Taught course

Critical Care PgCert

University of Huddersfield · School of Human and Health Sciences

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are normally:

  • Be a Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) registrant with 12 months experience and currently working in a critical care setting.
  • You must have completed step 1 of The Critical Care National Network Nurse Leads Forum (CC3N) competencies prior to commencing the course
  • You must possess a Diploma of Higher Education in a relevant health profession for example Nursing.
  • Have an honours degree at 2:2 or above, have studied at honours level or can demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills at honours degree standard. We will consider other qualifications and experience on an individual case basis.
  • To undertake this course, students must identify, negotiate and access relevant opportunities and experiences to demonstrate their skills and competencies in critical care under the supervision of an appropriately experienced/qualified mentor.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages.

Months of entry


Course content

This course is designed to enhance the skills of registered nurses currently working within a critical care setting. It will provide you with the opportunity to enhance your knowledge and understanding of the pathophysiological effects of critical illness, as well as examining the current evidence and developments in this field of care. Emphasis is placed on the holistic assessment of the individual with the development of subsequent management plans from which to provide optimum care.

  • Structured around the Critical Care National Network (CC3N) Step 2 and Step 3 competencies, your studies will focus on advancing your knowledge and applying skills in critical care practice.
  • This course was designed and validated in conjunction with local employers and aims to develop you academically as well as clinically.
  • You will be taught by experienced acute and critical care practitioners, some of whom have current and on-going clinical practice.Guest speakers with current clinical expertise will also contribute to the teaching.
  • This will develop/enhance your life-long learning and prospects of career progression.

To support the taught elements of the course, your competency/practical skills will be assessed whilst working under the supervision of an experienced critical care practitioner/mentor in a relevant clinical setting in order to demonstrate your achievement of Critical Care Networks-National Nurse Leads (CC3N) (2015) Step 2 and Step 3 competencies.

Fees and funding

Please check our website for fee information

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

+44 (0)1484 472699