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Independent/Supplementary Prescribing (V300) Level 7

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


This postgraduate (Level 7) programme is designed to prepare nurses (Level 1) and midwives registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as well as physiotherapists /podiatrists/paramedics or therapeutic radiographers registered with the Health Care professions Council (HCPC) to register as Independent/Supplementary Prescriber on completion of the programme.

In addition, dieticians and diagnostic radiographers registered with the HCPC can register as a Supplementary Prescriber on completion of the programme. The Prescribing Competency Framework.

On successful completion the student will be awarded 45 credits at level 7 in addition to the professional qualification. Alternatively, this programme can be studied as an undergraduate (level 6)

Pharmacists wishing to undertake the prescribing programme should visit the practice certificate in Prescribing for Pharmacists page.

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 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.

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
Application form appendices

For further information contact

Hilary Field
Senior Lecturer
T: 0116 201 3892

  • UK
  • EU/International

Institution code: D26

Module Codes:

  • PRES 5005
  • PRES 5006

This Masters level ( Level 7) programme runs once per year, from January 2021. If you wish to study at undergraduate level please see our Level 6 page.

Attendance is one day per week on a Tuesday. 
Full date information

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

Start date: January 2021 

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 2021/22 full-time fees please see the LBR page. 

Learning Beyond Registration Funding

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 or diagnostic radiographer registered with the HCPC
      • Possess a degree at 2:2 or above (or equivalent)
      • Have been on the relevant professional register for a minimum of one year
      • Be competent in: patient assessment, diagnostics, planning and evaluation of care
      • 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 Programme
      • Be interviewed by the prescribing team/practice staff
      For information about the requirements for the role of practice supervisor and practice assessor 

For information about the requirements for the role of practice supervisor and practice assessor please click here.

English language requirements:

If English is not the applicant’s first language they must complete the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The applicant must provide an IELTS certificate to confirm a minimum score of 7.0, in reading, listening and speaking as well as a level 6.5 in writing

Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessment

Academic expertise


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

PRES 5005 Applied Prescribing

PRES 5006 Pharmacology for Prescribers.

PRES 3005 Applied Prescribing Module

This is a 30 credit module taught over 2 semesters.

It is assessment by the completion of:

  • practice portfolio  (pass/fail)
  • two reflections of 2000 words each (pass mark 50%)

The practice portfolio is assessed by the practice assessor in conjunction with the practice supervisor and academic assessor and is designed to ensure that you meet the competencies contained within “A competency Framework for all prescribers” (Royal Pharmaceutical Society, 2016)

PRES 3006 Pharmacology for Prescribers Module

This is a 15 credit module and is assessed by:

  • 30 minute numeracy exam (pass mark 100%)
  • 2 hour pharmacology exam (pass mark 80%)
  • 2500 word assignment (pass mark 50%)

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 studying at undergraduate level 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.

The course is delivered on a Thursday from September to May and on a Tuesday from January to August

Link to actual taught days

Academic expertise

Our academic team comprises a wide range of nurse prescribers from a variety of practice backgrounds and this is further strengthened by our pharmacy lecturers form our school of pharmacy, some of whom are also prescribers.

This provides a wealth of experience and knowledge to support a stimulating and challenging learning experience. We also access visiting speakers for certain specialist expertise from practice settings.

Facilities and features

Health and Life Sciences facilities

Substantial investment has developed our teaching and learning facilities to help you expand 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 practice in a safe environment. You will receive guidance and support from staff to ensure that you develop a precise and accurate practical ability in the clinical skills suites.

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 Blackboard, 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.


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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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