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Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing

Course Level:

Postgraduate, Taught




CODE P1186

How long it takes:

6 months

Study Mode:

Distance learning/ Campus

Course cost

Price: US$22,500

Entry requirements

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Newcastle Law School

This multi-professional blended learning course takes place over 6 months including 8 face-to-face study days with a further 1.5 days to complete course assessment.  Attendance at the University for these dates is mandatory and will need to be repeated if missed. 

A further 16.5 days learning is provided through online activities and independent learning. 

You will be required to arrange a minimum of 90 hours (12 days) placement, in practice under the clinical supervision of an approved Designated Medical Practitioner (DMP). This is necessary in order to complete the programme. Should your working circumstances or placement arrangements change and you are therefore not able to successfully complete the required clinical supervision you will not be able to complete the programme.   

The course comprise of two modules and an induction day: 

Module 1 – Prescribing: Scientific Principles & Practice (20 credits)

  • Study day 1 – Monday 23 September 2019
  • DMP Welcome Event – Monday 14 October 2019
  • Study day 2 – Monday 21 October 2019
  • Study day 3 – Monday 11 November 2019
  • Module 1 case presentation – Wednesday 27 November, to be uploaded onto canvas by 4pm (does not require attendance on campus)
  • Assessment day – Monday 2 December 2019
  • Bank Holiday / University Closed Days (Monday 23 December 2018 to Wednesday 1 January 2020 inclusive) 
  • Resit day – Monday 20 January 2020

Module 2 – Prescribing: Safe & Effective Practice (20 credits)

  • Study day 1 – Monday 6 January 2020
  • Study day 2 – Tuesday 7 January 2020
  • Study day 3 – Monday 3 February 2020
  • Study day 4 – Tuesday 4 February 2020
  • Study day 5 – Monday 17 February 2020
  • Assessment day – Monday 9 March 2020
  • Final portfolio submission –  Thursday 9 April 2020, 4pm (does not require attendance on campus)
  • Resit day – Monday 20 April 2020
  • Bank Holiday /University Closed Days (Friday 10 April 2020 to Wednesday 15 April 2020 inclusive)
  • Bank Holiday – Monday 4 May 2020  
  • Bank Holiday – Monday 25 May 2020
  • Examination Board (TBC – week beginning 1st June)
  • Bank Holiday – Monday 31 August 2020

March 2020

Induction day                                     Monday 2nd March 2020

 Module 1 – Prescribing: Scientific Principles & Practice (20 credits)

  •  Module 1 study day 1                     Tuesday 3rd March 2020
  • DMP Welcome Event                      Monday 23rd March 2020 (students not required to attend)
  • Module 1 study day 2                     Monday 6th April 2020
  • Module 1 study day 3                     Tuesday 7th April 2020
  • Bank Holiday /University Closed Days (Friday 10th April to Wednesday 15th April 2020 inclusive)
  • Bank Holiday                                      Monday 4th May 2020
  • Module 1 case presentation        Wednesday 6th May 2020, (to be uploaded on canvas by 10am – does not require attendance on campus)
  • Module 1 assessment day            Monday 11th May 2020
  • Bank Holiday                                      Monday 25th May 2020
  • Interim portfolio submission       Friday 29th May 2020, 4pm (does not require attendance on campus)
  • Module 1 resit day                           Monday 15th June 2020

 Module 2 – Prescribing: Safe & Effective Practice (20 credits)

  •  Module 2 study day 1                     Monday 8th June 2020
  • Module 2 study day 2                     Tuesday 9th June 2020
  • Module 2 study day 3                     Monday 22nd June 2020
  • Module 2 study day 4                     Tuesday 23rd June 2020
  • Module 2 study day 5                     Monday 6th July 2020
  • Module 2 assessment day            Monday 20th July 2020
  • Bank Holiday                                      Monday 31st August 2020
  • Final portfolio submission            Monday 7th September 2020, 4pm (does not require attendance on campus)
  • Module 2 resit day                           Monday 7th September 2020
  • Examination Board                         (TBC – Week beginning 12th October 2020  – students not required to attend)

Considering postgraduate study, but unsure whether you meet the entry requirements for a Masters-level degree? Postgraduate admissions guidelines vary by course and university, but can be quite flexible.

Your existing qualifications will be important, but you don’t necessarily need a great Bachelors degree to apply for a Masters. Your personal circumstances and experience may also be considered during the admissions process.

This guide explains the typical entry requirements for a Masters, which include:

      • An undergraduate degree in a relevant subject – Depending on the programme and institution, you may need a 2.1 in your Bachelors, but this isn’t always the case
      • Language proficiency – If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to display a certain ability level, usually through a language test
      • Professional experience – Some postgraduate programmes may require you to have some professional experience (this is usually the case for PGCEs and Masters in Social Work)
      • Entrance exams – These are only required in certain subject areas and qualifications, including some MBAs

Tuition fees for UK/EU students 2020/21

MSc:  Full-time £9,900. Part-time £4,950
Postgraduate Diploma:  Full-time £6,660. Part-time £3,300


Tuition fees for International students 2020/21

MSc: Full time £23,310
Postgraduate Diploma: Full-time £15,540


You’ll show your progress through a combination of written essays, problem-solving assignments and presentations.

All students take our core modules, but please note that the availability of optional modules is subject to demand.

Careers Support for Postgraduate Students

Careers Network – We can help you get ahead in the job market and develop your career

We recognise that as a postgraduate student you are likely to have specific requirements when it comes to planning for your next career step. Employers expect postgraduates to have a range of skills that exceed their subject knowledge. Careers Network offers a range of events and support services that are designed for all students, including postgraduates looking to find their niche in the job market.

Here are just a few ways in which we can help postgraduates to get ahead:

  • Careers Networking opportunities
  • Effective careers strategy toolkit
  • Year planner for all postgraduate students
  • Masters Career Coaching Workshops
  • One to one careers guidance

The Careers Network also have subject specific careers consultants and advisers for each College so you can be assured the information you receive will be relevant to your subject area. They also have a dedicated careers website for international students where you can find useful resources and information.