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Advanced Clinical Practice (Critical Care) PgCert, PgDip and MSc

Course code

Various

Start date

September

Subject area

Advanced Clinical Practice

Mode of study

1 year full-time

1 year (staged study) part-time

3 years part-time

Fees

2021/22

UK / EU £8,485

International £19,855

Entry requirements

Degree in a relevant health profession with at least one year of clinical work experience

2020 changes

Click here to read about the changes we are making to our education delivery from September 2020, in response to COVID-19 restrictions.

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Overview

Are you a nurse or allied health professional that cares for critically ill patients? Perhaps you work in a high dependency or critical care area and wish to learn more about management of the critically ill patient? Or maybe you care for critical care survivors in step down areas? If so, this advanced clinical practice pathway in critical care, is designed to provide you with the solid academic foundation that you’ll need to progress as an advanced clinician.

On this course you’ll develop advanced assessment and clinical reasoning skills for the acute management and rehabilitation of critically ill patients from intensive care units through to their discharge. You’ll learn a comprehensive knowledge of critical care, which will enable you to work at an advanced level of practice. By studying the latest practices, policy and research, you’ll be able to apply the theory you’ll learn into practice to help your patients and improve their quality of care and health outcomes.

At Brunel, we understand the challenges of fitting study around work and family life. For this reason, we have designed this course to be flexible, so that it can fit around your current commitments. You can study full-time, part-time or even just take one or more CPPD modules for your professional development and return to complete your course at a later date.

You can explore our campus and facilities for yourself by taking our virtual tour.

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Course content

This course is designed to incorporate a multidisciplinary perspective that follows the patient pathway from admission to hospital discharge, which is essential when entering leadership roles in today’s healthcare systems. You’ll learn a holistic approach to patient care alongside clinical leadership skills and how to use evidence-based practice and research to make informed decisions that grow your knowledge and expertise in critical care.

Your learning will be underpinned by the national Advanced Clinical Practice framework as set out by Health Education England, encompassing the four pillars: clinical practice, leadership and management, education and research.

As well as studying key modules in advanced clinical practice, leadership, evidence-based practice and research, you’ll select modules to define your specialist pathway in critical care, where you’ll develop an advanced knowledge of anatomy and physiology. This forms the backbone of critical care practice.

You'll also be able to support your study learning portfolio by choosing from a range of optional modules from our Advanced Clinical Practice named specialist pathways; Cardiovascular HealthMusculoskeletal Rehabilitation, Neurological RehabilitationOccupational Therapy and Pelvic Health.

If you don’t want to commit to full or part-time study of the entire MSc, you can develop your educational portfolio over a longer period of time by undertaking staged study that leads to the award of Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert), Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) and MSc in separate stages.

This course can be studied 1 year full-time, 1 year (staged study) part-time or 3 years part-time, starting in September.

Year 1

The programme specification is in the process of being updated and may not be an accurate reflection of the programme.

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Careers and your future

Following successful completion of this programme, you’ll be prepared for senior clinical or leadership positions within critical care settings at Band 7 or 8a level in critical care.

You’ll graduate as a practitioner that makes a positive impact on patient care. You’ll gain a deep understanding of a range of clinical skills and knowledge that will allow you to manage critically ill patients. Alternatively, you could advance to a PhD or research degree and enter into a clinical academic pathway.

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UK entry requirements

Must have a pre-registration degree in a relevant allied health profession with at least one year of specialist clinical work experience.

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EU and International entry requirements

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 7 (min 6.5W, 6.5L, 6.5R, 6.5S)
  • Pearson: 64 (58 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 70% (65% in all areas)
  • TOEFL: 100 (min 20 in all areas)

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason. We offer our own BrunELT English test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options through our Brunel Language Centre.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants. This information is for guidance only and each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Entry requirements are subject to review, and may change.

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Fees and funding

2021/22 entry

UK / EU

£8,485 full-time

£4,240 part-time

International

£19,855 full-time

£9,925 part-time

UK Staged Master £2,825 per stage.

International Staged Master £6,615 per stage.

More information on any additional course-related costs.

Fees quoted are per year and are subject to an annual increase. 

See our fees and funding page for full details of postgraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

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Teaching and Learning

You’ll benefit from the expertise of academics across our well-established health sciences department, giving you a truly interdisciplinary perspective on important topics. Many of our academics currently work in hospitals and other clinical settings, so they will be teaching you up-to-date scientific knowledge and patient-assessment skills.

Our lecturers are active in research and often contribute to the development of professional guidelines, so you know you’re being taught by practising healthcare professionals with a high profile in the sector. You’ll also be able to benefit from studying alongside other healthcare professionals in similar fields, giving you the opportunity to network and share ideas.

Our teaching approaches are diverse and you’ll benefit from lectures, tutorials, seminars and workshops.

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Assessment and feedback

The course uses a range of flexible and engaging approaches to assessment. You'll be assessed through exams, critical essays, portfolios, oral presentations and your dissertation.

The choice of the specific type of assessment will be appropriate to the intended learning outcomes of the taught modules. The assessment strategies will balance the need to demonstrate knowledge and competencies with more in-depth and critical approaches to learning. Such assessment approaches will include examinations, presentations of relevant clinical case scenarios, and coursework, which will take the form of critical assessment of literature and research, critical essays, and the development of the selected portfolio of learning.

Finally, the dissertation provides demonstration of an ability to synthesise and critically evaluate current research underpinning clinical practice, and to develop and undertake relevant research as well as its dissemination.

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.