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Non Medical Prescribing - Single module

Level 6 (40 credits) and Level 7 (30 credits)

School - School of Health and Society

Subject area - Nursing

UCAS Code:

Start Dates(s): January; September


Part-time, up to two semesters, intake in September and January


In Brief:

  • Become a holistically focused practitioner
  • Delivered by staff who are subject experts in their field, including specialists in mental health and substance misuse
  • Evaluate and challenge prescribing practice with reference to evidence based practice, equality and diversity and clinical governance
  • A part-time only course
  • NHS funding available

Course Summary

You can take this course as a stand-alone module for continuing professional development. The module is accredited by the NMC, HCPC and GPhC.

This module explores:

  • Consultation, decision-making and therapy, including referral  
  • Influences on, and psychology of, prescribing  
  • Prescribing in a team context  
  • Clinical pharmacology, including the effects of co-morbidity  
  • Evidence-based practice and clinical governance in relation to non medical prescribing  
  • Principles and methods of monitoring response to therapy  
  • Legal, policy and ethical aspects  
  • Professional standards, accountability and responsibility  
  • Prescribing in the public health context  
  • Portfolio development  

If you have any questions about the module, please contact the module leader Liz Garth.

How to apply

If your Trust is part of the North West SHA-SLA agreement, contact your CPD Lead to agree funding. You must then apply through the NHS CPD Apply system. You will also need to complete the application form on the Health and Education Cooperative website.

If you are self-funding, please complete a university application form as well as the application form on the Health and Education Cooperative website.

CPD Apply


Entry Requirements

Registered health care professionals including nurses, midwives, podiatrists, physiotherapists and pharmacists.

Ability to study at a least Level 6 or if wanting to study at Level 7, the student must have a first degree.

Nurses and Allied Health Professionals applying to this module should have three years' post-registration experience. Pharmacists require two years' post-registration experience.

Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English Language Requirements

If your first language is not English you will need to provide evidence of proficiency - IELTS 6.5 band score or above are proof of this.

Applicant profile

We positively welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to successfully pursue a programme of study in higher education. Students who do not have formal entry qualifications are required to sit a written assessment which is designed for this purpose. Support in preparing for the written assessment is available from the University. Please contact Pat Killeen for further information.

Supporting Information and Personal statement if you are applying through NHS North West CPD-Apply

Supporting information: you should include details of your current post and role and previous study at level 5 / 6.

Personal statement: please outline the reasons why you wish to undertake this module.

Fees and Funding


Fees 2018-19

Type of Study Fee
Part-time To be confirmed

Applying for post qualifying Health and Social Care single modules

All applications for post qualifying heath and social care modules are made directly to the University.

North West SHA-SLA funded applications

If your Trust is part of the North West SHA-SLA agreement, contact your CPD Lead to agree funding. You must then apply through the NHS CPD Apply system:

Self funded applications

If you are self funding a programme of study or single module, please complete the appropriate application form and send directly to the University.


This module is studied over five and a half months, and is delivered in a variety of ways including seminars, group work, tutorials, learning sets, lectures, and self-directed study. There are weekly taught sessions which take place on a Monday.

A key feature of the module is the use of the blended learning which is delivered using an interactive website which is updated regularly. This has been developed by the North West HEIs in conjunction with the NHS North West. The North West HEIs are now part of the HE Cooperative. The website includes videoed prescribing scenarios, guided study with both written and audio material, as well as self assessment tools, a guide for portfolio development and links to web based material.


Theory assessment 50%:

  • Numeracy assessment
  • Short answer

Practice assessment 50%:

  • Objective structured clinical examination
  • Assessment of clinical prescribing practice
  • Portfolio demonstrating the application of theory to practice through the use of a theoretical reflective account


Career Prospects

This module enables the student to gain a recordable qualification which provides an excellent opportunity for professional development as well as enhancing the patient experience.

You will be a holistically focused practitioner who is able to critically evaluate and challenge prescribing practice with reference to evidence-based practice, equality and diversity and clinical governance.

Links with Industry

We work with over 100 health and social care organisations so our links with industry are very strong. These relationships will be of direct benefit to you because our academic team work in practice in some of these organisations at a senior level so are able to keep you at the forefront of developments in the sector which in turn help you provide a better service.

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