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Female student
Year of Entry 2019/20
MSc

Acute Care of the Child and Their Family

Develop your expertise in acute and critical care of the child, on this distance learning course for healthcare professionals.


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What is the fee? Home/EU: £8,000 for the course
International: £8, 000 for the course
How long will I study? 3 Years
When do I start? September 2019

Course summary

  • Gain the skills you need to assess acute and critical illness in children.
  • Learn supportive, evidence-based and sensitive care techniques.
  • Tailor the course to your career, working from your existing clinical position.
  • Engage with a range of critical perspectives and research, and develop your own reasoning.

On this distance learning course, you’ll gain the specialist skills and expertise you need to care for acutely and critically unwell children, and support their families. You’ll study everything from disease processes to ethical issues, alongside a dynamic student and academic community. You’ll graduate with enhanced employability and specialist skills.

How you learn

On this course, you’ll join a vibrant online community, and benefit from range of study approaches not only based on performance, but on learning methods and personal development. Your existing role will inform your study, and vice versa.

You learn through the Virtual Learning Environment. All modules have accompanying Blackboard (Bb) sites that are accessible 24/7, via a PC, laptop, mobile device or tablet.

You learn through

  • online learning materials
  • discussion boards
  • e-activies (including online quizzes) for you to self-assess youyr learning
  • online group activities
  • webinars

Applied learning

Work placements

Within your current clinical setting you will use the knowledge and skills that you have developed to inform your practice. There is no assessment of clinical practice however you are encouraged to use a Skills Passport to record and reflect on what you have learned and performed in clinical practice.

Live projects

You will have the opportunity to focus on primary research, service evaluation or a critical literature review relevant to your area of practice. The course team strongly believe that learning and assessment activities should develop skills that can be applied in professional practice.

A key example of this is the design of the dissertation module where, as well as the option of a traditional thesis, you can build on the dissertation report to construct an article suitable for publication in a refereed journal.

Networking opportunities

Through your online community, you will have to opportunity to network with likeminded healthcare professionals.


Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • acute care settings
  • high dependency care settings
  • critical care settings
  • emergency care settings

Where will I study?

You study at your own location by distance learning


Entry requirements

All students

Academic Qualification

Normally, applicants will hold a first degree or professional qualification which is recognised in the UK in a related health care subject. A first degree in a relevant subject, for example: BSc (Hons) Nursing (Child)

Other formally certified qualifications

Equivalent, international academic and/or professional qualifications will be accepted. Applicants will be considered on other relevant evidence which may include for example documented evidence of recent CPD activity, innovative practice, practice leadership, service development, research projects and/or publications. Such evidence must be clearly described in any application

Level of English language capability

Where English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 is required, with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and no individual element below 5.5.

Relevant work or work-related experience

Typically a minimum of 12 months clinical working experience is required.

Applicants must usually have a minimum of 12 months full time (or equivalent part time) experience and normally be working in a professional role and caring for children and families within the acute or critical care setting.

Please note there may be additional pre-requisites for some modules please see individual module descriptors.

Applicants will be motivated and prepared to study independently and autonomously. They must be prepared to embrace the challenges of Masters level study including online distance learning, have access to a reliable internet connection to support engagement and have sound IT skills.

The programme is intellectually challenging and applicants should be prepared to actively contribute to discussion and debate; critically reflect upon own and others’ practice and; explore and evaluate the evidence base underpinning their chosen course of study.

Use of Prior Credit (RPL): prior certificated credit or prior experiential credit may be used within the programme in the following ways:

Through the University's recognition of prior learning (RPL) process it may be possible for applicants to be exempt from some modules of the programme.

There is opportunity for students who have already studied and been awarded the PG cert in Acute and Critical Care of the Child to RPL this course towards the MSc Acute and Critical Care of the Child.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Recognition And Management Of The Acutely Ill Child Through Enhancing Professional Practice (Dl) Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Critical Care Of The Child Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Enhancing Practice In Child, Adolescent And Family Mental Health Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Evidencing Your Cpd Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Evidencing Your Cpd Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Interprofessional Education For Quality Enhancement (Dl) Credits: 15 Assessment: Practical
Module: Leadership In Practice (Dl) Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Learning And Teaching For Practice (Distance Learning) Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Loss, Grief And Bereavement Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Planning Service Improvement (Dl) Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Researching For Practice (Distance Learning) Credits: 15
Elective modules
Module Credits
Module: Early Intervention In Child, Adolescent And Family Mental Health Credits: 30
Module: Evaluating Service Improvement (Dl) Credits: 15
Module: Evidencing Your Cpd Credits: 15
Module: Evidencing Your Cpd Credits: 30
Module: Interprofessional Education For Quality Enhancement (Dl) Credits: 15
Module: Leadership In Practice (Dl) Credits: 15
Module: Loss, Grief And Bereavement Credits: 15
Module: Planning Service Improvement (Dl) Credits: 15

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Dissertation Credits: 60

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time study in 2019/20 is £8,000 for the course. For distance learning study the fee will be calculated pro-rata each year based on the number of credits studied (£670 for 15 credits or £1,335 for 30 credits).

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for international students starting full-time study in 2019/20 is £8,000 for the course. For distance learning study the fee will be calculated pro-rata each year based on the number of credits studied (£670 for 15 credits or £1,335 for 30 credits).

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