BSc (Hons) Clinical and Professional Perioperative Practice


Course Length:2-5 Years Part-Time
Start Dates:February 2020, September 2020, February 2021
Department:Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine
Location:Edge Hill University
St James', Manchester
  • Join a flexible degree that enables qualified operating department practitioners and perioperative staff to develop specialist knowledge and skills;
  • Equip yourself with skills in research methodology and learn how to practically apply these principles to inform your practice;
  • Question and challenge perioperative practice in order to promote effective care delivery.

This programme provides the opportunity to gain a comprehensive understanding of the challenges faced by operating department practitioners and perioperative staff.

If you are practicing in a perioperative environment and wish to build upon your clinical experience and advance your academic standing to degree level, this is the course for you. The programme will enhance your professional decision-making and critical judgment and help you to develop a body of knowledge that will influence your practice and the practice of others in your professional sphere.

You will study two core modules with the remainder of the degree offering a flexible choice of modules which can be tailored to meet individual professional and academic needs.

In Depth

What will I study?

The programme’s core modules introduce you to the skills and methods of research and subsequently involve the completion of a dissertation.

The Research Methods module will help you to develop skills in specific aspects of research methodology and equip you to prepare a proposal to undertake a small scale piece of research. The emphasis throughout is on the practical application of research principles to ensure that practice is evidence-based.

The Advancing Practice Project module offers you, with the support of an academic supervisor, the opportunity to develop your ability to independently produce a sustained piece of work.

You will select a total of 40 credits from a number of optional perioperative-related modules and choose a further 20 credit module from the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine’s CPD portfolio.

How will I study?

Module delivery approaches vary from face-to-face classroom-based activities to solely online delivery. Many modules involve a blended approach combining online study with taught sessions on campus.

The course is designed for busy professionals to study on a part-time basis whilst in employment. It is possible to study the degree as a full award or study a module on a standalone basis.

How will I be assessed?

The programme utilises a variety of assessment techniques and strategies, including written assignments and examinations, observed structured clinical examinations, seminar presentations, interviews and the development of a portfolio.

Who will be teaching me?

The teaching team comprises research-active senior lecturers with extensive clinical and professional expertise and experience. Guest lecturers with specific subject and clinical speciality experience from all professional disciplines will also contribute to the richness and variety of the programme.

A Great Study Environment

The Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine is one of the leading providers of education and training for health and social care professionals in the North West of England.

Offering some of the best facilities for health, social care and medicine students in the country, the outstanding teaching and learning resources include leading edge clinical skills facilities, an 860-seat lecture theatre, and a variety of teaching rooms and social learning spaces.

The faculty is home to a thriving research culture which includes a series of staff and student conference programmes, guest lectures and seminars, as well as active research groups.


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HEA3102Research Methods (20 credits)

Research Methods is designed to enable you to develop an understanding of the research process, the nature and variety of research methods, together with the need for an evidence base to guide the decision-making process. The module encourages you to appreciate that qualitative and quantitative methods as equally valuable and often complementary. You will be involved, wherever possible, in using and applying research methods rather than merely talking about them.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

HEA3161Advancing Practice Project (40 credits)

Advancing Practice Project enables you to develop the ability to work independently on a sustained piece of work. You will suggest an area of practice from within your clinical area that would benefit from an in-depth review from an evidence based practice, system redesign or staff/ service user education perspective. You will conduct a review of existing literature and discuss your approach to implementing the outcomes of the review in terms of leadership and change management. A fundamental aspect of the project is the dissemination of the change in practice and its implications for practice. Academic supervision will encourage reflection as well as the integration of theory and practice.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

You will select a total of 40 credits from the following modules:

HEA3055Surgical First Assistance in Operative Procedures (30 credits)

Surgical First Assistance in Operative Procedures is designed to develop qualified practitioners, who have been identified by Trusts to undertake the Surgical First Assistant’s (SFA) role. The module enables you to expand your professional boundaries by focusing on developing knowledge, skills and confidence which will support your enhanced clinical skills. The module encompasses the skills required to act as the surgeon’s assistant, including legal and ethical boundaries, risk, applied anatomy and physiology and a range of specific clinical skills and techniques relevant to the role.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

HEA3056Enhanced Surgical Skills (20 credits)

Enhanced Surgical Skills introduces you to extended skills, such as wound infiltration with local anaesthetic, anatomy of the skin, suture material and needle selection and superficial wound closure, glue, suturing and skin clips, securing of drains, direct diathermy application and surgical knot tying. This module links with the basic surgical skills courses provided by the Royal College of Surgeons and some local Deaneries, which you will be expected to have completed (with appropriate evidence as confirmation) prior to undertaking this module. You will also study the legal and professional issues related to extended practice, guidelines, protocols and risk management and data protection.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

HEA3099Principles of Scrub and Circulating Practice (20 credits)

Principles of Scrub and Circulating Practice has been developed in order to facilitate the development of knowledge, skills and underlying principles of safe and effective scrub and circulating practice. The module is designed to be inter-professional and is directed at practitioners working in the operating theatre performing such roles as scrub and circulating duties. Module content is selected and designed to meet both the knowledge and skills required to practice intra-operative care within your existing surgical specialty and the development of knowledge transferable to other surgical specialties.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

HEA3183Management of the Patient in the Anaesthetic Setting (30 credits)

Management of the Patient in the Anaesthetic Setting has been developed in order to facilitate the development of knowledge, skills and underlying principles of safe and effective anaesthetic practice. The module is designed to be inter-professional and is directed at practitioners working in the operating theatre participating in anaesthetic care. Module content will enable you to gain the knowledge and skills required to practice anaesthetic care across a broad range of surgical specialties.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

HEA3184Management of the Patient in the Recovery Setting (20 credits)

Management of the Patient in the Recovery Setting is a module that has been developed in order to facilitate the development of knowledge, skills and the underlying principles of safe and effective post-anaesthetic recovery practice. The module is designed to be inter-professional and is directed at practitioners working in the Post-Anaesthetic Care Unit (PACU) participating in post-anaesthetic recovery care. Module content is designed to meet the knowledge and skills required to recover surgical patients from anaesthesia across a broad range of surgical specialties.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

HEA3212Specialist Perioperative Care (Negotiated Learning) (10 credits)

Specialist Perioperative Care (Negotiated Learning) is designed to enhance your existing perioperative provision by developing the skill of critical evaluation within a specialist area of perioperative practice. You will critically examine a range of evidence to determine best practice in an area of anaesthetic care practice and critically evaluate your own development as an anaesthetic care practitioner.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

HEA3218Ethical and Moral Dilemmas in Health (20 credits)

Ethical and Moral Dilemmas in Health enables you to  critically analyse and question your own, your profession’s and society’s approaches to ever increasing ethical situations. Support and guidance and the underpinning tenet of Respect for Person are fundamental mechanisms within this module. Significantly, as a consequence of this deconstruction of personal, professional and societal values, attitudes and belief systems, and through the use of philosophical models and frameworks, you will be enabled to confidently explore and critically analyse both actual and potential ethical issues. You will reach an evidence-based, informed opinion and conclusion.

Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

You will select an additional 20 credit module from the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine’s CPD portfolio.

Optional modules provide an element of choice within the programme curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements.

For more information about each module, including the dates and times of module sessions, please visit


You can expect to receive your timetable at enrolment. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day or evening of the week.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

Entry Criteria

Entry Requirements

To join this programme, you should be practicing in a perioperative environment.

You must be registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council as a qualified ODP or the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a qualified Nurse. Alternatively you must hold an overseas nurse or allied health professional qualification and IELTS 6.0 or equivalent (with 6.0 achieved in the written and spoken language element of the test, completed within the last two years).

You should have 240 UK credits with 120 at level 4 (Cert HE) and 120 at level 5 (Dip HE). Alternatively, students who are over 21 will be considered if they can demonstrate the ability to study at degree level by the successful completion of a 20 credit Edge Hill University degree level module.

You will have an informal interview with a pathway coordinator to verify that you meet the entry requirements and plan your pathway to ensure the programme will meet your individual needs.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.


Career Prospects

What are my career prospects?

A degree will help you stand out from the crowd in a competitive job market, allowing you to progress in your profession whilst improving patient care.

You will also gain universal skills, such as how to problem solve, apply relevant knowledge and skills, communicate effectively and reflect on your practice.


Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for part-time study on this degree are:

  • £34 per credit for UK and EU students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2019/20, i.e. £680 per 20 credit module;
  • £34 per credit for UK and EU students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2020/21, i.e. £680 per 20 credit module.

A total of 120 credits must be studied in order to complete this BSc (Hons) award.

The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.


How to Apply

Apply directly to Edge Hill University.

Download the Health and Social Care Professional Development undergraduate application form (pdf) and notes for guidance (pdf).

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at

Get in Touch

If you have any questions about this programme, please contact:

  • Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine’s Student Recruitment and Marketing Support Team
  • Tel: 01695 657249
  • Email:

If you would like to talk to the programme leader about the course in more detail, please contact:

Course Changes

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