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Postgraduate Certificate in Adult Intensive Care Practice


Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery

The Postgraduate Certificate in Adult Intensive Care 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, skills and understanding of assessment, planning, delivery and evaluation of care. This will be relevant to the management of critically ill patients with complex care needs being cared for in an intensive care environment.

Successful completion of this course will allow you to achieve the Postgraduate Certificate in Adult Intensive Care Practice worth 60 CATS credits at Level 7.

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

Available start dates

January 2019 / September 2019 / January 2020 / September 2020

Teaching location

Headington Campus, Marston Road site

Course length

  • Part time: 12 months

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

  • You will develop a critical understanding of adult intensive care practice. By applying evidence based practice, you will deliver the best outcome of care for the patient and their family.
  • There is an emphasis on practice focused learning throughout. With learning and assessments being based around practice and the workplace.
  • We recognise the importance of developing the skills of the practitioner for practice. This ensures the transferability of the programme to direct service provision.
  • Curriculum content is informed by relevant national and international research and evidence based literature. This will help you to 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. As well as your journey of lifelong learning from both a personal and professional perspective.
  • Our lecturers are experienced in their specialist practice areas. They maintain excellent practice links with those local areas and across the region.

This postgraduate certificate consists of two compulsory modules, one single (20 credits at Level 7) and one double (40 credits at Level 7). Both modules are delivered face to face.


P44008 Adult Cardiorespiratory Intensive Care Practice (20 credits)

This level 7 single practice module will provide you with the opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills. It will also develop your understanding of assessment, planning, delivery and evaluation of care. Which is relevant to critically ill patients with haemodynamic and respiratory compromise.

P44010 Dimensions of Adult Intensive care practice (40 credits)

This level 7 double practice module provides you with the opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills. It will also develop your understanding of assessment, planning, delivery and evaluation of care. This relates directly to the management of critically ill patients with neurological, renal or gastrointestinal compromise and those with multiple traumatic injuries.

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

Teaching and learning

This programme's teaching, learning and assessment strategy reflects its 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 for sharing existing and developing skills while increasing your 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. Assessment strategies are chosen because of their appropriateness for an individual module and programme learning outcomes and content, the academic standard expected and the different styles of learning present within the group. Assessments provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge as well as the critical and reflective analysis required for professional practice.

The assessments also enable you to experience a range of valuable postgraduate attributes relevant to your future career.

Attendance pattern

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

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.

Tuition fees

Home/EU - part time fee: 2019/20: £1,020 per single module 2020/21: £1,040 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

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 or Allied Health Professional Body in the UK.
  • You will normally have a minimum of 12 months post-registration experience in an adult intensive care environment.
  • You should be working in a relevant clinical environment in which they 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 their line manager
  • You should have British Council IELTS: overall score of level 7 or above, if English is not your first language.

English language requirements

In addition to the academic entry qualifications, if your first language is not English you must be able to 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 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

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 stand alone module (rather than as part of the PGCert), then you can apply to be a postgraduate associate student. Please contact the Programme Administrator on cscshsc@brookes.ac.uk / +44 (0)1865 483017 for further details and an application form.

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.

How this course helps you develop

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


Students who have completed similar postgraduate certificate courses have been employed within their speciality both locally and nationally. This course enables you to work through the Agenda for Change grading bands to gain career progression within your adult intensive care practitioner field.

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.