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Institute of Health

Nursing Studies (Acute Care)


This course is suitable for all nurses and other qualified healthcare professionals who care for patients/clients at risk from acute deterioration whether in a primary care or hospital setting.

This course is suitable for all nurses and other qualified healthcare professionals who care for patients/clients at risk from acute deterioration whether in a primary care or hospital setting.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code
  • Entry Requirements View
  • Course Specifications View
  • Award BSc
  • School Institute of Health

Why choose this course?

**Please note this course will not be running for September 2019**

This course is suitable for all nurses and other qualified healthcare professionals who care for patients/clients at risk from acute deterioration whether in a primary care or hospital setting. It is designed to enhance your knowledge and practice in order to lead and deliver care to patients experiencing an episode of acute illness.

The course is subject to a minimum number of confirmed students.

What happens on the course?

Leading and Delivering Specialist Care (6HW011)

(September to May – year long)
This year long module provides an opportunity to demonstrate your professional practice and an ability to manage episodes of acute illness; this will be evidenced through assessment of competency and a reflective portfolio.
Module content includes:
Searching, interpreting and applying evidence to inform practice; Practice development; reflective analysis; portfolio development.
Assessment Details:
1.         10 specialist practice outcomes* whilst continuing to work in your normal practice setting (Pass/Refer) *you will require a practice mentor to assess your practice.
2.         A reflective portfolio of evidence (100%) which supports your competency in practice.
Co-ordinating Care in the Specialist Setting (6HW013)
(September to January - Semester 1)
You will study pathophysiology and evaluate guidelines and evidence relating to management of acute illness.
Module content includes:
Early warning systems, recognition and treatment of acute illness, applied physiology, maintaining patient safety, monitoring and management of the rescue process.
Assessment Details:
A case study (100%) detailing a coordinated approach to care for an individual experiencing an episode of acute illness.
Enhancing Care in the Specialist Setting (6HW014)
(January to May - Semester 2)
You will focus on the management of a range of acute conditions; evaluate guidelines and evidence underpinning treatment strategies for patients suffering an episode of acute illness.
Module content includes:
Evidence based treatment strategies and pharmacological therapies, management of the patient/client experiencing an acute illness.
Assessment Details:
1. A written report on an aspect of practice (50%)
2. An oral assessment of your ability to articulate your learning and apply to an acute care situation (50%)

 In order to see more about the modules we offer and to prepare for your academic counselling session please visit our module information pages.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

This course and the module content is responsive to the ever-changing healthcare environment, national initiatives and guidelines and as such offers an ongoing opportunity to increase knowledge, review evidence and update previous learning. You will explore issues relating to contemporary healthcare, develop skills in critical appraisal and promote evidence-based practice and service improvement within a complex and challenging multi-professional environment.

This acute care course acknowledges your professional experience, and aims to develop a sound theoretical basis underpinning care provision for patients/clients with an acute illness or at risk from sudden deterioration.  

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

You should study the Acute Care Course with us as it provides an opportunity to gain a deeper insight into your practice whilst also gaining a (non Honours) degree qualification.

Your specialist modules are firmly reflective of service provision and coursework is clinically focused with an emphasis on service improvement.

The course provides you with a variety of flexible learning opportunities which are soundly based in the acute care arena.

As a student of the University, you may enjoy the support of a virtual learning environment that allows you to study at a time and place most convenient to you.


This programme covers a variety of skills important for the development of a qualified nurse in a way which brings together theory and practice. Graduate nurses will reflect a knowledgeable and enterprising approach to healthcare and adopt a critical, analytical and imaginative approach to nursing practice.

1. Critically reflect on professional expertise, clinical judgement and ethical decision-making skills used in the collaborative provision of healthcare in the multicultural setting.

2. Critically appraise the research underpinning nursing practice and modern healthcare and apply knowledge in an enterprising way (including the use of advanced technologies appropriate to the role).

3. Critically evaluate strategies of leadership and communication and the influence of personal and professional values in leading, and taking a substantial role in the local, national and global community.

4. Critically analyse and evaluate the effectiveness of quality assurance and risk management strategies to create and maintain a safe environment.

5. Critically reflect on the role of continuing professional development and strategies for career advancement.

6. Critically reflect on the role of the nurse as a role-model to provide guidance and support; to nurture their own and others intellectual curiosity in accordance with the Professional Code.


  • You must have evidence of current UK NMC registration.
  • You should be working with a client group at risk from a sudden deteriorating condition and be able to achieve the clinical practice component.
  • For the BSc (non Hons) you must have 120 credits at level 4 (certificate) and 120 credits at level 5 (diploma).
  • Applicants should apply direct to the University and if seeking support from an employer should agree this in advance of an application.

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

Tuition Fees Loan: If you wish, you can take out a Government Student Loan which covers the full course fee. You pay it back once you’ve left university and your income is more than £25,725 (from April 2019). More information on repayments can be found at: repayments.
It’s available to eligible full-time higher education students and does not depend on family income.

The amount of the Tuition Fees Loan is paid directly to the University of Wolverhampton by the Student Loan Company.

Visit student finance on the website to find out more.

Self-funding: If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay.The funding available to you depends on when you started your studies and if you have been to University previously.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund ( for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.


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