Independent Prescribing Course

University of Leicester

One 30-credit module makes up the Pharmacist Independent Prescribing curriculum. The curriculum is intended to give pharmacists the information and abilities they need to prescribe within their chosen scope of practise. Upon successful completion, you will be given a Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing and will be eligible for annotation as an independent prescriber on the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) registry.

Course length

6 Months

Course accredited


Accredited till

Aug 2025



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.

The University of Leicester
CPD Pharmacist Independent Prescribing
Address: University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)116 252 2522

Non-Medical Prescribing

The programme is part-time, lasting a minimum of 16 weeks, and must be completed within 12 months after enrolling. The course assists trainee prescribers in demonstrating competency in regard to the GPhC learning outcomes in the context of their selected scope of prescribing practise.
This will be accomplished in this course by:
  • Seven days of study (5 days delivered on-line and 2 face to face in regionally organised events)
  • E-learning/directed learning for nineteen days
  • 90 hours of practise learning under the supervision of a Designated Prescribing Practitioner (DPP)
The modules displayed represent the options available to current students. The available modules and the content of any one module may change in the coming years.


Accreditation report (July 2022)

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