Postgraduate Certificate Blended

General Pharmacy Practice (Prescribing)

12 months
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The General Pharmacy Practice (Prescribing) program from the University College London (UCL) is an integrated clinically enhanced pharmacist independent prescribing course which has been developed by pharmacists for pharmacists.


The General Pharmacy Practice (Prescribing) program from the University College London (UCL) consists of one compulsory module.

Pharmacists develop knowledge, skills and attributes to undertake safe, appropriate and cost-effective independent prescribing in partnership with patients, carers and members of the multi-professional team. 

Why study this degree at UCL?

We have developed this prescribing course through consultation with key stakeholders, including service providers, clinical practitioners and pharmacist independent prescribers, to meet the needs of pharmacists wishing to train as non-medical prescribers in primary or secondary care. 

The course is specifically designed to meet the needs of pharmacist prescribers working in medicines optimisation, GP practice, Urgent and Emergency Care and provision of NHS 111 services and care homes.


Successful completion of this course leads to the professional award of Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing, enabling pharmacists to apply for annotation of their name on the register as an Independent Prescriber. 

Programme Structure


  • The course comprises a mix of face-to-face study days, on-line learning, and a minimum of 90 hours of learning in practice time, together with private study and completion of the assessments. 
  • Nine face-to-face study days, minimum 90 hours learning in practice time and the remainder is independent study using the online learning materials provided.

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

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Other requirements

General requirements

The entry requirements for the programme are stipulated by the GPhC. Pharmacists wishing to apply for this programme must fulfil the following requirements: 

  • be a pharmacist registered with the GPhC or the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI)
  • have at least two years appropriate patient-orientated experience in a UK hospital, community or primary care setting following their pre-registration year
  • have identified an area of clinical practice in which to develop their prescribing skills 
  • demonstrate how they reflect on their own performance and take responsibility for their own CPD
  • able to provide written endorsement from an appropriate medical practitioner 

Tuition Fee

To be confirmed

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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