Perioperative Care (Top-up) BSc(Hons)

Perioperative Care (Top-up) BSc(Hons)

This new part-time course is designed for busy health professionals to study whilst in employment. Current perioperative practitioners can explore, develop and enhance their knowledge of perioperative care via the development of personal, professional and cognitive understanding. The course provides a route for qualified perioperative practitioners to gain a bespoke degree in perioperative care thereby, enhancing both understanding and practice whilst providing further career progression.

Entry and Admissions

Award Type:


Ancillary Award:


Study Mode:

Part time

Delivery Method:

Mixed Mode

Course Length:

Two Years Part Time

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College



Start Date:

September 2015,

Entry Requirements:

  • Applicants require 120 credits of level 5 study (or evidence of equivalence)
  • Applications (including those from overseas) must have a current professional registration with either the Nursing and Midwifery Council or the Health and Care Professions Council
  • Applicants must have worked within a clinical care setting appropriate to the outcome award for a minimum of twelve months, and be contracted to work for at least 18 hours per week
  • NHS funded students are required to be supported by their manager and may need to identify a clinical mentor for particular modules
  • Applicants must provide at least one professional reference
  • Applicants must demonstrate to the course leader that they possess the relevant continuous professional development experience required in order to enter on to the course i.e. a nationally recognised Operating Theatre course
  • Applicants must be able to satisfy the course leader that they are competent to pursue the programme

DBS Checks:

Throughout this course you will be working with vulnerable groups of individuals including children. In order to ensure that the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing offers places on their programmes to the most suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). The Faculty of Health and Wellbeing will be able to guide you through this process once you have been successfully offered a conditional place at the University. It is important to note that any unsatisfactory Enhanced DBS clearance may result in the offer of your place being withdrawn even if you have already started your course.

Programme Spec:

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification (subject to change).

Course Handbook

To read about the course in more depth, please download the course handbook: 2016/17 | 2017/18.

Course Content

Course Outline:

Year 1

  • NU 3047 Valuing Research (20 Credits) 
  • NU 3268 Developing Leadership Skills (20 Credits) 
  • NU 3123 Advancing Perioperative Care (20 Credits)

Year 2

  • Option (20 Credits) 
  • Option Module (20 Credits)
  • NU 3113 Work Based Practice Project (20 Credits)
  • NU 3593 Dissertation (20 credits)

Option Modules

  • NU 3082 Recognising and Responding to Deterioration in the Acutely Ill Adult 
  • NU 3094 Human Factors in Healthcare 
  • NU 3081 Safe Transfer of Patients 
  • NU 3647 Care Strategies for Managing the Acutely Ill patient 
  • NU 3365 Transcultural Healthcare 
  • NU 3646 First Assistant to Surgeon 
  • NU 3645 Care of the Intraoperative Patient 
  • NU 3632 Care of the Anaesthetised Patient

Learning Environment & Assessment:

The course utilises a variety of assessment techniques and strategies, including written assignments, examinations, poster presentations and case studies.

Academic Expertise

We are committed to delivering academic learning of the highest quality, helping you to stretch your mind and fulfil your university ambitions.

Learning outcome & aims

We aim to create the perfect blend of knowledge, practical experience and relevance to equip UCLan graduates with the confidence and skills they need to get ahead in the world of work.

Industry links & professional accreditation

We have great links with employers including household names such as Sony, BAE Systems and Apple. We also have links with the smaller companies in the region and offer help and assistance to more than 1,000 of these – with many of our graduates staying in the region it is important we develop these relationships.

Work experience and international opportunities

A flexible degree that enables qualified operating department practitioners (ODPs) and qualified theatre nurses to develop their specialist knowledge and promote effective care delivery.


Graduate Careers

The UCLan Careers Team offer ongoing supportive careers advice and guidance throughout your course and after graduation, along with a range of modules, work experience opportunities and events to help you acquire the skills to make you stand out to potential employers in today’s competitive market.


UCLan is recognised for its outstanding course provision which gives students the skills, knowledge, and personal attributes necessary to succeed at the University and in their future careers. To find out more about the experiences of our students, read our success stories.

Progression Routes

Opportunity for further study; MSc Advanced Practice and MSc Nursing

Fees & Funding

For further information contact UCLan
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

Part time fee of £760 per 20 credit module


How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for this course, our comprehensive How to Apply pages will guide you through the process. Here at UCLan, our aim is to encourage you to develop your potential and we offer a flexible approach to admissions, which reflects our commitment to all those who would benefit from our courses.

About UCLan

Course Enquiries

University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400