Prescribing for Healthcare Practitioners

Short Course - 30 credits at SCQF level 9 or 30 credits at SCQF level 11 | ECTS points 15
Non-Medical Prescribing 30 Credits Level 9 or 30 Credits Level 11 | ECTS points 15

This course will prepare non-medical health professionals to prescribe within the legislation relevant to their profession. This course is aimed at experienced practitioners who wish to enhance their advanced practice by prescribing according to relevant professional standards.

This course has one study option
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Mode of Attendance

  • Blended

Mode of Study

  • Part Time

Start Date


Course Length

24 weeks

Mode of Attendance

  • Blended

Mode of Study

  • Part Time

Start Date


Course Length

24 weeks
  • Holistic consultation through analysis of consultation models and assessment tools
  • Pharmacology; pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of drugs
  • Critiquing evidence base practice to inform decision making
  • Non-medical prescribing influences on practice
  • Prescribing within a team context


The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information.

Learning Methods

The module is delivered using a blend of face to face teaching (8 single study days) and online materials including online chat, virtual classroom and discussion forums. In addition, you will engage with directed and self-directed learning activities supported by the module team. 


This course is assessed through practice portfolio and exam.


Academic Support

The Inclusion Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

Online Learning & Support

All online learning students, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.

Study Skills Support

The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

  • Academic writing
  • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
  • Maths and statistics
  • English language
  • Information technology support

Library Support

The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.

  • Valid registration with the Health and Care Professions Council or the Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Nurse/midwives and relevant allied health professionals are required to have a minimum of one year relevant post registration experience and have been in the clinical field in which they intend to prescribe from for at least one year preceding application
  • Demonstrate an ability to study at degree level for level 9 and honours level for level 11-written approval from the employer that requirements of the local prescribing clinical governance infrastructure are fulfilled
  • Written confirmation from a designated prescribing practice assessor and supervisor who meet the criteria outlined by the relevant professional regulatory bodies and employer

For Academic Year 2022/2023

  • All Students: Fees to be confirmed

For Academic Year 2021/2022

  • All Students: £1,010

Additional Costs

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:


For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:


Have a question about the course? Get in touch with the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedic Practice Professional Development Team and we'll do out best to help.

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