Independent Prescribing Course

Swansea University

Non-Medical Prescribing course prepares you to prescribe medicines from the British National Formulary (BNF) in your area of competence, assisting you in extending your practice. You’ll learn to prescribe safely, appropriately and cost-effectively, as both an independent and supplementary prescriber.

Course length

6 Months

Course accredited


Accredited till

May 2023



Who should attend?

You’ll already be a registered nurse, midwife, pharmacist, physiotherapist, paramedic, chiropodist, podiatrist, dietician, diagnostic or therapeutic radiographer, and this course may interest you because there is a recognised need for you to prescribe within your clinical practice.

Entry requirements

  • Registered for 24 months with the GPhC (pharmacists). Additionally, pharmacist applicants must have at least 24 months experience in the specialist role in which they will prescribe and must take this module at level 7.
  • Registered for 12 months with the NMC (nurses/midwives).
  • Registered with the HCPC (allied health professionals – with appropriate experience; paramedics must be working in an advanced practice, non-ambulance setting and must take this module at level 7.

Swansea University
Independent Prescribing Course
Address: Singleton Park Swansea SA2 8PP Wales, UK
Tel: +44 (0)1792 205678

Non-Medical Prescribing

Swansea University offers the Non-Medical prescription certificate as a stand-alone 40 credit module – Non-Medical prescribing (GPhC) SHGM22 (recognised by the GPhC) or as a Post Graduate Certificate in Non-Medical prescribing.

The Post Graduate Certificate combines the stand-alone subject (SHGM22) with an extra pharmacology module (20 credits). Some pharmacists may pick this option if they have not studied in a long time or if they want to obtain another academic certification.

The Non-Medical Prescribing certification will provide you with the information and abilities required to prescribe safely and responsibly within your field of practise.

The solo programme or the PGCert will provide you with the knowledge and skills to practise as an independent Non-Medical prescriber under current regulations.

You will benefit from a diversified teaching and research environment because the degree is taught across our School of Health and Social Care.

According to the most current Research Excellence Framework for 2014-2021, more than 75% of research conducted at the school was of worldwide or world-leading quality.

Our teaching staff has extensive experience in academic support at all levels, including the unique challenges of work-based learning.

You may be eligible for a Welsh Government scholarship to cover your tuition expenses.

We maintain strong ties with professional practise and academic research networks in Europe and throughout the world, ensuring that your learning is influenced by the most recent policy and practise trends.

You will study one day each week using blended learning, which is a combination of remote and face-to-face instruction. The face-to-face research will take conducted at Carmarthen’s St David’s Park Campus. For this certificate, you will also need to complete 90 hours of practise learning at your workplace.

Many of our academic faculty are pharmacists, registered nurses, and midwives who are actively involved in practise and research, offering a remarkable blend of theoretical rigour, professional insight, and practical knowledge.

You will be joining an institution that was selected ‘University of the Year’ and a runner-up for ‘Postgraduate’ in the What Uni Student Choice Awards 2019.

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