PgCert Prescribing and Therapeutics - University of Portsmouth

Prescribing and Therapeutics

Part Time1yr

Hone your therapeutics skills on our accredited course

Course Overview

Why take this course?

This course is taught by a range of experts in clinical examination skills, clinical pharmacology and therapeutics in buildings with state-of-the art clinical skills suites. It provides an opportunity to consolidate your therapeutics skills, gain skills in clinical examination and consultation and benefit from structured patient experience in a supervised practice setting.

What will I experience?

On this course you will:

  • Learn from experts in the subject from the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences and School of Health Sciences and Social Work.
  • Gain hands-on experience in clinical examination and history taking, including opportunities to experience clinical simulation in our dedicated clinical skills suites.
  • Be supported throughout the development of your portfolio of evidence of competencies.

What opportunities might it lead to?

Here are some prescribing settings in which participants on the existing course now practise:

  • Mental Health
  • Rheumatology
  • Minor Ailments
  • Pain management
  • Nutrition
  • Travel Medicine
  • Critical Care
  • Cardiology
  • Renal disease
  • HIV medicine


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Structure & Teaching

All students on this course will be pharmacists with at least two years post-registration experience. The course further develops your existing knowledge and skills in the areas of clinical pharmacology, therapeutics, consultation skills, physical assessment and the legal and professional aspects of prescribing roles.

Core units in the course include:

  • Pharmacology and therapeutics for prescribers
  • Clinical skills for prescribers
  • Professional aspects of prescribing

We use the best and most current research and professional practice, alongside feedback from our students, to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

Teaching and Assessment

This course provides an excellent blended learning opportunity with delivery through interactive live and online learning, seminars and workshops. In addition, there is a 90 hour period of learning in practice, which is supervised by a Designated Medical Practitioner.

How are you assessed?

You will be assessed in ways that align with the practical nature of the course:

  • Essays
  • Presentations
  • Applied Health Assessments (observation in practice)
  • Observed Structured Clinical Examinations
  • Portfolio of competencies and reflective accounts


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Facilities & Features

Clinical Simulation Suite

These facilities are used for the teaching and assessment of the clinical skills aspects of the course. You will experience our large, flexible clinical simulation space and our additional clinical skills simulation suite. Our extensive simulation technology equipment, which includes both CAE and Laerdal human patient simulators as well as part-task trainers, is used to provide safe and effective practice of the clinical skills you will learn.

Full video recording facilities are available throughout the suite.


Pharmacy practice dispensary facilities

Housed within the New St Michael’s building, these include our IT facilities and counselling suite which are used in the development of your consultation skills. You will be given the opportunity to consult with standardized patient actors during study days. There is facility to record your consultations to allow you to reflect on your skills and identify learning needs.

Student Support

You will be allocated a personal tutor for the duration of the course. Our tutors are all experienced clinical pharmacists and our team has extensive experience of hospital, community and primary care practice environments, including prescribing roles. Your tutor will provide academic support throughout the course. 

Online Resources

As a working pharmacist, it is appreciated that you will have a busy professional role to fulfil whilst studying on this course. The use of distance learning components and availability of the University’s virtual learning environment (including extensive online library facilities) allow you to study in your own time and at your own pace. The study day programme allows regular contact with course staff and includes tutorial sessions designed to support you throughout.

Budgeting for your studies

There may be extra costs arising from your studies which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Some are common costs to all courses of study. These may include the cost of study texts, reference books, photocopying and computer supplies. Others relate to specific courses and may include field trips, materials and specialist equipment.

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Careers & Opportunities

Career prospects

Roles our participants from similar courses have taken include independent prescribers for an area of existing clinical experience, such as:

  • Mental Health
  • Rheumatology
  • Minor Ailments
  • Pain management
  • Nutrition
  • Travel Medicine
  • Critical Care
  • Cardiology
  • Renal disease
  • HIV medicine

Career planning

One of the benefits of studying at Portsmouth is the support that we provide to our Master's and Research Degree students in career planning. Our careers and recruitment service can assist you in career research and finding employment opportunities. Help is also available if you wish to find a part-time job while studying your degree.

We offer our postgraduate students and alumni one-to-one appointments with a careers adviser, or an online service for those not able to travel back to the University. Our alumni can call on our career services for five years after graduation.

In addition, regular employability events offer you the chance to meet employers, find out about different career sectors and improve your applications or CV. The Graduate Summer Programme provides a range of guidance and employability seminars and workshops.

Benefits of Postgraduate Study

Regardless of whether you are seeking to build on your studies, further your career or pursue a career change, a postgraduate qualification adds to your achievement record.

  • Postgraduate study may greatly improve your chances of getting that first break.
  • Many graduate employers prefer the higher intellectual rigour displayed in postgraduate students.
  • Recruiters for roles requiring specialist knowledge or research particularly target those with higher level qualifications.
  • Postgraduate study shows you can take the challenge of in-depth study; acquiring transferable skills in team working and problem solving techniques.
  • If you have a passion for a particular subject, postgraduate study can also be something undertaken as part of your own development at an appropriate time in your life.

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