Prescribing and Therapeutics PgCert
PgCert Prescribing and Therapeutics
What you'll experience
On this course, you'll:
- Learn from experts in the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, and the School of Health Sciences and Social Work
- Get hands-on experience in clinical examination and history taking
- Study topics including pharmacology and therapeutics for prescribers, clinical skills for prescribers, and professional aspects of prescribing
- Improve your counselling and consultation skills in our practice dispensary facilities, where you'll consult with patient actors
- Build on your clinical simulation expertise in our clinical skills suite, featuring both CAE and Laerdal human patient simulators
- Be supported by experienced clinical pharmacists as you develop your competencies portfolio
Careers and opportunities
Graduates have gone on to take roles in:
- Mental health
- Minor ailments
- Pain management
- Travel medicine
- Critical care
- Renal disease
- HIV medicine
We'll provide you with as much support as possible in finding employment through close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.
What you'll study
Core units include:
- Pharmacology and Therapeutics for Prescribers
- Clinical Skills for Prescribers
- Professional Aspects of Prescribing
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.
Work experience and career planning
We'll help you opportunities that will complement your studies.
When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the healthcare industry.
After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.
As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
- academic writing
- note taking
- time management
- critical thinking
- presentation skills
- working in groups
- revision, memory and exam techniques
Teaching on this course includes:
- online learning
How you'll spend your time
Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:
- September to December – teaching block 1
- January – assessment period 1
- January to mid-May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
- Mid-May to early June – assessment period 2
Most teaching takes place during the day, on Thursdays, Fridays and very occasionally on Saturdays. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.
How you're assessed
You'll be assessed through:
- written examination
- practical skills assessment
- written case studies and therapeutic reviews
- portfolio of competencies and reflective accounts
- You must be a GPhC / PSNI registered pharmacist, with two or more years of patient-facing practice in a relevant area.
- You must have identified a Designated Medical practitioner (DMP) who will act as your practice supervisor.
- If you're an employee, you must have the agreement of your employer to enable you to fulfil the time requirements of the course.
- 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.
Tuition fees (January 2019 start)
UK/EU/International/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £2,000 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.
Apply for this course using our online application form.
If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region. To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.