Taught course

Cancer Care

University of Chester · Faculty of Health and Social Care

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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, April, October

Course content

Course overview

Learn the skills and knowledge required to meet the varying needs for treatment and care of those affected by cancer.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.

Why Study Cancer Care with us?

Our course aims to:

  • offer a coherent programme of study which supports healthcare professionals (HCPs) in delivering holistic evidence-based cancer care for people with diverse needs
  • promote an understanding of the multidimensional impact of cancer and its treatments on those affected by the disease
  • promote a critical application of therapeutic approaches and skills in order to improve the experience of those affected by cancer
  • promote a critical application of the knowledge and skills required to analyse information and research-based findings that enhance clinical practice
  • promote HCPs' awareness of the scope and boundaries of their own professional practice and to empower them to contribute to collaborative multiprofessional team working.

Modules are delivered at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre (www.education.clatterbridgecc.nhs.uk) by academic staff and cancer health and social care professionals who are experts in their field. This ensures the course 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 that reflect the individual module content. These include a recorded patient assessment; a critique of communication skills; a patient care study; a critical evaluation of a palliative care issue; and clinical learning profiles.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCert
    part time
    12-36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Health and Social Care Admissions