Adult Critical Care (Professional Practice)

Part Time
September 2018, March 2019
£656 per module for UK/EU Part Time 2018 entry (view all fees)
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The course aims to address the learning needs of healthcare professionals working in level two and three areas with clients within a variety of critical care specialities - including hepatology, cardiology and neurology - and provides exposure opportunities for practitioners involved in the investigation, treatment, management and care of clients with a variety of critical illnesses. Together this is intended to increase your skills (and associated theoretical knowledge) in order to best meet the needs of your clients and the service. This course gives you the opportunity to focus on current issues within this speciality and learn from dedicated, committed staff who are experts in their field.

What's covered in the course?

You'll learn more about assessing, planning, delivering and evaluating the specialist care of patients undergoing interventions and treatment for a variety of critical conditions, and educating and supporting these patients, relatives and fellow colleagues. The course will enable you to develop higher levels of judgment and decision making, and develop your understanding and expertise in your clinical areas using reflection and critical analysis.

Why Choose Us?

  • The course is designed to be relevant to all health care professionals working in level two and level three areas.
  • Our dedicated, committed staff are experts in their field; the course leader is a University lecturer with substantial clinical experience in critical care.
  • There's a strong focus on current issues within the speciality and emphasis on the practical side with competencies.
  • Continued support from staff both academically and practically whilst in university and on placement
  • Each module has an associated "Moodle" based website which contains all module documentation, handouts, links to key documents and supplementary articles of interest.
  • The course will equip you with the life-long learning skills, promoting the ability to learn independently after the course has finished.

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Open Days

Our next Open Day for this course will take place on Sunday 25 November 2018. Book your place to see our facilities and speak to our staff and students.

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Course Accreditations

Post Registration Education Provider of the Year Winner

SNTA winner

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
Sep 2018 PT
£656 per module
Mar 2019 PT
£656 per module

International Students

Sorry, this course is not available to international students.

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF form instead. The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

Course structure 

You can choose to study this programme as a complete pathway award or as a standalone module, dependent on your individual need and the needs of your organisation. All programmes offer a convenient part-time format to fit around home and work commitments

Pathway awards in Adult Critical Care can lead to:

  • Module only Professional Practice Level 6
  • Module only Professional Practice Level 7
  • BSc Professional Practice
  • BSc (Hons) Professional Practice 
  • Grad Cert Professional Practice 
  • PG Cert Professional Practice
  • PG Dip Professional Practice
  • MSc Professional Practice

How to apply

Complete the online application form via the link above, including the name of the pathway or module you are enrolling onto. 

Financial sponsorship

If you will be receiving financial sponsorship, to settle the tuition fees for this course please download and complete the financial support form. Once completed please upload it to your applicant portal.

Professional practice routes

Have a look at all of our Professional Practice Healthcare routes available.

Professional Practice Routes

Degree (Level 6)

Exploring the Pathophysiological Principles of the Critically Ill Patient
20 credits
Fundamental Principles of Caring for the Critically Ill Patient
20 credits
Challenging Professional Practice within Critical Care
20 credits
Using Research Evidence in Practice
20 credits

This module gives you the opportunity to:

  • Examine the process of devising an answerable question arising from clinical practice. 
  • Implement strategies for accessing and retrieving sources of relevant evidence.
  • Critically analyse and evaluate sources of evidence using appropriate frameworks.
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the knowledge and skills required to successfully implement evidence into practice.

This module is can also be taken as a standalone credit bearing course

Negotiated Study
20 credits

This module allows you the opportunity to:

  • Critically analyse the contemporary literature relating to your chosen topic.
  • Formulate arguments to demonstrate in depth knowledge relating to your chosen topic.
  • Analyse how this learning has supported or developed knowledge and practice.

This module is can also be taken as a standalone credit bearing course

Optional Module
20 credits

Postgraduate (Level 7)

Exploring the Pathophysiological Principles of the Critically Ill Patient
20 credits
Fundamental Principles of Caring for the Critically Ill Patient
20 credits
Challenging Professional Practice within Critical Care
20 credits
Research: Methods of Enquiry
20 credits

You will be provided with quantitative and qualitative research methods that will satisfy your learning needs. You will identify a population and sample, consider methods of data collection and analysis, strengthen credibility and apply ethical principles, providing a sound foundation for your final Masters project.

This module is can also be taken as a standalone credit bearing course

Leadership Skills and Project Management in Health and Healthcare
20 credits

Through a flexible provision, on this module students are inspired to reflect critically upon their individual learning needs as well as their organisations’ practices, to appraise and apply concepts from the literature on leadership, to issues of relevance for their role, organisation and overall programme of study.

This module also focuses on pursuing excellence in leadership and project management principles and encouraging practice-led, applied knowledge for students to lead service improvement and/or policy change effectively and efficiently.

This module is can also be taken as a standalone credit bearing course

Optional Module
20 credits
Research Dissertation
60 credits

For those undertaking MSc only. The dissertation module gives you the opportunity to:

  • Initiate, plan and design an investigation into an academic area of professional practice 
  • Conduct an academic study considering its theoretical underpinning and offer insight into an area of professional practice
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyse, synthesise and evaluate findings appropriate to the study undertaken
  • Critically reflect on the processes undertaken as part of the study and offer creative solutions for future studies.

Degree (Level 6)

Pathway Level
Level 6 - Year 1
Modules completed 
Exploring the Pathophysiological Principles of the Critically Ill Patient (LBR6595) 
Fundamental Principles of Caring for the Critically Ill Patient (LBR6594)
Challenging Professional Practice within Critical Care (LBR6596)
Exit Awards
Grad Cert/BSc Professional Practice (Adult Critical Care)

Level 6 - Year 2 (BSc (Hons only)
Negotiated Study (LBR6547)
Using Research Evidence in Practice (LBR6553)
Optional Module
BSc (Hons) Professional Practice (Adult Critical Care)

Postgraduate (Level 7)

Pathway Level
Level 7 - Year 1
Modules completed 
Exploring the Pathophysiological Principles of the Critically Ill Patient (LBR7561)
Fundamental Principles of Caring for the Critically Ill Patient (LBR7560)
Challenging Professional Practice within Critical Care (LBR7562)
Exit Awards
PG Cert Professional Practice (Adult Critical Care)

Level 7 - Year 2
Leadership Skills and Project Management for Health (LBR7399)
Research: Methods of Enquiry (LBR7339)
Optional Module
PG Dip Professional Practice (Adult Critical Care)

Level 7 - Year 3
Research Dissertation
MSc Professional Practice (Adult Critical Care)
SNTA winner
Student Nursing Times Award Winner

Post Registration Education Provider of the Year

Course dates

Please check the course dates to see when your chosen modules are available throughout the year.

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Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

We boast up-to-date, innovative facilities that simulate the real situations that medical staff may come across.

These resources are essential in offering students a hands-on introduction to health and social care practice. Much of our teaching is carried out within our state-of-the-art, £30m Seacole Building, which houses cutting-edge facilities.

Take a virtual tour of our skills suites at Seacole

In a sector where new techniques are constantly being discovered, we work hard to ensure that students learn using the most up-to-date equipment available. These include the only mock operating theatre in an English university and a cutting-edge radiography virtual clinical training facility, virtual ward and virtual case creator.

Virtual Case Creator

For pre-registration midwives, Virtual Case Creator software contains a range of scenarios to let you experience birthing situations and decide on appropriate interventions in a safe environment.

Hospital Ward

Our mock wards enable you to get a feel of what a ward is really like before you head out for your first placement. They contain ‘Sim Men’, which are demonstration dummies that develop ailments, allowing you to treat them as you would a real patient and build your confidence in reacting to the changing needs of patients.

The Hospital Ward can be adapted from a low care to high dependency care environment with the necessary monitoring equipment.

Part of the package is our SIM baby, SIM man and Mega code kid. There are also nursing manikins for fundamental skills teaching and various equipment to support essential skills teaching, such as blood pressure monitoring venepuncture and cannulation equipment.

Skills Practice and Clinical Enhancement facility

The SPACE (Skills Practice And Clinical Enhancement) learning facility lets you further practice the skills taught in class, at your own pace and convenience.

It is fully stocked with the specialist items and equipment needed for procedures such as taking blood pressure, giving an injection, abdominal examination of a pregnant woman and caring for ill babies in an incubator.

Biomedical Laboratories

We have recently installed new laboratory facilities to help you explore understand the scientific principles underpinning many of our courses. The physiology laboratory is equipped to help you learn about the way the human body works by performing investigative experiments. The biomedical science laboratory is undergoing an upgrade over the summer and will allow you to learn about anatomy, cellular processes, immunology and enzymology in a hands-on way that links directly to day-to-day health care.

Simulation Mannequins

We have several Simulation men (SIM men) and Simulation babies (SIM babies) which are leading edge, anatomically correct mannequins used for teaching specific techniques such as advanced adult and paediatric life support skills, acute and high dependency clinical skills, first aid and communication skills.

The SIM men and SIM baby mannequins are complete with software, which is used to replicate real symptoms, and are enhanced by the manipulation of for example blood pressure, pulse and heart rate for extra realism. SIM Man can also “talk” to the students which adds another dimension to their use in teaching clinical skills and in simulation exercises.

Mary Seacole Library

The Seacole library, based at City South Campus, is one of the UK's largest specialist health education libraries. The state-of-the art facility offers an extensive range of range of information and reference materials set out in a relaxing environment, conducive to studying. There are comfortable seating areas, group study areas, a silent study area and private study rooms.

The Seacole building houses a large open access IT Suite which comprises of 96 PCs, full colour printers, photocopiers and scanners. Our PCs utilise the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:

  • Fast (unrestricted) internet connectivity
  • Ability to save files to USB, DVD & CD
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Research and statistical software
  • Storage space which can be accessed from any PC across the University and from home

Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.

The IT Suite offers extended opening hours and is supported by a specialist Open Access Assistant during term time. In addition to the open access PCs within the IT Suite, there are 12 networked student PCs available within Seacole library.

Jane Leaver

Senior Lecturer/Programme Leader

Jane trained in London at Great Ormond Street and Charring Cross Hospitals and Qualified in 1985 as a paediatric and an adult nurse. She has worked in the field of burns and plastic surgery nursing for over 20 years. She has worked on paediatric burn units both abroad in Australia and Canada as well as in the UK.

She joined the faculty of Health in 2000 as a lecturer practitioner in Burns and Plastic Surgery and has maintained close clinical working links with Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. Currently Jane is pathway leader for the Burns and Plastic Surgery awards on the Professional Practice Programme. She is also the deputy programme leader for the PG Cert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (Health and Social Care/NMC Teacher).

She is currently the lead nurse for the Midlands Burn Operational Delivery Network, a role that she has been undertaking since the Network formed in 2008. She is also an executive committee member of the British Burns Association and is closely involved with the Emergency Management of Severe Burns Course.

Jane is passionate about nursing and improving care for patients, particularly those with burn injuries. Her clinical involvement enables her to maintain clinical credibility and enhance the teaching and learning for her students.


For any enquiries about this course please contact the course leader, Lorraine Marsons on:

Professional Navigator

The Professional Practice Programme consists of a selection of modules that can be studied on their own or as part of an award. For help in deciding which modules to study or your outcome award please contact our Professional Navigators on 

Professional practice routes

Have a look at all of our Professional Practice Healthcare routes available.

Professional Practice Routes