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  • Study Type

    Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Nursing & Health

  • Start Date

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  • Course Duration

    Typically students take two years to complete a diploma. Maximum of four years PT.

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees


  • Last Updated

    08 November 2019

This new Advanced Critical Care Practitioner (ACCP) course has been developed by King’s in response to the need for new practitoners as outlined by the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (FICM) to address the shortage of doctors in Intensive Care Units (ICU).

The course information sheet is a printable version of the information on this web page, which you can download here.

Key Benefits

• You will be studying at the No.1 Nursing Faculty in the UK and 2nd in the world (2019 QS World University Rankings).

• Central location allows access to world leading clinical and academic resources.

• Access to extracurricular seminars and lectures given by leaders in healthcare from around the world.

• A multi-faculty environment drawing on clinical and academic expertise from a number of world leading faculties and hospitals providing an unparalleled inter-professional learning experience.

• Located in the heart of London, across four of King’s Thames-side campuses (Waterloo, Strand, St Thomas’ and Guy’s) and the Denmark Hill Campus in South London.


This course is suitable for nurses and allied healthcare professionals currently employed in clinical practice as an ACCP trainee in an intensive care unit. Applicants must be employed in ACCP trainee roles before commencing this postgraduate course. Please note that there are a limited number of places available on each optional module. You will have the opportunity to discuss your choices with your personal tutor.

Course purpose

The objective of the programme is to produce high quality patient-centred practitioners with appropriate knowledge, skills and attitudes to enable them to practice in intensive care.

Course format and assessment

Lectures, seminars and feedback are approximately 150 hours (25% of total hours) in a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, project supervision and workshops.

Self-study is approximately 450 hours (75% of total hours) of independent study such as preparing for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading, and completion of assessment task or revision. This will vary according to the optional modules chosen.

Students are expected to undertake on average 14.5 hours of self-study per week.

Contact time is based on 24 academic weeks, whereas self-study time is based on 31 academic weeks. Typically, one credit equates to ten hours of work.

Students are assessed through a combination of coursework, which can include written assignments such as essays, portfolios and dissertations, and examinations. 

In addition, some modules will require students to undertake a presentation as part of the module assessment. A small number of modules are assessed by an exam such as OSCEs (objective structured clinical examination) or a computer-based assessment.

All students will also have to complete a clinical competency assessment document using the FICM ACCP assessment documents.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they may change if the course modules change.

Extra information

King’s College London is regulated by the Office for Students.

Career destinations

This course has been developed by King’s in response to the need for new practitoners as outlined by the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (FICM) to address the shortage of doctors in Intensive Care Units (ICU).

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Visit the Advanced Critical Care Practice PG Dip page on the King’s College London website for more details!