CPD Critical Care Developments

Level 6 (undergraduate), 60 Credits

Start dates

January 2023

Course length

One semester

Course cost

Total cost: £2,520


City campus

Faculty of Health:

0151 231 5829


Course aim

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 (2018) for post qualification critical care nurses.

This programme is taught at our modern city centre location which is extremely accessible. Students on this programme, are taught by a team of research active, and clinically credible, nurse lecturers and professors. The content of the programme is aligned to the critical care educational standards. In addition to this, research underpins the curricula. 

By studying at LJMU, you will receive an excellent educational experience at postgraduate level. The programme is continually evolving in line with current practice and educational practices, yet is a well-established programme. This programme 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

The programme is interactive and utilises both face to face teaching and online supportive teaching methods to ensure that students have the knowledge to support their practices. The programme is taught through lectures, seminars and group work. The use of the virtual learning environment also supports directed and additional study.

You will be expected to attend University, participate in online sessions and attend clinical simulations in order to meet the requirements of the programme.

I was apprehensive when I commenced the critical care course as I hadn’t undertaken any academic work for 10 years. From the first day the lecturer was friendly and open and stated she was there to help and support us at anytime. The lecturers teaching skills were amazing. There was always a friendly and open atmosphere and discussions always regulated. I would always get a response when I emailed, which actually means a lot.

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.

My lecturer was extremely supportive and she gave me the confidence to believe in myself and my academic skills. Undertaking this course has had a very important and positive impact on both my personal and professional career and as stated above would recommend both this course and lecturer within Liverpool John Moores University.” Cheryl Harrison – former student.

“This is an established programme of study which educates current critical care nurses through a programme of study which is aligned to the current critical care nurse education standards. It is wonderful to support students through a programme of study which allows them to reach their potential and positively inform patient care.”  Dr Nicola Morrell-Scott – Programme leader

Entry requirements

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

  • be able to demonstrate evidence of, at least, level 6 study
  • 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
  • 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 Dr Morrell-Scott, tel: 0151 231 4189


You will be assessed via:

  • A Professional Portfolio (around 1500-2000 words)
  • A patient case study (around 4000 words)
  • A practice based competency assessment

CPD award

By undertaking this programme you will have met the National Standards for Adult Critical Care Nurse Education (2018) which requires 60 credits. Upon completing this programme students exit with 60 credits at Level 6, with a certificate of professional development. 

This Continuing Professional Development can be studied within the BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care Development award framework or as a single CPD.

Further information

Information is available in our CPD for healthcare professionals brochure.

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.

Important info about this course