Independent prescriber education and training

A pharmacist independent prescriber may prescribe autonomously for any condition within their clinical competence. This currently excludes three controlled drugs to treat addiction.

To qualify as an independent prescriber, you must complete one of our accredited courses. On successful completion of the course, you’ll receive a practice certificate in independent prescribing and be eligible to apply to our register.

An accredited independent prescribing course typically takes six months to complete. The course is part-time and often delivered through a combination of face-to-face teaching sessions (often one day a week) and self-study.

Some universities offer distance learning courses, but with a minimum of 26 days of teaching time. Each pharmacist must successfully complete at least 12 days (90 hours) of learning in a practice environment under the supervision of a designated prescribing practitioner.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for independent prescribing courses  are set out in in our new standards for the education and training of pharmacist independent prescribers. Course providers may require additional entry requirements, so it’s best to check with your chosen place of study.

Pharmacists must have relevant experience in a UK pharmacy setting and be able to recognise, understand and articulate the skills and attributes required by a prescriber to act as the foundation of their prescribing practice whilst training.

Search courses

Use the search below to find specific independent prescriber courses. You can use the filters in the left to find different types of courses, or search by location.

Glyndwr University

Queen’s University Belfast

University of Reading

Robert Gordon University (Aberdeen)

Swansea University

University of Wolverhampton

Independent prescribing course

Approved to use revised entry requirements**- No

Approval status
Currently approved
Accreditation period
Jan 2022 - July 2025* (six months extension granted from Jan 2025)

Bangor University

University of Bolton

Buckinghamshire New University

University of Chester

University of Cumbria

University of Derby

University of Exeter

University of Portsmouth

University of Hull

University of Leeds

London South Bank University

Northern Ireland Centre for Pharmacy Learning and Development (NICPLD)

Open University (Milton Keynes)

University of Plymouth

University of Salford

University of South Wales

University of the West of England

University of Winchester

Edge Hill University

University of Leicester

University of Bath

University College London

Aston University (Birmingham)

Sheffield Hallam University

University of Strathclyde (Glasgow)

Anglia Ruskin University (ARU)

University of Suffolk

Coventry University

Keele University

University of Brighton

University of Hertfordshire

University of Sunderland

University of East Anglia (Norwich)

Cardiff University

University of Birmingham

Independent prescribing course

School of Pharmacy

Approval status
Currently approved
Accreditation period
Feb 2022 - Feb 2026* (*twelve months extension issued from Feb 2025)

University of Bradford

University of Central Lancashire (Preston)

De Montfort University (Leicester)

University of Huddersfield

King's College, University of London

University of Lincoln

Liverpool John Moores University

Medway School of Pharmacy, Universities of Greenwich and Kent

University of Manchester