University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth

Prescribing and Therapeutics

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.

Entry requirements

Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert: 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. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 7.0

Course modules

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

Assessment methods

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. 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


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time September 2018 2,000 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time January 2019 2,000 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time September 2019 2,330 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time January 2020 2,330 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site PO1 2UP South East

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