CPD Critical Care Developments

Level 6 (undergraduate), 60 Credits

Start dates

January 2023

Course length

One year

Course cost

Total cost: £2,520


City campus

Course aim

Following a successful bid, LJMU is able to offer funding from Health Education England (HEE) to students and/or the Trusts they work for in order to complete the course. The HEE contribution is £1,400 towards the course fee.  

“This is a really exciting time in the education of critical care staff. Through funding support from HEE and adaptations to the teaching approach for our Critical Care Modules we can reach out to more critical care nurses than ever before. You could study with us from as far afield as Stranraer or Southampton - the blended learning approach means geographical location is not an issue. Furthermore, by bring critical care nurses from all over the country together, we hope to learn from each other’s experiences in order to enhance discussion and your learning experience.” Dan Cooper, Module Leader

This programme of study is ideal for those working in critical care who wish to complete a critical care programme which is recognised as meeting the National Standards for Adult Critical Care Nurse Education (2016) for post-qualification critical care nurses.

By studying at LJMU, you will receive an excellent educational experience at postgraduate level. The programme is continually evolving in line with current clinical practice and educational practices, yet is a well-established programme. Despite being 80% online this programme still offers a significant amount of support for students who may find it a challenge to study whilst working, but wish to attain this qualification and reach their potential.

Students on the programme are assisted to develop their academic skills, and broaden their knowledge base to support their professional practice, to ensure that they make a real difference to the patients that they care for. This programme would be suitable for those who wish to meet the national standards for critical care nurses. In addition, students may wish to use this as a return to academic study, or those who want to move onto Masters level study.

Course content

You will explore the following themes:

  • Anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of the major systems
  • Pharmacology and pharmacokinetics
  • Critical care treatments and interventions
  • Research and audit
  • Law and ethics
  • Leadership and management

Teaching and learning

This programme is taught using a blended learning approach, utilising an 80/20 split of online/face-to-face lectures. On-campus teaching usually takes place in the Tithebarn Building, 79 Tithebarn Street, L2 2ER.

Scenario based learning is central to the module and students will be taken on a patient journey’s in order to understand and explore the deteriorating patient whilst also discussing and determining the different options available in the management and treatment of patients.

Comments from course alumni:

“The lectures were specific and relevant to the critical care area.”

“This course has given me confidence to continue with academic study, and made me more confident as a critical care nurse. I learned a lot and achieved a lot from this course and would definitely recommend it.”

Entry requirements

In order to be considered for this course, you must:

  • be able to demonstrate evidence of, at least, Level 6 study (subject to discussion with Module Leader)
  • hold a professional registration in nursing and be active on the NMC register
  • successfully complete a period of preceptorship which includes completion of Step 1 competency attainment prior to commencing a critical care programme (ideally two years critical care experience)
  • complete a minimum of 18 clinical hours per week in a critical care area during the course of the programme
  • have a letter from your employer confirming support of your studies (if required)

Upon application a short personal statement is required which will demonstrate that all of the above entry requirements have been met.

For further information, or an informal discussion about the programme please contact Dan Cooper via email on d.j.cooper@ljmu.ac.uk

How to apply

Click on the Apply Direct button at the top of the page and complete the LJMU CPD online application form.


You will be assessed via:

  • A professional reflective portfolio (around 1,500-2,000 words)
  • A patient case study (around 4,000 words)
  • A practice based competency assessment (in line with the Critical Care Step Competencies)

CPD award

By undertaking this programme you will have met the National Standards for Adult Critical Care Nurse Education (2016) which requires 60 credits. Upon completing this programme students exit with 60 credits at Level 6, with a certificate of professional development. 

Further information

For further information please contact:

Faculty Admissions Team
Faculty of Health
Liverpool John Moores University
79 Tithebarn Street
Liverpool L2 2ER

T: 0151 231 5829
E: Health@ljmu.ac.uk

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.

Further guidance on programme changes.