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Cardiorespiratory Practice


Key facts

Start dates

January 2021 / September 2021 / January 2022 / September 2022

Course length

Part time: 12 months

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


Our course covers the management of critically ill patients with complex care needs being cared for in a cardiac and/or respiratory care environment.

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.

We place importance on your experience within the educational process, from both a personal and professional perspective.

Our lecturers are experienced in their specialist areas. They maintain excellent practice links with those areas locally or across the region. Relevant national and international research and evidence based literature informs course content. This helps you expand the breadth of your studies and develop a depth of critical
analysis and evaluation of practice.

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How to apply

Entry requirements

Specific 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 or Allied Health Professional Body in the UK.

You will normally have a minimum of 12 months post-registration experience in a relevant cardiac or respiratory clinical area

You should be working in a relevant clinical environment in which you can achieve the clinical skills required.

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 should have 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.

Pathways courses for EU students

We offer a range of courses to help you meet the entry requirements for your postgraduate course and also familiarise you with university life in the UK.

Take a Pre-Master's course to develop your subject knowledge, study skills and academic language level in preparation for your master's course.

If you need to improve your English language, we offer pre-sessional English language courses to help you meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s course.

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.

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

If you only wish to take one module as a stand alone module (rather than as part of the PGCert), then you can apply to be a postgraduate associate student. 

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Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
Home (UK) part time
£1,060 per single module

Home (UK) part time
£1,080 per single module

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2021 / 22
Home (UK) part time
£1,060 per single module

2022 / 23
Home (UK) part time
£1,080 per single module

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

+44 (0)1865 483088

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.

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, if any, are detailed below.

The published course and module descriptions were accurate when first published and remain the basis of the course, but the University has had to modify some course and module content in response to government restrictions and social distancing requirements. In the event of changes made to the government advice and social distancing rules by national or local government, the University may need to make further alterations to the published course content. Detailed information on the changes will be sent to every student on confirmation in August to ensure you have all the information before you come to Oxford Brookes.

Learning and assessment

You will study two compulsory modules on this postgraduate certificate. This consists of: 

  • One single module (20 credits at Level seven) 
  • One double module (40 credits at Level seven).  

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

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Study modules

Taught modules

Compulsory modules

Cardiac and Respiratory Care (40 credits)

This double level 7 practice module provides you 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.

Care of the Deteriorating or Acutely Unwell Adult OR Adult Cardiorespiratory Intensive Care Practice (20 credits)

Choose one of:

Care of the Deteriorating or Acutely Unwell Adult (20 credits):
This single level 7 practice related module provides you with the opportunity to develop a critical problem solving approach to the assessment and management of the deteriorating and acutely unwell adult.

Adult Cardiorespiratory Intensive Care Practice (20 credits, alternative module for those working in an intensive care environment)
This single level 7 single practice module will provide you with the opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills. As well as an understanding of assessment, planning, delivery and evaluation of care. Which is relevant to critically ill patients with haemodynamic and respiratory compromise. 

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

Learning and teaching

You will learn through a variety of teaching and learning strategies. Our teaching, learning and assessment strategy is student centred, patient-centred and practice-focused in its approach. 

There will be a combination of structured learning activities and private study as part of each module you complete. 


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.


After you graduate

Career prospects

Students who have completed similar vocational health and life sciences postgraduate certificate courses at Oxford Brookes have been employed within the 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.

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.