Prescribing for Nurses: Independent and Supplementary (V300) (Level 6) (V300 (Level 6/7))

the United Kingdom

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The award
V300 (Level 6/7)

How long you will study
8 Months

Domestic course fees
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How you will study

Course starts
September, February

International course fees
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All study options

About Prescribing for Nurses: Independent and Supplementary (V300) (Level 6) at University of Portsmouth


Are you an experienced practising nurse looking to improve the care you provide for your patients, and qualify as an independent and supplementary nurse prescriber? If so, this V300 Nurse Prescribing course is ideal.

On the course, you'll develop your legal, ethical, professional, pharmacology and therapeutics knowledge. You'll get a thorough understanding of the scope of your practice and develop the skills to safely prescribe to your patients.

When you complete the course successfully, you'll be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as an independent/supplementary nurse prescriber.

Careers and opportunities

When you complete this independent and supplementary V300 nurse prescribing course you'll be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a nurse independent/supplementary prescriber.

Once registered, you'll be able to prescribe independently and in supplementary partnership with a medical or dental prescriber and the patient.

If you don't register your prescribing award within 5 years of completing the course you'll need to complete the course again before you can register as a prescriber.

What can you do with a nurse prescribing award?

Previous students have gone on to work in areas including:

  • mental health
  • rheumatology
  • minor ailments
  • pain management
  • nutrition
  • travel medicine
  • critical care
  • cardiology
  • renal disease
  • HIV medicine
  • primary care

You can also use your qualification in this Prescribing for Nurses course to get entry to higher level courses in subjects such as advanced nursing practice or advanced clinical practice.

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


Teaching on this independent and supplementary V300 nurse prescribing course includes:

  • online learning
  • seminars
  • workshops
  • practice
  • simulation

Teaching staff include experts from the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, and the School of Health and Care Professions.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • written examinations in pharmacology and calculations
  • a written assignment
  • a portfolio of competencies and reflective accounts

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You'll have access to mock exam questions and feedback, as well as online support packages for you to test your own knowledge.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future. 

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardV300 (Level 6/7)How you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study8 months
    Course startsSeptember, FebruaryDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out

Notes about fees for this course

Entry requirements

Qualifications or experience

  • Registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a first-level nurse or specialist community public health nurse for a minimum of one year prior to application for entry. Applicants are to be professionally practising in an environment where there is an identified need to regularly prescribe, and be able to demonstrate support from their employer/sponsor, line manager, non medical prescribing lead and practice supervisor and assessor. All applicants should be capable of safe and effective practice at a level of proficiency appropriate to the module/programme undertaken and their intended area of prescribing practice in the following areas: Clinical Health assessment, Diagnostics/care management, Planning and evaluation of care. 

English language requirements

  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0, with a minimum score of 7.0 in Reading, Listening and Speaking components, and 6.5 in the Writing component.

Don't meet the entry requirements?

Consider a Foundation or Pathway course at University of Portsmouth to prepare for your chosen course:

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