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Clinical Practice (Independent and Supplementary Prescribing) PGCert

University of West London

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Course options

  • Qualification

    Postgraduate Certificate

  • Location

    Berkshire Institute for Health - UWL - Reading

  • Study mode

    Part time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    9 months

Course summary


This course aims to prepare you with the knowledge, understanding and skills to prescribe safely, appropriately and cost-effectively as an independent and supplementary prescriber. It is intended for

  • registered nurses (level 1)
  • midwives
  • specialist community public health nurses
  • paramedics
  • physiotherapists.

This course is run at the West London campus, but it is also offered at our Berkshire Institute for Health in Reading.

Course detail

This new course reflects the current climate in healthcare where a range of health professionals acquire the knowledge and skills to manage an entire clinical episode, both non-pharmacologically and pharmacologically, of a patient’s presentation.

This clinically-focused award has been designed to have significant impact on your practice.

Learning methods

Learning will take place in a multi-professional environment that will value your prior knowledge, skills and life experience. It will encompass:

learning in University with other professional groups (nurses, midwives, paramedics, physiotherapists)
learning in profession-specific groups
practice-based learning in your area of work or placements organised by your employer.

We use a wide range of approaches to learning and teaching, including:

  • technology enhanced learning
  • lectures and seminars
  • action learning sets
  • simulated learning
  • forum theatre
  • service user and carer involvement
  • inter-professional learning
  • practice-based learning
  • critical reflection
  • critical analysis and synthesis of evidence.


The module assessments are designed to fit the learning outcomes of the course and meet the requirements of your professional body. They will enable you to demonstrate you are consistently competent and capable of the role, both academically and in real-life complex and dynamic service environments.

Career progression for a paramedic or physiotherapist

Successful completion of this course will lead to eligibility for a paramedic/physiotherapist to become annotated with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as an independent and supplementary prescriber.

Career progression for a nurse, midwife or specialist community public health nurse

Successful completion of this course will lead to eligibility for a nurse / midwife / specialist community public health nurse to become annotated with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as an independent and supplementary prescriber.

This is sometimes known as a ‘V300’, from the code that is used to enter the annotation onto the NMC register indicating successful completion of a NMC-approved prescribing programme that gives the registrant independent/ supplementary prescriber status.

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University information

University of West London

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  • Campus address

    University of West London, St Mary's Road, Ealing, W5 5RF, England

Recently rebranded as the career university, UWL has strong links with industry that enable students to get career-specific insights, expertise and skills.
A stunning campus creates an inspiring environment for students, with high-quality training facilities and dedicated postgraduate facilities.
The university has a diverse and welcoming student community, creating a perfect environment to learn, make connections and explore in a global city.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    59th out of 77 3

  • Entry standards

    / Max 201
    134 64%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    89.0 89%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.22 84%



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