School of Nursing

Graduate Certificate Adult Critical Care Nursing

Graduate Certificate
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Why choose this course?

This course is attended by staff working in Critical Care units across the West Midlands, enabling you to learn from differing experiences and practices of nursing and broaden your understanding of the specialism. The University of Wolverhampton has, over several years, held a close working relationship with these units, ensuring that the course contents remain responsive to the reality of practice in the clinical environment. You will develop your applied knowledge and understanding of a range of topics relevant to caring for the critically ill adult patient, as well as your ability to find and critically evaluate the evidence base for interventions in practice and identify the implications for your own practice, self-reflection with the aim of demonstrably learning and improving in your field. Specific workshops and supportive online material will be provided at this level, aiding with an emphasis on leadership, practice development and dissemination which culminates in your assessment.

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Everything you need to know about this course!

Location Mode Fee Year
Home Part-time £2665 per year# 2022-23
Home Part-time £ per year# 2022-23
Home Part-time £2798 per year# 2023-24
Home Part-time £2798 per year# 2023-24
Home Part-time £2938 per year# 2024-25

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 be currently registered as an adult nurse on the Nursing and Midwifery Council Register. You will usually be sponsored by an NHS Trust or equivalent employer. If self-funding you must be working in a Critical Care unit and have the agreement of the unit senior nurse that you will be provided with the necessary support in practice to complete the course.
  • The Graduate Certificate is the appropriate award for applicants who meet the above requirements but do not have diploma credits to bring in to the BSc top-up award. (This would include students whose previous study has not achieved diploma equivalence or those whose credits at levels 4 and 5 are contained within a previously awarded degree but who wish to continue their studies at level 6)./li>
  • You must be working in a Critical Care unit and have a minimum of 12-months experience in Critical Care at the start of the course.
  • You must have completed Step 1 of the National Competency Framework for Critical Care Nursing (CC3N, 2015), by the start of the course.



Postgraduate Loyalty Discount:

You can get 20% discount on a taught postgraduate course if you’re a University of Wolverhampton Graduate.

The University offers a generous 20% Loyalty Discount to students progressing from an undergraduate programme to a taught postgraduate on-site programme, where both courses are University of Wolverhampton Awards.

There is no time limit on how long ago you completed your degree as long as this is your first Masters level qualification.

The discount applies to the first year of enrolment only. Students who receive a loyalty discount are not entitled to any further tuition discount or bursary. For full terms and conditions click here.


If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found by clicking here.

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

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.

Charitable Funding:

You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites Association of Charitable Foundations, Directory of Social Change or Family Action. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.

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


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