Perioperative Studies (Top-up) (Distance Learning) BSc(Hons) 2017-18

About the course

This course currently offers:

  • All perioperative practitioners, Operating Department Practitioners (ODP's) or registered nurses, the opportunity to study a degree without university attendance, no matter what your level of professional qualification.

  • The opportunity for practitioners who work in a perioperative environment anywhere in the world to enhance their skills.

  • Modules which are delivered via the University's virtual learning environment for flexibility.

The course is currently offered to all perioperative practitioners including Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs) and theatre nurses, who hold a professional qualification and are employed in a perioperative environment. Qualified practitioners can take advantage of this provision to undertake a top-up degree through distance learning, enabling you to develop an understanding of advanced perioperative theories. The course was developed following consultation with theatre managers in the West Yorkshire area, in order to meet the requirements they are looking for in the career development of their staff.

The modules on this course provide the opportunity for you to develop the critical thinking skills if you would like to enhance your understanding of perioperative practice and link this to evidence based practice. You'll be required to undertake exercises where you'll engage with the online materials and reflect on your understanding. You'll also be encouraged to develop new theories and understanding, as well as explore how these can impact on patient care.

The course aims to prepare practitioners for the next stage in their careers and provides the opportunity to develop the academic skills required to develop practice, as well as implement changes.

Start date:
25 / 09 / 2017


2 years part-time

Entry requirements

•  Due to the top up nature of this degree, the course is suitable for all Operating Department Practitioners (Diploma HE, City and Guilds 752, NVQ 3 or Cert HE) and registered nurses working in a perioperative setting.

You must:

•  Be employed in a perioperative setting and hold current registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) or the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Nurses and midwives must have 12 months post-registration experience (Nursing and Midwifery Council).

•  Demonstrate that you have maintained your Specialist Skills and Post Registration Development (SSPRD) and clinical skills.

•  Have support of your line manager and also have a named mentor who is recognised as this, by your professions standards/guidelines.

•  You will require access to a student or another learner in a clinical setting for a minimum of three weeks.

•  Demonstrate an aptitude for distance learning which must be evidenced in your application form.

•  Have access to a computer with a reliable internet connection and the ability to access and use online study guidance and support as this course is delivered through distance learning.

•  Candidates for whom English is not the first language are required to have International English Language Testing System (IELTS) at a score of 7.0 with no lower than 6.5 in any single component, demonstrate that you are employed in a suitable environment and have the appropriate professional qualifications.

•  You are required to submit a 250 word personal statement as part of your application.

•  You may be eligible to gain accreditation for your prior learning for the supporting learners in practice module, towards this course.

Please note: UCAS points are based on the new UCAS tariff, introduced for courses starting in 2017/18.


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Course content

You'll undertake four core online modules over the two years:

Year 1

Developing an Understanding of Research Processes and Methods (Distance Learning)

This distance learning module provides you with the opportunity to evaluate and critically appraise published healthcare research, as well as develop an understanding of different designs, methods and approaches to research. Emphasis will be placed on utilising a structured systematic process of reviewing research that provides the necessary evidence to support and develop clinical practice. You will evaluate and have the opportunity to develop a critical understanding of published research within the context of ethical, national and local healthcare provision. Assessment will be through a piece of coursework where you will produce a learning log.

Supporting Learning in Practice (Distance Learning)

In this module you will gain a deeper understanding of the role of a mentor. You will develop knowledge of the ways in which learning takes place, and study elements of supporting learning in practice including supporting and assessing students and accurate grading of practice. All module materials will be available online and support from the module team is offered to facilitate a distance approach to learning. You will demonstrate/reflect on your skills in mentoring learners using a learning contract and will be assessed through coursework in the form of an E-portfolio.

Year 2

Advancing Perioperative Practice (Distance Learning)

You will have the opportunity to advance your existing knowledge of patient care in either Anaesthetics, Post Anaesthetic Care or Surgery through exploring evidence based practice and current research. This involves reviewing practices via scenario based exercises and the development of an online learning log. You will also explore the underlying principles that affect practice and analyse strategies that enable advancements in care. This will involve coursework and the production of a case study relating to a patient in your area of practice. You'll also reflect on your development during the module and your future practice through coursework.

Development of a Research Based Project (DL)

For this distance learning module you will examine an area of current practice under the supervision of a member of academic staff. You will engage with the issues of project design and research methods with possible methodologies including literature review, production of learning materials or a proposal for an empirical study. You will be assessed through one piece of coursework, where you will produce a project on your topic.

If you've already completed a Supporting Learning in Practice (SLIP) module, and are registered on a mentor register as an active mentor, you may not be required to complete the SLIP module as part of this course. You may be able to apply for accreditation of prior learning.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.


You'll not be required to undertake clinical placements, however for the Supporting Learning in Practice module you'll require access to a student or another learner in a clinical setting for a minimum of three weeks.

Career opportunities

The modules have been developed with the aim to assist the career enhancement of theatre practitioners, as they provide the opportunity to develop an understanding of and implement advanced perioperative theories. This may help the career development of practitioners and their ability to analyse and develop clinical practice.

Teaching and assessment

Throughout the course you'll be required to undertake guided study using the University's virtual learning environment. This will involve recorded lectures, discussion boards, guided reading and undertaking research.

As this is a distance learning course, the majority of interactions between you and the University will be via the internet and email. This means that you'll need regular access to a computer with a broadband connection to the internet and an up to date web browser such as Firefox, Safari, Chrome or Internet Explorer with up-to-date plugins (such as Flash). The University has a system called the Student Digital Driving Licence which will carry out a check of your computer to see if you have these.

The module leaders will provide support through regular communications, using a variety of methods including online tutorials, discussion boards, emails, telephone conversations or web cams. The University has a system for online video seminars, called UniConnect, and Skype may also be used, which you're able to download.. Both Skype and UniConnect (Adobe Connect) also have apps available for many mobile devices.

The assessment methods used are varied and include a combination of coursework, a learning contract, Wiki and research based project.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Huddersfield is the only University where 100% of the teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*

*permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.

How much will it cost me?

If you work in the Yorkshire and the Humber region, this course is currently eligible for funding from Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber. For additional information please contact the Admissions Assistant.

Further study

Progression to a postgraduate course is dependent on successful completion of your undergraduate studies. There may also be minimum qualification requirements such as a first class or higher second (2.1) degree. Please check the course details to confirm this.

How to apply

We hope you're interested in what you've seen. If you would like to apply to join us, please complete the part-time online application form and refer to the guidance notes provided.

International applicants should apply direct to the International Office. Further details on international applications.

Research community

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant. For more information see the Research section of our website.

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