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Independent Prescribing PG Cert

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Our post-graduate Pharmacy Practice course is part-time, flexible and competency-based. The independent prescribing course is a GPhC accredited course for qualified pharmacists wanting to prescribe autonomously for conditions within their clinical competence. 

The course information sheet is a printable version of the information on this web page, which you can download here

Key Benefits

  • We are ranked 7th in the world for Pharmacy & Pharmacology (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017)

  • Experienced clinicians including independent pharmacist and nurse prescribers and experienced academic staff lead our teaching.  

  • The course combines multi-professional university-based study days with, flexible e-learning with work-based education.

  • This course is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

  • Course content and assessments will reflect the most up-to-date practice which will support you as a newly qualified pharmacist prescriber in your workplace.

  • We are part of King’s Heath Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC), a pioneering collaboration between us, Guy's, St Thomas' and King's College Hospitals and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration 6 months

Study mode Part-time

Credit value 60

Programme accreditations This course is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Course leaders

Victoria Collings


Further details

Course contact for further information


Postgraduate Admissions Office  

Course Administrator

Please contact the Academic Centre  

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

Department Department of Pharmacy & Forensic Science



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Course detail


This course aims to deliver competent pharmacist prescribers who can provide an independent and supplementary prescribing service which is safe and effective and takes into account the needs of patients, the professions and the relevant health organisations. 

We will:

  • Meet the requirements of the GPhC indicative syllabus for pharmacist independent prescribing 
  • Support experienced practitioners to review and reflect on their current practice, to enable them to determine what skills, knowledge and attitudes they personally need to develop in order to become independent prescribers
  • Enable practitioners to evolve an expertise in the art and science of prescribing

This integrated multi-professional course will enable healthcare professionals to take on the role of an independent and/or supplementary prescriber. Pharmacists and nurses are taught together to facilitate multidisciplinary working. The GPhC and the NMC publish an indicative syllabus and learning outcomes which informs the curriculum.

The indicative syllabus does not include teaching on specific clinical topics. Therefore if you wish to gain the clinical skills required prior to undertaking the prescribing qualification please apply for the MSc /diploma in Pharmacy Practice 

The professional bodies require that the course provide 26 days teaching and learning and a minimum of 12 (x 7.5 h) days in practice spent with a designated medical practitioner.

Course format and assessment


The seminars and physical assessment skills training have a different theme each week which is supported by online learning material to provide students with the underpinning knowledge base. 

This is a 60 credit module, accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council, representing 600 hrs of student endeavour comprising:

  • 26 days of teaching, including 12 study days involving attendance at either Waterloo or Guy’s campus, and flexible e-learning materials

  • 90 hrs of supervised practice within the clinical environment of the student

  • personal study and preparation for assessments including a reflective portfolio of practice

  • On-line support sessions to address student questions relating to portfolio development and physical assessments.

Typically, one credit equates to ten hours of work

A variety of teaching methods are used including tutorials, workshops, presentations and case studies. Material is also provided via the King’s e-learning and teaching service (KEATS). A minimum of twelve days (90 hours) 'in practice' must be carried out under the supervision of the DMP during the six month course. 


The seminars have a different theme each week which is related to the modules that are in the web based learning materials. Attendance at these seminars is COMPULSORY and it is expected that annual leave will not be taken throughout these days.

Please see course dates below. Seminars are normally held on Tuesdays and are full days.

Course dates:


January 2018 course dates 
(application deadline: Monday 13th November 2017 at 5pm)

Course Seminars will be held on the following dates; all require FULL day attendance unless stated.

Jan: Monday 15th, Tuesday 16th, 23rd and 30th

Feb: Tuesday 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th

Mar: Tuesday's 6th and 13th

Online tutorials will be held on the following days; times to be confirmed (access from work):

Monday 28th May 2018

Monday 25th June 2018 

Key course deadlines:

Application deadline: Monday 13th November 2017 at 5pm

Written exam: (TO BE CONFIRMED) week beginning 7th May  2018

Oral portfolio examination: 24th July 2018

Portfolio submission: 24th July 2018

Formative assessment submission dates and portfolio support

Learning Contract and clinical skills assessment: 13th February 2018

Therapeutic framework and/or risk framework: 15th March 2018

Portfolio development day (self-directed): 13th February 2018

Joint Designated Medical Practitioner and student training sessions 

Tuesday 23rd  January 2018 from 16.00-17.15



May 2018 course dates 
(application deadline: Monday 12th March 2018 at 5pm)

Course Seminars will be held on the following dates; all require FULL day attendance unless stated.

Apr: Monday 30th

May: Tuesday 1st , 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th

Jun: Tuesday 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th

Online tutorials will be held on the following days; times to be confirmed (access from work):

Tuesday 28th August 2018

Monday 24th September 2018 

Key course deadlines:

Application deadline: Monday 12th March 2018 at 5pm

Written exam: (TO BE CONFIRMED) week beginning 6th August  2018

Oral portfolio examination: 31st October 2018

Portfolio submission: 31st October 2018

Formative assessment submission dates and portfolio support

Learning Contract and clinical skills assessment: 30th May 2018

Therapeutic framework and/or risk framework: 30th June 2018

Portfolio development day (self-directed): 29th May 2018

Joint Designated Medical Practitioner and student training sessions 

Tuesday 8th  May 2018 from 16.00-17.15

Methods of assessment

Assessment comprises three distinct approaches, all of which must be passed:

  • A written examination comprising multiple choice and short answer questions

  • An Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) 

  • The presentation of a reflective practice portfolio recording the individuals learning from their minimum of 90 hrs in practice. This must contain 2 patient cases, a therapeutic and risk framework as well as a range of competence related assessments. Competency is assessed using the Royal Pharmaceutical Society A Competency Framework for all Prescribers 2016.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. 

Futher Information

Please take a look at our FAQs for answers to common questions about the course.

Frequently Asked Questions (PDF, updated Feb 2017)

If the information you require is not in the FAQs, please use the relevant contact details below. 



Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 60 credits.
Required Modules
  • Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing (60 credits)

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Optional Modules

Entry requirements & how to apply

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.
  • We require you to have an MPharm or equivalent.
  • You must currently be registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council or the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland.
  • You must also be a practising pharmacist with at least two years post-registration experience in a patient-facing role in hospital, community or primary care.
  • You must have the agreement of a medical practitioner (doctor/dentist) to act as your Designated Medical Practitioner (DMP) and mentor during twelve days in practice.
  • You will require written endorsement from your employer and/or sponsor whose patients they are going to prescribe for to indicate they have identified an area of clinical practice where independent/supplementary prescribing is required. In the acute sector, this would be the NHS hospital or private hospital that employs them. In primary care/community pharmacy this would be the employer or local commissioner of the service where independent/supplementary prescribing is required. An indication of service and patient need for a pharmacist prescriber should be indicated within the application, for example a focus on NHS or local priority or service development opportunity. 
  • You will require written endorsement from your employer and/or sponsor that they have up to date clinical, pharmacological and pharmaceutical knowledge relevant to their intended prescribing area. If you do not have this evidence please apply for the  You must be able to demonstrate reflective practice and take responsibility for your own continued professional development.

Designated Medical Practitioner (DMP) Requirements 

  • The DMP has been defined as a medical practitioner, usually a doctor, but can also be a dentist (if relevant to the scope of practice).
  • The DMP must be recognised by the employing / Health service commissioning organisation.       
  • The DMP needs to work within a GP practice and be either vocationally trained or in possession of a certificate of equivalent experience from the Joint Committee for Post-graduate Training in General Practice or is a specialist registrar, clinical assistant or a consultant within a NHS Trust or other NHS employer. This could be a private hospital or practice if the student works within that sector.
  • The DMP must also be experienced in the relevant field of practice with normally at least three years recent clinical experience for a group of patients or clients in the relevant field of practice.  
  • They must have had training and experience in the supervision and assessment of trainees. 

The DMP needs to

  • agree to provide, supervise and support the period of learning in practice (12 x 7.5h) to allow the pharmacist to develop competence in prescribing      practice.  
  • be willing to participate in the assessment process of the pharmacist independent prescriber.
  • have the support of the employing organisation or GP practice to act as the DMP 
  • attend a two-hour training session (please see dates below). 

Application procedure

Your application will be assessed by two academics. Please note that applications will be reviewed after the deadline with applicants being told whether they have been successful after references have been received.

  1. All applicants should complete the relevant application form within the King’s Apply Portal.
  2.  All applicants are also required to complete an additional information form and upload it to your application form. Please ensure all signatures are included on the form.

Personal statement and supporting information

Please describe your current area of practice, your clinical experience to date and reasons for pursuing the independent prescribing course, including the service and patients for who you will prescribing. You should demonstrate advance practice, clinical skills and knowledge relevant to your intended scope of practice.

Within your application, you will need to include your intended scope of practice within the service that you wish to offer.  You will be expected to work within the scope of practice to demonstrate your prescribing competence and to support the development of your portfolio. You are advised to choose no more than three classes of drugs within the scope.

You will also need to provide a copy of your final degree certificate/s and evidence of being registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council or Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland.

You may also provide any other relevant information which supports your application.

Application closing date

This programme admits three cohorts of students each academic year: September, January and May. The application deadlines are in July, November and March respectively

The deadline for applications for January 2018 entry is 13th November 2018, and for May 2018 entry is 12th March 2018.




Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

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Fees and funding

  • Full time UK fees: N/A
  • Full time overseas fees: N/A
  • Part time UK fees: £2,500 per year (2017/18); £2,950 per year (2018/19)

This tuition fee is subject to annual increases, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Please note: Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee. 


When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK/EU deposit is £500.

The deposit is due within one month of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to your tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 
  • Graduation costs

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

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Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

We will equip you to be a pharmacist independent prescriber and deliver services for patients in line with the demands of the changing NHS. 


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