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.

There will be two cohorts per year (subject to sufficient interest and professional body approval), starting in March and September each year. The Spring cohort will run every Wednesday from March to November (No lectures during August) and the Autumn cohort will be taught every Tuesday from September to the following March. Please contact the programme manager on to discuss which cohort may be more appropriate for you.

The September cohort of this course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Professional body approval of the March cohort is to be confirmed.

Unfortunately this course is not available to international students.

Key Features

Teaching and Employability:

  • Established and reputable links with the NHS, Social Services, and many private sector companies
  • The September cohort of this programme is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).   Professional body approval of the March cohort is to be confirmed.
  • 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.


  • Applicants may be eligible for funding support 
  • This programme has the possibility of being funded by the Welsh Government, so the student may not need to pay any fees. Please speak to the programme director for further information.


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. 

Significant changes planned for this programme and details will be released as soon as possible.

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

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.

How To Apply

Please download and complete both of the following Application documents;

Application Form  NMP Application Form

Further Details Form  NMP Further Details

Completed application forms should be returned by post to:

Beth Griffiths,

Senior Lecturer in Advanced Practice,

College of Human & Health Sciences,

Building 3,

St David’s Park,


SA31 3HB

Or email to:

The closing date for September applications is 1st July and they should be addressed to Beth Griffiths.

Interviews will be held during the last two weeks in July, date to be confirmed.

Tuition Fees

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

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

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.