AdvDip(CPD) Non-Medical Independent and Supplementary Prescribing for Allied Health Care Professionals (HE7)

Allied Health Professionals play a vital role in healthcare. This course in independent and supplementary prescribing is designed to support your progress in physiotherapy / podiatry. It reflects the specific needs of Allied Health Professionals and employers and aims to educate students in prescribing practices that meet local or national guidelines.

AdvDip(CPD) Non-Medical Independent and Supplementary Prescribing for Allied Health Care Professionals (HE7)

Course details

Allied healthcare professionals make up one of the largest – and arguably most important – groups of professionals in the UK. Increasingly in high demand, allied healthcare professionals come from a range of medical and related backgrounds, bringing diverse skillsets to their roles.

Ideal for healthcare professionals with at least three years’ experience, this course will challenge you to apply planning, cooperation, critical analysis and decision making skills to your work, taking account of local or national guidelines.

You’ll explore a wide range of subjects, including clinical pharmacology, the psychology of prescribing and professional accountability, and have the opportunity to complete practice-based learning under the supervision of your mentor.

The programme is designed to meet the needs of allied healthcare professionals and their employers, aiming to equip you with the communication skills, diagnostic abilities and legal and professional understanding necessary for safe, appropriate and cost-effective prescribing.

With a professional development qualification in non-medical independent and supplementary prescribing from the University of Bolton, you’ll have the chance to build on your knowledge and experience, offer advanced patient care and become more competitive in the jobs market.

This course is known colloquially as V300, although this term is purely an NMC term.

  • Start date: 22/09/2020
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: AdvDip(CPD)
  • Duration: 26 weeks

Course highlights:

  • Our programme staff have a wealth of experience in NHS settings and relevant research positions.
  • We’ve been offering courses designed specifically to meet the needs of the healthcare sector for more than three decades.
  • This course is developed with the aim of covering both theory and practice, giving you the opportunity to develop your prescribing consultation skills and apply your growing knowledge of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics in practice.
  • On successful completion of the course, you’ll be eligible to register your qualification as a Independent/Supplementary Prescriber with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). You’ll also possess 40 credits at Level HE7 that can be used to contribute to a larger award in the University of Bolton’s professional development framework.

Key features:

  • Our courses are developed in line with the requirements of the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework and updated regularly to reflect the changing healthcare landscape.
  • As part of this course, you’ll have the opportunity to develop a range of employability skills, values and behaviours, including action planning, personal impact and confidence.
  • You’ll explore how to communicate effectively with patients and carers and assess patients’ needs for medicines, taking account of their wishes, values, ethnicity and choices in their treatment.
  • The course curriculum is regularly reviewed to ensure that current contemporary theories are covered.
  • This course is designed to help you achieve your potential and encourage you to take charge of your own development to advance your career in healthcare.

Entry requirements

  • Start date: 22/09/2020
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: AdvDip(CPD)
  • Duration: 26 weeks

You must be registered with the appropriate professional body in the UK and practicing within the UK in order to be eligible to join the course. This means that we’re unable to consider most international applicants.

You must be currently registered as a Physiotherapist or Podiatrist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

You should also have a minimum of 3 years appropriate post registration experience, with the last 12 months specifically in the area of practice where there is an identified need for you to regularly use independent and supplementary prescribing.

You’ll become part of a tripartite learning agreement – the other parties are the Trust Prescribing Lead and a Designated Medical Supervisor.

You’ll need to arrange to have the support of a Designated Medical Supervisor in practice who’ll be able to provide guidance and supervision of your practice-based learning whilst you’re on the course. The mentor may be a doctor with whom you normally work and they must meet specific criteria as outlined on the Nomination Form. Your mentor will be supplied with full documentation in support of their role.

You’ll also need to show 80% achievement via the online numeracy test arranged by Prescribing Lead and that you possess basic computer literacy skills.

This course involves regulated activity so you must gain an Enhanced Disclosure certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) before starting your studies. Charges are payable to cover the cost of the DBS Enhanced Disclosure application and annual registration with the online Update Service. (Normally your sponsoring organisation will organise this.) Please note that your DBS must have been completed within three years of the course start date. Find out more

You may be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.

If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.5 with normally no less than 6.0 in any band (or equivalent). Find out more

Career opportunities

What can I do with this qualification?

Professional recognition

This course is validated and approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

On successful completion of the course, you’ll be eligible to register your qualification as an Independent/Supplementary Prescriber with the Health and Care Professions Council.

Fees & funding

No fee information is currently available, please contact Student Data Management on 01204 903059 or for more information

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The University is currently awaiting Government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2019/20.

UK undergraduate tuition fees are subject to UK government approval and are subject to the outcome of the Teaching Excellence Framework.

How to apply


You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

You should have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or


International applications are not possible for this course

As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.

We offer a wide range of full-time courses in lots of different subjects, many of our courses start in September and January. If you would like to see what courses are available please visit our Course Search.

Teaching & assessment


Modules listed below are a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules as part of the course.

  • Non-Medical Independent and Supplementary Prescribing for Allied Health Care Professionals (26 weeks)

Teaching, learning and assessment

You’ll learn through a blended approach of direct classes - including lectures, workshops, tutorials, role play activities and discussions - and e-learning via the virtual learning environment. In classroom sessions you’ll focus mainly on studying the theory of independent and supplementary prescribing.

To cover the fundamentals in practice, you’ll be expected to complete 12 days’ hands-on experience and demonstrate competence in prescribing within your area of clinical practice. During your course we’ll guide you in developing resources for independent learning but you’ll also have access to staff support and meetings with your tutor at least twice during each trimester.

Assessment includes the creation of a portfolio and a reflective learning log relevant to prescribing practice within your own clinical setting. You’ll also be tested on learning outcomes from each module and assessed in practice by your designated medical practitioner, taking into account issues of safe prescribing and patient confidentiality.


The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up to date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

Assessment methods

Level Assessment method
Level One Coursework (50%), Written exams (50%)

Learning activities

Level Learning activity
Level One Guided independent study (25%), Placement/study abroad (50%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (25%)

Contact The University

Key facts

  • Course type:
  • Start date:
  • Location:
    The University of Bolton
  • Award:
  • Duration:
    26 weeks

Contact us

Gilly Keogh
Programme Leader
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903253

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903903