Acute and Critical Care

UCAS codes

  • 0117 -

Course contact

Roland Preston
+44 (0)1292 886378 or 0800 027 1000 (+44 141 849 4101 outwith UK)

Qualifications and durations

Graduate Certificate (Part time; 1 year)


  • Ayr
  • Off Campus

Start date(s)

  • September
The Graduate Certificate in Acute and Critical Care is an innovative programme of study designed for those registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) or the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) respectively, who are currently employed or wish to seek employment within the areas of Acute or Critical Care. In offering a named programme for this specific area of healthcare, UWS can be proactive in both educational development and clinical skills in line with national agendas and recommendations. Students on this course should be employed within the areas of acute or critical care. The course is vocationally-relevant and complements the Comprehensive Critical Care Strategy. It is designed to ensure professionals are equipped with the skills of personal development planning and reflective practice.

The Graduate Certificate consists of 3 core modules; each credit rated 20 points at SCQF Level 9. Each module incorporates a variety of teaching methods.
Candidates must be able to satisfy the general admission requirements of the University of the West of Scotland as specified in Section 6 of the University Regulatory Framework together with the following programme requirements: candidates must be appropriately registered practitioners e.g. registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) or the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC).
For international students undertaking this module as part of an international cohort, you must be able to demonstrate current professional registration from the country in which you practice.

All candidates must be employed within an acute and/or critical care environment.

Foundations of Acute and Critical Care

provides a sound knowledge base for practitioners who are caring for patients requiring level 1 and 2 care and is a prerequisite for Advanced Interventions in Acute and Critical Care.

Advanced Interventions for Acute and Critical Care

building upon the Foundations of Acute and Critical Care, the module is designed to provide the registered practitioner with enhanced knowledge to deliver high-quality, evidence-based care to critically ill patients requiring organ support.

Independent Study for Professional Practice

this module is designed to provide an opportunity for independent study where the student can critically analyse an area of relevant clinical practice and provide evidence and recommendations for development/improvement.
Undertaking this course prepares you to critically explore the issues surrounding acute and critical care from a national perspective. The course prepares students to develop their role in assessing and caring for patients requiring varying degrees of monitoring and organ support.
“I work in an acute medical ward and this course really helped me in improving my confidence working with acutely unwell patients, it also demystified the scary environment of high dependency and Intensive care”
, Staff Nurse in Acute Medical Receiving