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

This level 6 module is for adult nurses currently working in critical care.


10 weeks


Course overview

This module 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.

Standard university fee applies once all funded places have been allocated.

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Where you study

Lectures are delivered both on campus and online.


Course details

What you study

You study the complex care required by critically ill patients, developing evidence-based skills to support effective clinical decision-making, with an emphasis on the safe and effective integration of knowledge and evidence.

How you learn

This module is delivered on five days over a 10-week period. You are mostly taught on campus, with some online learning in the first week. Sessions are based on case studies and scenarios, encouraging you as a multidisciplinary practitioner to enhance your learning while networking, and extend your knowledge and practice base.

You share experiences with professionals from a variety of other acute and critical care areas. Identify your own learning needs, and take part in self-directed study with workbooks and pre-seminar reading.

How you are assessed

You complete a self-assessed mock exam before your final assessment.

The final assessment has two components:
• a short scenario-based, multiple-choice questionnaire and two short answer questions completed after the taught sessions (assessment is at level 6)
• completion of the Critical Care Nurse Education Review Forum National Competency Framework Step 2.

You are required to complete all step 2 competencies within six months.


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

You must have a minimum of one year’s experience in a critical care area, and have completed step 1 of the National Competency Framework for Critical Care, stating this on your application.

You should have completed transfer of 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.



Career opportunities

This course enables you to comply with national standards for critical care nursing, helping you develop your career in critical care.



2024/25 entry

Fee for applicants:

£750 per 20 credits

  • Length: 10 weeks
  • Start date: February
  • Level: Degree
  • Credits: 30

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