Independent and Supplementary Prescribing

The Independent and Supplementary Prescribing course (V300) is designed for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals who are required to prescribe a wide range of medicines from the British National Formulary (BNF),  including controlled drugs, ‘off-label’ and unlicensed medication.  
Successful completion of the course will allow you to prescribe, within your professional competence and according to local policy and national legislation. This permits nurses, midwives, paramedics, podiatrists and physiotherapists to become independent and supplementary prescribers and radiographers and dieticians to become supplementary prescribers. The standards are incorporated into the programme to enable students to develop the appropriate knowledge and competencies to practice within the current non-medical prescribing legislation and professional standards. 

The curriculum is academically and clinically demanding, therefore you are required to meet with your employer to agree a programme of study which will give you protected learning time. The content of the programmes have been drawn from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Standards for Prescribing Programmes (2018), Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Standards for Prescribing (2019) and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Competency Framework for Prescribing (2016). 

The Edinburgh Napier University programme is assessed by exam, practice based learning and portfolio assessment.

Course details

This course is taught by an expert, supportive and multi-professional team including practicing prescribers and pharmacists, through a blend of face-to-face classes, online and work-based learning. You will also undertake work-based learning within your area of practice, facilitated by a designated prescribing practitioner (DPP), and keep a log of your learning to form an academic portfolio.  Assessment consists of a numeracy test, a pharmacology exam in Week 13 and a portfolio of evidence submitted in Week 26. 

The programme is offered at SCQF level 11 (Masters), (40 credits) and runs three times a year for 26 weeks each, with starts in September, January and May.

The course can be undertaken as a stand-alone module or it can contribute towards a Master’s degree.  


We welcome applications from all nurses, midwives, paramedics, podiatrists, physiotherapists, radiographers and dieticians who meet the entry requirements. 

If you are applying as an NHS employee you will need the support of your line manager, local prescribing lead and a Designated Prescribing Practitioner (DPP), all of whom will help you to develop safe and effective prescribing practice. Evidence of this support must be in place at the time of application. NHS Lothian and NHS Borders staff must apply through their local prescribing lead prior to applying to Edinburgh Napier University.

Self-employed and non-NHS employees will need the support of your line manager (if applicable), and a Designated Prescribing Practitioner (DPP) who will help you to develop safe and effective prescribing practice. Evidence of this support must be in place at the time of application. There is a supplementary application form to complete to enable Edinburgh Napier University to identify any specific conditions or support needs. 

All forms and sections of the application must be signed and completed in full. This is in addition to any necessary online or written generic application processes that are required by Edinburgh Napier University. Failure to complete and submit by the application deadline may result in a failure to guarantee a place on the course. We are unable to consider your application until we receive ALL of the required evidence and information.

This prescribing course is run in collaboration with NHS Lothian and NHS Borders. The local NHS prescribing leads will review all applications in a joint selection meeting alongside the Programme Leader from Edinburgh Napier University as well as service users. You will be notified within 3 weeks of the application closing date if you have gained a place. Late applications may not be considered.

To apply, please email   

Applications must be received in advance of the start date:
  • For the September intake (trimester 1) please apply by 19th June
  • For the January intake (trimester 2) please apply by 1st November
  • For the May intake (trimester 3) please apply by 1st March.

Course cost

£1200 per candidate.  
Proof of funding is required to be in place prior to the start of the course in the form of a purchase order.

Entry requirements

  • You must have one years’ post-registration experience prior to application;
  • Be proficient in appropriate clinical/health assessment, diagnostics/care management and the planning and evaluation of care in relation to your role;
  • You must agree with your line manager the suitability of a prescribing qualification within your area of practice and have written support from your Prescribing Lead (if applicable)
  • You must have the support of a Designated Prescribing Practitioner (DPP) and professionals to support your learning in practice alongside having a practice learning audit in place;
  • You must agree with your line manager (if applicable) that you will be supported with this programme with class attendance, practice learning time and your role. For practitioners working as self-employed / within the independent sector, please contact the Programme lead prior to application;

Further details

For further details or enquiries, or to apply please email or phone the Programme Leader, Dr Alison Wood, at 0131 455 5660.

How to apply

To apply please email

Sightill Campus

9 Sighthill Court
EH11 4BN

Getting here

Our Sighthill campus is well-served by public transport to and from the centre of the city, including the Edinburgh Trams system, and is less than five miles from Edinburgh airport. In addition, there are numerous cycle paths in the area and bike storage facilities on site.

By bus

Several Lothian Buses services from the city centre and Edinburgh Airport stop close to the campus:

  • Services 3,21,25,32,34, 36 and Citylink 300 from the city centre stop at bus stop "Sighthill Shops" on Calder Road.
  • Services 2,12 and 22 from the city centre stop at bus stop "Bankhead (W)" on Bankhead Drive.
  • Citylink 300 from Edinburgh Airport (Stance F) stops at bus stop "Sighthill" on Calder Road.
  • Service 36 serves all three of our campuses.
Edinburgh boasts a very efficient network of environmentally friendly buses that will take you all across the city and out to the suburbs. All our campuses are served by Lothian Buses offers for a flat-rate fare throughout the city, making getting to university cheap and easy. What's more, full-time students are also eligible for a Student Ridacard offering discounted travel.

A Transport for Edinburgh app is available free for smartphones and offers live bus information and electronic ticketing.

By tram

The new multi-million pound Edinburgh Trams service is a great way to manoeuvre across the city. From York Place along Princes Street, past Haymarket and out to the airport, the tram is direct and also operates on a flat rate fare or using your Ridacard. 

Getting to our Sighthill campus by tram is easy – just get off at the "Bankhead" stop, which is less than 300 metres away. To get here from Edinburgh Airport, take the tram with the destination "York Place" and alight at the "Bankhead" stop (approximately 16 minutes). Cross Bankhead Drive, and continue walking up to the University (approximately 10 minutes on foot).

A Transport for Edinburgh app  is available free for smartphones and offers live tram information and electronic ticketing.

By train

Edinburgh Park railway station is around 1.5km away while Edinburgh Waverley and Haymarket are situated in the city centre. From Edinburgh Waverley, take a Lothian Bus 3,22,or 25 from Princes Street; from Haymarket, take a Lothian Bus 3 or 25 from Dalry Road, or an Edinburgh Tram from directly outside the station.

Timetables and further information on rail services can be found through National Rail Enquiries.

By bike

Edinburgh is home to an expanding network of cycle paths and covered and secure bike storage as well as shower facilities are available at the campus. The City of Edinburgh Council publishes useful information on planning cycle routes within the city.

By car

The campus is situated on the main A71 road to the west of the city. It is easily accessible from the M8, M9 and Edinburgh City Bypass. Please note that on-campus parking is strictly by permit only, with limited on-street parking available in the surrounding area.

Disabled access guide

For a detailed access guide to our Sighthill campus, please visit here.