Short courses
Health & Social Care

Prescribing from the Community Practitioner Formulary

University Certificate in Continuing Education:

  • Limited HEENE-funded places are available for eligible applicants (you must check this with admissions before applying).
  • Standard University fee applies once all funded places have been allocated.

Course information

Part-time

More part-time details

  • 20 credits, degree level
  • Enrolment date: September and January
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants: £750

Contact details

Further information

To reflect developing needs in practice and Nursing and Midwifery Council NMC guidance this prescribing route is designed for registered nurses without specialist practitioner qualification to be prepared to prescribe from the community practitioners formulary. The award meets the NMC standards of proficiency for nurse prescribers without a specialist practice qualification to prescribe from the community practitioner formulary (V150). Before submitting your application please read the additional information in the Guide for the Prescribing from the Community Practitioner Formulary application process.

The award develops your prescribing practice. You consider legal, ethical and safety requirements for your future prescribing practice. The teaching team includes nurses, pharmacists and medical practitioners and provides excellent opportunities for shared learning. You share your learning with other non-medical prescribing students as well as having award specific sessions. You are supported to meet your own specific learning needs through both taught and self directed study, including group work, use of learning contracts and personal study.

To access this award you must have the support of your service manager/employer, for NHS applicants your Trust non-medical prescribing lead and the agreement of a practicing prescribing practitioner, who is eligible to prescribe from the community formulary, to be your mentor.

The theoretical component of the award consists of 13 taught days and self directed at the University. In order to facilitate the integration of theory and practice you must spend a minimum of 10 days working alongside a practice mentor who is a practising community practitioner nurse prescriber. You spend week one of the award in full time study. This is followed by eight further taught/directed/self-directed days over a 17 week period.

How you learn

Learning includes history taking, the decision making process and numeracy in the context of prescribing and how professional frameworks can support your future prescribing practice. Effective partnership working is explored to ensure an effective approach to planned provision of care. You are expected by the end of the award to demonstrate a sound understanding of drug actions and ensure that you contribute to comprehensive and accurate record keeping within your prescribing practice.

Assessment for the award includes a one hour examination and a portfolio of practice evidence.

Career opportunities

The award can be undertaken as a standalone award or as part of the generic degree pathway (Practice Innovation). Achievement of the award provides you with an enhanced knowledge base for practice and facilitates skills and confidence in sharing that knowledge with peers.

Entry requirements

You must have the following:

  • a valid nursing or midwifery registration on the professional register maintained by the NMC

  • an intention to practise in an area of clinical need for which prescribing from the Community Practitioner Formulary will improve patient/client care and service delivery

  • practiced for a sufficient period to be deemed competent by your service manager/ employer in the area in which you intend to practice. This should be a minimum of two years

  • approval by your employing trust’s non-medical prescribing lead and service manager who must provide verification of your suitability to prescribe. Your trust/employer must verify that you have a satisfactory up-to date Disclosure and Barring Service check within last three years. This must be enhanced for working with children and/or adults and must be current for the duration of the time you are studying the module

  • a mentor who is a practising community practitioner nurse prescriber who has agreed to provide you with supervision for the duration of the module and who will provide you with supervision, support and opportunities to develop competence in practice

  • if you will be prescribing for children you must have a practice mentor who is experienced and competent in prescribing for children

  • evidence of successful relevant study at academic Level 6 within three years upon commencement of the programme.

  • written evidence of competence to take a history, undertake a clinical assessment and diagnose.

  • successfully pass a 20-question drug calculations entry test with a mark of 80% or above.


Applicants who do meet the academic requirements may be considered via the normal University Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process. Find out more about RPL

* Subject to approval

Applicants are required to complete a maths entry test. Please note which entry test you would like to attend on your application form:

  • Wednesday 4 October, 10.00am - 12.00pm (M3.02, Middlesbrough Tower)
  • Monday 6 November, 10.00am - 12.00pm (W0.12, Waterhouse)
  • Thursday 14 December, 10.00am - 12.00pm (T1.07, The Curve)
  • Monday 8 January, 10.00am - 12.00pm (T1.03, The Curve).


Please note – you must declare if you have previously studied a prescribing programme at another higher education institution on your application.

Course information

Part-time

More part-time details

  • 20 credits, degree level
  • Enrolment date: September and January
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants: £750

Contact details

Further information