Taught course

Advanced Critical Care Practitioner

ARU (Anglia Ruskin University) · Faculty of Health, Medicine and Social Care

Entry requirements

  • BSc (Hons) at 2:2 or above; or evidence of level 7 study
  • Be currently employed as an ACCP Trainee or similar
  • Recommendation to undertake the course by your employer
  • Registration with a professional regulatory body and have the legislation to prescribe
  • Possession of an IELTs score of at least 7 or its equivalent for those whose first language is not English
  • Successful in academic interview
  • Non-graduate candidates with extensive relevant practical and continuing professional experience may be considered for entry to the ACCP pathway with support of their manager.

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email answers@aru.ac.uk for further information.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Practising critical care at an advanced level is a demanding and challenging role. We'll help you develop the skills and expertise you need to provide advanced critical care.

Alongside this, you'll transform your existing professional qualifications into an MSc in Advanced Critical Care Practitioner (ACCP), which is based on the National Curriculum and syllabus for ACCP published by Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (FICM). You’ll be able to join this course if have been registered with a professional regulatory body and have the legislation to prescribe (such as NMC, HCPC or GPhC).

You'll learn alongside students with a particular interest in your chosen area of advanced practice. It's a great opportunity to learn from each other. Together, you'll explore and apply the current policies, laws and procedures that apply to advanced critical care practice. We'll encourage you to delve into all areas of this field to extend your knowledge as much as possible. In your leadership and clinical decision-making skills, but also your ability to research, making effective use of evidence to support clinical practice. You’ll work with professionals from other disciplines which, together with the level of knowledge you'll gain from our course, will empower you to develop others through teaching and education.

When it comes to work placements, you'll need to already be employed as an Advanced Critical Care Practitioner (ACCP) trainee. Your manager should agree to provide you with the required supervision in your clinical area, as directed by the National Curriculum and syllabus for ACCP (FICM), who’ll support and nurture your clinical practice while also ensuring it can be fully assessed.

Please note ARU’s MSc Advanced Critical Care Practitioner is open to UK applicants only, as the availability of work placements in the UK health service is limited.

Fees and funding

UK students
£9,200 MSc (per year) - £6,133 PG Dip (per year)

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

ARU Applicant Enquiries Team