Taught course

Critical Care Practice

Keele University · School of Nursing and Midwifery

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Entry requirements

Normally hold a professional registration with an appropriate body and with a minimum of 12 months current clinical experience in an appropriate Critical Care location.

Evidence of Level 6 study.

Months of entry


Course content

This course offers an exciting opportunity for graduate nurses to achieve a nationally recognized transferable Award in Critical Care Practice at academic Level 7 and aligns with the National Standards for Critical Care Education and Competency Framework (CC3N, 2018).

The aim of the Critical Care course is to develop a systematic understanding of knowledge and critical awareness of current problems and new insights in your area of specialist practice. In addition, you will develop analytical skills in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of critical care practice for patients and their families.

You will be provided with the appropriate underpinning knowledge and understanding to inform your practice to align with 'Step 2 & 3' of the National Competency Framework for Adult Critical Care Nurses (CC3N, 2015) which will enable you to demonstrate competent performance in all the course content activities.

Course delivery

This course is delivered on a modular basis, normally completed within 1 year. The course comprises three modules totalling 60 Credits; 45 of these credits are at Level 7 (Masters level) and 15 credits are at Level 6 (Degree level). The first two modules run concurrently: NUR-40045 Critical Care Practice and NUR-30163 Clinical Practice, concluding with NUR-40039 An Introduction to Clinical Effectiveness or another appropriate research module.

Each module on the programme is formally assessed. A range of assessment techniques [summative and formative] will be used in the programme including essays, poster presentations, simulated clinical scenarios and a portfolio. Each method of assessment is supported by clear criteria for marking. The pass mark for the Level 7 modules is 50% for all elements of assessment and the pass mark for the Level 6 module is 40%.

At Keele, we expect to offer the same modules in the future but this may change due to staff availability. If the modules change Keele will inform you during the admissions process.

Information for international students

This programme is available to international students working in the UK. As an international student, you should have appropriate professional registration and meet the following NMC IELTS criteria.

Fees and funding

The University is committed to rewarding excellence and potential. Each year we offer a range of prestigious scholarships:

UK/EU students - more information on scholarships and funding

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCert
    part time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Nicky Witton
+44 (0)1782 679660