Independent/Supplementary Prescribing (V300) Level 7

This programme is designed to prepare students to work as an independent/supplementary prescriber.


On successful completion the student will be awarded 45 credits at level 7 in addition to the professional qualification.

One of the major changes promoted within the NHS 5 Year Forward plan is the changing roles of nurses/midwives and allied health professionals who with appropriate training can undertake some of the roles previously under taken by doctors. The Independent/Supplementary Prescribing (V300) programme addresses this by preparing nurses/midwives and allied health professionals to prescribe.

The programme has been validated by the NMC and HCPC and prepares students to prescribe from the BNF within their competency and professional bodies’ authorisation.

The curriculum has been designed with expert advice from a multidisciplinary team of clinicians and academics to address the academic and clinical demands of the role of a prescriber.

The programme is designed to have a 50:50 split between theory and practice. You will be taught general principles in class, but will need to relate these to your own practice area with the support of your practice supervisor and practice assessor. You must complete 12 days (84 hours) in a supernumerary capacity observing a variety of prescribing decisions. The student will be allocated time for these practice days but is responsible for organising suitable experiences to enhance their knowledge.

The V300 course must be studied as a total of 45 credits (one 15c Module and x1 30c Module) to be able to achieve the V300 NMC award and students must enrol onto the modules as part of the MSc Professional Clinical Practice programme.

Please note Pharmacists wishing to undertake the prescribing programme should visit the Practice Certificate in Prescribing for Pharmacists page.

How to apply

Initially contact your education and prescribing lead, as they will need to be involved in approving your application and interviewing with the university.

Complete the online application form. Once it has been processed you will be asked to complete a number of appendices.

Application forms and guidance notes
Professional appendices
Standard appendices

You will need to apply through the Professional Clinical Practice programme unless you are already enrolled on the Advanced Clinical Practice programme in which case you apply through this programme.

The modules are:

  • PRES 5005 - Applied Prescribing
  • PRES 5006 - Pharmacology for Prescribers

For the September cohort you must apply for PRES 5005 - 1 and PRES 5006  -1

For the January cohort you must apply for PRES 5005 – 2 and PRES 5006 - 2

For further information contact:

Hilary Field
Senior Lecturer
T: 0116 201 3892


DMU has been shortlisted for the Postgraduate Award in the 2024 Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCAs), as voted for by students.

  • UK
  • EU/International

Institution code: D26

Module Codes:

  • PRES 5005
  • PRES 5006

This postgraduate (Level 7) programme runs once per year, from January. If you wish to study at undergraduate level please see our Level 6 page.

Attendance is one day per week on a Tuesday, from January to August

Students undertake 84 hours of supervised practice supervised by and assessed by their practice supervisor/practice assessor over the two semesters.

Start date: 30th January 2024

Location of study: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Those working in the NHS may be eligible for funding from the Education Commission Unit of the East Midlands Strategic Health Authority.

Fees and funding: For full-time fees please see the Learning Beyond Registration funding pages

This course is not currently available to international students.

Entry criteria

Candidates should:

    • Be a nurse (level 1) or midwife registered with the NMC or a:
      • physiotherapist
      • podiatrist
      • paramedic
      • therapeutic radiographer
      • dietician
      • diagnostic radiographer

    (all registered with the HCPC)

  • Possess 2:2 or equivalent BSc (Hons) degree
  • Have been on a relevant HCP /NMC Professional Register for a minimum of one year
  • Be competent in: patient assessment, diagnostics, planning and evaluation of care. 

Ideally you should possess a course such as a "Consultation and Physical Examination skills" module or equivalent before you apply for the V300

Alternatively, you can present your portfolio of evidence of how you have developed these skills to the Programme Leader or the Module Leader

  • Have the support of a suitably qualified Practice Supervisor and Practice Assessor
  • Have the support of a prescriber willing to take on the role of continuing professional development facilitator on qualification
  • Have, if applicable, managerial and non-medical prescribing lead support (for self-employed candidates this is not required but a professional reference is required instead.)
  • Complete a placement audit for their practice area
  • Complete a good health good character form
  • Have an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check within 3 years of start of the course
  • Be interviewed by the prescribing team/practice staff

Find out more information about the requirements for the role of practice supervisor and practice assessor.

English language requirements:

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 7 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning (CELL), is available both before and during the course.

Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessment

Attendance dates


In order to achieve the professional qualification of Independent/Supplementary (V300) Prescriber students must pass 2 modules:

PRES 5005 Applied Prescribing Module

This is a 30-credit module taught over 2 semesters.

PRES 5006 Pharmacology for Prescribers Module

This is a 15-credit module taught over x2 semesters

Note: All modules are indicative and based on the current academic session. Course information is correct at the time of publication and is subject to review. Exact modules may, therefore, vary for your intake in order to keep content current. If there are changes to your course we will, where reasonable, take steps to inform you as appropriate.

Teaching and assessment

As you are studying at postgraduate level you are expected to take responsibility for your own learning and contextualising the information given in class to your own specific practice area.

You will be taught alongside students and will benefit from inter-professional learning as students from a variety of specialities and professional background are taught together. The teaching is a mix of lectures, tutorials, action learning sets and self-directed study. The timetable will vary but you can expect approximately 4 hours taught information per week and approximately 4 hours private study a week.  Students can find the pharmacology challenging particularly if it is a new subject, so you will need to re-visit these lecture notes to consolidate your learning.

Attendance dates

These are the Programme dates for the Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals undertaking the V300 Prescribing programme from September 2023 to May 2024.

Please note:

  • Attendance dates are taught days at DMU.
  • Practice days are to be arranged by yourselves and can be moved to fit your schedule.
  • Self-directed study days are an opportunity for you to prepare for the next taught session.


28th Sept 23 – Induction/taught day at DMU

5th Oct 23 – Taught day 1 at DMU

12th Oct 23 – Practice day 1

19th Oct 23 – Self-directed study day 1

26th Oct 23 – Taught day 2 at DMU

2nd Nov 23 – Practice day 2

9th Nov 23 – Self-directed/online study day 2

16th Nov 23 – Taught day 3 at DMU

23rd Nov 23 – Practice day 3

30th Nov 23 – Self-directed study day 3

7th Dec 23 – Taught day 4 at DMU

14th Dec 23 – Practice day 4

21st Dec 23 – Self-directed/online study day 


4th Jan 24 – Practice day 5

11th Jan 24 – Taught day 5 at DMU

18th Jan 24 – Practice day 6

25th Jan 24 – Self-directed study day 5

1st Feb 24 – Taught day 6 at DMU

8th Feb 24 – Practice day 7

15th Feb 24 – Self-directed study day 6

22nd Feb 24 – Taught day 7 at DMU

29th Feb 24 – Practice day 8

7th March 24 – Taught day 8 at DMU

14th March 24 – Taught day 9 at DMU

21st March 24 – Practice day 9

28th March 24 – Self-directed/online study day 8

11th Apr 24 – Practice day 10

18th Apr 24 – Practice day 11

25th Apr 24 – Practice day 12

2nd May 24  -Self-directed study day 9

Facilities and features

Health and Life Sciences facilities

Substantial investment in Health and Life Sciences has developed our teaching and learning facilities to help you develop your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.

The 19th century Hawthorn Building has facilities designed to replicate current practice in health and life sciences, including contemporary analytical chemistry and formulation laboratories, audiology booths and nursing and midwifery clinical skills suites.

Purpose-built clinical skills areas allow you to apply theory to practice in a safe environment. You will receive guidance and support from staff, to ensure that your practical ability in the clinical skills suites is accurate.

Library services

On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available. 

As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose. 

We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including Learning Zone, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub. 

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.

Learning zones

Our Learning Zones and The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.

There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.

You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.

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You will need to complete 78 hours practice experience where you are able to observe and reflect on other prescribing decisions. You will need to work with your Designated Medical Practitioners to achieve the prescribing competencies for this programme.


Graduate careers

This advanced specialist recordable qualification for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals will be a valuable asset in your professional toolkit. It is designed to prepare advanced and specialist practitioners with the critical thinking skills to influence and develop quality and innovation in prescribing service delivery within the prescribing team, with the aim of promoting greater safety and quality care for your patients.

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