Acute and Critical Care at University of South Wales - UCAS

University of South Wales

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of South Wales (Prifysgol De Cymru)

Acute and Critical Care

Course summary

This part-time BSc (Hons) Acute and Critical Care degree is suitable for registered nursing professionals working in ICU, CCU, HDU, A&E, theatres, medical/surgical assessment units (MAU/SAU), pre-hospital care and general acute wards. 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. The Acute and Critical Care course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to care and manage patients with complex conditions confidently.


Year One: Acute and Critical Care course Applied physiology of acute and critical illness - 20 credits This module looks at critically analysing the impact of pathophysiology on acute and critically ill adult patients and to understand altered physiology. You will explore the consequences of acute and critical illness on homeostasis using a wide knowledge base of normal and altered physiology to understand key treatments. The module will also focus on cardio-respiratory physiology, neurological control and acute medical conditions. Care and management of the acute and critically ill - 20 credits You will critically evaluate the complexity of care issues in relation to acutely and critically ill adult patients and analyse the context of that care. The effectiveness of care implementation across a range of patient presentations will be analysed with consideration given to the processes of assessment, monitoring and intervention. Legal and professional issues in caring for the acute and critically ill - 20 credits In this module you will undertake a critical evaluation of service delivery systems from legal and professional perspectives. This includes the right to health care; upholding human rights; duty and standards of care; professional negligence and the application of these to professional practice in acute and critical care contexts. Topics such as life and death, euthanasia, legal definitions of death, organ and tissue donation are also considered in terms of the implications on practitioners caring for acute and critically ill patients. Year Two: Acute and Critical Care course Psychological consequences of acute and critical illness - 20 credits The psychological implications of acute and critical illness can be seen as secondary to assessing and managing the physical needs of your patients. In this module we discuss and debate some of the psychological consequences faced by patients, relatives, and you as healthcare practitioners. Practice-based dissertation - 40 credits You will choose a topic related to acute or critical care and undertake a literature review up to 12,000 words.

Assessment method

Modules are assessed through a practice-based dissertation, multiple-choice questions, viva voce, OSCEs (Objective Structured Clinical Examinations) and written evidence of personal and professional development. The OSCEs will take place in May each year and be completed as part of the Care and Management of the Acute and Critically Ill module and involve undertaking a comprehensive patient history, examining a particular bodily system, and identifying a management and treatment plan for the individual.

How to apply

To apply for this course you will be taken to the provider's website, where you can find out more information and make an application.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants need to be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), or the HCPC (Health Care Professions Council) and have a HE Diploma or evidence of RPL (Recognised Prior Learning). You must already be employed and practicing within an acute and critical care environment. Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) applicants must meet the above criteria and usually possess a relevant Honours degree.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

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Acute and Critical Care at University of South Wales - UCAS