Skip to main content

Independent & Supplementary Prescribing (Blended Learning Mode)

Watch our video
  • Delivery:
  • Credits:

Bournemouth University has been running the Independent & Supplementary Prescribing course since 2002. We have specialist lecturers who all hold the V300 (Independent and Supplementary Prescribing) qualification and are active prescribers in clinical practice.

This course is currently offered to nurses, midwives, pharmacists and allied health professionals. The aim is to prepare eligible Registered Healthcare Professionals (NMC/HCPC/GPhC) to prescribe safely, appropriately and competently. In doing so you will be required to evaluate the evidence underlining the practice of prescribing, critically reflect on your competency in respect of prescribing and evidence knowledge of the products you will prescribe.

This unit is available at Level 6 or 7.  

See more course details.

Key information

Next start date:

16 & 30 January 2020 (Bournemouth), 05 March 2020 (Portsmouth), 4 June 2020 (Bournemouth)


Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus, St Mary's Community Health Campus, Portsmouth


Eight taught days, 10 e-learning/distance learning days plus 10 clinical practice days


Nursing and Midwifery Council

Entry requirements:

• Employer support and suitable practice assessor / supervisor to assess clinical training
• Even if self-funding, employer support is essential. If self-employed, contact admissions team for advice
• Be professionally practicing in an environment where there is an identified need for the individual to regularly use independent prescribing
• Have a current enhanced DBS in your current role
• Ideally have evidence of credited study or equivalent in the past five years
• Ideally have completed an Advanced History Taking And Physical Examination Course

Course details

The course has been developed in line with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Standards for prescribing programmes (2018), HCPC Standards for Prescribing (2019) and the General Pharmaceutical Council Education And Training Standards For Pharmacist Independent Prescribers (2019). The theoretical delivery of this programme will take place over eight taught days at Bournemouth University with an additional ten days open learning web based and electronic open learning materials to be studied. The university days are a mixture of lectures, seminars and discussion, and also focus on discussion and feedback from the open learning activities. Attendance at the taught days is mandatory. An additional ten days of supervised clinical practice is undertaken in your workplace.

This unit requires approximately 200 hours to complete which will include lectures, seminars and self-managed learning. In addition to the taught sessions (approximately 30 hours), you will spend a minimum of 90 hours engaged in direct practice in your own clinical area, where you will be allocated a clinical supervisor.

You will also be required to undertake further study to complete the learning outcomes of the unit and assessment which is the equivalence of approximately 80 hours, and you should negotiate this additional student-managed time on a personal basis with your line manager.

Download the level 6 unit specification (pdf 50kb).
Download the level 7 unit specification (pdf 50kb).

Course dates

The next dates for this unit are:


  • January 2020 start: 16 January, 6, 27 February, 19 March, 9 April,  7, 28 May (Numeracy test), 4, 25 June (Exam), Portfolio 3 September 2020.
  • January 2020 start: 30 Jan, 13 Feb, 12, 26 Mar, 23 Apr, 21 May, 11 June (Numeracy test), 25 June, 16 July (Exam), Portfolio 17 September 2020.
  • June 2020 start: 4, 25 June, 9, 23 Jul, 10, 24 Sept, 22 Oct (Numeracy test), 12 Nov, 3 Dec 2020 (Exam), Portfolio 11 February 2021. 


  • March 2020 start: 5, 19 March, 2, 30  April, 14  May, 11, 18  June (Numeracy test), 2, 23 (Exam) July 2020, Portfolio 24 September 2020.

Please note that above dates may change without prior notice.

Entry requirements

UK 1st level registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and at least three years (full time or equivalent) post registration experience, with the year immediately preceding your application in the clinical field you intend to prescribe. You must also have a recent enhanced DBS check.

To attend this course you should have support from your employing organisation. This should include confirmation that you will have the opportunity to prescribe on completion of the course this will probably mean that your job description and terms and conditions of employment will require amendment. You will also need to have a designated medical practitioner who will provide you with with supervision, support and opportunities to develop competence in prescribing practice.

Normally students may enter Level 6 study if they have been awarded:

  • An Advanced Diploma, HND, Dip HE or Foundation Degree (awarded by a UK HEI or Edexcel or SQA)
  • An equivalent qualification (the learning outcome of which are demonstrably appropriate in terms of knowledge, understanding and skills) equivalent to 120 credits at Level 5.

Normally students may enter Level 7 (postgraduate) study if they have been awarded:

  • Undergraduate degree (honours or non-honours)
  • An equivalent qualification (the learning outcome of which are demonstrably appropriate in terms of knowledge, understanding and skills) equivalent to 120 credits at Level 6.

If you do not meet this criteria you are still able to apply for this unit but we may ask you to complete a study skills handbook to familiarise yourself with academic writing at Master's degree level. The study skills handbook will be sent to you when we have received your application form.

International entry requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements, for this course are normally:

  • IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component or equivalent.

View further information about our English language requirements.

A number of pre-sessional English and preparatory programmes are offered through our partner institution, Bournemouth University International College, and will get you ready for study at BU at the appropriate level.

You can also find further details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our international entry requirements page.

Fees and funding

For individuals

You will need to pay or indicate employer support of payment for unit or course fees to the university.

Applicants working within the NHS or other healthcare providers may be eligible for support with funding from their employer through the Learning Beyond Registration contract with the NHS South of England.

Applicants should contact their employing organisation for further details.

Information if you are self-funding

If you are funding the course or unit yourself or your employer is sponsoring you outside a contractual agreement, you will need to apply directly to the university.

Once you have been accepted onto a unit or course, you will be sent a payment form which must be completed and returned on or before enrolment. The form requires that payment be made in one of three ways:

  • By cheque for the full amount made payable to ‘Bournemouth University’
  • By giving details of a credit or debit card
  • By invoice to your employer or other sponsoring organisation.

Full details of the invoicing address and the name, signature and position of an authorised person must be provided. Please note that invoices cannot be raised for you if you are paying the fees.

It is possible for you to pay your fees in installments and fees must be paid either by credit or debit card.

For employers

Pre-purchased places

The Faculty of Health & Social Sciences has contractual arrangements with NHS organisations for pre-paid places on specified modules including NHS South of England. If you work within Dorset & Somerset or Hampshire & Isle of Wight you may be able to access the pre-paid places. These arrangements allow NHS Trusts to nominate the staff they wish to send on each unit or course.

The pre-arranged agreements allow individuals, such as yourself, a route to access appropriate professional development opportunities that are seen as strategically important to your organisation (in consultation with your Line Manager/Education Co-ordinator). Applications for these places are dealt with through your Line Manager/Education Co-ordinator and they will arrange for you to complete the relevant paperwork and application form. All application forms for pre-paid places must be signed by your organisation’s Education Lead.


Our CPD unit fees have already been discounted based on our Employers’ Scholarship Scheme, as such these units are not eligible for the Early payment discount and BU graduate discount.   

How to apply

In the first instance you should talk to your Line Manager/Education Co-ordinator to understand if there are any contractual arrangements in place and whether your chosen course or unit of study can be funded via this route.

If this situation applies to you, you must submit your completed application form via your Line Manager/Education Co-ordinator, who will forward it to the University.

If you are funding the course or unit of study yourself or your employer is sponsoring you (outside any contractual arrangement), please submit your completed application form directly to the university.

You can download an application form by clicking on the ‘apply now’ icon above. Simply fill it in and return it to us.

Please note: In some cases, we may ask you to provide additional references but we will advise you of this once you have submitted your application form.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Admissions Email: 

Phone number: 01202 964444

Career development

We have a range of individual units at Levels 5, 6 and 7 available which you can choose from to develop your skills in a specific area of practice. If you take further units of study you can begin to build your own qualification and gain an academic award for your work, depending on your level of study this may be:

  • BSc/ BSc (Hons) Professional Practice (level 5/6)
    If you have a Diploma or Advanced Diploma you can take this course to top-up to a full degree
  • MA Advanced Practice (level 7)
    If you have an honours degree and are aspiring to be an advanced practitioner, this route enables you to work towards a Master's degree award. Depending on how many level 7 units you complete, you can exit with a Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Practice.

These options provide a flexible route to gaining a bachelor’s or Master’s degree by studying in more manageable ‘bite-sized’ chunks.

Additional information

Faculty of Health & Social Sciences

Faculty of Health & Social Sciences

Learn how the education, research and professional practice delivered in the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences make people's lives better.