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Teenage and Young Adult Cancer Care PgCert (online) 2018/19 entry

Course code:


Study options:

Flexible online


How to Apply

100% online study


September 2018



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Coventry University offers a postgraduate certificate in Teenage/Young Adult Cancer Care through e-learning. The course is delivered through close working with Teenage Cancer Trust - the leading UK charity in this field.

This online postgraduate course is aimed at the wide range of health and social care professionals involved in cancer care for Teenagers and Young Adults (TYA) addressing the complex social and political nature of care, together with key issues like adolescent development, societal perspectives or ethical challenges.

The course is endorsed by and has been developed in association with the Teenage Cancer Trust, the leading UK charity in this field. Teaching is delivered by professional organisations and clinical experts from across the multidisciplinary care teams, including young people with cancer themselves.The programme is also endorsed by EONS- the European Oncology Nursing Society

Coventry is ranked 7th in the UK for ‘Nursing & Midwifery’ in the Guardian University Guide 2019. Contemporary clinical and evidence-based practice is strongly embedded across our teaching to support the strategic development of this specialist workforce. 

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities


Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

EONS- the European Oncology Nursing Society

The programme is endorsed by EONS- the European Oncology Nursing Society.

Course information

This is aimed at all of the multidisciplinary team who are involved with teenage cancer care and encourages students to work together online, to develop specialist knowledge and learn how the various roles combine to offer evidenced-based teenage cancer care.

According to Cancer Research UK, there are over 2,000 cases of teenagers' and young adults' cancers per year in the UK and sadly around 280 deaths. Cancer in young people is less well understood mainly because it is relatively rare and diverse. Because of the age of this patient group, they also have unique care needs.

This continuing professional development (CPD) course has been designed to encourage you, as a health or social care professional, to meet the ever-changing demands of caring for young patients with cancer in a dynamic and transformational health care system.

We attract health professionals from all over the world, who are working with young people with cancer in a variety of roles and health care settings and economies, providing an opportunity to learn about different health care practices and experiences.

The course will cover two core modules, which provide a background in TYA cancer types and treatments, demography and care needs, including survivorship, palliative and end of life care. We will consider the physical, hormonal, emotional and mental health effects that cancer has on young people, together with the support available to them – from external organisations, such as charities and youth groups, to peer relationships, family and community networks.

There is a growing desire for health professionals to adopt a constructive, self-critical approach to their practice. In support of this, in the third and final module, you will be required to initiate a literature review in which you will have the opportunity to explore relevant literature on a selected topic of your choice, relating to your professional activities or academic specialism. This enables you to conduct an in-depth and theoretically rigorous study and then present your findings in a simulated conference setting. Past students have focused on issues such as, adherence in TYA cancer care, fertility information needs of TYA with cancer.



The Postgraduate Certificate (60 M level credits) comprises three modules (20M level credits each) all of which are mandatory. These are:

In more detail...

  • Nursing at Coventry is ranked 7th best in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2019.
  • Opportunity to network with fellow students in the specialist field, sharing best practice nationally and internationally.
  • Demonstrates compliance so you can work toward Manual for Cancer Services: Teenagers and Young Adults Measures (NCAT 2011).
  • The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health delivers a comprehensive portfolio of continuing professional development (CPD) courses and undertakes substantial consultancy.
  • Access to experts from a variety of disciplines in the field, such as principle investigators for TYA cancer research studies, oncologists, TYA cancer nurse consultants and youth support coordinators.
  • Ensuring we keep up-to-date with international practice, the School maintains excellent partnership arrangements with an extensive range of health and social care providers at local, national and international level and engages with international collaborators and overseas courses in China, Hong Kong, Greece and Sri Lanka.

Your main study themes are:

  • The Developing Teenager and Young Adult (TYA) with Cancer: Explores the concept and context of teenagers/adolescence and young adults with cancer in today’s society. This underpins the notion that those with cancer are teenagers/young adults first and have cancer second. It will explore developmental, psychosocial and service development issues that impact the TYA with cancer and their significant others. You will be encouraged to consider the transformational issues facing them as a response to this life-changing experience – things like body image, self-esteem, hope and expectations, life goals, education and employment. We will examine a range of legal and ethical Issues, such as refusal of treatment, together with the policies and organisations of health services/care delivery that influence TYA cancer service.

  • Care of for the Teenager/Young Adult with Cancer: You will have the opportunity to look at the concept and context of the care of TYA with cancer, analysing the impact of cancer on the patient, their families, friends and services in order to improve future outcomes of care. We will examine specific aspects of care in this age group across the cancer trajectory, from diagnosis through treatment to survival or end of life care. The focus will be on ensuring person-centred care throughout, which includes a critical look at communication approaches on an individual, multi-professional and organisational level. You will have the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge to be able to evaluate the care required for TYA with cancer from diagnosis to outcome within legal and ethical frameworks.

The course is delivered completely online. The modules usually run over 10 teaching weeks, excluding the induction week and reading week, beginning in January and running until March.

Materials are released on the online platform weekly for you to work through at your own pace. You will have the support of personal tutor and a module leader, who will respond to online commentary and facilitate group and individual tutorials. In addition, there is access to the University’s E-Learning Unit for help with any technical queries.

We incorporate a variety of learning activities, such as live tutorials, lead lectures, group discussions, video and audio recordings. You will be actively encouraged to engage with each other and to reflect on your own practice, during a live classroom activity or by telephone, which the module leader can organise. You will have the opportunity to listen to a range of guest lectures, which will be recorded in various formats for learners to engage with.

The course, like all of those within the School, is underpinned by an approach to professional care which is characterised by empathy, respect, dignity and kindness towards patients and their families. We will encourage you to develop an in-depth understanding of the organisation and culture of modern health care systems, to help to equip you with the confidence to be able to take a stronger role in the leadership and management of resources in delivering treatment and healthcare options to patients. 

Course assessment varies per module and include, a reflective essay based on your online discussion postings, a case study and a presentation and essay.

On successful completion, you should have knowledge of:

  • The underpinning principles of principal conceptual and theoretical issues with regard to caring for TYA with cancer and their family.
  • Developmental theories related to TYA with cancer.
  • The greater responsibility of acting as advocates for this client group.
  • The national and global health policies that impact on this client group.
  • The ways in which evidence is used to shape organisations and delivery of care for this group.

On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Critically analyse, evaluate and synthesise and interpret knowledge and practice with regard to teenagers and young adults with cancer and their family.
  • Exhibit the skills of critical reflection and discussion of cancer care for teenagers and young adults and their family.
  • Justify your role as advocates for this client group.
  • Formulate and present a critical argument using a variety of methods that would stand up to critical review and scrutiny in academic and professional settings.
  • Facilitate quality and innovations in practice settings of teenagers and young adults with cancer.
  • Critically analyse the impact of the cancer experience for this client group and their significant others.  

In all three modules students are expected to study for around 200 hours per module.

There are 30 hours of contact time with tutors who will be online at least once per week, in addition to 170 hours of student time required to complete each of the modules. Tutorial times are negotiated with students so as to accommodate global time differences.

Past students estimate that they spend at least 5-8 hours per week engaging in online activity. Student engagement is regularly monitored.

Learning is mostly done asynchronously, except for tutorials, a live facilitated virtual clinical ethic committee.

On the ’Independent Study’ module, you will liaise with the module leader regularly to plan, implement and evaluate your programme of study. This takes the form of individual tutorials, seminars and guided study. In addition, you are required to consult a specialist member of staff, as arranged through the module leader. Part of the assessment of the ‘Independent Study’ module also requires a short seminar, which is delivered online.

Throughout the course, we provide key insights into cultural diversity and global issues of significance to cancer care for teenagers and young adults. For example, we look at  how services for TYA with cancer are established in a number of different countries. Additionally, a number of our guest lectures are provided by experts working in international healthcare settings, such as charities in other countries that are influencing young adult care nationally, who can provide additional insights to students into international issues.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we've been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2014/15


and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our students say...

The content of the course has broadened my knowledge and altered my perspective on the care of these individuals beyond my expectations. Translating this back to the workplace I feel my heightened understanding of the unique developmental stage and diagnoses of this age group has enabled me to provide more individualised, age appropriate care along with my colleagues.

Alice Turner, a Stephen Sutton Scholar and Staff Nurse at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, graduated in 2016

Entry Requirements

Working with or have worked with Teenagers/Young Adults with Cancer in a health or social care setting.

Ability to study at postgraduate level.

Have access to and be proficient at IT.

Applications may come from non-standard entrant with relevant experiential learning. The Course Director will use their discretion to accept such applicants.

Accreditation of prior learning (APL/APEL) is available.

Working with or have worked with Teenagers/Young Adults with Cancer in a health or social care setting.

Ability to study at postgraduate level.

Have access to and be proficient at IT.

Applications may come from non-standard entrant with relevant experiential learning. The Course Director will use their discretion to accept such applicants.

Accreditation of prior learning (APL/APEL) is available.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Working with or have worked with Teenagers/Young Adults with Cancer in a health or social care setting.

Ability to study at postgraduate level.

Have access to and be proficient at IT.

Applications may come from non-standard entrant with relevant experiential learning. The Course Director will use their discretion to accept such applicants.

Accreditation of prior learning (APL/APEL) is available.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.



September 2018

£1,750 (per year)

Stephen Sutton scholarships

Teenage Cancer Trust is committed to the professional education and development of those who work with and care for Teenagers and Young Adults with Cancer. In partnership with Coventry University, a range of such opportunities in the way of accredited and non-accredited education programmes have existed since 2006.



September 2018

£1,750 (per year)



September 2018

£3,416 (per year)

Career prospects

Successful completion of this course should enhance your career prospects, demonstrating your knowledge and commitment to higher level thinking in order to provide the best possible care in teenage/young adult cancer care.

Successful graduates will be awarded with a postgraduate qualification from a highly regarded UK University, which is nationally and internationally recognised.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

Where our graduates work

Recent graduates have worked as specialist registrars, nurse consultants and clinical nurse specialists, youth support co-ordinators, radiographers, and staff nurses in the UK and abroad.


By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will contain the obligations that the University will owe to you. The 18/19 PG Contract will be published shortly.