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Thank you for your interest in V300 non medical prescribing.

*Please note - the application deadline for the January 2021 programme is 16th November 2020. If maximum cohort numbers are reached before this date the applications will then be closed, so please ensure you apply in plenty of time to secure your place.*

Please read the pre-course information, application guidance and prescribing authorisations form in preparation for submitting your application.

The Non Medical Prescribing module consists of 38 days of prescribing preparation which includes:

  • 10 taught days (and 0.5 day for assessment),
  • 10 directed learning days,
  • 5.5 days independent study and
  • 12 days of supervised practice with assessment over approximately 22 weeks (5 months). In addition, students will require personal study time. The amount of time varies greatly between individuals but can be in the region of 80 - 190 hours

The module can be studied at level 6 (degree) or at level 7 (masters). Your choice may be dependant on a number of factors e.g. whether it is integrated into a post graduate programme (level 7 study) or whether you are undertaking as a stand alone module and already have an academic profile. Completion at degree level provides an academic award of 40 degree level (level 6 equivalent) credits and 40 masters level (level 7 equivalent) credits. There are differences in the assessment of degree and masters level. You will need to state your choice on the application form.

The prescribing qualification /authority of independent and supplementary prescribing relates to regulatory and legal permissions. Currently Dieticians and Diagnostic Radiographers may qualify as supplementary prescribers whereas Registered Nurses (level 1), Midwives, SCPHN, Physiotherapists, Chiropodists, Advanced Paramedics, Podiatrists and Therapeutic Radiographers may qualify as supplementary and independent prescribers. Your professional registration will dictate your qualification. 

To apply please make a note of the module start month, click on book now and choose the application for the correct starting month. Once your application is complete we will contact you in order to confirm whether or not you have been allocated a place.

In order to assist you in completing your application we have attached guidance notes. Please refer to these while completing your application. Please also click on the 'Pre Course Information' link below to read essential information prior to completing your application form

As part of your application you will need to upload a copy of your completed Prescribing Authorisations form. If you do not attach your approval form to your application or it is incomplete this will delay your application and may impact you being offered a place on the module. Instructions on how to do this are in the guidance notes.








If you have any questions or queries about this module please contact us via email at or call (0191) 4060901.

V300 Required Attendance Dates and Tutor Led Directed Learning 

January Cohort

Day 1 - 18/01/21 (Taught)
Day 2 - 25/01/2021 (Taught)
Day 3 - 26/01/2021 (Directed Study)
Day 4 - 01/02/2021 (Taught)
Day 5 - 08/02/2021 (Directed Study)
Day 6 - 15/02/2020 (Directed Study)
Day 7 - 22/02/2021 (Taught)
Day 8 - 01/03/2021 (Taught)
Day 9 - 08/03/2021 (Taught)
Day 10 - 09/03/2021 (Directed Study)
Day 11 - 15/03/2021 (Directed Study)
Day 12 - 22/03/2021 (Exam)
Day 13 - 29/03/2021 (Taught) 
Day 14 - 05/04/2021 (Directed Study)
Day 15 - 12/04/2021 (Directed Study)
Day 16 - 19/04/2021 (Taught) 
Day 17 - 26/04/2021 (Directed Study)
Day 18 - 03/05/2021 (Directed Study)
Day 19 - 10/05/2021 (Taught) 
Day 20 - 17/05/2021 (Directed Study)
Day 21 - 24/05/2021 (Directed Study)
Day 22 - 31/05/2021 (Directed Study)
Day 23 - 07/06/2021 (Taught) 
Day 24 - 08/06/2021 (Directed Study)
Day 25 - 14/06/2021 (Directed Study)
Day 26 - 21/06/2021 (Directed Study)

Course Information

Award Type External PSRB approval NMC & HCPC

Delivery Method Blend of Lectures, Workshops and Guided Study

Mode of Study
Part Time

Coach Lane Campus

Start 18th January 2021

22 weeks (approx)

Health, Sport and Social Care


Northumbria is the principal provider of nurse education in the North East of England and was named Nurse Education Provider of the Year (post-registration) for three consecutive years by Student Nursing Times.

Designed by a multi-professional team including Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Nurses, Midwives, Social Care Staff and Medical practitioners our range of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is tailored towards individuals who are driving and enabling practice development in NHS North East.

We have excellent relationships with partner services in health, social care and social work and our range of CPD provision supports practitioners and managers to engage in professional learning and then examine how this can be integrated in the practice arena.

This course is based at our Coach Lane Campus where you will have access to cutting-edge facilities with technology embedded through all aspects of your CPD course.


Northumbria University has been ranked in the top quartile in the UK for research power in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing. Additionally, more than 80% of our research activity in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing is rated as world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014).


Successful completion of all components of this module will lead to the achievement of a recordable prescribing qualification (Independent and/or Supplementary Prescriber) with your regulatory body (NMC or HCPC).

Nurses, midwives and some HCPC registrants are eligible to apply for entry to the Non Medical Prescribing programme but must meet the following criteria:

  • Be either a Registered nurse (level 1) / registered midwife / SCPHN with at least 1 year post registration experience OR
  • A Registered Physiotherapist, Chiropodist, Dietician, Advanced Paramedic, Podiatrist, Therapeutic or Diagnostic Radiographer with 3 years experience
  • Have current NMC / HCPC registration
  • Have the competence, experience and academic ability to study at least degree level (level 7 for Advanced Paramedics) and can provide evidence of this
  • Be able to provide evidence of a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) enhanced certificate; issued within 3 years of applying to the module
  • Be competent to undertake a history, clinical/health assessment and make a diagnosis in the area of practice relating to where you intend to prescribe
  • Have approved funding arrangements in place (see module application webpage for more details) or state self funding
  • Have in place (or will have in place), an appropriate indemnity arrangement for their prospective role as a prescriber
  • Have a clinical placement (e.g. ward, GP surgery) with an educational audit in place or have completed the non medical prescribing ‘self-audit’ for practice learning prior to enrolment on the module
  • Have support from a manager, employing organisation or other appropriate authority and supply their name and contact details
  • Take responsibility for own continuing professional development

By the end of the module you will be able to:

  • Appraise and interpret the legal, ethical and professional frameworks for accountability and responsibility for prescribing within your own sphere of practice
  • Evaluate evidence to support your prescribing decisions
  • Summarise the pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic actions relating to products used within your sphere of practice
  • Demonstrate professional skills in consultation, decision making and prescribing safely and effectively
  • Employ partnership approaches with patients/carers to monitor and review treatment, manage/report adverse drug reactions
  • Critique prescribing practice and support others to prescribe safely and effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team

You will learn from subject specialist tutors who are prescribers and are actively researching the prescribing landscape, contributing to prescribing practice, academic and specialist knowledge base. Your academic tutors will help you to draw on the very latest evidence informing contemporary healthcare practice and engage in critically appraising evidence which supports your clinical practice and prescribing decision making.


Please register your interest for this course and we will be in touch once we have confirmed dates.

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