This course is suitable for all nurses and other qualified healthcare professionals who care for patients/clients at risk from acute deterioration whether in a primary care or hospital setting. It is designed to enhance your knowledge and practice in order to lead and deliver care to patients experiencing an episode of acute illness.
The course is subject to a minimum number of confirmed students.
Leading and Delivering Specialist Care (6HW011)
(September to May – year long)
This year long module provides an opportunity to demonstrate your professional practice and an ability to manage episodes of acute illness; this will be evidenced through assessment of competency and a reflective portfolio.
Module content includes:
Searching, interpreting and applying evidence to inform practice; Practice development; reflective analysis; portfolio development.
1. 10 specialist practice outcomes* whilst continuing to work in your normal practice setting (Pass/Refer) *you will require a practice mentor to assess your practice.
2. A reflective portfolio of evidence (100%) which supports your competency in practice.
Co-ordinating Care in the Specialist Setting (6HW013)
(September to January - Semester 1)
You will study pathophysiology and evaluate guidelines and evidence relating to management of acute illness.
Module content includes:
Early warning systems, recognition and treatment of acute illness, applied physiology, maintaining patient safety, monitoring and management of the rescue process.
A case study (100%) detailing a coordinated approach to care for an individual experiencing an episode of acute illness.
Enhancing Care in the Specialist Setting (6HW014)
(January to May - Semester 2)
You will focus on the management of a range of acute conditions; evaluate guidelines and evidence underpinning treatment strategies for patients suffering an episode of acute illness.
Module content includes:
Evidence based treatment strategies and pharmacological therapies, management of the patient/client experiencing an acute illness.
1. A written report on an aspect of practice (50%)
2. An oral assessment of your ability to articulate your learning and apply to an acute care situation (50%)
In order to see more about the modules we offer and to prepare for your academic counselling session please visit our module information pages.
You should study the Acute Care Course with us as it provides an opportunity to gain a deeper insight into your practice whilst also gaining a (non Honours) degree qualification.
Your specialist modules are firmly reflective of service provision and coursework is clinically focused with an emphasis on service improvement.
The course provides you with a variety of flexible learning opportunities which are soundly based in the acute care arena.
As a student of the University, you may enjoy the support of a virtual learning environment that allows you to study at a time and place most convenient to you.
This course and the module content is responsive to the ever-changing healthcare environment, national initiatives and guidelines and as such offers an ongoing opportunity to increase knowledge, review evidence and update previous learning. You will explore issues relating to contemporary healthcare, develop skills in critical appraisal and promote evidence-based practice and service improvement within a complex and challenging multi-professional environment.
This acute care course acknowledges your professional experience, and aims to develop a sound theoretical basis underpinning care provision for patients/clients with an acute illness or at risk from sudden deterioration.
This programme covers a variety of skills important for the development of a qualified nurse in a way which brings together theory and practice. Graduate nurses will reflect a knowledgeable and enterprising approach to healthcare and adopt a critical, analytical and imaginative approach to nursing practice.
1. Critically reflect on professional expertise, clinical judgement and ethical decision-making skills used in the collaborative provision of healthcare in the multicultural setting.
2. Critically appraise the research underpinning nursing practice and modern healthcare and apply knowledge in an enterprising way (including the use of advanced technologies appropriate to the role).
3. Critically evaluate strategies of leadership and communication and the influence of personal and professional values in leading, and taking a substantial role in the local, national and global community.
4. Critically analyse and evaluate the effectiveness of quality assurance and risk management strategies to create and maintain a safe environment.
5. Critically reflect on the role of continuing professional development and strategies for career advancement.
6. Critically reflect on the role of the nurse as a role-model to provide guidance and support; to nurture their own and others intellectual curiosity in accordance with the Professional Code.
This course is not accredited by a Professional Body but is underpinned by current national guidelines for recognition of and response to acute illness (see previous section).
2015/6 fees for this course have not yet been agreed. Please contact for further information.
The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages
These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2017/8. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact
These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.