PGCert Non-Medical Prescribing

  1. Duration:
    1yr Part-time
  2. Typical offer:
    UK 2:2
  3. Taught at Swansea University and St David's Park Carmarthen

Course Overview

The Postgraduate Certificate in Non-Medical Prescribing aims to prepare nurses, pharmacists and allied health professionals to practice within current non-medical prescribing legislation.

This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Key Features

Teaching and Employability:

  • Established and reputable links with the NHS, Social Services, and many private sector companies
  • This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Up-to-the-minute teaching which is responsive to employer demand
  • Successful completion can increase career development and promotion opportunities for the student as an advanced practitioner within their field of speciality  
  • Studies show that non-medical prescribing to be safe, clinically and cost effective.




Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters / PGDip / PGCert
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
SHGM21Academic Year60Non-Medical Prescribing


This course is designed to develop the knowledge, skills and competency required to undertake the role of an independent or supplementary non-medical prescriber. The course has been designed for nurses, pharmacists, physiotherapists, radiographers and podiatrists to develop prescribing practice within a clinical setting. 

Entry Requirements

  • have a prescribing budget in place
  • meet specific entry requirements set by their professional body
  • be approved by Health Board Prescribing Lead and Clinical Manager
  • hold a current criminal identity check to meet specific requirements of their professional body
  • have identified an appropriately qualified designated medical practitioner
  • demonstrate ability to study at academic Level  7
  • recognition of previous learning is not applicable for this programme. Part accreditation of a module, regardless of previous learning or experience, isn't possible

For professional body entry requirements please see 'How to Apply'.

How To Apply

Pharmacists applying to undertake an independent prescribing programme must:

  • be a registered pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council or the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland
  • have at least two years’ appropriate patient-orientated experience in a UK hospital, community or primary care setting following their pre-registration year

The Nursing and Midwifery Council requires that nurses applying to undertake an independent prescribing programme must:

  • have at least three years’ experience as a practising nurse or specialist community public health nurse and be deemed competent by your employer to undertake the programme
  • of these three years, the year immediately preceding application to the programme must have been in the clinical field in which you intend to prescribe, e.g. Neonatal, mental health
  • part-time workers must have practised for a sufficient period to be deemed competent by their employer

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) have no specific requirements for allied health professionals (AHPs) but they must be suitably experienced and established in the role in which they wish to prescribe.

Applications for September 2016 are now closed.  We hope to run the course again early next year, if you would like to register your interest please contact:

The Admissions & Enrolment team at or telephone 01792 518553.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International
PGCert Part-time £1,950 £4,750

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

International students and part-time study: If you require a Tier 4 student visa you must be studying full-time. If you are in the UK under a different visa category, it may be possible for you to study part-time. Please see our part-time study and visas page for more information.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

Students are likely to encounter additional costs at university. These can include, amongst others:

  • buying stationery and equipment, such as USB sticks, etc.
  • printing and photocopying
  • binding of research projects/ dissertations

Please note there are no mandatory additional costs specified for this course. 

Course Structure

The programme comprises one 60 credit module, SHGM21 Non-medical Prescribing. This will be tailored to the relevant professional body requirements (NMC, HCPC and GPhC). 

The programme is taught at the St. David’s Park site in Carmarthen. Teaching takes place one day a week over the academic year.

Who should apply?

  • nurses
  • pharmacists
  • physiotherapists
  • radiographers  
  • podiatrists

looking to develop prescribing practice within a clinical setting.

Staff Expertise

The teaching team:

  • are very experienced in delivering prescribing programmes
  • have a wide range of relevant skills, experience and qualifications
  • are members of a range of prescribing forums and groups
  • have well established links with health board Non-Medical Prescribing Leads throughout the region 

Postgraduate Community

The College of Human and Health Sciences has a vibrant postgraduate community with students drawn from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities. The College is known for its friendly, welcoming and supportive environment, which combined with its extensive facilities, state-of-the-art technology and superb beachside location, helps to ensure that students benefit from an exceptional student experience. 


In addition, students have access to a wide range of excellent facilities and equipment for realistic workplace experiences find out more here  or take a virtual tour  of the college.