Prescribing and Therapeutics PgCert

Prescribing and therapeutics student holds sample tube in purple glove
UCAS Code
Non-UCAS
Mode of Study
Part-time
Duration
1 year part-time
Start Date
September 2018, January 2019, September 2019, January 2020

Overview

If you're an experienced practising pharmacist and want to further your career in a specialist area, such as mental health, critical care or HIV medicine, joining our PgCert Prescribing and Therapeutics course is the perfect way to fulfil your ambitions.

On this course, you'll develop your clinical examination, pharmacology and therapeutics skills, and build on your understanding of evidence-based management of common medical conditions.

And when you graduate, you'll be qualified for a career as an independent prescriber within a clinical setting.

On this course, you'll:

  • Learn from experts in the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, and the School of Health Sciences and Social Work
  • Get hands-on experience in clinical examination and history taking
  • Study topics including pharmacology and therapeutics for prescribers, clinical skills for prescribers, and professional aspects of prescribing
  • Improve your counselling and consultation skills in our practice dispensary facilities, where you'll consult with patient actors
  • Build on your clinical simulation expertise in our clinical skills suite, featuring both CAE and Laerdal human patient simulators
  • Be supported by experienced clinical pharmacists as you develop your competencies portfolio

Work experience and career planning

We'll help you opportunities that will complement your studies.

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the healthcare industry.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Careers and opportunities

Graduates have gone on to take roles in:

  • Mental health
  • Rheumatology
  • Minor ailments
  • Pain management
  • Nutrition
  • Travel medicine
  • Critical care
  • Cardiology
  • Renal disease
  • HIV medicine

We'll provide you with as much support as possible in finding employment through close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.

Entry requirements​

Entry requirements

  • You must be a GPhC / PSNI registered pharmacist, with two or more years of patient-facing practice in a relevant area.
  • You must have identified a Designated Medical practitioner (DMP) who will act as your practice supervisor.
  • If you're an employee, you must have the agreement of your employer to enable you to fulfil the time requirements of the course.

  • A Pharmacy degree (BSc, BPharm or MPharm) with a minimum classification of 2.2, registration as a practising pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council and two year's UK-based patient-facing experience post-registration.
  • Applicants require the written agreement of a Designated Medical Practitioner to mentor them throughout the course and the support of their employing organisation where applicable.
  • All shortlisted applicants are subject to interview.

​Course costs

Tuition fees (September 2018 and January 2019 start)

UK/EU/International/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £2,000 per year (may be subject to annual increase)

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending. 

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

​What you'll study

Units currently being studied

Core units include:

  • Pharmacology and Therapeutics for Prescribers
  • Clinical Skills for Prescribers
  • Professional Aspects of Prescribing

Changes to course content

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.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

Teaching​

Teaching on this course includes:

  • online learning
  • seminars
  • workshops
  • practice

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and an assessment period:

  • Autumn teaching block – September to December
  • Spring teaching block – January to Easter
  • Assessment period – Easter to June

Most teaching takes place during the day, on Thursdays, Fridays and very occasionally on Saturdays. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

How you're assessed​

You'll be assessed through:

  • written examination
  • OSCE
  • practical skills assessment
  • written case studies and therapeutic reviews
  • portfolio of competencies and reflective accounts

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study with us, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply. 

Apply

Apply for this course using our online application form

International students

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region. To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.

Contact information
  • Admissions
  • +44 (0) 23 9284 5566

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Programme specification
Subject Area
Health care and social care