Analysing the High Dependency Care (Level 1 & 2 Critical Care) of Children & Young People - 20 credits - Module

Short Course (3 months)
March 2019
£656 for UK/EU Short Course 2019 entry (view all fees)
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The changing nature of healthcare and delivery needs a responsive practitioner able to adapt and lead in the provision of high quality, individualised care.

To this end the module has been designed to equip the practitioner with the necessary evidence based knowledge, skill and expertise to manage the specialist needs of the seriously ill child/young person and their family.

What's covered in the course?

This module is aimed predominantly at Graduate Healthcare Practitioners who care for neonates, children or young people within a high dependency setting which may be located within a ward area (Level 1 Critical care (CC) or a designated High Dependency Unit (Level 2 CC).

Why Choose Us?

We are known for ‘transforming students’ with the knowledge, skills and confidence to succeed when they graduate. If you choose us you will receive a first class education with a focus on practical skills and professional relevance. So why not invest in your future, increase your employability, learn from the best, earn while you learn and experience our innovative teaching style. We work in partnership with local NHS trusts and we pride ourselves in knowing that there are recognised Professional bodies such as the British Psychological Society accrediting our courses.

The content of this module is flexible and structured following an ABCDE approach which allows for the provision of core information that can be applied across the varied clinical settings and the different age groups of the children. There will be the opportunity for negotiated content in response to your needs and also current trends in illness and care. Low and high fidelity simulation will be used to explore practice, enhance team working and consolidate knowledge and skills.

You will be actively encouraged to reflect on your current practice, explore the underpinning evidence base and engage in current debates on the delivery of care. You will be required to revise your general anatomy and physiology before attending a week of study. Areas covered will include anatomy and physiology of the respiratory, circulatory, neurological systems alongside practical activities that reflect the underpinning theory and practice of level 1 & 2 critical care settings.


This course is worth...

20 credits


This course costs...


This course is not open to International students

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
Module Mar 2019 SC 3 months £656

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.

How to apply

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

Entry requirements

Level 6: 1st level Registered Nurses working with seriously ill and injured infants and children or caring for infants and children requiring level 1 & 2 care, previous Level 5 Diploma study.

Level 7: 1st level Registered Nurses working with seriously ill and injured infants and children or caring for infants and children requiring level 1 & 2 care, previous Level 6 Degree study.

Course structure

This module aligns with the Professional Practice Programme philosophy and is designed to be flexible and practice led. You will have the opportunity to develop skills of enquiry, reflection and problem solving We pride ourselves on our blended learning approach that incorporates both classroom and learning activities online via Moodle.

  • A whole week of teaching from 09.30am - 4.30pm (Theory)
  • A final study day which is also the submission date for the assessment
  • An alternative clinical experience (Practice)
  • Skills passport to be completed


The student will demonstrate a systematic approach to the assessment of the child and young person with level 1 and 2 critical care skills. The student will have full access to all online moodle resources and the opportunity to carry out a clinical placement in a level ½ critical care setting.

You will critically analyse the holistic care of the child and young person as well as the current evidence base that frames the care of the child and young person with level 1 and 2 critical care needs.  

Course dates

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We offer 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.

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Sophie Kuyateh

Child Health Lecturer

Sophia Elizabeth Kuyateh is a Child Health Lecturer at Birmingham City University (BCU). She has been in post since March 2015, and thoroughly enjoys her role here at the University. Sophia maintains close links with practice and still works clinically. This enhances her credibility with the students as well as physically keeping her up to date with current practice.

Sophia obtained her BSc Hons registered general nursing qualification from University of Central England (now BCU) in 1996, and her Diploma in higher education as a registered Children’s nurse in 2000. By 2011 she had completed her MSc in cardiorespiratory nursing, and in November 2016 she was awarded her postgraduate certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (Health and Social Care Teacher).

Sophia's career background includes clinical ward nursing, as well as management of a Paediatric high dependency unit and working as a Practice Educator. 

Module Leader

If you have any queries about this course please contact the Module Leader, Sophia Kuyateh on:

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Call Adele and Nicola on +44 (0)121 331 6162.

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