Pharmacist Prescribing Programme

The Pharmacist Prescribing Programme is designed to help you achieve annotation as an Independent Prescriber. Accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council, the programme is relevant if you are working in a hospital based role, running clinics or providing a specialist service within your CCG. This course was re-accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council in February 2017. Details of accreditation process and reports can be viewed on the General Pharmaceutical Council website.

Bath's retention and pass rates for this programme are exceptional. This has been achieved through the dedication of our learners, supported by relevant, up-to-date materials, outstanding support and excellent face-to-face workshops. We focus on the application of knowledge and clinical skills to your professional setting.

Pharmacists can now choose between two routes:

  • The Pharmacist Prescribing Programme at the University of Bath. This uni-professional programme is ideal for self-funding and organisationally-funded applicants, particularly those students combining study toward a Postgraduate Diploma award
  • Pharmacists in the South West region who are seeking HEESW funded places, can apply to the new inter-professional Non-Medical Prescribing course which is being provided by the South West Non-Medical Prescribing Alliance.

To find out more about HEESW-funded, self-funded and organisationally-funded places, go to the Funding page.

Programme features

  • Study at your own pace with minimal time away from work
  • Excellent support and learner networks with a user-friendly virtual learning environment
  • Increased professional expertise and status with enhanced career prospects
  • Complete programme to attain the Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing. (NB. Successful completion of an accredited Independent Prescribing course is not a guarantee of annotation or of future employment as a pharmacist independent prescriber)
  • Gain postgraduate credits that can be used towards a Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or MSc in Prescribing and Therapeutics or Advanced and Specialist Healthcare Practice

Available Qualifications & Duration

  • CPD Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing (7 months)
  • Postgraduate Certificate (15 months)
  • Postgraduate Diploma (27 months)
  • MSc up to 5 years


  • Prescribing & Therapeutics
  • Advanced and Specialist Healthcare Practice

The Pharmacist Prescribing Programme is a single unit programme of 18 credits running over seven months. It contains three discrete parts:

  • Prescribing in Context
  • Consultation Skills for Prescribing
  • Prescribing Effectively

Scheme of study

For the award of the GPhC recognised Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing students must successfully complete the following:

  • Year One (Certificate) - CPD Independent Prescribing Unit (PA50249)

For the award of PG Cert/Dip/MSc in Prescribing and Therapeutics students must successfully complete the following:

  • Year One (Certificate) - 1 compulsory unit (Independent Prescribing unit (PA50249) and 2 optional units: selected from any available in the Programme
  • Year Two (Diploma) - 5 optional units: selected from any available in the Programme

Year One and Year Two may be reversed to enable the student to undertake the Independent Prescribing unit when it runs.

  • Year Three (MSc) - Practice Based Research and Masters Dissertation (PA50198 and PA50213)

Dates and deadlines: Pharmacist Prescribing Programme

The Pharmacist Prescribing Programme has two intakes a year: one in September and one in March.

For the next cohort starting in March 2018 the programme will run from 21 March 2018 - 20 October 2018 with the compulsory induction workshop taking place on 21 and 22 March 2018.

Clinical and communication skills workshops normally run monthly in 2 day blocks with a 2 day assessment towards the end of the programme. All workshops and assessments are also compulsory, you must be able to attend all of the workshop dates (this is different to the University’s standard regulations, which allow for 10% of sessions to be missed – all workshops within the Pharmacist Prescribing Programme are compulsory):

Cohort starting in March 2018

Induction: 21 and 22 March 2018
Workshop 2: 8 and 9 May 2018  
Workshop 3: 13 and 14 June 2018
Workshop 4: 18 and 19 July 2018
Workshop 5: 3 and 4 September 2018
Assessment Workshop: 18 and 19 September 2018

Application deadline: 12 January 2018

Outcome of the Admissions Panel

After the interviews, all candidates will be notified of the decision of the University as soon as possible in advance of the start of the programme. Please note that all elements of the application must be submitted on time for you to be considered for a place on the programme. If the demand for places is greater than the number of places available then the admissions panel will review applications following agreed selection criteria.

Please note that the venue for all workshops will be at the University of Bath.

Email the AP3T Admin team if you're interested to join the programme.


Please use the online application form (select CPD Independent Prescribing form the list).

You will also need to complete the following forms for your application to be considered:

Entry and English requirements

You must:

  • Have current registration with the GPhC Pharmacy Regulator or PSNI as a pharmacist
  • Have at least two years appropriate patient orientated experience practising in a hospital, community or primary care setting following your pre-registration year
  • Have an identified area of prescribing need and a clinical practice in which to develop these skills
  • Have identified an appropriate medical practitioner to be your educational mentor as a designated medical practitioner (DMP). Download our guide with more information about the role of DMP.
  • Have up-to-date clinical, pharmacological and pharmaceutical knowledge relevant to your intended area of prescribing
  • Demonstrate a reflective approach to your continuing professional development
  • Demonstrate how you will develop personal multidisciplinary networks for support, reflection and learning
  • Disclose any current or pending formal investigations into your clinical practice  OR if you are aware of any pending issues that may affect your ability to practise (we suggest these should be declared in confidence to the Programme Lead)

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of at least 7 overall with no less than 6.5 in all components or at least 250 (computer-based test) with a score of not less than 5.0 in the TWE or 100 (internet-based test) with not less than 24 in each of the components.

Values Based Recruitment

If you are working in or plan to work in the NHS, we follow the NHS Values Based Recruitment Guidance. We strongly believe in the NHS values and will be looking for them in our applicants. For more information on NHS values, please read the NHS Constitution.

All applicants will be assessed on individual merit, as well as their understanding and practice of NHS values in pharmacy. This assessment may take a variety of forms, including an interview. Interviews will be held after the closing date of 12 January 2018. We strongly encourage all applicants to read the NHS Constitution before attending the interview.

Fees and Funding

View the fees for the current academic year.

Changes have been made to the way Prescribing courses in the South West are organised and funded. Health Education England South West (HESW) will provide a number of funded places for pharmacists in the South and West region.

To find out more about HESW-funded, self-funded and organisationally-funded places, go to the Funding page.

Further information

Programme descriptions can be found in the University’s online programme catalogue.

Contact; tel: +44 (0) 1225 386773; fax: +44 (0) 1225 383751
Taught Postgraduate Programme Administrator, Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, University of Bath BA2 7AY UK


Pharmacists in the South West region seeking HESW funded places

In response to specific commissioning requirements from HESW, we have been working in partnership with the University of the West of England (UWE) to develop a new interprofessional Non-Medical Prescribing Programme for a range of the non-medical professions eligible to train as prescribers (including pharmacists, nurses and the allied health profession registrants of the Health and Care Professions Council). This partnership between the University of Bath and UWE is called the South West Non-Medical Prescribing Alliance.

The first intake of the new interprofessional Non-Medical Prescribing Programme will be in September 2016. Students applying for HESW funded places on this Programme will enrol directly as UWE students.

To apply for a HESW funded place, candidates need to have provided details of their requirement for a place into the ‘demand forecast’ for HESW funded places. The demand forecast process is conducted by UWE. Normally information on the requirement for funded places should be collated and submitted into the demand forecast by the employing organisation, or the local CCG. However, if individuals are in doubt about how to do this (particularly those employed in the General Practice setting), they can contact Emily Haycock at UWE for more information.

In order to be considered for a HESW funded place, there needs to be a confirmed workforce need from the training organisation (which must be a provider of NHS services/contracted to provide NHS services) for the candidate to become an independent prescriber.

There are additional entry requirements set out by the General Pharmaceutical Council that applicants must meet in order to be considered for a place on the Programme; these can be found in the application documentation. Once candidates have registered their interest for a HESW funded place on the interprofessional Non-Medical Prescribing Programme, UWE will provide them with more information on the application process directly.

The University of Bath uni-professional Pharmacist Prescribing Programme for self-funding and organisationally-funded applicants

The University of Bath will continue to offer the Pharmacist Prescribing Programme, with workshops held at the University of Bath campus, in order to cater for self-funding candidates and organisationally-funded pharmacists outside of the HESW region (including those who wish to complete an independent prescribing course as part of the University of Bath Postgraduate Diploma).

Candidates for the Pharmacist Prescribing Programme should contact Di Pullin to register their interest. For full details on how to apply visit

The next intake of the Pharmacist Prescribing Programme at the University of Bath is planned for February 2018. The deadline for applications is 8 December 2017.


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