Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Secondary) (PGCE)

University of Lincoln the United Kingdom

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About Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Secondary) at University of Lincoln

The Postgraduate Certificate in Non-Medical Prescribing/Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing is validated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).

Our course provides the main theoretical perspectives associated with evidence-based therapeutics, the consultation process, including concordance and the legal, ethical and professional issues associated with the prescribing role.

The course supports the application of theoretical knowledge to practice by incorporating a minmum of 90 hours' supervised clinical experience in which students work alongside and are assessed by their Designated Medical Practitioner (DMP). This enables students to develop their skills including the specific competencies required to prescribe safely, effectively and appropriately within their own area of professional clincial expertise.

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Entry requirements


Nurses must provide evidence that they have met the NMC's criteria for eligibility to undertake a nurse independent/supplementary prescribing programme:

You must be a first level nurse, midwife and/or specialist community public health nurse with a diploma or degree qualification.

You must have at least three years' experience as a practising nurse, midwife or specialist community public health nurse and be deemed competent by your employer to undertake the programme. Of the three years, the year immediately preceding application must have been in the field in which you intend to prescribe e.g. neonates, mental health. Part-time workers must have practised for a sufficient period to be deemed competent by their employer.

Applicants will be required to be successful at interview and achieve a minimum pass mark of 80% in a drug calculations assessment before a place may be offered.

Currently, nurses may apply to complete their Non-Medical Prescribing qualification at either level 6 (undergraduate) or level 7 (masters level). This decision is an important one, and should be made in conjunction with your employer, taking into consideration your future career aspirations. Please seek further individualised advice from the Professional Development Centre during your application, as this needs to be agreed before you enrol onto the course.


Pharmacists must access the Non-Medical Prescribing Programme at Level 7 (Master's level).

The GPhC requires that pharmacists applying to undertake an independent prescribing programme must:

Be a registered pharmacist with the GPhC or the Pharmaceutical Council of Northern Ireland (PSNI)

Have at least two years appropriate patient-orientated experience in a UK hospital, community of primary care setting following their pre-registration year.

In addition, applicants must:

have identified an area of clinical practice in which to develop their prescribing skills and have up-to-date clinical, pharmacological and pharmaceutical knowledge relevant to their intended area of prescribing practice

demonstrate how they reflect on their own performance and take responsibility for their own CPD.

Applicants will be required to be successful at interview and achieve a minimum pass mark of 80% in a drug calculations assessment before a place may be offered.

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