University Advanced Diploma Practice Development: Acute and Critical Care

Apply Now
Apply Now
Course overview
  • Course overview
  • Course details
  • Finance
  • Resources and Facilities
  • Meet the staff
Apply Now
Apply Now
Book An Open Day Book An Open Day

Direct Entry

Apply now

Key course details

Location Lancaster, Online
Duration Part-time, 1 Year
Start date September
Entry Requirements Programme specification (PDF)
Need more information about this course?

Speak to an advisor

If you’re a health professional looking after acutely or critically ill patients in a hospital or care setting, our course will enable you to directly enhance your professional practice and patient care – boosting your CV and your nursing career.

You will follow either an acute or critical care pathway and complete a period of assessed practice in your workplace on our course, which comprises the Step competencies of the National Competency Framework for Adult Critical Care Nurses.

Why Choose University of Cumbria

We want you to succeed and enhance your professional prospects to play an active role in practice development in your field, and so, we provide a flexible course to best fit with your lifestyle and commitments.

You will choose bespoke modules to suit your individual needs, create your own programme title and even select whether you want to study full or part-time, at one of our campuses or from your own home.

  • We are amongst the UK's leading universities health and social care departments
  • We have extensive experience as CPD distance learning providers
  • Choose to study enirely at our Lancaster campus or by partial distance learning
  • Study on a modular basis and so you don’t need to commit to the full course – learning at your own, comfortable pace
  • Range of modules to choose from to suit your interests and employment needs
  • All tutors are experienced clinicians in the NHS
  • Close support and guidance throughout your studies from a personal tutor
  • Tutors carry out national and international research, are members of national advisory bodies and publish papers in their areas of expertise - which will enhance your learning
  • Interactive online classrooms give you the opportunity to debate and discuss real life scenarios and experiences with fellow students
  • Bring your previous university credit with you – whether from us or another institution. We have generous allowances for the accreditation of prior learning (APL)
  • Add a specific title to your degree to reflect the subject area you’ve focussed on (student defined pathway)

 Our course will benefit your academic learning and make a positive and direct impact on your nursing role.

Course study options

This course is also available as a Postgraduate Certificate - click the button for more information.

PgC Course

Graduate destinations

You can bring the credits you earn from this course towards a top-up degree in BSc (Hons) Nursing Practice or BSc (Hons) Practice Development.

News and Events

Recognition for university’s mental health and dementia initiatives

Posted: 21 Feb 2020

Two University of Cumbria health initiatives are in the running for prestigious education awards. A dementia symposium and the university’s Festival of Mental Health are finalists in the Educate North 2020 Awards. The initiatives aim to strengthen students’ knowledge and expertise as well as improve standards and effectiveness of patient care. They are organised by academics and staff within the nursing team of the university’s Institute of Health.

Lancaster District and University leaders issue a joint statement in support of the Chinese and South/ East Asian community

Posted: 18 Feb 2020

University of Cumbria Vice Chancellor Professor Julie Mennell said: ‘Our student, staff and communities are at the heart of our university and particularly during times of challenge it is important we stand as one to help and support each other.’

Everything you need to know about becoming a Paramedic

Posted: 6 Jan 2020

Paramedics have a highly responsible role, regularly being the senior ambulance service healthcare professional in a range of emergency and non-emergency situations. Paramedics are often the first healthcare professional on the scene to aid and assist patients when they are in their most vulnerable need of care provision.

UG Open Event(2020 entry enquirers only)

Wed 18 Mar 2020

It’s not too late to apply to us for 2020 entry, our expert teams of support and academic staff are on hand to give you a bespoke and personal visit experience that will arm you with everything you need to know about starting a course in September 2020.

UG Open Event (2020 entry enquirers only)

Wed 22 Apr 2020

It’s not too late to apply to us for 2020 entry, our expert teams of support and academic staff are on hand to give you a bespoke and personal visit experience that will arm you with everything you need to know about starting a course in September 2020.