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Advanced Critical Care Practice PG Dip

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This new Advanced Critical Care Practitioner (ACCP) course has been developed by King’s in response to the need for new practitoners as outlined by the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (FICM) to address the shortage of doctors in Intensive Care Units (ICU).

The course information sheet is a printable version of the information on this web page, which you can download here.


Key Benefits

• You will be studying at the No.1 Nursing Faculty in the UK and 2nd in the world (2019 QS World University Rankings).

• Central location allows access to world leading clinical and academic resources.

• Access to extracurricular seminars and lectures given by leaders in healthcare from around the world.

• A multi-faculty environment drawing on clinical and academic expertise from a number of world leading faculties and hospitals providing an unparalleled inter-professional learning experience.

• Located in the heart of London, across four of King’s Thames-side campuses (Waterloo, Strand, St Thomas’ and Guy’s) and the Denmark Hill Campus in South London.

Key information

Application status Open

Study mode Part-time

Credit value UK 120/ECTS 60

Programme accreditations Typically students take two years to complete a diploma. Maximum of four years PT.

Course leaders Dr Geraldine Lee, gerry.lee@kcl.ac.uk

Further details

Course contact for further information

Before you apply: Use our Enquiry Form

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office
tel: +44 (0)20 7848 7000
fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care

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Course detail

Description

This course is suitable for nurses and allied healthcare professionals currently employed in clinical practice as an ACCP trainee in an intensive care unit. Applicants must be employed in ACCP trainee roles before commencing this postgraduate course. Please note that there are a limited number of places available on each optional module. You will have the opportunity to discuss your choices with your personal tutor.

Course purpose

The objective of the programme is to produce high quality patient-centred practitioners with appropriate knowledge, skills and attitudes to enable them to practice in intensive care.

Further literature

For further information about our postgraduate opportunities, please visit our Faculty Postgraduate Study handbook here.

Course format and assessment

Lectures, seminars and feedback are approximately 150 hours (25% of total hours) in a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, project supervision and workshops.

Self-study is approximately 450 hours (75% of total hours) of independent study such as preparing for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading, and completion of assessment task or revision. This will vary according to the optional modules chosen.

Students are expected to undertake on average 14.5 hours of self-study per week.

Contact time is based on 24 academic weeks, whereas self-study time is based on 31 academic weeks. Typically, one credit equates to ten hours of work.

Students are assessed through a combination of coursework, which can include written assignments such as essays, portfolios and dissertations, and examinations. 

In addition, some modules will require students to undertake a presentation as part of the module assessment. A small number of modules are assessed by an exam such as OSCEs (objective structured clinical examination) or a computer-based assessment.

All students will also have to complete a clinical competency assessment document using the FICM ACCP assessment documents.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they may change if the course modules change.

Extra information

King’s College London is regulated by the Office for Students.

Structure

Year 1

Courses are divided into modules, and students on this course take modules totalling PG Dip: 120 credits.
Required Modules

Required modules

You are required to take:
• Advanced Assessment Skills for Non-Medical Practitioners (30 credits)
• Prescribing (60 credits)

Optional Modules

Optional modules

In addition, students take 30 credits from a range of optional modules that may typically include:
• Applied Pathophysiology in Advanced Practice (30 credits)
• Advanced Practice Clinical Portfolio (15 credits)

Students will be permitted to take additional credits up to the maximum allowed by regulations. The inclusion of a particular optional module in a named pathway is subject to the approval of the pathway leader. These modules can be taken from another faculty at King’s College London. These modules can be taken in any order.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Entry requirements & how to apply

Entry requirements
Minimum UK requirements 2:1

The normal entry requirement for graduate study is a Bachelor's degree with minimum 2:1 honours. In order to meet the academic entry requirements for this programme you should have a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme.

Applicants with other backgrounds or qualifications, including those without a first degree, can be considered: if you do not meet the normal entry requirements or you have only the minimum academic standard you should pay particular attention in preparing your supporting statement to ensure that you draw attention to evidence of potential success at graduate level. This might include publications, preparation of substantial reports or active participation in service development initiatives or funded research.

International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band D Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.
Work experience requirements   You must normally be working in a practice role, which involves regular patient/client contact. The College cannot arrange clinical placements. Applicants should be working in an appropriate care setting and/or post for the duration of the programme and have a minimum two years’ clinical experience as a qualified practitioner.

 

 

Application procedure

Apply using the College application form available online.

Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Document checklist
Personal Statement Yes A personal statement of up to 4,000 characters (maximum 2 pages) is required. Indicate the pathway/options you are interested in studying. Give details of any King's modules that you have already studied that you wish to incorporate into the programme (including module name and course code, date completed, grade and credits gained). Identify any modules that you wish to be considered through the Accredited Prior Learning process.
Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Yes Two references are required with at least one academic. Professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
Other Optional You may wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of your application.

 

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.  Our first application deadline is the 29 March 2019.  Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full. 

 

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time Home/EU fees: N/A
  • Full time overseas fees: N/A
  • Part time Home/EU fees: £3,330 per year (2019/20)
  • Part time overseas fees: £7,100 per year (2019/20)

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to your tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Binding costs
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 
  • Graduation costs

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

Further information coming soon.

Career destinations

This course has been developed by King’s in response to the need for new practitoners as outlined by the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (FICM) to address the shortage of doctors in Intensive Care Units (ICU).

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