University of South Wales

University of South Wales

Acute and Critical Care

Patients can become acutely or critically ill at any time and the more ill the patient becomes, the more likely they are to be vulnerable, physiologically unstable and require complex care. Acutely or critically ill patients exist throughout many settings in hospitals and beyond, and there is a need to ensure quality of care for all these patients, irrespective of their location. Advances in medicine and technology have also resulted in patient care becoming more complex, diverse and challenging, which has meant an increase in the acuity and dependency of patients needing care. An ageing population and increased expectations from the public will inevitably mean greater demands on acute and critical care units in the future. These units and the staff that provide care need to be fit for purpose and administer a high quality service.

Entry requirements

A related degree is required; further entry requirements are available on request.

Course modules

Modules include: Applied physiology of acute and critical illness; care and management of the acute and critically ill; legal and professional issues in caring for the acute and critically ill.

Assessment methods

Assessment is based on multiple-choice questions, viva voce (oral examination), Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE) and written evidence of personal and professional development.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PgCert Part-time £ 2,000 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Cardiff (Atrium) Campus Cardiff CF37 1DL Wales

Key information

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