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  • Study Type

    Part time available

  • Subject Areas


  • Start Date

    See Course, January

  • Course Duration

    6 months

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    Please see website

  • Last Updated

    10 October 2017

Course content

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. 

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.


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.

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. 

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. 

Visit the Independent Prescribing - PG Cert page on the King’s College London website for more details!






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