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Critical Care PGCert/GradCert

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40 weeks

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Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Nursing Paramedical Services / Supplementary Medicine

Course type


Course Summary

Key information

This programme is designed to facilitate your development as a critical care nurse. It will enable you to become a proficient practitioner within the specialism of critical care nursing. This programme has been designed to incorporate The National Competency Framework for Registered Nurses in Adult Critical Care (CC3N Steps 2 & 3).

Benefits of this course

By the end of this programme you’ll have an in-depth understanding of bioscience underpinning patient management and advanced organ support.

You will have also explored co-ordination of care, quality issues, patient safety and leadership.

You will be able to:

  • Promote evidence-based practice
  • Demonstrate a range of skills related to caring for a critical care patient
  • Evaluate current practice to be a proficient practitioner.

Your expertise in intensive care will be recognised by employers and help you take the next step in your nursing career.

Blended Learning

The programme will be delivered via a blended learning approach.

This approach allows you to learn in a manner that is convenient to you with a mix of face-to-face, online synchronous (participants are engaged at the same time online), and asynchronous lectures (not in real time) and tutorials to optimise flexibility and accessibility.

This approach will enable you to work around clinical commitments, family commitments and preferred styles of learning to progress on an academic pathway.


You can select to apply for one of the available exit points for this course.

Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert)
Graduate Certificate (GradCert)

Who is this course for?

If you are a registered nurse or allied health professional working in critical care (level 3) this programme will enable you to develop your knowledge and professional skills supported by the latest research and evidence-based practice.


Successful completion of this programme will equip you with additional specialist knowledge that will enhance your clinical practice and demonstrate your commitment to your profession.

You will be well placed to progress your career in critical care.


This module will explore coordination of care with a focus on recovery and rehabilitation, biomedical ethics as well as the psychosocial aspects relevant to caring for critically ill patients. Professional issues, including quality, safety, leadership and workforce wellbeing are covered.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

To be confirmed

Entry requirements

First Degree (minimum 2:2) and above OR evidence of higher-level study undertaken within the last five years. You must have completed Step 1 of The National Competency Framework for Registered Nurse in Adult Critical Care (CC3N). You must be working currently in a critical care setting (providing Level 2 & 3 care), with 12 months experience in critical care. Confirmation of managerial support from your current clinical area.

University information

City, University of London is a leading UK institution, offering an innovative programme of undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses which uphold the university’s commitment to enhance people’s lives through education. City is a research-driven university and has around 21,000 enrolled students, of which 45% are studying postgraduate qualifications. The university community is a diverse and international population home to students from...more