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Practice Development: Acute and Critical Care PgC

Course Description

If you work in acute and critical care, make sure your skills are of the highest quality by taking our PgC degree. We offer a flexible approach to learning that allows you to study at your own pace, increasing your base knowledge and skills to improve your career prospects. Perhaps you've taken a break from employment and are ready to get involved again; our course will ensure that you don't suffer a decline in the service you provide. All our study options are relevant to the changing and dynamic health economy, so you can rest assured that you'll be building towards new opportunities in your profession.

You will need to complete an induction prior to starting your first module. We have a comprehensive online induction package to welcome you to both the university and your programme of study; alternatively, classroom-based induction days take place at our Lancaster and Carlisle campuses and are usually scheduled for the first week of each semester.

Course outline

This 60 credit award is designed for those working with clients in an acute and critical care setting who wish to enhance and develop their clinical and academic skills at level 7. You will be required to attend one of the induction days prior to commencing the first module of your course (distance learning students excepted). If you have studied at the University of Cumbria in the past two years, the requirement to attend the induction day may be waived.

The closing date for applications is 5 working days prior to the module start date or, if this is your first module, 5 working days prior to the induction date.

Other admission details

A minimum of 135 hours direct contact time (typically three hours per week) with your mentor is required to fulfil the learning outcomes of the Qualificatory Practice Unit (QPU) for this award. The period of practice development begins at commencement of the UAD and continues throughout all three contributing modules.

Admissions criteria are outlined in the University Admissions Policy. Normally applicants will be required to hold an honours degree classification second-class honours, lower division or above in a related subject. For applicants who do not meet this requirement, non-standard entry criteria will apply. In such cases, applicants will be interviewed using a proforma. It is expected that such candidates will have evidence of successful study at level 6 (or equivalent) within the preceding 5 years.

Applications will be reviewed on an individual basis. Potential students will be offered advice by an academic tutor on the suitability of the award and their module choices, this will be dependent on factors such as currency of prior learning, and their personal and professional development needs. Students should be able to show the potential benefits of studying for the award and a commitment to attempting the assessment items.

Visit the Practice Development: Acute and Critical Care PgC page on the University of Cumbria website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You will need to be a qualified nurse or health care professional, with active registration with the NMC Nursing Register, or equivalent. You will need to be working in an acute health care setting and have at least 6 months experience in the speciality. You will also need a mentor who is suitably qualified to assess your development of competence in the field of acute and critical care. See course description for further admission details.

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