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Emergency and Intensive Care of the Newborn - Single module

Level 6 (20 credits)

School - School of Health and Society

Subject area - Midwifery

UCAS Code:

Start Date(s): February; September


Part-time, up to two semesters, intake September and February


Part-time - £840 per 20 credit module

In Brief:

  • Develop specialist knowledge, skills and expertise to meet the needs of neonates who require intensive and emergency care
  • Foster a deeper understanding of the needs of the family within the context of changing health care provision
  • Delivered by staff who are experts in their field
  • A part-time only course

Course Summary

This module will cover:

  • Pregnancy and neonatal complications
  • Physiology and pathological processes of the common causes of neonatal problems requiring intensive care
  • Nursing care needs and management of the extremely low birth weight and critically ill infant requiring intensive care: assess, plan, implement and evaluate nursing care
  • Diagnostic, therapeutic and technical procedures and techniques required in emergency and intensive care
  • Emergency management and care of the critically ill infant
  • Resuscitation of the newborn: high risk
  • Transportation and transfer of the critically ill infant
  • Holistic approach to the care of the neonate and family

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

Entry Requirements

The course is open to qualified midwives and nurses who are based on a neonatal intensive care unit and registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council:

120 credits at Level 1 and 120 credits at Level 2, preferably with a minimum of 12 months post-registration experience.

Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English Language Requirements

If your first language is not English you will need to provide evidence of proficiency - IELTS 6.5 band score or above are proof of this.

Applicant profile

We positively welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to successfully pursue a programme of study in higher education. Students who do not have formal entry qualifications are required to sit a written assessment which is designed for this purpose. Support in preparing for the written assessment is available from the University. Please contact Pat Killeen for further information.

Fees and Funding


Fees 2019-20

Type of Study Fee
Part-time £840 per 20 credit module

Fees 2018-19

Type of Study Fee
Part-time £840 per 20 credit module

All applications for post qualifying heath and social care modules are made directly to the University, please complete the appropriate application form and send to the University.


Delivered by consultants in speciality advanced neonatal nurse practitioners and experienced neonatal nurses and midwifery lectures, the module utilises lectures, tutorials, seminars, directed study and clinical skills.


  • Oral exam: case study 30 minutes
  • Clinical portfolio


Career Prospects

This module can be taken as stand-alone for the purposes of continuing professional development. On completion of this module you will have the specialist knowledge, skills and expertise to meet the needs of neonates who require intensive/emergency care.

Links with Industry

We work with over 100 health and social care organisations so our links with industry are very strong. These relationships will be of direct benefit to you because our academic team work in practice in some of these organisations at a senior level so are able to keep you at the forefront of developments in the sector, which in turn help you provide a better service.

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