Duration & study mode
Typically 1 year part-time
Health & Life Sciences
Course starting dates
Our Graduate Certificate (GradCert) Neonatal Nursing course is for practitioners registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and who are currently employed within the field of neonatal nursing. Through our Grad Cert Neonatal course you will critically explore the management of the ill neonate in a variety of settings in order to develop and expand your role within the field of neonatal care.
It has been developed to provide a standardised level of professional competence and academic accreditation for neonatal nurses and incorporates the competencies of Matching Knowledge and Skills for Qualified in Speciality (QIS) Neonatal Nurses. It consists of three core SCQF Level 10 modules.
“The course at UWS gave me strong evidence based knowledge and the ability to question practice in order to provide the best care for our babies and their families. The implementation of Family Integrated Care and the vital importance of developmentally supportive care to optimise outcomes is now embedded in our practice. I would commend the course at UWS to anyone keen to develop their professional practice.”
Carolyn McConnell, Neonatal Nursing graduate 2018
We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.
Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience
If you are applying with an EU or non-EU qualification, please check our Postgraduate & Post-experience Entry Requirements page which gives more information about country-specific entry requirements.
You will normally possess an Ordinary bachelor's degree, or equivalent.
If you do not have a degree then you will be considered utilising the UWS Recognition of Prior Learning policy.
You must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and currently employed within the field of neonatal nursing; you must have a minimum of six months current experience in the field of neonatal care.
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.
General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)
All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:
For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS or Occupational English Test (OET)*.
For such courses, the IELTS score is as follows:
* Note that the Occupational English Test (OET) will now be accepted in addition to IELTS as proof of a Nurse's English Language Competence (Nursing & Midwifery Council, 2019).
For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
TOEFL IBT*: 78; no sub-test less than:
* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.
West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE) including acceptance of WAEC Scratchcard*
*UWS will accept a WAEC scratchcard confirming that an applicant has achieved C6 or above as evidence of meeting English language requirement from Nigeria if the student graduated within the last 5 years. After 5 years applicants would be required to provide the WAEC Certificate.
Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:
The GradCert consists of three SCQF Level 10 modules, normally undertaken over six months – one year:
You will primarily be based in your own units, in both special and intensive care environments.
The Special Care Neonatal Nursing and Neonatal Intensive Care/High Dependency modules are delivered using a blended learning approach with some attendance at the Lanarkshire campus and the remainder of the teaching and learning activities being delivered via the virtual learning environment.
You are expected to undertake a significant element of independent study during the course.
Within the Neonatal Work-based Learning module, you will consolidate learning attained in the special care and intensive care modules and complete a range of clinical competencies supported by a mentor in practice. This will normally be undertaken in their own area of practice.
LEARNING AND TEACHING
Scheduled learning: 45%
Independent study: 55%
Small quality improvement project
Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.
You will be able to further develop professionally within neonatal nursing, mapping your continuing professional development to the Health Career Framework and Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF)
Following at least a two-year period of being qualified in specialty, you may undertake an MSc in Advanced Neonatal Practice.
£305 per module (20 credits)
£820 per module (20 credits)
£820 per module (20 credits)
£820 per module (20 credits)
£915 Cost of study
£305 Cost per 20-credit module of study
£1,550 Cost per 20-credit module of study
£1,550 Cost per 20-credit module of study
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