What you’ll study
How you’ll study
You’ll be assessed as stipulated by regulatory requirements using a mixture of online and work-based assessment methods:
- Numeracy exam (100% pass required) - this is usually assessed on-campus. Due to Covid-19, on-campus exams will not take place in 2020 and alternative assessment arrangements will be arranged for this exam.
- Online pharmacology exam (80% pass required)
- Four written assignments
- Work-based assessments
- Personal formulary
You’ll also submit a portfolio of:
- work-based assessments
- competencies, using the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Prescribing Competency Framework
- a clinical Log detailing your practice learning hours.
This course takes place over two terms, either side of the Christmas break.
The course totals approximately 300 hours of study and assessment time over 26 weeks.
This is an indicative guide to the time required for a typical student at this level to achieve the learning outcomes.
You’ll spend five days on your first course, and 2.5 days on your second course, being taught by University staff. You’ll spend the remaining course hours in self-directed study or training in clinical practice.
Clinical practice learning hours
Nationally there is an agreement that you will get 90 hours’ equivalent of clinical practice learning hours across the course. These hours are flexible and you’ll organise them with your Practice Assessor/Supervisor depending on your learning needs.
You’ll keep a clinical log to account for these hours. This will demonstrate that you have achieved the required learning for the award across a breadth of clinical practice.
Your teaching team
Where this will take you
Stacie Buchan, Nurse Practitioner, course completed 2019/20
The safe and supportive learning environment enables you to learn and ask questions with no judgement, and practise skills safely before applying to practice. The teaching staff are 100% invested in helping you achieve your goals and can help accommodate for any bump in the road.
To view your online course materials, you’ll need access to:
A computer (PC, laptop or Mac) operating on either:
- Windows 10 or later
- macOS 10.15 (Catalina) or later.
Most teaching materials are smartphone- and tablet-friendly. But we recommend a proper laptop or desktop for completing assignments comfortably.
Reliable internet access
- a wired connection
- a minimum download speed of 2 Mbps so you can take part fully in live sessions.
Speakers or headphones
- We recommend a headset with built-in microphone and earphones if you’re likely to study in an environment with background noise.
- A webcam is optional, but you may like to use one from some interactive sessions.
We’ll give you access to Office365 applications. This means you can use online versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and install these programs on up to five personal devices.
If your course requires specialist software, we’ll provide you with access to this and a licence that lasts throughout your studies.
See our detailed IT requirements for more information.
Apply as early as you can. This is so we have time to review your application and get a decision to you. We also want to ensure you have time to enrol before teaching starts.
September 2023 intake
Term dates and application deadlines will be announced in due course.
When you study with us, you can expect a first-class support structure so that you’re never alone in your studies.
But learning online does mean you have to motivate yourself and manage your own time.
Your most important commitment to your course will be time – the time to work through, reflect on and understand your teaching materials.
Before you start a course that involves a high degree of independent study, we recommend looking at the time you will be able to devote to your course each week:
- Be realistic
- Create a weekly schedule as a guide
If you have any questions about studying online, get in touch with our friendly team. We’re here to help.
Your course fee needs to be paid in full before you start your course.
We accept payment via Visa Debit, Visa Credit and Mastercard.
Ways to save
You may be able to get help funding this course via:
- Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA)
- discounts – if any discounts are available for this course, they’ll appear in the section below
- employer sponsorship – we accept full and partial fee payments from sponsors.
All our students are entitled to a University of Aberdeen student card. This gives you access to a range of student discounts around the city and online.