Perioperative Care

Perioperative Care BSc (Hons) - Top-up

This 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.

A flexible degree that enables qualified operating department practitioners (ODPs) and qualified theatre nurses to develop their specialist knowledge and promote effective care delivery. The course utilises a variety of assessment techniques and strategies, including written assignments, examinations, poster presentations and case studies.

Opportunities for further study can be in MSc Nursing.

Key Information

  • Duration:

    2 Years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Mixed Mode, Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons) - Top-up

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Fees 2019/20

    Full-time: TBC
    Part-time: TBC

Scholarships and Bursaries

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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

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This course will involve access to children and/or vulnerable adults. You will be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB) and we will guide you through this process.

Course Overview

Year 1

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

Year 2

Choose one of the following modules:

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

Optional Modules

  • NU 3082 Recognising and Responding to Deterioration in the Acutely Ill Adult
  • 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

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Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

Learning Environment

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

Important Information

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This course is based in the School of Health Sciences
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Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2018 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course Information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.