The Institute of Health

Specialist Clinical Nursing (Critical Care)

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code
  • Entry Requirements View
  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020
  • Award PG Cert
  • Study Mode Part-time
  • Course Length Part-time (1 year)
  • Campus Location University of Wolverhampton
  • School The Institute of Health

What happens on the course?

7HW074 Applied Specialist Nursing Practice)

(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

Applied Specialist Nursing Theory (7HW072) (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.

Applied Specialist Nursing Theory (7HW073)

(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.


Module Dates 2019-20

Semester 1

Semester 2

02.10.19 29.01.20
09.10.19 05.02.20
23.10.19 19.02.20
06.11.19 04.03.20
20.11.19 18.03.20
04.12.19 01.04.20
18.12.19 29.04.20

Vivas 11-15 May 2020

All dates are Wednesday 0900 - 1600 hours except viva voca - individual appointments tbc during Sem 2

Course Modules

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

  • You must have current NMC registration.
  • You need to have a degree or significant evidence of successful level 6 study (at the discretion of the course leader)
  • Applicants should apply direct to the University and if seeking support from an employer should agree this in advance of an application.
  • You need to be working in a critical care unit, for a minimum of a year, have your unit's support to complete the course and have completed Step 1 of the national competency framework.

Postgraduate Loans: Are available for taught and research Masters courses for students resident in England. For more information on eligibility and how to apply online visit:

Professional and Career Development Loan: The University is a Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL) registered Learning Provider, registration number [4413]. A PCDL is a commercial bank loan that you can use to help pay for work-related learning. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit the GOV.UK website or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.

Charitable Funding: You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites or 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.

University Postgraduate Loyalty Discount: The University also offers a postgraduate loyalty discount ( If you have completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Wolverhampton, you may be eligible for a 20% discount on the first year of a taught postgraduate programme.

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.

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 at


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