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Advanced Clinical Practice (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.

The structure of the course will enable the non-medical clinicians to undertake a full systems examination (Child and Adult) and to develop the knowledge and skills to clinically and critically interpret results of tests and investigations.

A flexible, modular structure allows you to study over a three years period starting with the PG Certificate in the first year, then progressing to the PG Diploma in the second and then going on to the MSc stage in the third. Most modules can also be taken as a stand-alone Postgraduate Award.

Taught by senior practising clinicians and health care professionals, this is an interactive programme where you will learn through seminars, group work and individual study.

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed primarily at nurses, paramedics, physiotherapists, pharmacists 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.

Applicants who have successfully completed a non-medical prescribing course at another UK HEI and have registered this qualification with their professional body will automatically be granted Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) of 40 CATS points towards the Independent and Supplementary Prescribing module in year 2. Applicants will be required to provide original evidence of their qualification and professional registration of this qualification.

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.

PG Certificate (60 CATS points):

PG Diploma (120 CATS points): The PG Certificate modules above plus:

MSc (180 CATS points): The PG Certificate and Diploma modules above plus:

Most modules can also be taken as a standalone Postgraduate Award.

Optional modules


Entry requirements:

Applicants should:

- be 4 years post qualification/registration
- 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. The course will delivered via a blended learning approach using face to face and online learning. You will benefit from guided discussions and have the opportunity to practise the skills you have learnt during the sessions.


Assessment for each module can be seen by looking at the relevant module page but typically consists of written essays of 4,000 words each, a clinical portfolio and/or an Objective Structured Long Examination Record (OSLER). The Professional Project is assessed by a 4,000 word project report and a poster presentation.


Key Facts


Eva Mussio / Claire Runaghan / Evon Conway

Tel: 024 765 74263

Course Director:
Samantha McDonnell
Deputy Course Director:
Rebecca Johnson


MSc: 3 years part time
PG Dip: 2 years part time
PG Cert: 1 year part time

Study mode: Part-time

Location of study: University of Warwick

Interview with course director

We are now recruiting for the 2024-2025 academic year.

Module running dates for the 2024/25 academic year will be available June/July 2024.

Course calendar-please refer to modules' webpages:
Clinical Examinations & Diagnostic Skills

Understanding Research and Critical Appraisal

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Please note: the MSc route is appropriate if you are funded by your Trust or by HEE, or if you are self-funding.

If your Employer is considering the Apprenticeship levy, the application process is different and you or your Employer will need to contact the Apprenticeship team, in the first instance.

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In order to apply for the Apprenticeship route, please follow the link:- Apprenticeship ACP