Acute Hospital Care AdvCert

Acute Hospital Care AdvCert
This course has been developed especially for practitioners working in the acute hospital environment, with a particular focus upon assessing and managing the acutely ill deteriorating patient.

This course is mapped to national health policy drivers around providing quick and appropriate assessment and management of the acutely ill patient. The award allows students to create a personalised, focused programme of study that meets personal, professional and organisational requirements whilst working towards a recognised academic qualification.

Entry and Admissions

Award Type:


Ancillary Award:



Short Course / CPD

Study Mode:

Part time

Delivery Method:


Course Length:

Course delivered over two semesters


School of Sport and Health Sciences

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College



Start Date:

September for NU3082, January for NU3647,

Entry Requirements:

Students must have a current professional registration with a relevant professional/statutory organisation, namely Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Prospective students must be working in a clinical practice area where the assessment and management of acute patients takes place.

They are required to be supported by their designated line manager and be able to satisfy the Course Leader that they are competent to pursue the course programme.

Course Handbook

To read about the course in more depth, please download the course handbook: 2019/20 | 2020/21.

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

Course Content

Course Outline:
This course is studied part-time and comprises of two modules; NU3082 Recognising & Responding to Deterioration in the Acutely Ill Patient and NU3647 Care Strategies for Managing the Acutely Ill Patient. Both of these modules are compulsory and must be passed at a minimum grade of 40% to be awarded the Advanced Certificate in Acute Hospital Care.

Students will study both of the following modules:

  • NU3082 Recognising & Responding to Deterioration in the Acutely Ill Patient (20 credits) Semester 1
  • NU3647 Care Strategies for Managing Acutely Ill Patients (20 credits) Semester 2

Learning Environment & Assessment:

Students will learn through a variety of methods including lectures, skill demonstrations, group activities (e.g. discussion), Personal Development Planning (PDP), problem solving, case studies and web based resources. Learning in the clinical skills laboratories is central to the course and integral to student development.
  • Practical examination
  • Theoretical assignments

Academic Expertise

We are committed to delivering academic learning of the highest quality, helping you to stretch your mind and fulfil your university ambitions.

Learning outcome & aims

We aim to create the perfect blend of knowledge, practical experience and relevance to equip UCLan graduates with the confidence and skills they need to get ahead in the world of work.

Industry links & professional accreditation

We have great links with employers including household names such as Sony, BAE Systems and Apple. We also have links with the smaller companies in the region and offer help and assistance to more than 1,000 of these – with many of our graduates staying in the region it is important we develop these relationships.

Work experience and international opportunities

This award utilises personal learning days to explore local and national critical care nursing practice.

Graduate Careers

An exciting opportunity for acute care nurses to obtain an academic award that is mapped to national drivers for acute nurse education.


UCLan is recognised for its outstanding course provision which gives students the skills, knowledge, and personal attributes necessary to succeed at the University and in their future careers. To find out more about the experiences of our students, read our success stories.

Progression Routes

From foundation courses through to world-leading research degrees, you can study a wide range of subject areas at UCLan. Whether you want to develop your knowledge in a subject you enjoy or gain further qualifications to enhance your career, at UCLan there are numerous progression routes for you to follow.

Fees & Funding

You can contact the Student Fees and Funding Team via phone, email, or post. If you are on the campus you can call into The 'i', for advice.
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892440
Student Fees and Funding Team, Foster Building 117, UCLan, Preston, PR1 2HE

For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

How to Apply

Post-registration Recruitment
Faculty of Health and Wellbeing
University of Central Lancashire
Preston PR1 2HE

Tel. 01772 893836 or 01772 893839

About UCLan

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United Kingdom

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