Critical Care AdvCert

Critical Care AdvCert

The NHS is undergoing constant change and the need for practitioners who are knowledgeable and skilled in their field of practice but also adaptable and flexible remains a constant factor. We have worked in partnership with clinicians in the design and development of the course along with reference to appropriate professional organisations and the most up to date and relevant practice documents, reports and frameworks.

Entry and Admissions


ANCILLARY AWARD:Post-Registration

STUDY MODE: Part time



SCHOOL: School of Nursing

PARTNER COLLEGES: No Partner College

CAMPUS: Preston

START DATE: September

Entry Requirements:

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

Perspective students must be working for a minimum of 18 hours / week in a clinical practise area where the assessment & management of level 3 critical care patients takes places in order to meet the learning outcomes of the module

They are required to be supported by their designated line manager

Be able to satisfy the Course Leader that you 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


Assessment of critical care patients 
Anatomy and physiology of the respiratory, cardiovascular, renal, gastrointestinal and integumentary systems
Evidence base underpinning specific monitoring techniques. 


Care management of critical care patients
Respiratory support
Management of patient care requiring respiratory support.
Invasive and non- invasive respiratory support.
Renal replacement therapies and support
Management of patient care requiring renal support.
Replacement therapies
Sepsis and cardiovascular support
Management of patient care requiring cardiovascular support.
Inotropic therapy, invasive and non- invasive cardiac output monitoring.
Nutritional support
Management of patient care requiring nutritional support 

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.

Assessment will be through written examination, theoretical assignments and clinical competencies.

Academic Expertise

The Advanced Certificate Critical Care has a dedicated team to help you learn and develop your practice. The team is made up of key lecturers and clinical practitioners. You will interact with these key individuals who have specific roles and responsibilities in helping you throughout the course.

Learning outcome & aims

The aims of this courses are:

To meet the needs of professional health care practitioners from various care environments to explore, develop and extend their understanding and application of knowledge of the critically ill in order to enhance their clinical practice and enhance patient care.

Industry links & professional accreditation

National Critical Care Networks (CC3N)

National Standards for Critical Care Nurse Education

National Competency Framework for Critical Care Nurses.

Work experience and international opportunities

A variety of personal learning and clinical practice opportunities exploring local and national critical care nursing practice.

Progression Routes

BSc (Hons) Professional Practice



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

Individuals working for health and social care organisations should initially discuss their application with their employer as arrangements may be in place for financial and study leave support.
Individuals can purchase this course as an independent student and should obtain an application form from:

Post-registration Recruitment
Faculty of Health and Wellbeing
University of Central Lancashire
Preston PR1 2HE
Tel: 01772 893836/ 3839

About UCLan

Post-registration Recruitment

Faculty of Health & Wellbeing

University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 89 3836 / 3839