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PGDip Advanced Critical Care Practitioner

PGDip Advanced Critical Care Practitioner

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Study mode

Full time


2 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

Nursing Paramedical Services / Supplementary Medicine

Course type


Course Summary

About the course

Advance your knowledge and clinical skills, positioning yourself to deliver a high quality, patient-led service. This postgraduate level programme will allow you to improve your critical care practice in terms of efficiency, effectiveness and quality. Through the contemporary focus of the course and collaboration with industry stakeholders you’ll access opportunities to advance your career.

Key features

- Open to a range of healthcare practitioners registered either with the Nursing and Midwifery Council or the Health and Care Professions Council, and who have the appropriate qualifications and experience in acute critical care.
- A contemporary and dynamic programme responsive to the changing healthcare environment.
- Shape your studies around your existing expertise with our student-centred approach.
- Join a programme developed through a dynamic collaborative working relationship between the University, University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust and other local NHS trusts, providing opportunities for networking and career development.
- Equip yourself with the skills to be responsive to the ever-changing nature of the healthcare environment. This contemporary and dynamic programme means you can position yourself at the leading edge of critical care practice.
- Update and enhance your skill set thanks to the research-informed teaching embedded throughout our curriculum.
- Benefit from the extensive professional experience of our team, hailing from a diverse range of health and social care environments.


This module aims to equip the Advanced Critical Care Practitioner trainees with the core skills in clinical history taking, examination and applied anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of critical illness. The ACCP will develop advanced clinical decision making skills in the critical care setting to facilitate a high degree of autonomous practice.

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

You will normally have a first degree, BSc (Hons) at 2:2 or above; or European first cycle equivalent plus a professional qualification in health or social care. Individuals without a degree but with appropriate practice-related experience relevant to the programme may be eligible to apply and will normally be required to submit a short piece of writing as part of the admissions process. Applicants for this course will need: evidence of employment as an Advanced Critical Care Practitioner Trainee from their home trust; a named consultant intensivist who will be the clinical supervisor; a current live registration with either the Nursing and Midwifery Council (Part 1 or 2) or The Health and Care Professions Council; three years post-qualifying experience in intensive care; a satisfactory enhanced DBS (formerly CRB) check; a satisfactory Occupational Health Clearance.

University information

The University of Plymouth’s campus is centrally located within Britain’s Ocean City, perched on the South Westerly coast of Devon in between scenic Cornwall and the historic Dartmoor National Park. The University is renowned for its world leading research; postgraduate students are supported by accomplished and experienced staff who undertake research that is innovative, operates across disciplinary boundaries, and provides outstanding...more