Postgraduate Certificate Blended

Independent/ Supplementary Prescribing

8 months
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Our programme aims to provide a sound foundation of preparation for registered nurses, midwives and allied health professionals in the UK to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required to practice as safe, effective and competent independent and supplementary prescribers.


The programme will develop your ability to critically analyse and to hone your personal reflection skills, preparing you for lifelong professional development. It will provide the foundation for you to develop your practice, to enable you to provide a high professional standard of care, and be accountable for that care.

The programme will introduce you to the general principles of pharmacology relevant to prescribing practice, the professional, legal, and ethical frameworks relevant to Independent and Supplementary prescribing, and clinical governance / quality assurance aspects of prescribing.

These elements will be underpinned by evaluation of your own performance, and application of the prescribing principles to your own area of practice. It will also enable you to be aware of current developments within independent and supplementary prescribing in the UK. You will study in a multi-disciplinary setting along with a range of individuals from other professions including pharmacists, facilitating shared learning as recommended by the NMC/ HCPC.

Distinctive features

We are a School that emphasises independent learning in a research-led environment. Here are some of the key features of why we think our Postgraduate Certificate in Independent/ Supplementary Prescribing programme will make you the best practitioner you can be:

  • Become an independent/ supplementary prescriber: You can qualify as an independent/ supplementary prescriber furthering your personal development.
  • Prescribing practice impact: help influence the quality of care delivered in clinical practice by having a direct impact on the patient’s healthcare journey by offering a more holistic level of advanced care.
  • Inter-disciplinary education: be a part of a programme that offers you the opportunity to share your learning with a breadth of professionals, in collaboration with clinical and expert practitioners/ clinicians.
  • Showcase your professional development: We offer you the opportunity to become a student representative and shape future educational provision and advise on key elements of your learning.  
  • We are linked with the Joanna Briggs Institute: You’ll learn in a School which is an accredited Joanna Briggs Centre; improving the quality and outcomes of healthcare globally. 

Programme Structure

 For programme structure for this course, please visit our website.

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 8 months

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Academic requirements

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

English requirements

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

Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

For details regarding entry requirements, please visit our website.

Tuition Fee

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Living costs for Cardiff

628 - 1066 GBP /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Independent/ Supplementary Prescribing
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