Applicants must be registered with the NMC and have no restrictions on working practice.
  • Applicants must have a Designated Medical Practitioner who agrees to formally support them in their practice placement for the required period in practice.
  • If they are employed, they will need support from their line manager and NMP lead for clinical experience and study.
  • EU and international students need IELTS 6.0 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent.


Fees - 2019/20 Academic Year
Home and EU Students
Full-Time Fees
Certificate £1650
Non-EU Students
Full-Time Fees
Certificate £1650

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.
It will also enable practitioners to link learning to their revalidation and online portfolio of CPD, demonstrating evidence of professional development in safe prescribing practices. Successful non-medical prescribers will gain the knowledge and skills to undertake safe, clinically appropriate and cost-effective prescribing practices in a way that optimises the use of medicines and improves patient outcomes as they take on the role of an Independent or Supplementary Non-Medical Prescriber.

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Develop up-to-date skills in teaching, learning and assessing in clinical practice. Progress your career with skills that are in demand from employers and with professional recognition across the healthcare sector.

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Link your learning to your professional practice at work

With your manager or employer's support, you will apply your learning within your job role. Students find this hugely beneficial in terms of professional development and progression.

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