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PgC Practice Development: Emergency Care

PgC Practice Development: Emergency Care

Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Nursing Health Practice Administration Emergency Clinical Care Caring Skills

Course type


Course Summary

Course overview

If you are a registered nurse/practitioner or paramedic working in an emergency/urgent care setting and want to enhance your knowledge and skills base to improve your career prospects, this course can do that.

Nurses and paramedics are now expected to take on more in-depth roles and responsibilities in emergency/urgent care and on this course you gain the competences needed to achieve this.

The modules on this course give you the necessary skills to deal with the continual changes to practice in the evolving field of emergency and pre-hospital care.

You will follow an emergency care pathway and complete a period of assessed practice in your workplace, which comprises of a learning practice profile of competencies developed by the Faculty of Emergency Nursing.

Course summary

This 60 credit award is designed for those working with clients in an emergency care setting who wish to enhance and develop their clinical and academic skills at level 7.

You will be required to attend one of the induction days prior to starting the first module of your course (distance learning students excepted). If you have studied at the University of Cumbria in the past two years, the requirement to attend the induction day may be waived. The closing date for applications is 5 working days prior to the module start date or, if this is your first module, 5 working days prior to the induction date.

Different course options

Online | University of Cumbria | 1 year | APR

Study mode



1 year

Start date



Qualificatory Practice Unit for the Practice Development: Emergency Care Pathway - Core
Emergency Care: Management of Acute Illness and Major Trauma - Core
Emergency Care: Care of Minor Illness and Trauma - Core
Consultation and Physical Examination: Health Assessment Skills or Advanced Pathophysiology and Disease in Practice - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

To be confirmed

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 will need to be a qualified nurse or health care professional, with active registration with the NMC Nursing Register or equivalent, and at least 6 months post registration experience. You will also need a mentor who is suitably qualified to assess your development of competence within the field of emergency care. A minimum of 135 hours direct contact time (typically 3 hours per week) with your mentor is required to fulfil the learning outcomes of the Qualificatory Practice Unit (QPU) for this award. The period of practice development begins at commencement of the PgC and continues throughout all 3 contributing modules. Admissions criteria are outlined in the University Admissions Policy. Normally, applicants will be required to hold an honours degree classification second-class honours, lower division or above in a cognate subject. For applicants who do not meet this requirement, non-standard entry criteria will apply. In such cases, applicants will be interviewed using a proforma. It is expected that such candidates will have evidence of successful study at level 6 (or equivalent) within the preceding 5 years. Applications will be reviewed on an individual basis and potential students will be offered advice by an academic tutor on the suitability of the award and their module choice within the award, dependent on factors such as currency of prior learning, and their personal and professional development needs. Students should be able to show potential benefit from studying for the award and a commitment to attempting the assessment items.