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PG Certificate in Pre-Hospital Critical Care


This course is primarily aimed at doctors, nurses and paramedics caring for critically ill patients.

This course aims to prepare health care professionals to work at a senior clinical decision making level across a number of clinical settings.

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed primarily at doctors, nurses, paramedics and AHPs who work within acute, emergency and critical care environments such as Emergency Departments, Intensive Care Units and Ambulance Services. It is ideal for those practitioners who are developing their scope of practice towards an autonomous role.

Course content:

The course is modular and organised in blocks of study lasting between four and six days at a time, which can be consecutive days within the same week or spread out over several weeks.

You will study the following modules:


Entry requirements:

Applicants should:

- be in a clinical post at Band 6 or above in a trainee ACP post or similar
- have current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, Health Care Professionals Council or Royal Pharmaceutical Society
- Hold a BSc degree at 2nd class level, or evidence of Level 7 study.

Those without the academic qualifications will have a telephone interview with the course director for a special case request to be made.

English language requirements: Band A with specific component scores of 6.5 in reading and writing.

Teaching methods:

This is an interactive programme. You will learn through lectures and seminars, practical group work and guided reading. You will benefit from guided discussions and have the opportunity to practise the skills you have learnt during the sessions.


Critical Care Transfer

  • 2 x 1,000-word written clinical reflections
  • 4 x 15-minute Case Base Examination

Advanced Emergency Practice

  • 4 x 15-minute Case Based Examination
  • 2 x 1,000-word written assignment

Special Incident Management

  • 2,000-word case study
  • 1 x poster/ infographic


Key Facts


Eva Mussio / Claire Runaghan / Evon Conway

Tel: 024765 74263

Course directors
Samantha McDonnell

1 year part time

On completion of the three mandatory modules you will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate. If you decide you would like to pursue further study you can put your certificate towards a Master's qualification.

Location of study: University of Warwick

Postgraduate Certificate:

Application Deadline: 04/09/2023

Next Course Start Date: 09/10/2023

Teaching scheduled may be subject to change. It is therefore advised that you check individual module pages in advance of teaching.

How to apply