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Coventry University offers a postgraduate certificate in Teenage/Young Adult Cancer Care through e-learning. The course is delivered through close working with Teenage Cancer Trust - the leading UK charity in this field - professional organisations and clinical experts from across the multi-disciplinary team, including young people with cancer themselves.

This collaborative working ensures that contemporary clinical practice is strongly embedded in what we do and supports the strategic development of the workforce and services for this niche group of patients.

The Postgraduate Certificate (60 M level credits) comprises three modules (20M level credits each) all of which are mandatory. These are:
-The Developing Teenager/Young Adult with Cancer - M58CPD (Term 1)
-Caring for the Teenager/Young Adult with Cancer - M57CPD (Term 2)
-Independent Study - M05HLS (Term 3)

This is aimed at all of the multidisciplinary team who are involved with teenage cancer care and encourages students to work together online, to develop specialist knowledge and learn how the various roles combine to offer evidenced-based teenage cancer care. Through the presented materials, students will examine the complex social and political nature of health and social care impacting teenagers with cancer and help shape their professional development.


-The course will update you on current developments in practice and theory on the care of Teenagers/Young Adults with cancer
-It will enhance your own professional development and professional portfolio
-It will demonstrate compliance with Manual for Cancer Services: Teenagers and Young Adults Measures (NCAT 2011)
-You can bring new knowledge and ideas into the workplace, inspiring local changes in practice and contributing to service improvement
-It will provide you with a platform to network with fellow colleagues in the field of Teenage Cancer Care


-The development of TYA from a biological and psychosocial perspective
-TYA Cancers-aetiology and demography
-Legal and ethical issues
-Policies and organisations of health services/care delivery
-Assessment of care needs of the TYA with cancer. Palliative and end of life care. Survivorship and late effects
-Response to life-changing experience - body image, self esteem, hope and expectations, life goals, changes in development (physical/hormonal/emotional and mental health), education and employment. External support systems, eg charities, youth groups
-Family systems – peer relationships, social/community networks
-Communication with the Teenager/Young Adult with Cancer and their families
-An opportunity to explore the literature on a student selected topic
-Opportunity to present work to peers in a mock conference setting


Successful completion of this course will demonstrate higher order thinking skills and knowledge acquisition in the subject of caring for Teenagers and Young Adults with cancer.

Students will be awarded with a postgraduate qualification from a highly regarded UK University.

Students will possess an award in Teenage Cancer Care that it nationally and internationally renowned.

Successful completion of this course will enhance career prospects and enhance knowledge to work as a health care professional in palliative, acute or longer-term care, particularly in teenage cancer care.


Whilst there is no practice element to this course, the online environment provides a platform for discussion between students from across the world.


To prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a unique Global Leaders Programme.

The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

Visit the Teenage and Young Adult Cancer Care - PGCert page on the Coventry University website for more details!




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