Online course details

UK/EU fee

£840 (2020/21)

International fee

£840 (2020/21)

Course level

Level 6

Course credits

20 credits

Start date

21 September 2020

Course length

10 weeks

Mode of study

Tutored online learning

Location

Online

Online course description

Due to advances in medicine, patients are presenting to care environments with increased levels of illness, many of which are acutely unwell and require immediate interventions to preserve life. This course is aimed at all health and social care professionals, including nurses, physiotherapists and others who work with acutely unwell patients either in or out of hospital.

There is a recognition that all patients have the potential to become acutely unwell at any time. This course aims to develop you with a holistic approach to acute illness surveillance, monitoring, treatment and subsequent recovery. It includes both a ‘back to basics’ approach to assessment and treatment, in addition to developing specialist and expert practice required for the enhanced future capability of students, underpinned by a desire to start learners on a ‘novice to expert’ journey becoming lifelong learners with an interest in acute illness.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course, you will be able to:

  1. Critically appraise assessment, planning, monitoring and subsequent treatment of patients presenting with acute illness.
  2. Critically evaluate your own professional practice in relation to the management of acutely ill patients.
  3. Critically reflect upon, and demonstrate competence in, the theory and practice related to acute illness.

Course content

This course will involve the broad-based study of acute illness, its management and strategic interventions which can be undertaken by you in practice. Course content will include:

On successful completion of the course, you will be able to:

Whilst studying this course content, you will engage with the following graduate and digital skills:

Graduate skills

Digital skills

You will also be given the opportunity to develop digital skills through the use of interactive technology eg discussion forums, personal blog. This course will enable you to:

Benefits

Offset course credits towards BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies (Top-Up)

If you are a registered nurse but do not have a degree qualification, once you’ve completed this course you could offset the 20 credits through recognised prior learning (RPL) towards our online BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies (Top-Up) degree. This would reduce the number of modules you would need to study and the total cost of the course.

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Wednesday, 22 April 2020 14.30 - 15.30

During this hour long webinar, we'll take you through the basic principles of how online learning works and what you can expect as an online learner. The webinar includes a 20 minute presentation and an opportunity to take in a Q&A.

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Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees for new entrants

Starting between September 2020 and August 2021.

UK/EU fee: £840

International fee: £840

About your fees

Prices are correct for the year of entry shown. These are subject to annual increase in subsequent academic years.

Course requirements

You will:

English language qualifications

IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) if you have not completed a programme at an English-speaking institution.

When applying, it is essential that you submit the following:

  1. Qualification evidence awarded in your country
  2. Transcripts of all relevant education/training
  3. NARIC evidence
  4. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a score of 6.0* in all areas or equivalent qualification

If you have a minimum of IELTS level 4.5 you can study our English for academic purposes Certificate of Credit which we will accept as evidence that you are able to perform at a suitable level of IELTS 6.0. We will also accept the Certificate of Credit as evidence that you can perform at GCSE level.

Documents to support your application

You'll need to provide:

*Documents not in English or Welsh must be accompanied by a certified translation by a professional translator/translation company. Each translation must contain:

A list of approved translators can be found on the UK Government website

Learning Beyond Registration (LBR) for health professionals

If you are employed by the NHS in the East Midlands (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire or Northamptonshire) you may be eligible for fee-free access to this course.

How to apply

Students should apply directly to the University.

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Who will teach you

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Dr Alan Williams
Programme leader

Academic Lead for Nursing, Dr Alan Williams, commenced as Academic Lead for the Nursing and Perioperative Practice programmes in April 2019. Alan is a Registered Nurse (Adult and Mental Health) with over twenty years' experience in the NHS before becoming an academic.

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