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PgCert Teenage and Young Adult Cancer Care

Course Description


Working closely 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, we offer a postgraduate certificate in Teenage/Young Adult Cancer Care through e-learning. 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.

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

Entry Requirements

UCAS entry profiles may be found at View Website with or have worked with Teenagers/Young Adults with Cancer in a health or social care setting.Ability to study at postgraduate level.Have access to and be proficient at IT.Applications may come from non-standard entrant with relevant experiential learning. The Course Director will use their discretion to accept such applicants.Accreditation of prior learning (APL/APEL) is available.

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