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Cardiorespiratory Practice (Postgraduate Certificate)

Course Description

The Postgraduate Certificate in Cardiorespiratory Practice enables UK registered healthcare professionals to achieve professional development and gain experience in this specialist area.

You will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge, skills and understanding of assessment, planning, delivery and evaluation of care relating to the management of critically ill patients with complex care needs being cared for in a cardiac and/or respiratory care environment.

Successful completion of this course allows you to exit with the Postgraduate Certificate in Cardiorespiratory Practice worth 60 CATS credits at Level 7.

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/studying-at-brookes/courses/postgraduate/2015/postgraduate-certificate-in-cardio-respiratory-practice/

Why choose this course?

- Practitioners are educated to develop a critical understanding of cardiorespiratory practice and by applying evidence based practice, deliver the best outcome of care for the patient and their family.

- There is an emphasis on practice focused learning throughout, with learning and assessments being based around practice and the workplace.

- Identifying the importance of developing practitioner skills for practice ensures the transferability of the programme to direct service provision.

- Curriculum content is informed by relevant national and international research and evidence based literature to help you expand the breadth of your studies and develop a depth of critical analysis and evaluation of practice.

- Importance is placed on the individual's experience within the educational process and your journey of lifelong learning from both a personal and professional perspective.

- Our lecturers are experienced in their specialist areas and maintain excellent practice links with those areas locally or across the region.

Teaching and learning

Teaching, learning and assessment strategy reflects the programme's student centred, patient-centred and practice-focused approach. Each module strikes a good balance between structured learning activities and private study. You will have opportunities for sharing your existing and developing skills, knowledge and experience. A variety of teaching and learning strategies will be employed to make the most of the range of experience, skills and knowledge within the group.

Approach to assessment

You will be assessed in each of the modules. There is a mixture of assessment strategies chosen for their appropriateness for an individual module and programme learning outcomes and content, the academic standard expected and the different styles of learning present within the group. Assessments are used to give you an opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge as well as the critical and reflective analysis required for professional practice.

Assessments will also provide you with an opportunity to experience a range of postgraduate attributes that will prove valuable in your future career.

How this course helps you develop

Teaching, learning and assessment strategies include development of core postgraduate attributes encouraging development of critical self-awareness and personal literacy, digital and information literacy and active citizenship within the context of both academic and research literacy.


Students who have completed similar vocational health and life sciences postgraduate certificate courses at Oxford Brookes have been employed within the speciality both locally and nationally. This course enables you as a practitioner to work through the Agenda for Change grading bands to further your career progression.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Visit the Cardiorespiratory Practice (Postgraduate Certificate) page on the Oxford Brookes University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You should have a UK or overseas degree from a recognised institution or equivalent professional or other qualification. You must hold professional registration with the relevant Nursing or Allied Health Professional Body in the UK. You will normally have a minimum of 12 months post-registration experience in a relevant cardiac or respiratory clinical area. You should be working in a relevant clinical environment in which you can achieve the clinical skills required. You should have access to an appropriate practice supervisor within that area. You will need to have secured the support of your line manager.

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