Critical care management – Airway, breathing and circulation (masters level) (ADV729)

Key features

This 20 credit masters-level module will provide you with the underpinning knowledge and skills necessary to deliver airway, breathing and circulation (ABCs) pre-hospital critical care management within a variety of settings.

You will develop comprehensive and systematic knowledge and skills in key aspects of airway, breathing and circulatory management within pre-hospital critical care. This will enable you to critically analyse and selectively apply advanced skills, when managing a range of conditions affecting the ABC of patients in the pre-hospital environment.

Course details

On successful completion of this module you will be able to:

  • demonstrate the practical skills needed for advanced airway, respiratory, and cardiovascular assessment and interventions to promote effective critical care management, incorporating legal and ethical considerations
  • critically discuss and apply the underpinning knowledge required to manage advanced airway, respiratory, and cardiovascular critical care scenarios
  • critically review the aetiology, physiology, pathophysiology of key body systems relevant to the module
  • analyse the pharmacology of the key drugs/agents used in the critical care management of airway, breathing and circulatory emergencies and evaluate their effectiveness.


The assessment for this module is in two parts:

1. A 2000 word assignment critically evaluating effective critical care management of a patient condition that involves management of the airway, breathing and circulation

2. A formal practical examination (OSCE) involving 2 stations with an unseen clinical scenario set in each.

(Please note that these assessment details are provisional - if you require further information please contact the module lead or the Professional Development Unit).

Module dates

This module will not run in 2021. 

The university is following government guidelines on COVID 19 and there is a possibility that some modules may require online delivery. We will keep you informed of any decisions regarding this.

(Occasionally delivery dates might be subject to change – always check with the module lead or Professional Development Unit).

Please be aware that all modules run to minimum numbers. In the event that there are low numbers, this module may be rescheduled to an alternative date. Some modules are also subject to maximum numbers – for further information please contact the Professional Development Unit.

This module can be studied as a standalone professional development module or as a core module towards the MSc Pre-Hospital Critical Care/Retrieval and Transfer pathway of the MSc Advanced Professional Practice programme.

Admissions information 

Additional information and documentation required for the application process.

Access to: 

  • application forms 
  • change of name forms
  • pre-course information
  • downloadable guides
  • student card.

Visit our admissions homepage for full details.

Entry requirements

Students wishing to undertake this module as part of a professional development pathway must be:

  • a registered practitioner working in an area of practice that will allow you to meet the module learning outcomes
  • a health and social care worker in possession of previous study at degree level.

Individuals without a degree may be eligible to apply providing they have appropriate practice-related experience relevant to the programme, please discuss with the Professional Development Unit prior to application.


Please see our professional development module fees page.