General Pharmacy Practice (Prescribing) PG Cert

London, Bloomsbury

The UCL CEPIP course is an integrated clinically enhanced pharmacist independent prescribing course which has been developed by pharmacists for pharmacists.

UK students International students
Study mode
Flexible
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
Fees to be confirmed
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
Fees to be confirmed
Duration
1 calendar year
Programme starts
April 2022
October 2022
Applications accepted
April 2022 entry: 06 Dec 2021 – 17 Jan 2022

Applications closed

October 2022 entry: 18 Oct 2021 – 31 Mar 2022

Applications open

Notification

Application closes at 17:00 GMT. Apply for this course

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for the programme are stipulated by the GPhC. Pharmacists wishing to apply for this programme must fulfil the following requirements: a) be a pharmacist registered with the GPhC or the Pharmaceutical Society of 
 Northern Ireland (PSNI); b) behave at least two years appropriate patient-orientated experience in a UK hospital, community or primary care setting following their pre-registration year; c) have identified an area of clinical practice in which to develop their prescribing skills and have up-to-date clinical, pharmacological and pharmaceutical knowledge relevant to the intended area of prescribing practice; d) demonstrate how they reflect on their own performance and take responsibility for their own CPD; e) able to provide written endorsement from an appropriate medical practitioner (the 'designated medical practitioner' - DMP) that s/he will supervise the 'learning in practice' element of the programme, in the clinical area in which the pharmacist intends to prescribe independently immediately on qualification.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: N/A

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Equivalent qualifications

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

For this programme, please contact our UCL Graduate Admissions team by calling +44 (0)20 3370 1216 or emailing postgraduate-admissions@ucl.ac.uk.

About this degree

Pharmacists develop knowledge, skills and attributes to undertake safe, appropriate and cost-effective independent prescribing in partnership with patients, carers and members of the multi-professional team. 

Who this course is for

The GPhC stipulate entry requirments for the course - please see www.ucl.ac.uk/pharmacy/cepip

What this course will give you

We have developed this prescribing course through consultation with key stakeholders, including service providers, clinical practitioners and pharmacist independent prescribers, to meet the needs of pharmacists wishing to train as non-medical prescribers in primary or secondary care. The course is specifically designed to meet the needs of pharmacist prescribers working in medicines optimisation, GP practice, Urgent and Emergency Care and provision of NHS 111 services and care homes.

The UCL CEPIP course has been developed from the outset as an integrated clinically enhanced pharmacist independent prescribing course. `Clinically enhanced refers to the additional skills that you will acquire around history taking and physical examination as part of the UCL independent prescribing course. This element has been included to enable you to clinically assess patients using focused medical history taking and physical examination skills whilst having an awareness of additional tests and referral pathways to aid in diagnosis. The course will also enable you to safety-net patients and manage risk.

The course design and assessment strategy are closely aligned to ensure that pharmacists fulfil GPhC requirements to qualify as an Independent Prescriber, attain academic and professional skills to provide excellent clinical care, and continue to develop in their future career.

The foundation of your career

Employability

Successful completion of this course leads to the professional award of Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing, enabling pharmacists to apply for annotation of their name on the register as an Independent Prescriber. This course is fully accredited by the GPhC.

Accreditation

Successful completion of this course leads to the professional award of Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing, enabling pharmacists to apply for annotation of their name on the register as an Independent Prescriber. This course is fully accredited by the GPhC.

Teaching and learning

The course comprises a mix of face-to-face study days, on-line learning, and a minimum of 90 hours of learning in practice time, together with private study and completion of the assessments. 

Nine face-to-face study days (mixture of online and in-person), minimum 90 hours learning in practice time and the remainder is independent study using the online learning materials provided.

Ten face-to-face study days (mixture of online and in-person), minimum 90 hours learning in practice time and the remainder is independent study using the online learning materials provided.

Modules

Compulsory modules



Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Students undertake one 60 credit module Upon successful completion of 60 credits, you will be awarded a PG Cert in General Pharmacy Practice (Prescribing).

Fieldwork

Students are required to spend a minimum of 90 hours in supervised learning in practice time under the direction of their Designated Medical Practitioner. 

Accessibility

Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble accessable.co.uk. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) Fees to be confirmed
Tuition fees (2022/23) Fees to be confirmed

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Additional costs

Students are expected to purchase their own stethoscope (around £80). 

The GPhC charge a fee for annotating your name on the Pharmaceutical register as an Independent Prescriber once the course is successfully completed (£57).

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Funding your studies

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Next steps

There is no application fee for this programme.

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study General Pharmacy Practice (Prescribing) at graduate level
  • why you want to study General Pharmacy Practice (Prescribing) at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes in any application cycle.

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. The programme may remain open if places are still available after 31 March 2022 and will be closed as soon as it is full or by 30 June 2022.

UCL is regulated by the Office for Students.

This page was last updated 28 Sep 2021