PGCert Non-Medical Prescribing for Nurses and Midwives

  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 Postgraduate Certificate in Non-Medical Prescribing aims to prepare nurses and midwives to practice within current non-medical prescribing legislation. It will provide them with the knowledge and skills to prescribe safely and appropriately within their area of practice.

Further opportunities may be available for non-medical prescribing places this year 2018/2019.

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 enhance career development and promotion opportunities for the student as a non-medical prescriber 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 or education lead for your area of work for further information.


This course is designed to develop the knowledge, skills and competency required to undertake the role of an independent or supplementary 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 NMC (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

The Nursing and Midwifery Council requires that nurses applying to undertake an independent prescribing programme must:

  • have at least three years’ experience as a practising nurse or specialist community public health nurse and be deemed competent by your employer to undertake the programme
  • of these three years, the year immediately preceding application to the programme must have been in the clinical field in which you intend to prescribe, e.g. Neonatal, mental health
  • part-time workers must have practised for a sufficient period to be deemed competent by their employer

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 programme comprises of two core modules: SHGM26 -Clinical Assessment and Decision Making in Non-Medical Prescribing which is 40 credits at level 7 and SHGM27 - Pharmacology principles and practice which is 20 credits at level 7. Both of these modules must be successfully completed to gain this qualification.

The programme is taught at the St. David’s Park site in Carmarthen. Teaching takes place one day a week over the academic year. It is a professional requirement that you also have 96 hours of clinical practice with a designated medical mentor from which you will need to evidence the learning that has occurred.

Who should apply?

  • Nurses or midwives 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.