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Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

This course focuses on prescribing governance and the professional aspects of prescribing practice along with the advanced clinical skills required to be a competent independent/ supplementary prescriber.

This course constitutes one part of the SCQF 11 Independent and Supplementary Prescribing Programme. Those students who wish to register with their governing body as Independent and/or Supplementary Prescribers will have to successfully complete this course together with the course- Applied Pharmacology, Therapeutics and Clinical skills for Prescribing.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Jonathan Whitfield

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The aim of this course is to allow healthcare practitioners working in advanced and autonomous roles to expand their knowledge of prescribing governance, the professional aspects of prescribing and the prescribing in the wider context. They will apply this knowledge in the clinical domain enhancing their ability to assess and manage patients presenting with acute and/or complex long term health problems.

The outcomes of this course are mapped to the current guidance from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and the document “A Competency Framework for all Prescribers” produced by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Two 2000-word essays (35% each), two clinical work-based assessments (15% each).

Formative Assessment

Students will develop personal formulary and a prescribing Logbook during their work based learning.


Feedback on the personal formulary development will be given on an ongoing basis throughout the courses, as the formulary develops and expands.

Essay feedback will be provided within the standard period as set out by the University for the written exam.

There will be immediate feedback on the summative work based assessments.

Course Learning Outcomes


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