Paediatric Intensive Care Nursing Graduate Certificate

Part-time undergraduate (1 year)


September 2018

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Please note, this course is no longer running. For alternative options, please visit our part time page.


Further your skills and knowledge as a paediatric intensive care nurse with our graduate certificate course in Cambridge. If you're a qualified child nurse and want to develop your ability to deliver quality care, our part-time course is for you.

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Full description


We've worked closely with local service providers to create both the modules on this course. It's our way of making sure that the course is relevant to your work and future career.

During the Intensive Care Nursing of the Critically Ill Child module, you'll go on several placements, experiencing neonatal intensive care, transport of the critically ill child, and tertiary specialty paediatric critical care (PICU).

Modules & assessment

Core modules

  • High Dependency Care of the Acutely Ill Child
    This module will teach you to care for infants, children and young people with high-dependency needs, and who require Level 1 care. You’ll also learn to stabilise patients who need respiratory support or Level 2 care prior to transfer. You will learn to recognise when an infant, child or young person is acutely ill or potentially seriously unwell. You will also understand and explain the physiology and pathophysiology behind acute paediatric illness.
  • Intensive Care Nursing of the Critically Ill Child
    Our module offers the theoretical and practical skills you need to safely and independently manage the care of any critically ill child or young person aged under 18. You’ll learn to provide Level 2 care both within the paediatric intensive-care environment and outside of it (such as during transfer), as well as Level 3 care within the paediatric intensive-care environment (with support from others in the multidisciplinary team). As part of the course, you’ll experience periods of time in neonatal intensive care and in another paediatric intensive care setting with a different tertiary specialty from your normal place of work.


Assessments are your chance to show that you've developed the skills and knowledge we set out to teach on the two course modules.

You'll receive regular, constructive feedback from tutors and mentors to let you know how you're doing. Along with tutorials, this should mean you're ready to tackle assessments.

For the High Dependency of the Acutely Ill Child module, you'll take a three-hour exam and produce a practice competency document. For the Intensive Care Nursing of the Critically Ill Child module, you'll prepare a 6,000-word client care analysis and a practice competency document.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education is the largest provider of health, social care and education courses in the East of England, with over 6,000 students from more than 20 countries.

With 95% of our students finding full-time employment within six months of graduating, you can be sure that our courses have been designed with your career in mind. We’ve been educating nurses, midwives and social workers for over 25 years.

At the cutting edge of research, we offer a range of internationally recognised undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses taught by friendly, supportive and experienced staff. With over 150 research students across our three doctoral programmes (PhD; DProf and EdD), we provide the multi-disciplinary perspective and potential for academic debate that reflects our position as a leader in practitioner-focused and practice-led research studies.

Designed to enhance your learning experience, our facilities include state-of-the-art simulated skills laboratories that mirror real-life clinical situations and UK hospital wards. Our students also benefit from our Early Childhood Research and Resource Centre; a space in which they can experiment with equipment and play activities.

You’ll study in an exciting, modern faculty which has strong links with regional, national and international organisations, including healthcare trusts, social services, local and regional authorities, schools and academic institutions.

Your enthusiasm. Our passion. Your best foot forward.

Where can I study?

Lord Ashcroft Building on our Cambridge campus

Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2018/19 (per year)


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Fee information

For more information about tuition fees, including the UK Government's commitment to EU students, please see our UK/EU funding pages

How do I pay my fees?

You can pay your fees in the following ways.

Tuition fee loan

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Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.

How to apply for a tuition fee loan

Paying upfront

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If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.

How to pay your fees directly

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Funding for UK & EU students

Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. 

We also offer our £400 Books Plus scheme, which helps with the costs of study. There's no need to apply for this: if you're eligible you can simply collect a Books Plus card when you start your course.

From September 2018, EU students starting an undergraduate degree can access an £800 bursary.

There’s finance available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants. Find out more on our finance pages.

Entry requirements

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To apply for this course, you must currently be working as a qualified children's nurse in a paediatric intensive care environment and meet entry criteria for the course modules.

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Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email for further information.

We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.

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