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High Dependency Nursing

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The High Dependency Nursing short course has been designed to provide nurses working in high dependency units with an opportunity to further develop their knowledge and skills in high dependency.

Duration1 academic year
Fees fromNo Fee
Start date18 Sep 2024

A Short Course normally comprises 3 modules, which you can complete in one year as a part time course of study. On successful completion you will be awarded 60 CATs points at Level 3, and you may be eligible to progress onto our degree programmes.

Please note that courses are subject to a minimum registration, so it is not usually possible to run all courses each year.


Commissioned Health TrustNo Fee
Self Funding / Fee Paying - 2024/25£2,375

Tuition fees and other charges are set by the University and are subject to change.
See details on how to pay your fees here.

Entry Requirements

Candidates must normally hold a professional qualification. Note: Some modules require a specific professional qualification. See Selection Criteria for full requirements.

The Programme

  • Course Content

    This short course comprises of the following modules:

    • Physiology: Homeostasis in Acute and Critical Healthcare (NRS3008) - Semester 1
    • High Dependency Nursing (HSN3158) – Taught over 2 Semesters


    The course is delivered over one academic year and comprises of an applied physiology module and a high dependency nursing double module. The physiology module focuses on human biology principles and the physiology of the vascular, cardiovascular and respiratory systems.

    The high dependency nursing module focuses on the immediate assessment and evidence-based management of patients in HDU. The course content underpins the National Standards for Critical Care Nurse Education (CC3N 2016) and the National Competency Framework for Critical Care Nurses (CC3N 2015). The Step 2 20 competencies will be obtained through direct supervision and clinical support in practice. As a result, student applying to undertake this pathway must be working a HDU setting.

  • Outcomes

    The Short Courses in Health Studies aim to prepare you to meet the changes and challenges of health care delivery within the health service and independent sector. Modules within each Short Course are practice focused, thus helping you acquire enhanced knowledge and clinical skills appropriate to your area of practice.  In addition, you will be provided with the opportunity to advance health care knowledge and develop analytical and academic skills.

  • Delivery

    First Semester


    10am-1pm / 2-5pm

    Second Semester



  • Selection Criteria

    Applicants must hold at least a Diploma in Higher Education or 120 CAT points at level 2 (diploma level) for entry to Level 3 (degree level) study. Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements should contact the School for advice.

    International Trained Nurses/Midwives: If you hold an international qualification you will need to provide a UK ENIC Statement of Comparability. This should be obtained prior to submitting your application. You can apply for a statement through the ENIC website:  Statement of Comparability (    

    Please note: Students accessing these Short courses must work in the relevant clinical area.

    Please note that these courses are not open to international applicants living outside the UK/ROI.

Teaching staff

Aidin McKinney - Senior Lecturer

Aidin McKinney - Senior Lecturer

How to apply

Applications for Academic Year 24/25 starting in September 2024 are now open.  

Please email to request a self-funding/fee paying application form.   

Closing date to submit application forms is WEDNESDAY 31ST JULY 2024 at 11:45PM.   

If you work in a health trust and have been granted a commissioned place on a programme you will receive an email to complete a commissioned application form. Please do not request a self-funding/fee paying form.  

Please note that our CPAD programmes are not open to international applicants living outside the UK/ROI.