Taught course

Cancer Care

University of Chester · Faculty of Health and Social Care

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally: possess a 2:1 or first class honours degree in a related subject, or a lower qualification supported by evidence of ability to study at Level 7 be health and social care professionals whose roles involve care and support for people affected by cancer.

Months of entry

January, September, May, April

Course content

Course overview

This course has been specifically designed for nurses and allied health and social care professionals who work in primary, secondary and tertiary settings, and who provide direct care and support to people affected by cancer. This includes those who work in general hospitals or community settings as well as specialist cancer services.

This course is delivered at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre.

Why Study Cancer Care with us?

The course has a practice-oriented focus, and supports health care professionals (HCPs) to deliver competent and evidence-based cancer care.

Programme Aims:

  • To offer a coherent programme of study which supports HCPs in delivering holistic evidence-based cancer care for people with diverse needs in a range of settings
  • To promote a critical understanding of the multidimensional impact of cancer and its treatments on those affected by the disease
  • To promote a deep understanding and critical application of therapeutic approaches and skills in order to improve the experience of those affected by cancer, from pre-diagnosis through to remission and/or palliative care
  • To promote critical application of the knowledge and skills required to analyse information and research-based findings that enhance clinical practice, in order to develop your skills and confidence and advance practice in cancer care
  • To promote HCPs' awareness of the scope and boundaries of their own professional practice and to empower them to contribute to collaborative multiprofessional team (MPT) working

The course modules do not require students to have prior knowledge of cancer care, and are therefore suitable for HCPs who wish to develop their knowledge and expertise in this area.

Our modules are delivered at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre by academic staff and a range of cancer health and social care professionals who are experts in their field. This is a unique aspect of the course which ensures that it is at the cutting edge of practice.

How will I be taught?

We employ a variety of teaching and learning approaches to suit different learning styles, including: experiential learning, role play, discussion, lectures, blended learning, directed and self-directed learning, seminar presentations and reflection.

The 30 hours of theory contact time for each module will be delivered in the Clinical Education Department at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre. These will normally involve classroom-based sessions held once a week over seven weeks. Students will also be required to undertake a minimum of 75 hours relevant clinical practice during each module in their own clinical areas or through negotiated placements.

How will I be assessed?

Within the course there are a range of assessment strategies, including written assignments and reflective analysis, that reflect the individual module content:

  • In Key Concepts in Cancer Care, you will undertake a recorded patient assessment, plus a critique of communication skills used and a clinical learning profile.
  • In Cancer Treatments and Supportive Interventions, you will undertake a patient care study plus a clinical learning profile.
  • In Advancing Palliative and End of Life Care, you will undertake a critical evaluation of a palliative care issue plus a poster presentation and a clinical learning profile.

Qualification and course duration


part time
12-36 months

Course contact details

Health and Social Care Admissions
+44 (0)1244 511000