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Critical Care Postgraduate Certificate

Critical Care Postgraduate Certificate

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Paramedical Services / Supplementary Medicine Caring Skills Nursing

Course type


Course Summary

The Postgraduate Certificate in Critical Care incorporates the latest simulation techniques, which will enable you as a practitioner to link theory to practice.

Course overview

Competence and knowledge for excellence in Critical Care practice is changing. The introduction of the National Standards and Competencies for Critical Care Education has underpinned this Postgraduate Certificate in Critical Care and has enabled students to access a course at the forefront of Critical Care education.

Why study this course with us?

The Postgraduate Certificate in Critical Care incorporates the latest simulation techniques, which will enable you as a practitioner to link theory to practice. By combining these techniques with rigorous academic theory and practice competencies, you will develop into a competent and effective nurse within the critical care environment.

During the course you will have access to our library and e-library, enabling you to access extensive online resources and support materials.

Completing this course and exiting with a formal certificate in Critical Care will be an exciting and valuable opportunity for students.


Module content will include: 1.Identification, critical examination and review of the range of evidence used within considered critical care practice. For example: standards and guidelines, relevant research, and governmental and professional initiatives, and how these influence patient care (e.g. clinical governance and infection control in relation to intensive care). 2.The use and application of evidence in relation to assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of level 3 patients. For example, the biopsychosocial needs to include those related to advanced cardiology, gastrointestinal, and end of life care. 3.Exploring the risks and complications, and current research associated with critical care provision. For example: iatrogenic risks of intensive care therapy. 4.Exploring the ethical and legal issues commonly associated with critical care provision. For example, withdrawal of treatment decisions and advanced directives.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

2020/21 Home/EU fee per 20 credit module is £660. Where a taught programme is studied part-time (PT), the fees payable each year will depend on the number of modules studied during that year.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

You must be a registered practitioner with a minimum of 12 months’ post-registration experience in a critical care area; Evidence of study at degree level is required; You should be working within a critical care environment for a minimum of 18 hours per week with access to Level 3 patients during the duration of the course to undertake the competencies associated with the module assessment.

University information

From a teaching college established in 1839, to becoming the University of Chester in 2005, over 180 years of academic growth has allowed the University to offer an extensive selection of postgraduate courses and research options across a number of specialist sites. This includes five sites in and around Chester, a campus in Warrington, a University Centre in Shrewsbury, and a new health and nursing education facility, Marriss House, in...more