PGCert Non-Medical Prescribing for Pharmacists

  1. Duration:
    1yr Part-time
  2. Typical offer:
    UK 2:2
  3. Taught at Swansea University and St David's Park, Carmarthen

Course Overview

The PGCert in Non-Medical Prescribing aims to prepare pharmacists to practice within current non-medical prescribing legislation. It will provide the pharmacist with the knowledge and skills to prescribe safely and appropriately within their area of practice. The non-medical prescribing qualification annotated by the General Pharmaceutical Healthcare Council can be achieved by successful completion of a stand-alone 40 credit module, ‘Non-medical prescribing’ - SHGM22. Students wishing to complete the full PGCert in Non-Medical Prescribing for Pharmacists must also complete an optional 20 credit module, Pharmacology principles and practice (NMC) SHGM23.

Unfortunately this course is not available to international students.

Key Features

Teaching and Employability:

  • Established and reputable links with the NHS, Social Services, and many private sector companies
  • Up-to-the-minute teaching which is responsive to employer demand
  • Successful completion can increase career development and promotion opportunities for the student as an advanced practitioner within their field of speciality  
  • Studies show that non-medical prescribing to be safe, clinically and cost effective.


  • Applicants may be eligible for funding support 
  • This programme has the possibility of being funded by the Welsh Government, so the student may not need to pay any fees. Please speak to the programme director for further information.


This course is designed to develop the knowledge, skills and competency required to undertake the role of an independent non-medical prescriber. The course has been designed for multiple disciplines to learn together to develop prescribing practice within a clinical setting. 

Entry Requirements

  • have a prescribing budget in place
  • meet specific entry requirements set by the General Pharmaceutical Healthcare Council (see below)
  • be approved by Health Board Prescribing Lead and Clinical Manager
  • hold a current criminal identity check to meet specific requirements of their professional body
  • have identified an appropriately qualified designated medical practitioner
  • demonstrate ability to study at academic Level  7
  • recognition of previous learning is not applicable for this programme. Part accreditation of a module, regardless of previous learning or experience, isn't possible

Pharmacists applying to undertake an independent prescribing programme must:

  • be a registered pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council or the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland
  • have at least two years’ appropriate patient-orientated experience in a UK hospital, community or primary care setting following their pre-registration year

How To Apply

The closing date for this programme is 1/10/18.

Please download and complete the Application Form:  Non Medical Prescribing Application Form

Completed application forms should be returned by post to:

Beth Griffiths,

Senior Lecturer in Advanced Practice,

College of Human & Health Sciences,

Building 3,

St David’s Park,


SA31 3HB

Or email to:


Closing date: 15/04/19

The next available cohort is September 2019. 


For details regarding these places please contact one of the following,  if you work in:

Hywel Dda health board please contact Mandy James

ABMU health board please contact Louise Giles or Jodie Gwenter

Failing this please contact Beth Griffiths on


Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2019/20 are as follows:

UK/EU International
PGCert Part-time £2,400 N/A

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

Students are likely to encounter additional costs at university. These can include, amongst others:

  • buying stationery and equipment, such as USB sticks, etc.
  • printing and photocopying
  • binding of research projects/ dissertations

Please note there are no mandatory additional costs specified for this course. 

Course Structure

The full Post Graduate Certificate programme comprises one 40 credit module, SHGM22 Non-medical prescribing and one 20 credit module, Pharmacology principles and practice (NMC) SHGM23.

The programme is taught at the St. David’s Park site in Carmarthen. Teaching takes place one day a week over the academic year.

Who should apply?

Pharmacists who wish to develop prescribing practice within a clinical setting.

Staff Expertise

The teaching team:

  • are very experienced in delivering prescribing programmes
  • have a wide range of relevant skills, experience and qualifications
  • are members of a range of prescribing forums and groups
  • have well established links with health board Non-Medical Prescribing Leads throughout the region 

Postgraduate Community

The College of Human and Health Sciences has a vibrant postgraduate community with students drawn from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities. The College is known for its friendly, welcoming and supportive environment, which combined with its extensive facilities, state-of-the-art technology and superb beachside location, helps to ensure that students benefit from an exceptional student experience. 


In addition, students have access to a wide range of excellent facilities and equipment for realistic workplace experiences find out more here  or take a virtual tour  of the college.