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Paediatric Urgent and Emergency Care

Key information

Course Leader: Sarah Jardine

Level: 7

Credits: 15

Mode of delivery: Blended

Learner Hours: Scheduled - 36 - Independent - 114

School: Health & Social Work

Available places: 30


  • 30/01/2024

Fees and Funding


The price quoted above is per 15 credits in this academic year. This price relates to self-funding students assessed as UK students for fee purposes. Prices may differ for students that are assessed as EU/Overseas, or for returning students that are on a course leading to an award. Click here for Fees and Funding information or email us.

Entry Requirements


Degree in a relevant discipline; or evidence of appropriate knowledge and experience of level 6 studies. Or extensive demonstrable experience in a clinical role and willingness to undertake level 7 study.  Professional registration (e.g. HCPC, NMC, GMC)


The module forms part of the MSc Advanced Paramedic Practice and MSc Contemporary Nursing Programmes or it can be taken as a standalone module for CPD.


Course Overview

This course aims to enhance the students’ knowledge, understanding and confidence in approaching a range of Paediatric Urgent and Emergency Care presentations. The course will look in detail at effective assessment and clinical management of minor and major illness and injury.  


The course will use a blend of online and face-to-face teaching, workshops and discussion forums to explore the theory underpinning paediatric practice. Practical simulation activity will allow the student to gain additional exposure to this complex group of patients.  


Course content includes: 


Anatomy, physiology and development of the child 

Evidence based practice 

Medical emergencies 

Pathophysiology of common paediatric conditions 

Clinical decision making 

Trauma emergencies 

Effective assessment of the child 

Advanced life support 

Palliative care and long-term conditions 

Minor illness and minor injury 

Recognising the seriously ill child 

Human factors in urgent and emergency care 


Learning outcomes

Successful students will typically: 

  • Develop a systematic understanding of the anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of paediatric patients. 
  • Critically evaluate contemporary evidence and guidelines for the assessment and management of paediatric patients with urgent and emergency care needs.
  • Apply critical understanding regarding clinical assessment and decision-making skills required to manage paediatric patients.
  • Demonstrate the application of advanced level clinical skills used for the assessment of paediatric patients with urgent and emergency care needs. 


In-Class Test worth 60% of the module mark 


Practical OSCE stations including written, verbal and practical elements, worth 40% of the module mark.