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PgCert Acute and Critical Care of the Child

This course equips you with the knowledge and skills to assess and manage the acute and critically ill child through supportive, evidence-based care that is sensitive to the psycho-social needs of children, young people and their families. It incorporates a systematic approach to the assessment and recognition of the acutely ill child. The course is delivered through both blended and distance learning, with a requirement equal to 7.5 hours a week study time, with additional self-directed learning expected.

Course length 12 Months
Location Collegiate Campus

Course description

You will study the assessment and nursing management of acute childhood illness. This will involve the study of the disease processes including altered physiology of respiratory, cardiovascular, neurological, renal/metabolic and immune systems, during the acute illness phase. This will include • pain management • alternative airway management and principles of stabilisation • techniques and specialist care relating to conditions which require critical and intensive care nursing.

You also explore the role of the multi-disciplinary team, including breaking bad news, sibling and family care and palliative care.

In addition, you cover ethical concerns and the legal implications of nursing children in acute and critical care situations, alongside stress management and professional development issues.

The course content will be delivered through face-to-face contact, clinical skill simulation and online learning packages including webinars, e-lectures, discussion boards and online group work.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

Typically one of the following

• a first degree with honours or professional qualification, recognised as being equivalent to degree standard

• an ordinary degree, foundation degree, higher national diploma or university diploma, accompanied by substantial experience in an appropriate field

Typically a minimum of 12 months work experience caring for children and families within the acute or critical care setting is also required. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or a recognised equivalent. If your level of English language is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider an appropriate Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve the required level of English. This course is only open to home or EU students. We are currently not accepting applications from international students.

2018 entry requirements

Typically one of the following

• a first degree with honours or professional qualification, recognised as being equivalent to degree standard
• an ordinary degree, foundation degree, higher national diploma or university diploma, accompanied by substantial experience in an appropriate field

Typically a minimum of 12 months work experience caring for children and families within the acute or critical care setting is also required. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or a recognised equivalent. If your level of English language is currently below IELTS 6.5 we recommend you consider an appropriate Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve the required level of English. This course is only open to home or EU students. We are currently not accepting applications from international students.

Course structure

Part-time - one year

Start date September 2017, May 2018

Typical modules may include

Core modules

• recognition and management of the acutely ill child • enhancing professional practice in children's acute and critical care

You also take two elective modules.

Core modules (blended learning)

• recognition and management of the acutely ill child • enhancing professional practice in children's acute and critical care

You also take two elective distance learning modules • critical care of the child • work-based learning

Assessment
  • written assignments

Employability

• Paediatric intense care nursing • High dependancy nursing (paediatrics) • Emergency department nursing • General paediatrics • Theatre nursing • Advanced Nurse Practitioner

Fees

Home / EU student

Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

2017/18 academic year

Typically £2,135 for the course, £1,070 for 30 credits

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,280 are available across the majority of subject areas.

2018/19 academic year

£2,500 for the PGC course (based on 60 credits). 15 credits = £625 or 30 credits = £1,250

International student

2017/18 academic year

Typically £1,325 for a 30 credit module

2018/19 academic year

£7,500 for the MSc course (based on 180 credits). 15 credits = £625 or 30 credits = £1,250

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Additional costs information

How to apply

Complete the application form available at www.shu.ac.uk/study/form

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and student Regulations.

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