Entry requirements

12 months experience on a critical care unit and currently working in a critical care unit. Professional health care qualification, registered with Nursing and Midwifery Council or health and Care Professions Council.

Months of entry


Course content

Advances in critical care medicine have resulted in seriously ill patients becoming increasingly complex to care for, demanding a variety of specialised skills and competencies from the Critical Care staff. In-depth knowledge of the subject is required and the ability to safely apply that knowledge to clinical practice.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Critical Care is a part-time programme consisting of two 30 credit modules.

The programme is offered to health care professionals who are currently working in or are responsible for a patient case load in a critical care unit in the UK.

The programme of teaching and learning facilitates the development of a dynamic and professional health care workforce who have extensive knowledge, expert skills and competence necessary to care for the critically ill patient independently. It is informed by the set of standards and recommendations for post -registration critical care nurse education introduced by the Critical Care National Network-Nurse Leads and, as such, incorporates a specific suite of core competencies applicable to all general critical care units.

The programme also extends to other members of the multi-disciplinary team who work within critical care or whose work provide extensive exposure to critical care.

Why University of Liverpool School of Health Sciences?

Breadth of expertise

The School comprises of programmes in Diagnostic Radiography, Theraputic Radiography and Oncology, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Orthoptics and Physiotherapy and has a vibrant Postgraduate/CPD portfolio. The School is committed to delivering quality research to the highest ethical standards in order to improve knowledge and services for the health of the community. Our multi professional cohort of staff has a strong research profile and is committed to developing policy, practice and technology for the improvement of healthcare and service delivery.

Contributing to the advancement of health care practice

We offer taught modular postgraduate programmes, and higher degrees by research, providing extensive opportunity for in-depth study and development of advanced clinical skills in a range of areas and contributing to the advancement of healthcare practice, management and professional education.

Continuing professional development provision

The School also offers a wide range of accredited and non-accredited CPD modules and hosts a vibrant daytime and evening short course programme to maximise opportunity for attendance. The most up-to-date information about these activities is to be found on the School website.

Career prospects

The taught postgraduate programmes in the School of Health Sciences provide an opportunity for healthcare professionals to develop, specialise and extend the scope of their skills into new areas, to meet the constantly evolving service demands for advanced practitioners and senior health professionals.

We are offering the opportunity to study a PGCert in Critical Care on a part time basis. The modules have been created to help to develop critical care knowledge, skills and competencies in order to prepare you to demonstrate leadership, management and team skills. The modules will also help develop the ability to plan and contribute to rehabilitation alongside the wider multidisciplinary team utilising the latest evidence based research to inform current practice.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Addy Darnton
+44 (0)151 795 7786