Critical Care Nursing GradCert

Critical Care Nursing GradCert

UCLan’s Graduate Certificate in Critical Care Nursing is a new award that has been designed to provide flexibility for future provision of critical care nurse education by integrating the National Standards for Critical Care Nurse Education and National Competency Framework for Critical Care Nurses. (Critical Care Networks (CC3N) 2012). It is formulated from three distinct modules that critically explore underpinning policy to support the assessment, monitoring and nursing management of the critical care patient. 

Entry and Admissions

Award Type:


Ancillary Award:




Study Mode:

Part time

Delivery Method:


Course Length:

The course requires completion within 2 academic years from commencement.


School of Sport and Health Sciences

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College



Start Date:

September , ,

Entry Requirements:

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

Prospective students must be working in a clinical practice area where the assessment and management of Level 3 critical care patients takes place.

They are required to be supported by their designated line manager. 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:
Assessment of critical care patients 
Anatomy and physiology of the respiratory, cardiovascular, renal, gastrointestinal and integumentary systems
Evidence base underpinning specific monitoring techniques. 

Respiratory support & management
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

Patient and family centred care
Critical care environmental issues.
Post critical care follow up and rehabilitation.
Organisational considerations in critical care
Intensive care national audit and research centre (ICNARC).
Critical Care Networks.
Multi professional team working and skills
Leadership and organisational management
Ethical and legal issues in critical care
Consent and Mental Capacity.
End of life care.
Withdrawal of treatment.
Organ and tissue donation.
Advanced directives; living wills, do not resuscitate (DNR) orders.

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.

Written examination
Theoretical assignments
Oral Presentation
Clinical Competencies

Academic Expertise

Alison Eddleston
John Billington
Sarla Gandhi

Learning outcome & aims

The aims of this course are:
  • To enable critical care nurses from clinical environments relevant to the outcome award to explore and extend their understanding and application of the knowledge that informs competent clinical practice.
  • To facilitate critical care nurses to reflect on their own experiences, challenge assumptions and consider alternative courses of action to support the development of a high quality critical care service.
  • To support exploration of the drivers that influence and shape contemporary professional practice in health and social care organisations

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 critical care nurses to obtain an academic award that is mapped to national standards for critical care 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

Post-registration Recruitment

Faculty of Health & Wellbeing

University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

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