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Critical Care PGCert


Course facts

  • Name: Critical Care
  • Qualification: PGCert
  • Duration: 1 year, part-time

This programme is made up of 3 modules; Fundamental Critical Care (20 credits), Advanced Critical Care (20 credits) and a Work Based Learning module (20 credits).   This Part-time programme is designed to facilitate and guide the students effectively and safely in caring for those individuals with critical care needs.  The major focus is on the provision of care in a holistic manner and will build on existing knowledge and skills to establish knowledgeable practitioners involved in the care of acutely/critically ill patients.

Module one is designed for any practitioner working in an acute area and module two is for practitioners working specifically in critical care environments.

Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

Course Content

Module One:

  • Professionalism/Governance
  • Assessment/Critical Care without walls/escalation/Sepsis
  • Normal Anatomy and Physiology
  • Acid Base Balance
  • Nutrition
  • Infection Prevention
  • End of Life care 

Module Two:

  • Pathophysiology
  • Haemodynamic monitoring
  • Pharmacology
  • Respiratory support
  • Haemofiltration
  • Ethical considerations
  • Organ Donation

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Teaching will be via face to face and online components. A variety of assessment including blogging, presentation, assignment, summative examination and clinical competencies will be used.

Entry Requirements

  • Registration with the NMC/HCPC and employment within an acute practice area.
  • IELTS: 6.0 (with no element below 5.5) is required.

Admissions are made via Bangor University online system.

International Students: Because this pathway is part-time and requires a current NMC registration and access to an acute/intensive care environment, this pathway is not suitable for the international market.


Admissions to the programme are made on a rolling basis, so early applications are encouraged. Applications are made using Bangor’s online application system.

Need help applying?

If you have any questions about entry requirements, how to apply or the course you are interested in please do not hesitate to contact Naomi Jenkins, Course Leader. We look forward to hearing from you.

International Students: Because this pathway is part-time and requires a current NMC registration and access to an intensive care environment, this pathway is not suitable for the international market.

How to Apply

Home/EU students

Home/EU students: apply online yourself with the help of our Guidance Notes on online application for Home/EU students. We strongly recommend you read these before you start to apply online.

Apply online

Once you have read the Guidance Notes you should apply using our Online Application form.

Need help applying? Home/EU students please contact:

Postgraduate Admissions: or write to:

Admissions Office
Bangor University
LL57 2TF

Telephone: +44 (0)1248 383717.

International students

  • Agents: if you are an agent applying on behalf of the student, then you can Apply here. For further guidance click here

Need help applying? International students please contact:

International Education Office: or write to

International Education Centre
Bangor University
LL57 2DG

Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028

When to apply

The University will accept applications throughout the year, but we would generally advise that you send in your application form by the end of June to ensure that you have time to make any funding and/or accommodation arrangements, and for documents such as transcripts and references to be obtained if not submitted with the application. This will also give you more time to meet any conditions we may potentially attach to an offer. If you are making an application for one of our professional courses, which has limited place availability, you are advised to contact the academic school for advice on the final dates for applications.

Careers and Employability

This course is especially designed for practitioners working in acute and critical care areas.


Research / Links with Industry

The academics involved with this PGCert have extensive links with external bodies, companies and the 3rd sector, which are fully utilised in ensuring that the modules are relevant to the modern work and research environment graduates will enter. They are also all experienced Nurse practioners who still have active links to the local NHS trust ensuring that modern clinical practice is embedded within the programme.


Please visit our course fees page.

Further information

Contact us

If you have additional questions about academic aspects of the course, please e-mail Naomi Jenkins, Course Leader /


Why study with the School of Health Sciences

If you haven't already do have a look at this page for a list of reasons that we think mean that if you are interested in this graduate certificate pathway you should consider studying with us.

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