Institute of Health

Nursing Studies (Critical Care)


This course aims to facilitate the registered health care professional in developing a critical and holistic approach to the care of the critically ill adult.

This course aims to facilitate the registered health care professional in developing a critical and holistic approach to the care of the critically ill adult.

Why choose this course?

This course aims to facilitate the registered health care professional in developing a critical and holistic approach to the care of the critically ill adult. You will be able to integrate knowledge of the relevant physiology, pathophysiology and psychological implications of critical illness with the evidence base for the related assessment strategies and therapeutic interventions. You will apply this knowledge to develop a holistic understanding of the experience of critical illness for the patient and family.

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 the care of a patient experiencing an episode of critical 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
Co-ordinating Care in the Specialist Setting (6HW013)
(September to January - Semester 1)
You will study anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, assessment, monitoring and therapeutic interventions relating to a variety of areas relevant to the care of the critically ill patient. You will evaluate guidelines and evidence relating to the management of critical illness.
Module content includes:
The context and development of critical care services, applied physiology of respiratory, cardiac, renal and gastrointestinal systems; non-invasive ventilatory support, nutritional support and metabolic disorder. Maintaining patient safety as a fundamental aspect of care will be addressed as a theme throughout the module along with communication skills and infection control measures.
Assessment Details:
A case study (100%) detailing a coordinated approach to care for an individual experiencing an episode of critical illness.
Enhancing Care in the Specialist Setting (6HW014)
(January to May - Semester 2)
You will focus on managing care of critically ill (level 3), patients and will evaluate guidelines and evidence underpinning methods of assessment and therapeutic intervention.
Module content includes:
Applied physiology and assessment of the nervous system; shock and haemodynamic monitoring; mechanical ventilation; management of acute renal failure; sedation, delirium and pain management; psychological effects of critical illness for the patient and family. Patient safety, communication and infection control issues will continue as themes throughout this module.
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 a
critical care situation (50%)

Please also view the course structure and modules information. 

Course dates/times 2019-2020

BSc Nursing Studies (Critical Care) & PGCert Clinical Specialist Nursing (Critical Care)                        
Dates (Semester 1)                    

Induction / enrolment fair date TBC

Wed: 02.10.19, 09.10.19, 23.10.19, 06.11.19, 20.11.19, 04.12.19, 18.12.19

Dates (Semester 2)

Wed: 29.01.20, 05.02.20, 19.02.20, 04.03.20,18.03.20, 01.04.20, 29.04.19.

Vivas: 11.05.20 - 15.05.20 (viva voce  – individual appointments TBC during semester 2

Time  9.00 - 4.00pm


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.



Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

You should study the Critical 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 critical 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.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home Part-time £3100 per year# 2021-22
Home Part-time £3120 per year# 2022-23

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

  • You must have evidence of current UK NMC registration.
  • For the BSc (non Hons) you must have 120 credits at level 4 (certificate) and 120 credits at level 5 (diploma).
  • You must be working on a Critical Care Unit
  • You must have completed Step 1 National Competency Framework - CC3N
  • Applicants should apply direct to the University and if seeking support from an employer should agree this in advance of an application.



If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to pay.


Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

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.

Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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