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Postgraduate Certificate in Emergency Nursing Practice

PGCert

Department of Applied Health and Professional Development

The Postgraduate Certificate in Emergency Nursing Practice enables UK registered healthcare professionals to achieve professional development and gain experience in this specialist area.

You will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills, as well as an understanding of assessment, planning, delivery and evaluation of care relating to the management of patients with differing care needs being cared for in an emergency department. 

Successful completion of this course allows you to exit with the Postgraduate Certificate in Emergency Nursing worth 60 CATS credits at Level 7.

This course is not available to students classed as International for fees purposes.

Available start dates

September 2017 / January 2018 / September 2018

Teaching location

Headington Campus, Marston Road site

Course length

  • Part time: 12 months

UCAS Postgraduate code

52371

For full application details, please see the 'How to apply / Entry requirements' section.

  • You will develop a critical understanding of emergency nursing and by applying evidence based practice, deliver the best outcome of care for the patient and their family.
  • There is an emphasis on practice focused learning throughout, with learning assessments being based around practice and the workplace.
  • Identifying the importance of developing practitioner skills for practice ensures the transferability of the programme to direct service provision.
  • Curriculum content is informed by relevant national and international research and evidence based literature to help you expand the breadth of your studies and develop a depth of critical analysis and evaluation of practice.
  • Importance is placed on your experience within the educational process and your journey of lifelong learning from both a personal and professional perspective.
  • Our lecturers are experienced in their specialist practice areas and maintain excellent practice links with those areas locally or across the region.
This postgraduate certificate consists of three single (20 credit) compulsory modules. All the modules are delivered face to face.

Modules
P44019 Children’s Emergency Care (20 credits)
This single level 7 practice module will provide you with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of providing care to a child in an emergency environment. Theoretical sessions combining lectures, seminars and practical sessions will enable development of skills in critical exploration of key theories and themes. 

P44020 Adult Emergency Care (20 credits)
This level 7 single practice module will provide you with a systems based approach of in-depth knowledge and skills in the assessment of adult patients within the emergency environment. You will be expected to use your skills to critically examine key concepts and theories underpinning emergency care. 

P44021 Governance in Emergency Care
This level 7 practice related module will allow in-depth exploration of current developments in the health service that guide and shape the provision of emergency care provided in England. This module covers current innovations and trends that guide our practice.

Please note: as courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules may vary from those shown here.  

Teaching and learning

Teaching, learning and assessment strategy reflects the programme's student-centred, patient-centred and practice-focused approach. Each module strikes a good balance between structured learning activities and private study. You will have opportunities to share your existing and developing skills, knowledge and experience. A variety of teaching and learning strategies will be employed to make the most of the range of experience, skills and knowledge within the group. 

Approach to assessment

You will be assessed in each of the modules. There is a mixture of assessment strategies chosen for their appropriateness for an individual module, programme learning outcomes and content. As well as the academic standard expected and the different styles of learning within the group. Assessments are used to give you an opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge as well as the critical and reflective analysis required for professional practice.

The assessments will also provide you with an opportunity to experience a range of postgraduate attributes that will prove valuable in your future career.

Attendance pattern

You are expected to attend the University one day per week. 

Tuition fees

Home/EU - part time fee: 2017/18 £1,000 per single module

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed in the 'This course in detail' window above.

Questions about fees?
Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088
finance-fees@brookes.ac.uk

Funding and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see funding for Postgraduate students from the UK and EU

Entry requirements

  • You should have a UK or overseas degree from a recognised institution or equivalent professional or other qualification.
  • You must hold professional registration with the relevant Nursing and Allied Health Professional Body in the UK.
  • You should have a minimum of 12 months post-registration experience in an emergency care environment.
  • You should be working in a relevant clinical environment in which you can achieve the clinical skills required, including access to a children's emergency department setting.
  • You should have access to an appropriate practice supervisor within that area.
  • You will need to have secured the support of your line manager
  • You will need British Council IELTS: overall score of level 7 or above if English is not your first language.

Please also see the university's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

In addition to the academic entry qualifications, if your first language is not English you must demonstrate that your level of English is appropriate for study at postgraduate level. An IELTS overall score of 7.0 is required for this course.

Please also see the university's standard English language requirements

This course is not available to students classed as International for fees purposes.

Preparation courses for International and EU students

We offer a range of courses to help you to meet the entry requirements for this course and also familiarise you with university life. You may also be able to apply for one student visa to cover both courses.

  • Take our Pre-Master's course to help you to meet both the English language and academic entry requirements for your master's course.
  • If you need to improve your English language, we have pre-sessional English language courses available to help you to meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s.

If you are studying outside the UK, for more details about your specific country entry requirements, translated information, local contacts and programmes within your country, please have a look at our country pages.

How to apply

Full-time students should apply for this course through UCAS.

Applications received electronically through UCAS Postgraduate will be forwarded to the University admissions team. Supporting documentation (for example manager's reference and confirmation of funding) should be forwarded using the email addresses provided on the UCAS Postgraduate application form. 

Applications are dealt with on a first come, first served basis, so please act early to avoid disappointment.

Note: If you only wish to take one module as a standalone module (rather than as part of the PGCert), then you can apply to be a postgraduate associate student. You do not apply via UCAS Postgraduate for this, but instead contact the Programme Administrator on cscshsc@brookes.ac.uk / +44 (0)1865 483017 for further details and an application form.

Conditions of acceptance

When you accept our offer, you agree to the conditions of acceptance. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

How this course helps you develop

Teaching, learning and assessment strategies include development of core postgraduate attributes. This encourages development of critical self-awareness and personal literacy, digital and information literacy and active citizenship within the context of both academic and research literacy. 

Careers

Students who have completed similar vocational health and life sciences postgraduate certificate courses have been employed within their speciality both locally and nationally. This course enables you as a practitioner to work through the Agenda for Change grading bands to further your career progression.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:

  • studying at a Brookes partner college
  • studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

How Brookes supports postgraduate students

Supporting your learning

From academic advisers and support co-ordinators to specialist subject librarians and other learning support staff, we want to ensure that you get the best out of your studies.

Personal support services

We want your time at Brookes to be as enjoyable and successful as possible. That's why we provide all the facilities you need to be relaxed, happy and healthy throughout your studies.