What you’ll study
How you’ll study
You’ll be assessed via multiple-choice exam, clinical OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination), and a course portfolio.
Your portfolio will incorporate:
- fifty hours of clinical preceptorship within the Critical Care Unit at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary
- completion of a clinical competency document
- a 2,500-word case-based discussion.
You may be able to complete your preceptorship in your local work area if it can provide the experience and support required.
The course totals approximately 150 hours of study and assessment time over 26 weeks.
- one week at Foresterhill Health Campus, where you’ll have four days of tutorials and practical skills training, then
- a 50-hour preceptorship, when the opportunity arises in practice, to gain further skills and competence.
This is an indicative guide to the time required for a typical student at this level to achieve the learning outcomes.
Our first-class support structure will ensure that you aren’t alone in your studies. You’ll have support from the clinical team in Aberdeen, your preceptorship mentor, and contact with your tutors via email, MyAberdeen and Microsoft Teams.
We provide a wide range of services to support you in your studies and beyond:
- Careers and Employability Service
- Disability support
- IT support
- Library support
- Student Support Service – help with finances, stress, wellbeing and non-academic issues
- Student Learning Service – study support, with advice sessions available via phone or Skype
- Aberdeen University Students’ Association (AUSA) – run by students for students
- Toolkit – clever apps and free training that can make study life easier
Wherever you are in the world, you’ll feel part of our very special Aberdeen learning community.
Your teaching team
Where this will take you
We welcome students from around the world.
See our minimum entry requirements above. If you do not have qualifications from the UK, check equivalent qualifications for your country.
You will need to make your own transport, accommodation and visa arrangements to study with us on campus here in Aberdeen. If you have a visa query, email firstname.lastname@example.org for advice.
English language requirements
Teaching is delivered in English.
We accept the following English language qualifications. These are the minimum scores required. You need to provide proof of your qualifications when you apply:
Duolingo English Test (taken from July 2019)
- 115 overall
- 90 in the sub-scores for literacy, conversation, comprehension and production
LanguageCert International ESOL B2 Communicator, Written and Spoken – Level 1
- 33 for listening, reading, speaking and writing
IELTS Academic and IELTS Online
- 6.5 overall
- 5.5 for listening, reading and speaking
- 6.0 for writing
TOEFL iBT and TOEFL iBT Home Edition
- 90 overall
- 17 for listening
- 18 for reading
- 20 for speaking
- 21 for writing
- TOEFL DI code is 0818
- 62 overall
- 59 for listening, reading, speaking and writing
Cambridge English: B2 First, C1 Advanced, C2 Proficiency
- 176 overall
- 162 for listening, reading and speaking
- 169 for writing
If you hold a degree from a UK university then evidence of proficiency in English may not be required.
For full information about language requirements, see our English Language Requirements page.
For this course, you’ll apply through our Applicant Portal. It allows you to upload relevant qualifications and documents. Our admissions team will then review these and contact you.
Documents you’ll need to apply for this course
- Evidence of your Healthcare Professional Registration
- Evidence of your critical care education
- Letter of support from your line manager
- Degree transcript, if you have one
- Personal statement
Start with our step-by-step guide. It explains degree transcripts, what to write in your personal statement and how to use the Applicant Portal.
You can apply to start in either January or September.
Apply as early as you can. This is so we have time to review your application and get a decision to you. We also want to ensure you have time to enrol before teaching starts.
January 2023 intake
For our January 2023 intake, the application deadline is 5 December 2022.
You will need to accept your offer and provide any outstanding documents to meet the conditions of your offer by 19 December 2022.
Teaching starts on 23 January 2023.
September 2023 intake
Term dates and application deadlines will be announced in due course.
To view your online course materials, you’ll need access to:
A computer (PC, laptop or Mac) operating on either:
- Windows 10 or later
- macOS 10.15 (Catalina) or later.
Most teaching materials are smartphone- and tablet-friendly. But we recommend a proper laptop or desktop for completing assignments comfortably.
Reliable internet access
- a wired connection
- a minimum download speed of 2 Mbps so you can take part fully in live sessions.
Speakers or headphones
- We recommend a headset with built-in microphone and earphones if you’re likely to study in an environment with background noise.
- A webcam is optional, but you may like to use one from some interactive sessions.
We’ll give you access to Office365 applications. This means you can use online versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and install these programs on up to five personal devices.
If your course requires specialist software, we’ll provide you with access to this and a licence that lasts throughout your studies.
See our detailed IT requirements for more information.
When you study with us, you can expect a first-class support structure that means you’re never alone in your studies.
Studying a short course does mean that you have to motivate yourself and manage your own time.
Your most important commitment to your course will be time – the time to work through, reflect on and understand your teaching materials.
Before you start a course that involves a high degree of independent study, we recommend looking at the time you will be able to devote to your studies each week:
- Be realistic
- Create a weekly schedule as a guide
If you have any questions about studying with us, get in touch with our friendly team. We’re here to help.
Your course fee needs to be paid in full before you start your course.
We accept payment via Visa Debit, Visa Credit and Mastercard.
Your course fee covers all your teaching resources. But you will need to arrange and pay for your own transport, accommodation and visa if required.
Ways to save
You may be able to get help funding this course via:
- Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA)
- discounts – if any discounts are available for this course, they’ll appear in the section below
- employer sponsorship – we accept full and partial fee payments from sponsors
All our students are entitled to a University of Aberdeen student card. This gives you access to a range of student discounts around the city and online.