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Non-Medical Prescribing CPD4905


The Non-Medical Prescribing module here at at Edge Hill provides an exciting and challenging opportunity for Pharmacists to expand their roles to meet the needs of their patients and service to improve access to appropriate medication. 

This level 7 module is designed to provide pharmacists with the knowledge and skills to prescribe safely and appropriately within their area of practice and current non-medical prescribing legislation. 

Successful completion of the module enables a pharmacist to annotate their professional registration with a prescribing qualification. 

Module code:CPD4905
Module credits:40
Cost for new students:£1880 for September 2023 to July 2024

If you are an existing student who is undertaking this module as part of a programme, your module fee will have been advised to you by email.  Any queries on fees to [email protected]. 

If your tuition fee is being paid by a sponsor or you are a sponsor paying a student’s fee, you are required to send a copy of a purchase order to [email protected].

For further guidance please visit: Sponsored students – Edge Hill University

Who is this module for?

The module is designed to meet the needs of Pharmacists and their employers. 

Before commencing the module, Pharmacists must be GPhC/PSNI registered, working in a patient facing role in a relevant UK practice setting and be able to recognise, understand and articulate the skills and attributes required by a prescriber to act as the foundation of their prescribing practice whilst training. 

What are the key aims of the module?

  • Provide opportunities for the practitioner to enhance existing knowledge and skills relating to non-medical prescribing.
  • Enable the practitioner to appraise the relevant sources of information advice and support available and apply them to make appropriate decisions in prescribing practice. 
  • Examine from a critical perspective, the issue of professional accountability and responsibility as they relate to non-medical prescribing and work appropriately within this framework. 
  • Utilise reflective and analytical skills to improve and develop prescribing practice. 

How will I study?

This module normally requires attendance at 26 sessions, one full day session per week for 26 weeks, in addition to 12 days of practice placement learning. This will involve a combination classroom-based and of both synchronous and asynchronous online learning. 

What will I study?

The principles of prescribing, national guidelines/directions, assessment and consultation in safe and appropriate prescribing, pharmacology including pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics, patient adherence and drug responses, professional accountability, record keeping, independent and supplementary prescribing, legal, policy and ethical aspects of prescribing, risk assessment and risk management, and reflective practice. 

How will I be assessed?

To obtain 40 credits at level 7 and record a prescribing qualification with the GPhC, you must: 

  • Submit a portfolio of evidence  
  • Pass both the theoretical and practical assessment components of the module.  

Regardless of previous learning or experience, in line with professional regulatory body requirements and University RP(E)L regulations, you must undertake all assessments. 

 The assessments include: 

  • A 90-minute unseen multiple choice and short answer Computer Based Examination (CBE), including calculations. 
  • A 4000 word critically reflective prescribing-based patient case study.  
  • Successful completion of the competencies contained in ‘A Competency Framework for all Prescribers’ (RPS 2016). Assessed by way of a continuous and collaborative approach involving the practitioner and their Designated Prescribing Practitioner (DPP). 
  • A 60-minute Structured Clinical Examination (SCE) comprised of three stations, to demonstrate your competence in assessment, diagnosis and treatment of a patient.  
  • A professional e-portfolio via PebblePad. which will be submitted as evidence of the development of prescribing practice, including achievement of practice competencies learning outcomes and completion of hours of learning in practice. 

Study dates and venues

Venue: Ormskirk Campus, Edge Hill University

Starts: Wednesday 6 September 2023

Session times:

  • Wednesday 6 September 2023, 9.30am-4pm
  • Wednesday 13 September 2023, 9.30am-4pm
  • Wednesday 20 September 2023, 9.30am-4pm
  • Wednesday 27 September 2023, 9.30am-4pm
  • Wednesday 4 October 2023, 9.30am-4pm
  • Wednesday 11 October 2023, 9.30am-4pm
  • Wednesday 18 October 2023, 9.30am-4pm
  • Wednesday 25 October 2023, 9.30am-4pm
  • Wednesday 1 November 2023, 9.30am-4pm
  • Wednesday 8 November 2023, 9.30am-4pm
  • Wednesday 15 November 2023, 9.30am-4pm
  • Wednesday 22 November 2023, 9.30am-4pm
  • Wednesday 29 November 2023, 9.30am-4pm
  • Wednesday 6 December 2023, 9.30am-4pm
  • Wednesday 13 December 2023, 9.30am-4pm
  • Wednesday 20 December 2023, 9.30am-4pm
  • Wednesday 3 January 2024, 9.30am-4pm
  • Wednesday 10 January 2024, 9.30am-4pm
  • Wednesday 17 January 2024, 9.30am-4pm
  • Wednesday 24 January 2024, 9.30am-4pm
  • Wednesday 31 January 2024, 9.30am-4pm
  • Wednesday 7 February 2024, 9.30am-4pm
  • Wednesday 14 February 2024, 9.30am-4pm
  • Wednesday 21 February 2024, 9.30am-4pm
  • Wednesday 28 February 2024, 9.30am-4pm
  • Wednesday 6 March 2024, 9.30am-4pm
  • Wednesday 10 January 2024 before 4pm, draft assignment due
  • Wednesday 6 March 2024 4pm, final assignment due
  • Wednesday 6 March 2024 before 4pm, portfolio due
  • Wednesday 6 March 2024, final exam

Venue: Ormskirk Campus, Edge Hill University

Starts: Tuesday 6 February 2024

Session times:

  • Tuesday 6 February 2024, 9.30am-4pm
  • Tuesday 13 February 2024, 9.30am-4pm
  • Tuesday 20 February 2024, 9.30am-4pm
  • Tuesday 27 February 2024, 9.30am-4pm
  • Tuesday 5 March 2024, 9.30am-4pm
  • Tuesday 12 March 2024, 9.30am-4pm
  • Tuesday 19 March 2024, 9.30am-4pm
  • Tuesday 26 March 2024, 9.30am-4pm
  • Tuesday 2 April 2024, 9.30am-4pm
  • Tuesday 9 April 2024, 9.30am-4pm
  • Tuesday 16 April 2024, 9.30am-4pm
  • Tuesday 23 April 2024, 9.30am-4pm
  • Tuesday 30 May 2024, 9.30am-4pm
  • Tuesday 7 May 2024, 9.30am-4pm
  • Tuesday 14 May 2024, 9.30am-4pm
  • Tuesday 21 May 2024, 9.30am-4pm
  • Tuesday 28 May 2024, 9.30am-4pm
  • Tuesday 4 June 2024, 9.30am-4pm
  • Tuesday 11 June 2024, 9.30am-4pm
  • Tuesday 18 June 2024, 9.30am-4pm
  • Tuesday 25 June 2024, 9.30am-4pm
  • Tuesday 2 July 2024, 9.30am-4pm
  • Tuesday 9 July 2024, 9.30am-4pm
  • Tuesday 16 July 2024, 9.30am-4pm
  • Tuesday 23 July 2024, 9.30am-4pm
  • Tuesday 30 July 2024, 9.30am-4pm

How to apply

Module availability varies from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Due to the popularity of some modules, it may be that the module is fully booked when your application is received. We will include your details on a waiting list and allocate you a place on the next available intake. 

We encourage you to apply as early as possible to give you the best chance to obtain a place on your preferred cohort, module applications will close as soon as the module is full. Applications received within two weeks of the start date may have to be considered for a later cohort. 

 Application for this module is a two-stage process, you should: 

  • 1. Download and complete a non-medical prescribing application pack (this pack contains the current version of the V300 form application form, older versions will not be accepted. Please ensure that the form is fully completed before submission. Failure to do so will result in your application form being returned to you for completion and a delay in your application); 
  • 2. Complete the University online module application form and attach the completed non-medical prescribing application pack in the document upload section of this online form. 

For more details of how to apply, please visit the apply page. 

For details on how to apply for funding for this module, please visit the Fees and finance page. 

Contact us

For further information regarding module content, please contact: 

 Or you can contact the Medical School on [email protected]. 


This module can be studied on a standalone basis. 

It is an optional module for the following programmes: