School of Pharmacy

PG Cert Prescribing Studies

PG Cert Part-time 6 months

This course is open to registered pharmacists with at least two years post-registration experience in a clinical, patient-facing role.

This course is open to registered pharmacists with at least two years post-registration experience in a clinical, patient-facing role.

PG Cert
Start date(s)
13 January 2025,20 September 2024
Course specifications
Course length
Part-time (6 months)
Campus location
University: City Campus
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Why choose this course?

This course is a 60-credit module which is open to registered pharmacists with at least two years post-registration experience in a clinical, patient-facing role. 

The course leader and admissions tutor for this course is Shabana Chaudary, if you have any queries, please contact them via e-mail 

Upon successful completion of the 40-credit module, you will be awarded the Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing from the University of Wolverhampton. Your name will then be forwarded to the Registrar of the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), and you will be eligible to apply for annotation on the GPhC Register as an Independent Prescriber. This entitles you, with the support of your employer (unless self-employed), to practice as a Supplementary or Independent Prescriber.

This 60-credit module includes a 20-credit module in Enhanced Clinical skills, to give you additional confidence and expertise in managing your patients. Successful completion of both modules will lead to the additional award of the Postgraduate Certificate in Prescribing Studies, which will provide evidence to employing organisations of your ability to practice (including prescribing) at an advanced level in your chosen therapeutic area.  

If you wish to complete the Independent Prescribing course only, please fill out the application found on this page:  

What happens on the course?

The Independent Prescribing course is accredited by the GPhC and is designed to meet the learning outcomes outlined by the “Standards for the education and training of pharmacist independent prescribers”.  

The course is run over a 6 month period, with mandatory attendance during the 6 study days. Currently these run as one online study days and five face-to-face study days at the University of Wolverhampton’s Wolverhampton campus.  

The study day dates are:  

Study day 1: 25th of September (online) 

Study day 2: 26th of September 2023 (Wolverhampton Campus) 

Study day 3: 9th of November 2023  (Wolverhampton Campus) 

Study day 4: 10th of November 2023  (Wolverhampton Campus) 

Study day 5: 18th of January 2024   (Wolverhampton Campus) 

Study day 6: 22nd of February 2024  (Wolverhampton Campus) 

Study day 7 (resits) 21st of March 2024(Wolverhampton Campus) 

What happens on the course:  

All content covered during the 6 month course will cover the 32 LO’s outlined by the GPhC standards for Pharmacist Independent Prescribers. Some of the key aspects covered are: 

  1. Consultation skills 
  1. Physical examination skills 
  1. Legal policy, professional and ethical aspects 
  1. Evidence- based practice and clinical skills 

Upon successful completion of this 20 credit module in addition to the Independent Prescribing Course, you will achieve a 60 credit post graduate certificate in Prescribing Studies. 

The enhanced clinical skills course has been designed with the aid of advanced clinical practitioners to allow students to gain confidence in advanced clinical examinations as well how to carry out more advanced and complex consultations involving evidence based approaches and treatment plans.  

The course will have 6 mandatory study days with all being face to face at Wolverhampton University (Wolverhampton campus). 

The study day dates are:  

Study day 1 and 2: 11th and 12th of October 

Study day 3 and 4- 23rd and 24th of November 

Study day 5: 8th of January 

Study day 6: 7th of February 

The key areas that will be explored during the course include: 




Abdominal examinations 


Please note this is not a stand alone module and must be completed in conjunction with completing the independent prescribing course.  


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Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

Location Mode Fee Year
Home Part-time £2665 per year 2022-23
Home Part-time £2665 per year 2022-23
Home Part-time £ per year 2022-23
Home Part-time £2798 per year 2023-24
Home Part-time £2798 per year 2023-24
Home Part-time £2938 per year 2024-25

These fees relate to new entrants only for the academic year indicated for entry onto the course, any subsequent years study may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

You must be registered as a pharmacist with either the GPhC or the PSNI, and have a minimum of two years’ post-registration experience in a clinical, patient-facing role. We require the written support of your employer (unless self-employed) to undertake this course, and you must have the support and agreement from a suitably experienced medical doctor in your chosen field of clinical practice who is willing and eligible to act as your Designated Medical Practitioner (DMP) for the Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing.

Those applying from outside the UK/EU must provide written evidence of a good standard of written and spoken English (IELTS 7.0 or equivalent), and must be employed in an appropriate role within the UK to be able to meet the GPhC requirements for the learning in practice elements of the course.   At the discretion of the course leader, all potential students may be required to participate in a telephone interview with the course leader or deputy leader to confirm their eligibility for the course.

Postgraduate Loyalty Discount:

You can get 20% discount on a taught postgraduate course if you’re a University of Wolverhampton Graduate.

The University offers a generous 20% Loyalty Discount to students progressing from an undergraduate programme to a taught postgraduate on-site programme, where both courses are University of Wolverhampton Awards.

There is no time limit on how long ago you completed your degree as long as this is your first Masters level qualification.

The discount applies to the first year of enrolment only. Students who receive a loyalty discount are not entitled to any further tuition discount or bursary. For full terms and conditions click here.


If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found by clicking here.

Sponsored - Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

Your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Charitable Funding:

You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites Association of Charitable Foundations, Directory of Social Change or Family Action. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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