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Nursing, Midwifery & Health Professions

Enhancing Step 2 Competency in Adult Critical Care
University Certificate in Postgraduate Professional Development


Course overview

  • Limited HEENE-funded places are available for eligible applicants.
  • Standard University fee applies once all funded places have been allocated.

This level 7 award is for adult critical care nurses currently working in critical care. It addresses the guidelines for critical care nursing as described by the Critical Care Nurse Education Review Forum, incorporating the Critical Care National Competency Framework Step 2.The course is delivered over five contact days over a 10-week period.


Course details

What you study

The module addresses the complex care required by critically ill patients enabling you to develop your evidence-based knowledge and skills to support effective clinical decision-making. There is emphasis on safely and effectively integrating knowledge and evidence to support clinical decision-making.

How you learn

Knowledge development is supported by a variety of methods including seminars, direct supervision in your clinical area, e-resources. You can also make use of the university’s virtual learning environment e-learning@tees.

You also share group work and experiences with professionals from a variety of other acute and critical care areas. Group work has an emphasis on reflective practice and decision-making strategies. You are encouraged to identify your own learning needs and undertake self-directed study through the virtual learning environment with workbooks and pre-seminar reading. 

How you are assessed

Teesside University /Darlington campus


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Applicants require a minimum of one year’s experience in a critical care area. You must also have completed all of Step 1 of the National Competency Framework for Critical Care and you must state this on your application.

You should also have completed Transfer for Training or plan to complete it within a year.

Assessors supporting a nurse on this module should be a competent critical care nurse from your clinical area as identified by the Critical Care Nurse Education Review Forum.



2020/21 entry

Fee for UK/EU applicants:

  • Length: 10 weeks
  • 5 full days over 10 weeks
  • Enrolment date: October and January

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