Cardiorespiratory Practice


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Key facts

Course code


Start dates

September 2024 / January 2025

Application deadline

1 August (for a September start) 1 December (for a January start)

Course length

Part time: 9 months (Sept) 12 months (January)

Academic level


Academic credits


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


This Post Graduate Certificate in Cardiorespiratory Practice will enable you to achieve professional development and experience in the specialist area of cardiac and/or respiratory care. 

You will develop your critical understanding of cardiorespiratory practice. By applying evidence based practice, you will deliver the best outcome of care for the patient and their family. You will have the opportunity to develop your:

  • knowledge
  • skills and understanding of assessment
  • planning, delivery and evaluation of care.

This is pertinent to the management of critically ill patients with complex care needs being cared for in a cardiac and/or respiratory care environment. Students are able to learn by participating in clinical practice activities within their own cardiac or respiratory unit and are able to develop new clinical skills.

healthcare professionals and student attending to cardiac patient

How to apply

Entry requirements

  • UK or overseas degree from a recognised institution or equivalent professional or other qualification.
  • Hold professional registration with the relevant Nursing or Allied Health Professional Body in the UK.
  • A minimum of 12 months post-registration experience in a relevant cardiac or respiratory clinical area.
  • Be working in a relevant clinical environment in which they can achieve the clinical skills required.
  • Have support of their line manager

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Application process

Apply through our Moodle Portal.

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
2023 / 24
Home (UK) part time

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2023 / 24
Home (UK) part time

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

+44 (0)1865 534400

Fees quoted are for the first year only. If you are studying a course that lasts longer than one year your fees will increase each year.

How and when to pay

Tuition fee instalments for the semester are due by the Monday of week 1 of each semester. Students are not liable for full fees for that semester if they leave before week 4. If the leaving date is after week 4, full fees for the semester are payable.

  • For information on payment methods please see our Make a Payment page.
  • For information about refunds please visit our Refund policy page

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course are detailed below.

Learning and assessment

You will study two compulsory modules on this PG certificate

  • one single module (20 credits) CPD7011 Enhanced Patient Assessment and Management
  • one double module (40 credits) NURS7026 Cardiac and Respiratory Care

On successful completion of this course allows you will be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Cardiorespiratory Practice worth 60 CATS credits at Level 7.

healthcare professional showing medical equipment

Study modules


Compulsory modules

  • Cardiac and Respiratory Care (40 credits)

    This double level 7 practice module provides students with the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills in adult cardiac and respiratory practice required to meet the diverse needs of patients and their families or carers. This module will examine common acute and chronic cardiac and respiratory conditions, focussing on the assessment, monitoring, and management of these patients. Students will be required to evaluate and critically analyse practice with relevant theory in order to promote evidence based care.

  • Enhanced Patient Assessment and Management (20 credits)

    This single level 7 practice module provides the students with the opportunity to develop a critical, problem-solving approach to the complex and holistic assessment and management of a discreet aspect of patient care, developing their knowledge in the relevant pathophysiology applied to stages of the assessment. The module aims to develop the students' assessment skills to an enhanced level enabling them to recognise changes and respond to anomalies in the patient's clinical condition, planning, delivering, monitoring, and evaluating complex care and working effectively with the Multidisciplinary team to optimise health and care delivery.

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from those shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

This programme is taught via a blended learning approach, it involves a mixture of pre session reading, online activities and presentations blended with face-to-face seminars, problem based learning and clinical simulation.

The teaching, learning and assessment strategy of the programme reflects its student centred, patient-centred and practice-focused approach. Each module has an appropriate division between structured learning activities and private study. Opportunities for sharing existing and developing skills, knowledge and experience, are maximised.


Assessment methods used on this course

We will assess you with a variety of methods. Assessments give you an opportunity to demonstrate knowledge as well as the critical and reflective analysis required for professional practice.

CPD7011: Students will undertake a patient assessment in practice, which will be verified in the clinical environment.  A critical evaluation of the assessment including national and local guidelines, evidence, and decision making will be presented and explored further via viva questions.

NURS7026: Critical reflection of practice and, poster presentation and abstract.

Programme changes:
On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website. For more information, please visit our changes to programmes page.