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PG Cert Adult Critical Care Nursing

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Study mode

Part time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Intensive Care Nursing Paramedical Services / Supplementary Medicine

Course type


Course Summary

Why choose this course?

The PG Certificate in Adult Critical Care Nursing aims to facilitate the Registered Adult Nurse in developing a critical and holistic approach to the care of the critically ill adult with a focus on and understanding of, the implications for the wider Critical Care Unit. The course has a strong emphasis on the evaluation and development of both professional practice and research, and encourages participants to reflect critically on workplace experiences and learning in order to enhance knowledge and practice. Throughout the course you will also develop your ability to synthesise information on differing aspects of care; to identify the implications for the wider Critical Care unit in terms of dissemination and leadership activities and propose actions / developments related to these.

*Applicants must have completed Step 1 of the National Competency Framework for Critical Care Nursing (CC3N, 2015) by the start of the course and have the support of their Unit Manager.

Potential Career Paths

The PG Certificate in Adult Critical Care Nursing aims to develop a skilled and reflective practitioner with a critical and holistic approach to the nursing care of the critically ill adult. These attributes are highly transferable skills and sought after by employers in critical care and other sectors.

Whether you intend to remain in a largely clinical role or plan a more educational or managerial role in healthcare this course will enable you to showcase your ability to influence care provision and practice. At every stage of the course you will be encouraged to personalise your learning and apply theory to practice.


This module introduces the theory underpinning care of the critically ill adult patient. The module will establish the historical and current context of Critical Care services within the United Kingdom and identify key priorities and over-arching themes of care within the specialty. The module then considers a number of different areas of critical care considering the relevant: anatomy & physiology, pathophysiology, treatment / support interventions and nursing care. The module requires students to consider and critically analyse the evidence base for care provided, discussion of which is included in the module. Students are also then required to synthesis the evidence base around intervention efficacy with the wider service implementation issues.

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 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. You must have previously completed a degree in nursing or related topic. This may be an honours or non-honours degree. 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.

University information

The University of Wolverhampton prides itself on being a career-focused university, with extensive business links across a wide range of industries. It has a 98% employability rating for its postgraduate students and offers over 150 postgraduate qualifications. Located in the heart of England, Wolverhampton is within easy reach of the rest of the UK, less than 20 minutes to Birmingham with London, Manchester and Liverpool in easy reach on the...more